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Bass, Guitar, Music Theory and Audio Production Lessons on Kauai and Online
"Dave makes lessons super fun, but he also has high expectations and holds his students accountable in a supportive way."

Josie T., mom of 10-year old student

Lessons Offered

All lessons are one-on-one private lessons, offered in-person at our South Shore Kauai studio or online via Zoom. All students ages 9 and up are welcomed.




Acoustic & Electric



Lesson Info

You have come to the right place! Learning the bass and guitar is meant to be FUN. I love music, and I am passionate about teaching and helping people grow as musicians. It is my joy and privilege.

Personalized Lessons

I personalize my lessons for each of my students to help them learn how to play using their favorite songs. I also focus a lot on using proper technique and the ergonomics of playing an instrument correctly to avoid problems.

In the first few sessions you will learn:
Instrument anatomy, finger exercises for independence and strength, chord structure, strumming techniques, some scales, basic riffs, some music theory... and more.

For bass players you will learn proper right and left had technique, reading staff notation, fundamentals of holding a groove and playing in a rhythm section.


Bass & Guitar Basics, including how to buy an instrument, tuning, maintenance, changing strings and a whole bunch of songs that you already know and love! 

Student Ages

All ages 9 and above are welcomed!


We are currently accepting new students! Private lessons are held Monday through Saturdays.


Lesson Location

We offer in-person lessons at our studio in Koloa, Kauai or online via Zoom.


Lessons are $50 + tax for a half hour and 
$80 + tax for an h

Hawaii's GET taxes are 4.712%. Hawaii Tax ID number GE-152-472-1152-01

Visit our YELP page for reviews of us!

If you’d like to learn more, get in touch today.

Meet Dave Minor


Hi, my name is Dave and my family and I have recently relocated to the island of Kauai. I am a native of the San Francisco Bay Area and a  bassist and music teacher with 30 years of professional playing experience and 13 years teaching full-time. I fell in love with the bass guitar at 13 years old and by age 18, I was gigging around the Bay Area in an 8-piece funk band. The Bay Area’s diverse music scene proved a fertile environment  to immerse myself in rock rock n’ roll, folk, pop, blues, jazz, funk and R&B. If you would like more info on my career as player here is a link to my other website.   


I started Small Steps Music in 2012 in Redwood City, CA and I found a passion for teaching music to people of all ages. I sincerely hope to be able to contribute to the music education on this beautiful island. Being new to living on Kauai, I am excited to build community and offer my experience and passion to teaching music here!

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1.  Lessons are at the same time and day every week.


2.  Lessons begin promptly for your scheduled slot. There will be no make-up time to account for a student's tardiness.


3.  Payments for the month must be made using cash, check or paid online by the first lesson of each month. Payments made by check should be made out to "Small Steps Music".


4.  There is a one-time $40 registration fee for new students enrolling in the school. This amount will be applied to your first invoice.


5.  Small Steps Music will not provide make-ups for cancelled lessons or give credit for missed lessons. If Small Steps Music cancels a lesson, you will not be charged.


6.  Discontinuation of lessons requires a two-week notice and tuition must be paid during the last two weeks of lesson.


7.  Please do not attend your lesson if you are sick with a contagious disease as illness means cancelled gigs, lessons and lost income.


For a downloadable PDF copy, please click here.

Our Location

All lessons are conducted in Dave's home studio on the South Shore of Kauai. We don't publish our address online, so please give us a call or email us if you need the address or directions.

Below is a general map of the area.

Get in Touch With Us To Learn More!

Koloa, HI 96756

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