Meet Daryl Bond

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Genres: All Genres
Instrument: Acoustic & Electric Guitar
Specialties: Rock & Blues
Available Days: Monday, Wed, and Thursday in San Rafael

Book A Lesson (no in-store lessons)

When booking a lesson with Daryl, choose San Rafael, then Guitar Lessons, then choose the options for the lesson length you would like. Then choose "Pick a Staff Member first". 

Lesson Rates

30 min : $45
60 min : $85

New Student Promo
Daryl is offering a New Student Promo! After choosing your lesson day and time, proceed to checkout and choose the 4-pack of 30 minute lessons and use coupon code GET1FREE to receive 1 free lesson! Applicable to new students only and package must be paid in advance.

Meet Daryl Bond

How did you get started in music?

“I started off playing saxophone in my elementary school band. After awhile I lost interest in playing sax and decided to try guitar, since most of the music I was listening to had guitar in it. I started taking lessons at the local music store in my hometown of Healdsburg, CA and haven't put the guitar down since.

What artist inspired you when you were first learning to play?

“Jimi Hendrix first and foremost. I remember hearing Jimi's music for the first time on a plane before I had even picked up the guitar. I couldn't believe the sounds that were coming through the headphones. It was like nothing I had ever heard before!”

How long have you been playing?

“20 years!”

What is your favorite genre to play and why?

“That's a tough one. I enjoy playing everything from jazz to metal, so it's hard to pick just one. As long as the guitar parts are challenging and interesting I'm into it!”

What is your favorite song to play right now?

“Recently I've been working on "I'm The One" by Van Halen for a student, which has been a lot of fun. The thing that really amazes me about Eddie is his sense of swing. Typically when you think of swing you think of jazz as opposed to rock, but Eddie has this ability to play blazingly fast and still somehow swing every note. Another one I've been enjoying playing lately is "Song For George" by Eric Johnson, which has been good for the acoustic chops.”

What made you decide to start teaching?

“I first started teaching as a way to earn some extra cash while I was pursuing my music degree. I found I really loved sharing my knowledge and passion for music and guitar with people. Also, teaching is a great way to make a living while still having a guitar in my hands every day.”

Are you in any bands? 

Recently I've been playing with a band called Knightress M1. The band is fronted by an amazing singer/songwriter named Emily Palen who also happens to shred on violin. I couldn't believe when I walked into our first rehearsal and saw that her amp was twice the size of mine!”

What tidbits would you like to share?

Back in college I got to drive Eric Johnson (one of my guitar heroes) to his hotel as a favor for a friend who was a concert promoter. I was completely star struck. Eric was a super nice, down to earth guy and even complemented me on my CD collection.

What is the best advice you can give to a beginning player who is just starting? 

“Try to engage your ear as much as possible in your practice. This can be as simple as playing a note on the guitar and then trying to sing it back. Also, if you learn a new scale or riff, try to sing the notes. Your ear is your most valuable tool as a musician and the sooner you start developing it the less you will have to rely on things like tablature, etc. Also, practice with a metronome. Time is one of the most important yet most overlooked elements of music by beginning guitarists. Practicing with a metronome will not only help you develop a solid sense of time but also allow you to track your progress. Also, you will get along much better with drummers in the future! Most of all have fun!”

What is the best advice you would give to an established player? 

“Never stop learning. As an experienced player, sometimes it's easy to get complacent and let your playing stagnate. However, music is an infinite universe and there is always something new to learn. Learning a new scale or exploring a different genre can open up new doors for your playing and provide a renewed source of inspiration.

What is your “gigging” instrument and equipment and why?  

Right now my rig consists of a Music Man Silhouette guitar played through a Blackstar HT-60 amp and an assortment of pedals, all purchased at Bananas of course! It's all about the tone!

Need help booking a lesson? Email or call us at (415) 457-7600 x 104 

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