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Master of Science - Telecommunications & Networking [2006 - 2007] University of Pennsylvania - Philadelphia, PA
Bachelor of Science - Computer Science [2003 - 2005] Stony Brook University - Stony Brook, NY
Master professional guitarist with 25 years of experience playing a large variety of genres such as classical, blues, jazz, country, heavy-metal, flamenco, and more. Cosmopolitan modern musician, songwriter and improviser with worldwide background including European, Latin, African, Middle-Eastern and Asian genres. Exceptionally trained musical ears allowing seamless integration and pairing with bands and music setups. Experienced guitar instructor and mentor focusing on achieving personal goals of each of my students coming from various skills, ages, backgrounds and locations Great band leadership and team-building skills based on goal driven and win-win approach. 5 fluently spoken languages: English, French, Spanish, Tamazight (Berber), Arabic.
As a music guitar lover, I have been sharing my passion for my art gradually as soon as I ramped up my instrumental mastery. I have been freelancing with guitar mentorship and tutorship for about 10 years now, and have had students from all over the world. I mainly specialize in 2 types of students:
- Entry level students who are just getting started. Sometimes these students don't even own an instrument, sometimes they barely know what a guitar is made of.
- Players with a few years of playing guitar abilities who stalled for various reason: not enough practice, not enough motivation, bad habits initially acquired that hindered their progressions.
I can play a large variety of genres, from blues to jazz, metal to flamenco, classical to folk, etc. I stress on acquiring good habits early on while adapting to the student specific skills, or sometimes, limitations.
I usually group all guitar skills in 3 different categories: - Chords - Arpeggios - Solos Then break all the unique intricacies and specificities based on the student interest and existing skill. Everything else depends on the student's favorite genre. My standard procedure is to pick 3 songs from a genre that the student wants to play, ordered by level of difficulty, and break them down into fragments that subsequently constitute the homework for the next sessions. My specialty is to make sure the student eventually becomes self-reliant and independent. I teach them the power of their ears. I teach them techniques to help them improve their ears to be able to play any song that they would like in the long term. There is a bit of theory involved, but it's mostly practice.
I am totally passionate about teaching, and I provide that spark that motivates my students into getting the best out of themselves. I try to be as patient as possible with the students and following their own desires. I follow a modern customer-oriented approach based on win-win and long term success. The guitar student is an aspiring virtuoso. As long as he/she focuses on the image of the perfect player he/she wishes to become, I am committed to the full extend to motivate, encourage, help, assist, suggest improvements, correct mistakes, answer questions and everything that will speed up the student's ramp-up into becoming that perfect player.
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