Testimonials

 

"I recently took an 8 hour package deal with Az, as a songwriter i basically hit a wall in terms of composing. My main goal was to expand my understanding of the guitar in order to enable me to diversify and be experimental with how i structure my chords and to write new songs.

Az was very structured in his lessons and took the time to understand what my goals are and worked very closely with me to achieve that goal. He was very open with most of my questions and made the lessons very fun and informative.

As a result, I have now rediscovered my passion and this course has definitely helped with craft as a songwriter and performer by pushing myself to be more imaginative."

- Rashdan Harith, Singer-songwriter, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 

 

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"I have been a guitarist for almost 10 years and thought I could just get by with chords and melody. Learning from Az has been an amazing experience, every lesson has multiplied my knowledge of music and just went I thought I learned enough about a particular thing, he amazes me with his depth of knowledge and wisdom. I always look forward to the next lesson, never knowing what I may learn and discover every session. Az Samad's lessons are tailor made for anyone, be it an aspiring musician, a music enthusiast or an advance player, he has always something to offer and in spades. He is a brilliant maestro but an equally great mentor if not better!!"

- Benjamin Khong, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Completed The Jazz Guitar Masterclass Course in Oct 2013)

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"When start learning with Az, I want to learn something different or new from the way I playing. Not only learn jazz and fingerstyle but his vast knowledge of guitar and music have inspired me. His teaching method and explanation are brilliant, friendly and easy to understand. I found a huge improvement in playing and knowledge after learning with Az. Lesson with Az are definitely fun! "

- Aaron Ac, Rock & Jazz Guitarist, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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"Thank you Az Samad for the workshop & it is a pleasure sitting in your workshop for the 2nd time since Yr 2006/7. I can tell you have a passion for teaching and sharing & hope to catch you in action again soon. Beautiful sound from your Lowden even when it went direct to the PA system."

- Teik Guan Kam, Guitar Workshop Participant, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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"As a singer, who plays guitar just to aid the process of songwriting, the thought of taking guitar lessons from Az was a little intimidating. I thought that I would be out of place because he's so skilled - how on earth would he deal with a novice like me? But one visit changed all of that. He's so friendly and easy to communicate with, so our lessons were never boring. I had no intention on ever becoming the next guitar legend, I just wanted to play better so I could write more diverse music, and Az clearly got that. These were by far the best guitar lessons I have ever taken because it didn't 'fix' me, it enhanced me. I told Az what I wanted to learn, and he tailor-made my sessions to constantly adapt to my learning pace and comfort levels. I learnt so many new interesting chords and techniques that I could apply to my writing immediately. I was a very basic player before starting with him, and my viewers left me comments saying they could sense a change just after 2 lessons! Az's lessons are so individualistic that it not only made me a better guitarist, but a better artist due to his insight."

- Keana Reinu, Singer-songwriter, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
 

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"Az was a wonderful teacher to have at the Thomas Leeb Bootcamp. He touched on core topics of composition and phrasing in a way that was approachable and meaningful. He equipped us with tools that we can now use to help in our building processes."

Kyle Horn, Percussive Fingerstyle Guitarist, New York City, NY

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"We all know that Az is a fantastic guitarist and teacher, but it is his attitude towards his craft which strikes me the most. Az's joy when he plays the guitar is more than infectious, and I feel that beyond technique and musicianship, this is something many can and should learn from. I have had the absolute pleasure of being more than just a student of Az, but also a good friend. Az has a vast knowledge of guitar and the music industry, stemming from years of professional experience, and what he has shared with me has been invaluable in my endeavours as a solo musician. It has been a wonderful experience learning from him, in both his exceptional skill at the guitar and his admirable attitude."

Neil Chan, Fingerstyle Guitarist, Singapore 

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"Az has an amazing ability to teach in a way that makes it so easy to learn, I managed to learn so much in just a short span of time. Having a familiar and comfortable way of playing after many years using the guitar for songwriting, the lessons with Az was an exploration of new sounds and ways of playing that  inspires new material. Looking forward to experiment. Thanks Az!"

Mei Chern, Singer-songwriter, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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"Az is one of the most passionate and approachable teacher that I have known. I have always wanted to learn to play a guitar but having a hectic schedule at work, I didn't pursue the interest thinking guitar lessons will be a routine and not feasible to be built into my plan. Having said that I realised that Az provided a flexible solutions to deal with the situation. Afterall my goal is not to sit for exams or to add stress to the learning experience. So indeed we managed to work on a plan for lessons to be managed with a balance of my work schedule of which I appreciate the most.
Being a beginner, I had to shop for a guitar for the first time and Az helped me out by taking time to share his knowledge on what are the things that I should look out for in buying a guitar and made the whole experience less intimidating and enjoyable.
I enjoyed taking classes with Az because he allowed me to progress at my own pace and he would translate 'technical' terms in a basic manner that can be understood easily for a beginner. There is always room for questions and creative approach taken by Az to explain the 'why' and 'how' throughout the lesson.
Indeed he has planted a seed of interest to continue to learn to play the guitar and making it a fun and fruitful experience for me."

Samantha Lee, Beginner Guitar Student, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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"I was lucky enough to have a 2 hour lesson with Az each weekday for two weeks. Prior to meeting Az I was a competent electric rhythm and lead player. Having a degree in composition I had good theory knowledge and interest in analysing music. I was hoping to expand my acoustic playing techniques and to have challenging conversations about music in general and guitar in particular.

Each lesson was unique, this was great for me as Az and I did a very satisfying mix of playing and talking. We challenged each other and enjoyed the exchange of knowledge and opinion on music playing, composing, listening and also life in general.
When demonstrating techniques or pieces Az was very patient and considerate and moved at the pace that suited me. He also allowed me to video key aspects of lessons.
Each day I looked forward to the lesson and wondered what it would bring.  I was never disappointed, the lessons were stimulating, challenging and fun.  
Each day I left wanting more, but also intellectually spent as we covered a lot of ideas and materials in each session which suited my level of understanding and skill.
I am a much better player following our series of lessons, I have a friend in Malaysia and I learnt a lot about music, playing and life through my interactions with Az.
Thank you Az for sharing your knowledge, passion and skills with me. With eternal gratitude. Mat "
Mat, Acoustic Guitar & Music Theory Student, Christmas Island, Australia 

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"Like most guitar enthusiasts, I started off young, enthusiastic and eager to learn, but eventually lost my zeal and got stuck in a rut with the same licks and chord progressions. Even though I wanted so much to learn about jazz guitar playing, the online resources available kept me away with their complex lingo on jazz standards and music theory. So when I heard about Az, I immediately called about classes.

I can remember the first class with Az so vividly, the way he handles guitar classes is truly a breath of fresh air. Always smiling and warm, he unravelled the basic jazz chords, as well as their arpeggios within the first lesson. I remember driving back and trying to recall all that I had learnt, and telling my mom how much I had enjoyed the class. Moreover, taking classes with Az has reinvigorated my desire to improve and practice harder than before. He has also opened up my playing from being a purely 'pentatonic scale' player to venture beyond my comfort zones on the fretboard. To put it in a nutshell, I've truly rediscovered my passion for the guitar.

From my experience with guitar teachers, I can testify that not all great guitar players make great guitar teachers. But Az is the exception to this rule, and I can't wait to get back to classes with him, so that I can continue learning! "

Arwin Goo, Jazz Guitar Student, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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"Studying guitar with Az Samad is awesome. The 2 months of Jazz Guitar Masterclass is a kickass journey for me, made my money well spent. Haha. Az Samad's teachings is so well structured. Talking about soloing over changes, I spent most of my time finding more licks to solo, so that I don't play the same licks over and over again in every song. After I started Az Samad's lesson, I understand that being able to play a good solo is more than just practicing licks ! Hahaha. Good one.

We talked about how to explore and practice chord voicings, melodic comping, writing lines over changes, rhythmic and melodic motif development . Trust me, Az Samad is a friendly guy and it's really easy for me to get information from Teacher Az in any topic related to guitar. At least enough for a year to practice I can say. Hahaha.

Now that I've completed this 2 months Jazz Guitar Course, I feel better at understanding about Jazz Guitar. One of the most important information that I've got from Teacher Az Samad is, there are too many things for us to practice, we have to be sure what is our goal and we want to achieve so that we can have a good direction to plan for our every practice session. Really appreciate all the information I got from classes and I'm PROUD to be Az Samad's student !      =)"

Chee Seng, Music College Student, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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"Before I join Az's class I had already learn and play for 4 years but all the while, my overall playing still quite stiff especially the percussive techniques that I learnt from Youtube. After getting his lessons, my previous weaknesses such as playing with no emotions, stiff techniques have removed! Moreover, after the lessons, I get to learn many things that are more than my expectations. Aside from the percussive techniques, I'd even discover my own play style and learn the way to compose guitar fingerstyle music. Aside from these, Az is also a very helpful and friendly mentor as he always provides me with good resources and suggestions even outside of class time. Finally, I can say is that my guitar playing skill has been ultimately reached the next level."

Lai Ze Ren, Fingerstyle Guitar Course Student, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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"Learning with Az has been a unique experience, full of many paths and unexpected turns that have lead to satisfying places and better playing.  Until recently, I've been a self-taught guitarist for the past 30 years.  Initially, I figured we would need to spend time working on my incorrect ways of playing.  But that didn't happen.  Az saw these not as bad habits, but as other ways of playing.  He urged me to build and add new voicing and phrases, as a way to add to my collection of existing techniques.  In a very short period of time, I've found myself exploring the fretboard with a renewed sense of wonder and curiosity that I haven't experienced in years, and as a result, my playing and compositions have benefitted greatly.  Az is probably one of the few instructors who knows how to engage his students, customize lessons, and enable you to discover what you're truly capable of."

Eric Hausmann, Multi-Instrumentalist & Composer, Skype Guitar Student, Portland, Oregon, USA

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"I have owned a guitar for 10 years before I finally decided to do something with it, and I picked the right teacher. Az seems to have a knack for mind-reading as he is able to dissect and explain the music to me even before I know what questions to ask. His emphasis on learning the basics well has helped me build a sound foundation to progress much faster.

One of the most helpful tools that Az uses well is technology. His videos of the songs and techniques that I'm learning let me review the lessons on my own, and has helped me learn so much better. Guitar is fun!"

Carolyn Hong, Beginner Guitar Student, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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"Az is a guitar genius. Studying jazz guitar with him is a most eye-opening, musically-inspiring journey. His really unique approach to common musical challenges never fails to amaze me. What's best is Az teaches one "how to fish instead of giving him/her a fish", i really appreciate how he teaches one how to apply concepts, how to approach musical raw material and how to practice - which is knowledge that I can apply throughout my musical journey in life. His teaching style is really great too, as he is really friendly, concise and to-the-point. What's really cool too is that Az can make genres like funk sound really good on a classical guitar hahaha ! Az's mastery of any musical material he is working on is so admirable. I daresay Az is my most favorite guitar teacher !  :D"

Sapphire Ng, Music College Student, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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"My lessons with Az was one of my most fruitful and provocative experiences in my 'guitaring' adventures. Being a guitar teacher myself, i noticed that Az's teaching technique is comprehensive and he would always managed to keep 'boring' subjects interesting and fun for the students. I was always excited to attend his classes although it would take 5 hours to reach his apartment (I'm from Penang, by the way!)!! Besides being an awesome performer, he's a great teacher and he'd emphasize on details of techniques from various perspectives. Flexibility is his 'middle' name and I'm happy that each lesson is somehow customized to my needs rather than a fixed or rigid syllabus. Thanks Az! "

Richard Leong, Professional Guitar Teacher, Penang, Malaysia

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"I'm a self-taught guitarist and have been playing for 12 years now. I started with piano lessons till Grade 5 but I never quite liked the piano, so I taught myself guitar instead. Thanks to the internet and Youtube, I've managed to learn quite a fair bit - till I hit the ceiling of free self-learning about 5 years ago. Try as I might, I could never get myself to the next level, and I started giving up and thought "this is the best I'll ever get". That was until I met Az.

I signed up for four weeks with Az, with high expectations and "big problems" that I wondered if we could cover in time. I wanted to master the fretboard, be able to play further than the 4th fret, understand jazz basics, play some harmonics - stuff like that - and I figured we'd need months and months for that. Az blew that out of the water - I knew how to master the fretboard within my first hour with him. Mind = blown.

In the weeks to come, Az not only taught me all I wanted to learn; he also corrected the many little errors I had in my playing that I never knew existed, and taught me so much about the guitar that I now have enough practice material to last me at least 6 months. All in very easy-to-understand lessons with no funky guitar jargon. He's incredibly easy to work with, is really patient, and best of all - he *knows* what exactly to teach and how to achieve my goals that there is no wasted time. I've learnt more in those 4 weeks than in my 5 years fumbling around in the dark.

True, Az's prices are premium prices - it's no secret that you can take normal guitar classes for a fraction of the price. But you don't get "normal" teaching with Az - you get customised, condensed, *premium* stuff that you absolutely cannot get anywhere else for this kind of price. Don't let the casual, down-to-earth look fool you. This guy knows his stuff, and he is amazing at teaching that stuff to you.

If his credentials listed in his website isn't enough to convince you, then let me leave you with this: If I had a choice to go back in time and decide whether or not to sign up for Az Samad's uber-premium classes - I would. Ten times out of ten. And I'm already planning to continue my classes once I've mastered what I've learnt so far.

Just sign up with him already. You will not regret it."

Michael Kwan, Tech Geek & Guitar Enthusiast, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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"Az Samad was amazing when he came to work with us as the Jazz Consultant for the Young KL Singers' 10th Anniversary Concert, Popzzical! Knowledgeable and funny, he helped us understand the historical context behind Ain't Misbehavin', making good use of YouTube videos to highlight the different ways the song could be interpreted. He was also instrumental in getting us to groove properly for the rhythmic Sinaran, with his engaging and effective advice that was very easily grasped by all 40 of our members. He definitely helped us bring out the best in our jazz numbers for our concert. Thanks, Az!"

Yin Zhen Yao, Producer, Popzzical 

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"I'm a 30-something, tone deaf IT professional and a father of 3 kids under 6. My previous music education ended after my third piano class when I was about 8 and the only other instrument I played and was decent at in school was the triangle. If Az can teach me to play the guitar like a warrior mariachi and tell apart mexican and spanish finger styles, imagine what magic he can work for you and your guitar. His brilliance on stage is only overshadowed by his patience and creativity in teaching. He doesn't just show you the techniques, he makes you fall in love with the guitar."

Wu Han Ngeow, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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"I was interested in learning more about song writing, but have always had the fear of writing my ideas and having others listen to them. I had a Skype session with Az and learned about many a variety of valuable things, such as where to get an idea and how to translate that idea into a musical composition. I wrote my first song (Night, in Farsi, “Shab”) in 15 minutes, and I was actually pleased with it. It is amazing how creative one can get if the motivation and excitement is behind a project. Az gave me the motivation to get started. I am not a composer and did not study composition at music school, I am a vocalist who has very little knowledge of the 'rules of composition,' yet, Az created a very friendly environment that taught me and my boyfriend (an engineer) how to get our ideas organized and use them in making some very fun musical projects.

Sara Renee Morajev, Professional Vocalist & Music Educator, Livermore, California.

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"I have been playing for about five years before enrolling with Az Samad. I have gone to a few guitar classes before but I remained stuck in a rut. It was frustrating.

A friend suggested Az Samad whom he saw performing and true enough, his vast musical knowledge and performing experience helped me a lot. My guitar playing improved by leaps and bounds. His approach to teaching guitar is very systematic, helped greatly by his personality that truly inspiring. We started with minor pentatonic before moving to major pentatonic. By my third class, listening to a song became a new experience and I could identify and understood the mechanic behind the songwriting, as if a veil has been removed.

With the help of Line 6 JM4 looper, I practiced what I have been taught and voila, I found myself jamming for hours. The best part was when my wife complimented my playing. Initially she thought it was the stereo.

If you are serious about guitar playing, I recommend my sifu very highly. Go to him and you will be surprised by how fast you can improve. He inspires me to improve and he will do the same to you too."

Hisham Zaman, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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"My name is Amirhooman and I major in music and before taking classes with Az Samad I was lost I didn't know how to get my tone how to apply the theory on my playing and much more in one sentence AZ SAMAD WILL TEACH YOU HOW TO PLAY THE GUITAR AND NOT THE GUITAR PLAYING YOU and my playing changed from the first hour of the class. And he is a true mentor."

Amirhooman Hesmati, Music College Student, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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"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, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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"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. 

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"Az has a flawless technique for teaching guitar concepts, and is one of the top guitar players in the Bay Area. I highly recommend him for lessons or gigs!"

Keith Hunter, SJSU Music Education and Trombone Performance major, San Jose, California.

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"Az Samad is not only an incredible performer but has the ability to explain the techniques behind his phenomenal playing. His knowledge expands from Classical to nearly every contemporary style under the sun. Along with his teaching skills, Az has the ability to truly inspire his students to be outstanding musicians. Mr. Samad's teaching style is perfect for beginner, intermediate and advanced students!"

Alex Upegui, SJSU B.A. in Vocal Performance, San Jose, California.

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"Through our weekly guitar lessons, Az has inspired me in fingerstyle guitar. Our musical pursuits in class as student and teacher have broaden both our musical interests in terms of genre; our sources of music come from the current Top 40s to videos on YouTube, to classical sheet music. Az is an awesome teacher who is passionate about every song he plays."

Johnny Wong, High School Student, Fremont, California.

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 "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.

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" My lessons with Az has turned out to be one of the most valuable and worthwhile experience throughout all the time I've spent on the guitar. It is not just the instruction of technique but the impartation of his experiences, thoughts & observations, interjected with humour and good advice that sets him apart from the rest. Highly skilled and an excellent teacher, Az is a must for anyone looking to improve themselves as a guitarist. "

Aidan Chung, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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"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.

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"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.

Beats & Bytes

Teaching Highlights

Upcoming Workshops:

Currently scheduling workshops & speaking engagements for 2013-2015. Interested in organizing one? Contact Az here!

Mon, Sept 9: Singapore | Fingerstyle Guitar Workshop at Maestro Guitars and Ukulele, Esplanade | 6:30 PM

Currently scheduling workshops for 2013-2015. Interested in organizing one? Contact me here!

Recent Workshops & Talks:



10 Mar, Sun, 1pm & 3.30pm (Mosaic Music Festival, Singapore)

Mosaic Music Makers: In A Chord –
Guitar workshop for Absolute Beginners
 [SOLD OUT]

Thomas Leeb Residential Acoustic Guitar Workshop [SOLD OUT]
(with Thomas Leeb, Jon Gomm, Mike Dawes, George Lowden, Wilfried Lepuschitz and Az Samad) 
Turracher Höhe, Austria, July 13th - 19th 2013 

Thomas Leeb Residential Acoustic Guitar Workshop
(with Thomas Leeb, Jon Gomm, Mike Dawes and Az Samad) 
Turracher Höhe, Austria, July 6th - 12th 2013  

Tuesday, Jan 29, 2013, 6pm (ICOM, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
The Secrets of a Successful Touring Musician
with Az Samad & Gabriel Lynch (FB Event Page)

Tues, Feb 21 | University of Asia and The Pacific, Philippines
Campus Workshop Tour in conjunction with Philippines International Jazz Fest

I've Conducted Workshops At: 


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Online Lessons/Transcriptions

Truefire.com Lesson - 4 Exercises For The Right Hand (US$0.99 - includes MP3 and PDF file)

Free Lessons:

Hybrid Chords and the II-V-I Chord Progression (includes MP3 & PDF)
CAGED Fingering Concept
Ideas on how to learn a song
Latah Setinggan Transcription - A section
Score/Transcription for Senja Mula Menangis

And more free lessons on:
www.achordaday.com
guitarharmony.blogspot.com

Selected blog posts:

On composing (March 5, 2004)
On the creative process (March 31, 2004)
Music and inspiration (Jun 1, 2004)
On attending Eric Roche's Residential Guitar Workshop (Oct 10, 2004)
Different aspects of the guitar (Oct 14, 2004)
Random notes about the guitar (Oct 29, 2004)

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I've taught at:

Northern California Music & Art Culture Center (NCMACC) , San Francisco, CA

SF Guitars Not Guns (Beginner and Intermediate Group Guitar Classes) - San Francisco, CA
The Music School, Sunnyvale, CA
Berklee College Of Music (Faculty, Berklee Summer Guitar Sessions 2007 & 2008) - Boston,MA
The North Beach Teen Program Guitar Classes @ Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Center - San Francisco, CA
San Jose State University (Co-teacher for Guitar Fundamentals Class and Teaching Assistant for Jazz Improvisation I Class)
De Anza College (Teaching Assistant for Intermediate/Advanced Guitar Class)

And conducted music workshops at:

Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut, USA. 
Freight and Salvage, Berkeley, California, USA.
Culturefest 2008, Pipestem, West Virginia, USA.
San Jose State University, San Jose, California, USA.
Evergreen Valley High School, San Jose, California, USA. (Guitar Outreach w/ Steve Lin)
International College Of Music, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Malaysian Institute of Art, Taman Melawati, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
AC Pickers @ Freeman Guitars, Kepong, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Guitar Collection Subang Jaya, Malaysia
Music Hut, Damansara Perdana, Malaysia
Young Choral Academy, Taman Tun Dr. Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Damansara Jaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Kl SingSong Festival 2006

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Music Lessons in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Become a Better Musician Today!
  • Get a strong musical foundation to build your skills
  • Apply the same concepts world class musicians use in their music
  • Discover the secrets to get out of creative ruts
  • Develop your personal musical style 

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[Learn At Your Own Pace. Private Lessons That Focus On You.]

NOTE: All the classes are private lessons, one-on-one classes. There are no group classes at the moment.  

Guitar Lessons
  • Choose From 3 Programs: 
    • Singer-Songwriter Guitar
    • Jazz Guitar
    • Beginner 
  • Single Lesson & 4, 8 or 12 Lesson Packages Available
  • Study in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia OR worldwide via Skype

Click Here To Learn More About the Guitar Lessons:
http://www.azsamad.com/guitar-lessons  

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Music Lessons
  • Choose From 3 Programs: 
    • Composition
    • Improvisation
    • Jazz & Contemporary Harmony/Theory
  • Single Lesson & 4, 8 or 12 Lesson Packages Available
  • Study in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia OR worldwide via Skype

Click Here To Learn More About the Music Lessons:
http://www.azsamad.com/music-lessons   

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[Busy Schedule? Take A Short Course.]
NOTE: All the classes are private lessons, one-on-one classes. There are no group classes at the moment.  

Intro to Fingerstyle Ukulele Course
  • 2-Month Course 
  • Limited Enrollment - only 3 Students Max

Click Here To Learn More About The Intro to Fingerstyle Ukulele Course:
http://www.azsamad.com/ukulele

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Intro to Jazz Blues Guitar Course
  • 2-Month Course 
  • Limited Enrollment - only 3 Students Max

Click Here To Learn More About The Intro to Jazz Blues Guitar Course:
http://www.azsamad.com/jazzblues

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Percussive Fingerstyle Guitar Course
  • 3-Month course 
  • Limited Enrollment - only 3 Students Max
Click Here To Learn More About The Percussive Fingerstyle Guitar Course:


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Jazz Guitar Masterclass
http://www.azsamad.com/jazz
 
  • 2-Month Course 
  • Limited Enrollment - only 3 Students Max

Click Here To Learn More About The Jazz Guitar Masterclass:
http://www.azsamad.com/jazz 

Wednesday
Apr022014

Intro to Singer-Songwriter Guitar Course

Welcome to the [Intro to Singer-Songwriter Guitar Course]

In this epic 2-month course, you’ll learn singer-songwriter guitar by creating a strong foundation. Why get bad playing habits that stop you from your full potential when you can get it right from the very start?

Play guitar like a boss, don’t look silly on stage fumbling with barre chords and memorizing everything by rote.

Learn the guitar...

  • with proper technique (great tone comes from relaxed technique and good posture, do you know how?)

  • harmonically (fingerstyle strumming and groovy picking patterns)

  • melodically (learn scales, arpeggios and melodies that sound good on the uke)

What is the course format?

  • We meet for a total of 4 classes.

  • Each class is a 1-on-1 private lesson.

  • Each class lasts 2 hours. You get 8 hours of lessons in total.

And, in the process, you’ll understand:

  • Rhythm Guitar Basics... so you’ll know how to groove when you accompany yourself

  • Singer-Songwriter Guitar Harmony... so you know the difference between how to sound more like Bob Dylan or Elliot Smith or Jason Mraz

  • Fingerstyle Patterns and Grooves… so you don’t just strum all the time but can break into some cool fingerstyle sounds

  • Song Studies... so you can connect all the things you learn into real songs and even your own songs

...and be on the way to being an awesome modern singer-songwriter!

This is how the classes will be:

[1st Month]

Class 1

30 min - Rhythm Guitar Basics I - Basic Right Hand Postures, Patterns and Tone Secrets
30 min -
Singer Songwriter Guitar Harmony I - Essential Chords, open chord shapes and introduction to the CAGED system of chords
5 min - BREAK
25 min -
Fingerstyle Patterns and Grooves I - Basic Fingerstyle Patterns & Posture
30 min -
Song Study I

Class 2

30 min - Rhythm Guitar Basics II - 8th note strumming patterns and folk strumming basics
30 min -
Singer Songwriter Guitar Harmony II - Variations to basic open chord shapes and how to sound more modern
5 min - BREAK
25 min -
Fingerstyle Patterns and Grooves II - Bossa nova grooves and pop variations
30 min -
Song Study II

[2nd Month]

Class 3

30 min - Rhythm Guitar Basics III - Folk Strumming continued
30 min -
Singer Songwriter Guitar Harmony III - Exploring moody and melancholic minor key harmonies
5 min - BREAK
25 min -
Fingerstyle Patterns and Grooves III - Introduction to Travis Picking
30 min -
Song Study III

Class 4

30 min - Rhythm Guitar Basics IV - An introduction to triplets and 16th note grooves
30 min -
Singer Songwriter Guitar Harmony IV - Jazz Harmony Basics
5 min - BREAK
25 min -
Fingerstyle Patterns and Grooves IV - Backbeat grooves and intro to funky fingerstyle guitar grooves
30 min -
Song Study IV

Requirements:

  • Some basic guitar skills, approximately AT LEAST 6 months to 1 year playing experience. 
  • An acoustic guitar (steel string or nylon is fine)
  • A tuner (Electronic tuner, IOS and/or Adroid app)
  • Metronome (Digital metronome, IOS and/or Adroid app)
This course is meant for singer-songwriters and singers who play guitar to accompany themselves. This course is also useful for guitarists who work or session for singers.

NOTE: The classes will be personalized to your current playing ability.
For more advanced players, you will learn detailed approach to rhythm, tone and grooves.
For beginner players, we will build a strong foundation for your technique and musical vocabulary.

Basically, you will rock and sound better at the end of this course!

How much is the investment for this course?

You can choose between two options:

Complete Payment (Save RM240) : One-time payment of RM1,200
Installment Payment Plan: Two monthly payments of RM720 (Total fees: RM1,440)

If You're Ready To Take Your Guitar Playing To The Next Level,
If You Want World-Class Music Instruction,
If You Want Personalized Paced Lessons That Focus On You,

To register, e-mail me here: http://www.azsamad.com/contact

NEW COURSE ENROLLMENT NOW OPEN!

Please include:

  • Your name and location  
  • Your musical background (how many years you've been playing, whether you've played other instruments)
  • Your favorite singer-songwriter and favorite YouTube singer-songwriter performance video

I look forward to hearing from you. =)

 

 

Thursday
Dec192013

Guitar Lesson Packs 

If you're looking for quality guitar lesson resources, here's a selection of practice material that will help you.

As soon as you purchase a lesson pack, you will be able to download it to your computer & start practicing! 

For Beginners: 

This lesson pack collects the most important material for beginner student. This is the exact same handouts that my private students use as they begin their guitar adventures! For a fraction of the investment, you can also have the same handouts!

Use these to power-up your guitar skills today! =)

USD$7 USD$5 (Introductory Promo Price! Save USD$2)

Buy Now

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For Jazz Guitar Geeks: 

A treasure chest of jazz guitar secret & strategies, this massive lesson pack collects exercises and etudes designed to improve your jazz chops! 

Order Today & Get: 

• Part 1: 8 pages of essential jazz scale exercises & practice approaches 
• Part 2: 8 pages of powerful exercises to improve your chords and comping
• Part 3: 12 pages of Jazz Lines and Etudes to increase your vocabulary
• Part 4: 2 Lessons that show you how voicings and lines connect
• Part 5: 25 Hip Jazz Guitar Tips 
• BONUS: Three Articles for Jazz Guitarists 

USD$17 USD$12 (Introductory Promo Price! Save USD$5)

Buy Now

 

Tuesday
Nov262013

Jazz Guitar Improvisation I Course

To register, message me here to book your slot: http://www.azsamad.com/contact

Do you love jazz guitar?

Are you amazed when jazz guitarists improvise beautiful melodies, seemingly out of thin air? Have you tried to learn jazz guitar improvisation...but always get stuck, only to end up playing the same licks over and over?

If YouTube jazz guitar lessons only confuse you and books seems to only make things complicated, here's a course for you.

Introducing:

The Jazz Guitar Improvisation I Course:
A step-by-step 5-month program designed to make you a better jazz guitar improviser!

What will you learn?

  • 10 classic jazz standards that will increase your repertoire (you'll learn real music & not just exercises) These songs include Autumn Leaves, Misty, Blue Monk, All The Things You Are and Blues For Alice
  • 10 essential improvisation concept to solo in the language (and sound authentic at jam sessions!)
  • Scales, arpeggios and soloing techniques that are directly related to the songs you'll learn (evertyhing is in context so you're not left with licks that you can't use in real life)

How will you learn?

  • You'll learn 1 song per class, where you'll be guided to the secrets behind the melody, harmony and building blocks of it all. (This is the same approach they use at classes at Berklee College of Music!)
  • Each class is 2-hours so you will have a focused session that is personalized to your pace. Everyone is different and you will get your problems and challenges addressed.
  • Learn by doing! You will learn concepts and start jamming in small bite size sections to get the hang of it. After each class, your assignment will be to write a solo that combines what you've learned. (This is how Mick Goodrick taught me and many of his students in his famous Berklee Advanced Guitar Labs)

To register, message me here to book your slot: http://www.azsamad.com/contact

Is this course for you?

This is NOT FOR YOU if you are:

  • A casual guitarist dabbling in jazz
  • Not focused and not determined to practice songs and exercises
  • Comfortable at your current level of playing 
  • A complete beginner guitarist

This course is for you if:

  • You've been playing jazz guitar for 6 months to 1 year or more
  • You're ready to take your playing to the next level
  • You want to be a better jazz improvisor AND are willing to do the work
  • You want to understand the secrets of professional jazz musicians
  • You want proven exercises and practice approaches like what they teach at Berklee College of Music

Want to look at the entire syllabus? [Click here for the PDF]

To register, message me here to book your slot: http://www.azsamad.com/contact

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OPTION #1:
The main course is a 5-month program 
10 classes, 2 hours each class,
20 hours of private lessons in total.
If you choose this, your options are: 

Complete payment: RM3,000 (Save RM500)
2 installments: RM1,600 (Save RM300)
5 installments: RM700/per month (Total fees: RM3,500)

To register, message me here to book your slot: http://www.azsamad.com/contact

If you are not ready for the full program,
you can take the starter course which is the first 4 classes: 

OPTION #2:
The Improvisation Starter Course (Class 1-4 ONLY) RM1,400 Fixed Fee
Upgrade to complete course for RM2,000 (Save RM100 of total course fee)

Optional Guitar Duo Class:

For participants who would also like to develop their duo playing skills, you can take an add-on guitar duo class. These can be one-off classes or for epic development, you can take 2-hours each month of duo coaching. You will need to find your own guitar duo partner for this & are responsible to coordinate your schedules together. You will learn to develop your ensemble skills with the same repertoire in the main course. 

2-hour duo guitar coaching class: RM350 (RM175/per person) 
10-hours of duo coaching classes: RM1,750 (RM875/per person) 

To register, message me here to book your slot: http://www.azsamad.com/contact

Look forward to hearing from you soon!


Jazz on. =)

Saturday
Sep072013

Intro to Fingerstyle Ukulele Course

To register, e-mail me here: http://www.azsamad.com/contact

NEW COURSE ENROLLMENT NOW OPEN!

To register, e-mail me here: http://www.azsamad.com/contact

NEW COURSE ENROLLMENT NOW OPEN!

Imagine playing the ukulele like Jake Shimabukuro or James Hill -

with confidence, great rhythm and amazing tone!

  • Have you tried playing fingerstyle ukulele but your fingers seem to get stuck?

  • Do you learn from YouTube videos but it all seems to not make sense?

  • Do you ever practice and it sounds good... until you go a jam and you suddenly get lost?

  • Are you bored of playing the same old uke chords?

A lot of people buy instructional books, watch YouTube videos, download lessons from the Internet...

But that’s easy to do. Information is easy to find but...

The question is:

How much of this is getting into your actual playing?

How can you actually sound more awesome?

How can you improve your ukulele playing?

Welcome to the [Intro to Fingerstyle Ukulele Course]

In this epic 2-month course, you’ll learn fingerstyle ukulele by creating a strong foundation. Why get bad playing habits that stop you from your full potential when you can get it right from the very start?

Play ukulele like a boss by understanding what you play instead of just guessing chord shapes.

Learn the ukulele by...

  • technique (great tone comes from relaxed technique and good posture, do you know how?)

  • harmonically (fingerstyle strumming and groovy picking patterns)

  • melodically (learn scales, arpeggios and melodies that sound good on the uke)

What is the course format?

  • We meet for a total of 4 classes.

  • Each class is a 1-on-1 private lesson.

  • Each class lasts 2 hours. You get 8 hours of lessons in total.

And, in the process, you’ll understand:

  • Fingerstyle Basics... so you have the freedom of learning anything you want, systematically
  • Ukulele Harmony... so you know what you're playing & how to find new chords
  • Ukulele Scales & Melodies... so you can play melodies & not just chords all the time
  • Song Studies... so you can connect all the things you learn into pieces that you can play for your friends

...and be on the way to being an awesome confident fingerstyle ukulele player!

This is how the classes will be:

[1st Month]

Class 1

30 min -Fingerstyle Basics I - Basic Right Hand Postures, Patterns and Tone Secrets
30 min - Ukulele Harmony I - Essential Basic Uke Chords
5 min - BREAK
25 min - Ukulele Scales & Melodies I - C Major Scale (Open Position & Campanella)
30 min - Song Study I

Class 2

30 min - Fingerstyle Basics II - Intro to Fingerstyle Accompaniment Patterns
30 min - Ukulele Harmony II - Diatonic Chords in C Major
5 min - BREAK
25 min - Ukulele Scales & Melodies II - Connecting melodies and basic chords
30 min - Song Study II

[2nd Month]

Class 3

30 min - Fingerstyle Basics III - Scale Technique for Ukulele
30 min - Ukulele Harmony III - Diatonic Chords in G Major & F Major, Common Chord Progressions
5 min - BREAK
25 min - Ukulele Scales & Melodies III - G Major & F Major Scale (Open Position & Campanella)
30 min - Song Study III

Class 4

30 min - Fingerstyle Basics IV - Intro to Solo Fingerstyle Ukulele
30 min - Ukulele Harmony IV - Intro to Jazzy Uke Chords
5 min - BREAK
25 min - Ukulele Scales & Melodies IV - Intro to Arpeggios
30 min - Song Study IV 

Learn to play like this! Here's a video of me performing my original solo fingerstyle ukulele composition 'Distant River':

 

Meet some of the other students who have completed the course!

How much is the investment for this course?

You can choose between two options:
Complete Payment (Save RM240) : One-time payment of RM1,200 
Installment Payment Plan: Two monthly payments of RM720 (Total fees: RM1,440)


Enrollment is limited to 3 (THREE) students and after this, I’ll only be taking new students for this course in April 2014. I look forward to help guide you in your your ukulele adventure!

If You're Ready To Take Your Ukulele Playing To The Next Level,
If You Want World-Class Music Instruction,
If You Want Personalized Paced Lessons That Focus On You,

To register, e-mail me here: http://www.azsamad.com/contact

NEW COURSE ENROLLMENT NOW OPEN!

Please include:

  • Your name and location  
  • Your musical background (how many years you've been playing, whether you've played other instruments)
  • Your favorite ukulele player or ukulele YouTube video

I look forward to hearing from you. =)

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