Ali.J Guitar Lessons

Ali.J Guitar Lessons


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Hi , this is AJ , and I've been playing around with music since I was 4 . I started on the piano , when I was 9 I started playing the violin . When I got to 15 , that's when my interests towards rock and progressive rock music took me to Guitar . Been playing non-stop ever since . Music's been my passion , my hobby , and my best friend in my roughest of times . I've tough guitar for 5 years now , and have more than just a couple of recordings . I was even accepted to Berklee College of Music with a 40% scholarship because of one of my recording , the instrumental composition : Megaphonia (you can find it on my soundcloud page , Arshia Jahangirnezhad) . But the cost was still too much to handle for me at that age (I was 20 at the time) . Anyways , I've been teaching guitar , working on my own albums and composing music for theater pieces (such as : Dance of the wooden horse , There's someone hidden here , Necrosis and etc) . I've been an experimental player (Rad music group), a lead guitar for a rock band (megaphonia) and a solo/ electronic artist . Music's been my life , and it will be . I will bring to the table , whatever there is that I have to offer from my experience , and from my learnings of other's . Learning to play is a give and take , and I'm ready to give it all I have .

Music has been the biggest part of my life , and it will stay like that. The act of teaching an instrument, is a great practice for the instructors themselves, as well as a review of what they had done, which is always helpful.

At the end, the thing that makes me want to do this more than anything else, is the feeling I had when I got to play a new song or melody, or figured out a new technique. It was great, and now I get to help someone else have the same experience. That's very fulfilling to me.

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Seattle, WA 98115
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

First, we need to establish where the student has left off (if they are a returning student), or what their goals are if they are new. Even if the student doesn't have any particular goal in mind, we would continue on technical aspects of the instrument, as well as music theory in parallel. In my experience, it usually doesn't take long for a student to find out what they want to do with their particular instrument.

In addition, when it comes to guitar, just to keep the student motivated and maybe learn something out of the box, every few lessons we will complete the chords and/or melody of a song. I will accompany you in that, with playing the other parts of the song, so you can feel your own part, and also get a sence of playing with another musician, which in my experience, brings up many new things for the student.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I have studied music theory since I was 13, but my first formal lessons were in advanced Harmony which I took with Professor.Mashayekhi (conductor and composer in Vienna, university of Musi and Performing Arts), as well as Form and Modal composing. 

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

The standard I would choose, is based on what the regular rates are. I try to stay under the average when it comes to rates, and I don't want them to be another obstacle in the way of learning. If it's an issue, we'll resolve it in anyway we can.