• Thumb In (under) & Thumb Out (over) Techniques

  • 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 course Lutes

  • Renaissance & Early Baroque

  • Music of England, Scotland, Italy, France, Spain, Germany, etc...

  • Tablature (Italian, French, Spanish) & Standard Notation (all clefs)

  • Period manuscripts and print sources

Classical Guitar

  • Spanish Technique, French Technique, 19th Century Technique

  • Playing with and/or without nails

  • Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, 20th Century, Contemporary, Spanish, Folk, and many other styles.

  • Standard Notation, Tablature, Chart Reading

Electric & Acoustic Guitar

  • Pickstyle & Fingerstyle

  • 6, 7, and 8 string guitars

  • Fusion, Metal, Rock, Pop, Blues, Ambient, Prog, etc...

  • Standard Notation, Tablature, Chart Reading

For nearly twenty years, Daniel Keene has been teaching lute and guitar to students of all ages and levels in the New York metropolitan area and online globally.

Daniel has been on the music faculty at SUNY Nassau since 2013; directing the NCC Guitar Ensemble, holding weekly master classes, and teaching applied guitar, beginning guitar, and music theory. He has also served on the faculty at Adelphi University where he directed the Adelphi Guitar Ensemble and taught applied guitar and basic guitar. In 2010, Daniel co-founded the popular music lesson service Galliard Music with friend Brian Lee of Silent Travelers.

A dedicated teacher, Daniel regularly helps his students prepare for various performances and auditions. His students have been accepted to Manhattan School of Music, The New School Mannes, Aaron Copland School of Music, Brooklyn Conservatory, SUNY Purchase, Crane School of Music, Hunter College, and many others.

Daniel offers concerts and presentations on early plucked string instruments at universities, colleges, schools, libraries, and other educational institutions.

Remote Lessons

Guitar and lute lessons are offered online globally through Zoom. For the best experience, you will need a webcam, microphone, headphones, and a strong internet connection. Though any amount of time for a lesson is possible, 45-minute and 60-minute lessons are the most popular among my students. Lessons may be taken weekly or scheduled as needed.

Face-To-Face Lessons

Face-to-face lessons may be conducted at my home studio in Queens, NY or at your home; this will depend on location and availability.


Please feel free to email me at danielbkeene [at] gmail.com with any questions you may have or to schedule a lesson!