Student Testimonials from
One of the necessities of being a great performer is to have a certain amount of ego about the quality of your
performance and writing skills. While that ego, along with talent and drive, helps to make for a remarkable
performer, it can create some off-stage challenges. There is such an expectation in the world that each performer
be a "natural," that they will rarely acknowledge that they have had any degree of training, be it singing lessons,
training on their instrument, or songwriting lessons or coaching. I suppose that we the public are to believe that
they burst from the womb singing like a star, playing their fingers off, and writing hit songs. As a result, there
are many professional artist composers who I have taught over the years who prefer not to publically acknowledge
their training. I am appreciative of the willingness to share and the kind words of the artists whose words are
printed below. They are each and every one, students I have had the great pleasure of giving songwriting lessons to
and I am humbled by their glowing words, and yet felt that you should hear how they feel about their songwriting
Elica is the ex-vocalist for the Australian rock band, Reckless. She is beautiful, talented, extremely
intelligent, driven to learn and be the best she can be. She also has a lot to say! It's a pleasure working with
her. Her growth and development is a testament to the process of songwriting lessons.
When I came to David, I was a frustrated aspiring songwriter who hadn't got what I was looking for out
of college. No matter how many books on songwriting I read to try and further my craft, all of them left
me feeling as though I hadn't really progressed in being able to write better songs. It was really
just a bunch of theory or idea generation techniques. So one day I typed songwriting coach into
Google and found David and Rebeca's website. Thinking I had nothing to lose I sent David an email.
Four months later I've gone from being a vocalist and lyricist to being able to craft entire
songs. David's knowledge of lyrics, melody, harmony and rhythm i.e. all the parts that make up a
song are unparallelled to anything else I've seen and his ability to pass on that knowledge has me
leaving our lessons feeling motivated, encouraged and inspired. I'm finally starting to achieve my
goals. Thank you David.
Scott is a fantastic story of an unwillingness to let anything hold him back from his dream. He is a unique
individual, who after suffering an injury that has prevented him from playing the guitar and not
really gifted at singing, has persevered to gain a certain mastery over the elements of the styles
of music he likes the most. After many ups and downs, he has recently completed a CD project under the band name
Two Earth Hours. Scott is a testament to never giving up and allowing life to lead you to the fulfillment of what
you most desire. He has powerful lyric writing skills and an extremely interesting way of putting things. I
produced his first record and am looking forward to the next. Songwriting lessons have served him incredibly
My name is Scott Jackson and I first met David Randle in 1998. Initially, David taught me guitar and I
was impressed right away with his skill, knowledge and his ability to adapt to each of his students'
musical tastes. In 2000, David offered a chance for all interested students to grow even further as he
began offering group songwriting classes. It was during this period where I really blossomed in my
knowledge of music as I began to truly understand chord structure and why certain chord progressions
were so heavily relied on in popular music. David did a masterful job of teaching chords, progressions
and keys in a way that a novice could understand. Beforehand, I had largely just played progressions or
covers without actually knowing what was behind them or how they worked. After David's songwriting
class, however, everything changed. I understood the mathematical precision behind music and it even
gave me extra insight as to why I liked certain sounds and progressions, which was very intriguing to
Several years later, I developed the urge to write my own music in order to release it to a CD and
David was the obvious choice for assistance. I had retained most of my knowledge of chord progressions
and I had developed well as a lyricist. In the several years away from David, my sense of melody had
waned significantly. David picked up on this right away, re-trained me in this area and because of his
tremendous skill, I began making significant improvement quickly. We began writing songs together every
week and for a time we even wrote almost every day. It was during this period that it dawned on me more
than ever how talented David is. It would take him hardly any time at all to fix sections of the songs
that needed improvement. Furthermore, he did so without compromising the original intent or integrity
of the song whatsoever. While David worked on all sections of the songs, it was usually my bridges that
needed the most fine-tuning. Within the bridges, David was masterful at coming up with a progression
that would achieve a very refreshing variety from what went before in the verse and chorus. And yet in
spite of the variety involved, it would still fit in seamlessly with the rest of the song. And perhaps
the most impressive thing of all about David is his ability to adapt to any and every musical style in
the world. With David you will not have to worry about a teacher who begins steering songs towards a
style that he feels most at home with and prefers. If you want alternative, David will give you
alternative. If you want country, he will give you country. You can continue on with any and every
possible example. There is no style in all of music that he cannot excel in and provide for you.
Furthermore, all you have to do is play him a few tracks from your favorite artists and he will be able
to zero in on what you want even more. You can also rest assured that with David, you have a teacher
who truly cares. He was always extremely concerned with my welfare and that I was getting what I wanted
out of the songwriting sessions. He truly loves what he does and it will show in his interest in you
and your goals.
I cannot recommend David Randle highly enough. Any aspiring writer will be amazed at how well their
dreams can be realized under David's guidance. He is truly a songwriting mastermind.
Two Earth Hours
Mark Romano is a talented and gifted singer/songwriter. He is amazingly well educated, and not only in his chosen
field of law. I have never had another student who in such perfect order, listened to what I taught him during his
songwriting lessons, internalized it, and immediately put it into a song. He has a CD in the works that is more
than halfway finished with interesting and thought-provoking songs, with very expressive vocals. I really miss
working with Mark. I don't think he realizes how good he could be.
David is a truly inspiring talent whose passion lies in songwriting and in helping others to develop
their songwriting skills. During my sessions with David, I learned music theory, the essential tool for
any budding songwriter. Starting with the basics such as the I-IV-V progression, David took me through
complex jazz progressions, the use of plagal cadences, third relations, relative minors, to more
advanced theory such as changing keys in songs. David helped me understand theory by dissecting a song
that I knew and loved and showing me how the song worked. With each new lesson I was given renewed
appreciation for the fundamentals of music theory which I could then take and work into my latest song.
Unlike many teachers, David has a unique ability to make the difficult easy to understand. One of his
analogies resonates with me even today: music theory is to the musician as color is to the artist; each
technique, musical progression, use of unconventional chords, and lyrical development is like a new
color-it is ultimately what will allow one songwriter to distinguish his or her songs from another. I
couldn’t agree more.
It was just absolutely a fun time working with Craig. He is from South-African heritage, and I've got to believe
that there are influences in his experiences that a lot of the rest of us just don't have. Craig is another
non-singer, who chose the path of expressing himself through the power of songs. Everything that I remember him
bringing in to work on was a delight, skillfully crafted and heartfelt. Craig maximized his growth by not only
taking songwriting lessons, but guitar lessons as well.
I met David Randle a number of years ago by chance in a music store. He mentioned he was a guitar &
songwriting coach and after a few great tips right there on the spot, I decided to take formal
From my first session, I grasped what a natural gift David has for teaching and he would always share
EVERYTHING at his fingertips. I studied for a number of years, and my guitar skills went from total
beginner, to very adequate (the only reason I am not better is because of MY lack of time spent honing
I have also taken group as well as private Songwriting Classes with David. A fellow musician once asked
me "'well how can someone "TEACH" songwriting, isn't it just a natural talent". Well that could not be
further from the truth. Writing songs requires a skill set, knowledge and practice - just like anything
David has always given his all and been willing to share everything he has to offer to take a song from
CONCEPT through finished work.
I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND his classes!!!
After working for a couple of months with Elica Lorde, vocalist for the Australian band Reckless, I got to
meet her lead guitarist Blackie. After him hearing Elica rave about the quality improvement in her
writing as a result of studying with me and also seeing it firsthand in better lyrics and melodies, Blackie started
working with me himself, taking his own songwriting lessons, privately. Blackie's a super individual and is
dedicated to his craft, and between the progress he is showing and what Elica is showing, I expect big things from
the band Reckless.
David is awesome! After only 4 lessons with David I learned more about music theory and songwriting
than I did in 2 years of music college. Now, going on 3 months, I've found I have a renewed energy for
writing, with more ideas and tools to write the kind of songs that I've always wanted. If you're
looking for a teacher with all the knowledge and tools to craft you into the best songwriter you can
be, look no further!
Lead Guitarist with Reckless
Richard C. Christian is a complex and talented artist. He is principally an actor who came to work with my wife,
Rebeca, on his acting chops. As his strengths developed, he was highly interested in developing his singing voice
as well. This was one of the main reasons he came to the Singing Lesson Expert, because of her prowess in teaching
both acting and voice. During the process of gaining more control of his voice for singing, Richard realized the
great benefit of writing his own songs, both emotionally and economically. So he began studying his own creative
process for becoming a songwriter through private songwriting lessons. I enjoyed working with Richard immensely,
and I expect the world to discover him as a successful actor, and if he opens the window, as a successful
singer/songwriter as well.
David Randle is a master Artist/Song Writer. He explains concepts specifically for your learning
style/level. You learn basics without it being boring. He incorporates his master view in even the
smallest detail and does this with the enthusiasm and love that you see from a child when they are
first falling in love with an instrument (very cool). His primary concern is with your development and
it shows with his attention to where you’re at in that moment and in what’s next to learn. You’re in
good hands with David and I would recommend studying under this Master.
|Richard C. Christian
Actor, Los Angeles
Songwriting is a life's work. The more you write, the more feedback you get about what works for you and what
doesn't. Carve out time every day and work on your craft, and if you realize that you need some training or
coaching with private or group songwriting lessons, or a master class for song evaluation, My
Songwriting Coach is here to help.