Hi, my name is Az Samad.
I’ve been teaching guitar for 17 years and am a total guitar geek. I’ve written a book on jazz improvisation (and another on jazz guitar licks and etudes) created an online fingerstyle guitar course, written guitar lesson packs for jazz & beginner guitarist and teach guitar via Skype worldwide. My students are from all around the world including United States, France, Brazil, Britain, Canada, Germany, China, Macau, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Eygpt, Nigeria, Singapore, India, New Zealand, Australia and Indonesia. I’ve taught at Berklee College of Music’s Summer Guitar Sessions and conducted workshops at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut and The Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, California.
I’m deeply interested in jazz, fingerstyle guitar and the ukulele.
But the question is what can I do for you?
There’s a lot of free guitar lessons online. Free videos, tabs, tutorials – you name it – it’s out there. However, a lot of stuff is just not very good. You’ll check out a lesson and try it for a bit. Watch one video and be inspired for a moment before the next distraction.
Oh look, a cat playing piano!
Let me help you by being your tour guide.
You can become a better musician if you know what to do, how to practice and how to improve. This doesn’t happen randomly. Life is too short to wait until you’re retired to finally play music. It’s possible to save money and buy a fancy acoustic guitar made out of Brazilian rosewood or a relic solidbody electric vintage with handwound pickups. BUT, even if you have the best guitar, pedals and amps in the world – you still have to know how to play it.
Sound the way you’ve always imagined you’d like to be.
- Imagine your wife saying, “Wow, I can’t believe that was you. I thought it was the radio playing”.
- Imagine actually knowing how to jam with other musicians (and sound great doing ad-lib leads!)
- Impress your friends when you play jazz blues lines and chords ala Joe Pass.
This happens. Many times, with different students who have studied with me.
Don’t be a guitar owner. Become a guitar player. Life is too short to sound bad.
What’s coming up?
I’ll be posting lessons on jazz guitar from chord melody, awesome sounding licks (and how to make your own), fundamentals (scales, arpeggios with exact fingerings that work in real life) and more. I’ll be sharing step by step guides, cheat sheets and practice tips that work.
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