Guitar teacher plays concert to fund first album

Davidson Yeager will likely be known to many current and would-have-been musicians. The singer, songwriter and guitarist has been teaching six-string magic in the Beach since the 1990s, and has taught more than 10,000 lessons to date.

Between all the teaching, Yeager has managed to find the time to write and record his own music, contacting the author of a home recording book in L.A. and finding himself a mentor in the process. After receiving encouragement from other contacts in the music business, Yeager realized he’d never get anywhere without a proper CD.

“And that’s how I found myself to be making an album,” he said.

Davidson Yeager in his studio.
Davidson Yeager in his studio.

With half a dozen songs ready to go, he jumped in and got to work.

“I didn’t know how to get the funds together to pay for a really professional sounding recording,” he said, and so he started learning how to make one himself.

The most successful home producers, however, know there are a few tasks best left to the experts, such as the hard to explain but crucial art of mastering. On that note, Yeager is hoping to earn enough money to pay for a professional drummer and mastering on an upcoming release.

Yeager’s wife Mary is a Zumba teacher, and the two of them came up with the idea to offer a combination fitness class and concert to help raise some of the necessary funds. She had already been using one of his songs at the end of her workouts, and the combo seemed like the perfect fit.

The concert takes place Friday, Dec. 12 at Kingston Road United Church. At press time the zumba portion was almost sold out, but seats are still available to hear Yeager preview the tunes from what he hopes will be a March, 2015 album release. The $20 admission includes a signed copy of that album when it’s finished, and refreshments will be avaialble.

Yeager’s goal is $2,000, but as he said, any money that comes in will help him toward his goal.

“It’s kind of like an energy that I’m trying to keep up with, and see where it goes,” he said.

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