| ||Private lesson slots still available! NEW GROUP LESSONS (workshop/masterclass format) available for 3 to 4 students (2 hour slots per group). |
Message me here for details. Please include your name, your playing experience (how many years, what styles etc.) and what you hope to learn in the lessons (possible topics, areas of interest,goals).
what follows is my original message regarding the lessons:
At the end of this year, I'll be back in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for about a month to perform, record and spend some time with family and friends. During this period, I will be available for a limited number of private guitar lessons (late December 2009 and first half of January 2010).
Topics may include (but is not limited to) acoustic guitar techniques, composition, jazz improvisation and comping, chords, fretboard harmony and music theory. I typically teach an hour lesson but have also done two hour or more lessons touching on different topics within one session.
All levels and ages welcomed!
My teaching style and material is influenced by my studies with many great teachers over the years including Mick Goodrick, Bret Willmott, Rick Peckham, David Tronzo, Jon Damian, Hal Crook (during my time at Berklee College Of Music), Eric Roche, Don Ross, Thomas Leeb, Stuart Ryan, Andrea Valeri, Jacques Stotzem, Jon Gomm and Gottfried Gfrerer (in fingerstyle guitar workshops and private lessons in the UK and Austria) as well as Jimmy Wyble, John Stowell, Ben Monder, Carol Kaye, Adam Levy, Guy Van Duser and Sten Hostfalt via one-off workshops and private lessons (in New York, Boston, Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area).
Recently, I've started playing classical guitar again and have participated in classical guitar master classes with Mark Teicholz and Muriel Anderson. I've also taken private lessons with Steven Lin, Patrick Francis, Grisha Groyachev, Scott Tennant, Willliam Kanengiser, Gyan Riley and Ron Burczon. I believe an understanding of classical guitar technique to be immensely helpful in both my steel-string solo guitar and fingerstyle jazz guitar playing.
I've been on faculty at the Berklee College Of Music Summer Guitar Sessions since 2007 (teaching beginner, intermediate and advanced Fretboard Harmony classes) and have conducted workshops in Malaysia, West Virginia (USA) and taught group guitar classes in San Francisco, CA (USA). I currently also co-teach a group guitar class at San Jose State University, CA (USA).
Message me here to inquire about availability and rates.
Please include your name, your playing experience (how many years, what styles etc.) and what you hope to learn in the lessons (possible topics, areas of interest,goals). I look forward to hear from you!
Testimonials from previous/current students:
"I learnt more than I ever did in the past few months with my previous guitar teacher simply because he (Az) can effectively get the message across while keeping the subject matter simple. You won't regret it!"
Arthur Song, age 17, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
"Az Samad is a wonderful musician and teacher. He is familiar with a vast array of guitar styles and techniques from classical to contemporary. What's more, he knows how explain the guitar in simple terms."
Eli Harrison, M.Mus. student, San Francisco, California.
"As a student of many guitar instructors, Mr. Az Samad stands among the greats. His humble and patient approach, along with a wide breadth of knowledge, combines to create a perfect learning environment. Mr. Samad has an innate ability to pinpoint problem areas and focus your practice in a way that is enjoyable and highly productive. Simply put, a lesson with Mr. Samad is a truly 'Azesome' experience."
Mason Hutchinson, SJSU Undergraduate, San Jose, California.
"Az Samad was born to play teach and play the guitar! He is a natural! His style of teaching is easy to understand. Each time I met with him I was amazed at how easily he could get his point across. Every time I asked him a question in class, he was always knew the answer. Az is an excellent teacher! He is patient, kind and an expert at his craft! You will do well to learn from him."
Barbara Ramos, SJSU Music Education Major, San Jose, California.
"As a private student of Az, I can simply say that no other private lesson I've attended was as comprehensive for both practical & theory. Not a single minute was wasted. The session I attended filled me full of new knowledge & vision that I later applied to my very own music.
Az was so helpful that he was even willing to let me organize a group workshop for my guitar community, ACPickers. Everyone who attended the workshop had nothing but good things to say and were satisfied with the overall output! I'm already looking forward for the next one which is coming soon at the end of the year!
Az is not only a great performer - full of sense of humor but also great educator who is willing to teach and share all that he has learnt and experienced!"
Yowech Yong, Guitarist and Music Teacher, Malacca, Malaysia.
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