Dave Limina

Dave Limina is an experienced session keyboardist, composer, and arranger. Limina has performed with Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters, Lori McKenna, Duke Robillard, Paula Cole, Mark Murphy, Robert Lee Castleman, and the first national touring company of the Broadway musical Rent. He received Boston Music award nominations for his work with Courage Brothers, Ronnie Earl, and Mighty Sam McClain. He played keyboards on Michelle Willson's Wake Up Call, which was a Boston Music Awards winner in 2001. Dave does extensive session work in Boston and New York on piano, Hammond organ, and vintage keyboards. He is the author of Hammond Organ Complete (Berklee Press) and the instructional video/DVD Accelerate Your Keyboard Playing. He is a monthly contributor to Keyboard magazine of Japan.

  • Career Highlights
    • Private piano instructor, Hammond organ instructor
    • Experienced session keyboardist and composer/arranger
    • Performances with B.B. King, Chuck Berry, Courage Brothers, Ronnie Earl, Steve Forbert, B.B. King, Duke Levine, Mighty Sam McClain, Tracy Nelson, Carl Perkins, Martha Reeves, Duke Robillard, Todd Thibaud, Barrence Whitfield, Michelle Willson, and the national touring company of the musical Rent
    • Arrangements for Michelle Willson and Mighty Sam McClain
  • Awards
    • Recipient of Boston Music Award nominations for work with Courage Brothers, Mighty Sam McClain, and Michelle Willson
    • Most Valuable Contribution to the Performance Curriculum Award, Berklee College of Music (2001)
  • Education
    • Alumnus, Berklee College of Music

In Their Own Words

"I do pretty much the Hammond organ classes. Piano players have to get used to some things when they try the organ: playing left-hand bass, playing foot-pedal bass, dealing with the organ as a non-touch-sensitive instrument. They also have to deal with the fact that they have to play a lot of finger legato because there's no damper pedal, there's no sustain. The only means of controlling the dynamics is with an expression pedal. Those are some of the biggest adjustments you have to make."

"I like to stress practical skills like playing the right thing for the right situation, and I also teach different styles because being able to cover a wide range of styles will make you marketable as a player. I stress playing with good time, good phrasing, and not overplaying. One of the biggest lessons I give them from my own real-life experience is that a gig usually isn't about highlighting yourself; it's more about functioning in an ensemble and playing your part. They have to learn how to play in a band, and Berklee's a great place to do that."

"Some students think that if they just go to all their classes and do what they're supposed to do for them, that's going to get them to the next level. And I try to tell them that it takes way, way, way more than that. Some of them think that if they put in their two or three hours a week, then they should be improving, but they don't know that that's not going to get them there. Sometimes they wonder why they're not getting to the next level, and I ask them what their practicing situation is like, and that's usually where the problem is. I try to tell them that you have live and breathe this stuff."