Sydney Music Teachers

The Guitar Lab

The Guitar Lab

141 Victoria Road, Drummoyne NSW, Australia

Guitar Lessons | Artist development, Aural Lessons, Ensemble Coaching, Song Writing Workshops, Theory Lessons, Composition Lessons, Jazz Improvisation Lessons, HSC Music Exam Preparation, Skype Lessons

  • Pricing: $40+GST / 30min
  • Styles: Rock, Pop, Blues, Country, Jazz, Rockabilly, Bluegrass and more!
  • Suitability: All ages and all abilities are catered for.


As of 2020, David Thirgood has entered his 16th year of full time music tuition (both privately and in NSW State and Catholic School systems). David has been a guitarist since the age of 7 and began playing professionally at the age of 14. Having had the opportunity to be mentored by some of Australia’s best guitarists including Phil Emmanuel, Rex Goh, Brett Garsed, Steve Grieve, Rick Price and Ross Ward (of Wards Express), David is able to play seamlessly in a variety of styles ranging from Rock, Pop, Country, Jazz, Bluegrass and Rockabilly… and many more!

With career highlights including appearances on The Midday Show with Kerri-Anne Kennerley, regional NSW Sydney Olympic Torch Relay shows, performing alongside Australian singer-songwriter (and record breaking 7 Golden Guitar winner) Sara Storer, touring with some of Sydney’s best cabaret/impersonator shows as principal guitarist and performing in pit orchestras as lead guitarist with countless theatre groups across Sydney, David kept a varied and consistent work schedule always with a goal to find the next challenge and to “never stop getting better”.

With a speciality in understanding that all students are individuals, David is a master at creating tailored programs for students that examines their wants/needs so that every student is able to achieve their specific goals while having FUN!

David owns The Guitar Lab in the heart of Drummoyne where all lessons are held in a professional studio with high quality equipment and 21st century technology.

Teaching Info

David has had an extensive teaching background with students aged from 3 to 70 years old. Whether the student is a beginner or in the advanced category, David has a speciality in understanding that all students are individuals and can masterfully create a tailored program that examines their wants and needs so as to achieve their specific goals while having FUN! David is confident in creating lesson plans to guide musicians through their AMEB or Rock School examinations and equally comfortable with tailoring a program for the hobby musician.

With a great interest in music technology, David’s lessons incorporate the use of advanced software and hardware to aide in the tuition process. Software such as Logic Pro X, Guitar Pro 7, Neck Diagrams 2, Finale, Band-In-A-Box and The Amazing Slow Downer are all put to use in most lessons. With 15 years of learning materials that have been carefully curated and created, David is always prepared to be able to confidently explain all musical concepts and teach 1000’s of songs at any given moment.

David firmly believes that students should be given the chance to experience all types of music and will encourage this highly in lessons. From an understanding and appreciation of classical guitar, through to Jazz, Blues, Country, Rock and Pop, there is always something to be learned from each style.

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