GUITAR LESSONS

Each student needs a different approach. That’s why the teachers at WIMA know how to change their methods from one student to another. Guitar lessons at WIMA cover a wide variety of musical styles, such as rock, pop, jazz, blues, metal, finger style, and many others. Whether you’re learning to play as a beginner, want a technical upgrade for professional purposes, or just want to enjoy yourself while learning at your own pace, our lessons are structured to respond to your needs. We also help our students prepare for RCM exams and CEGEP and university entrance exams (specific instrument, theory, and ear training lessons).

Support materials:

Our teachers use a variety of books carefully selected to respond to the needs of their students. These include, among others, the works of Hal Leonard, Mel Bay, and Berklee. We also use adaptations of current pop music to help our students learn their favourite songs! Students will learn to read sheet music, chord diagrams, and musical notation.

Equipment:

Each WIMA studio is equipped with quality amplifiers, tuners, capos, and metronomes that are ready to use. You only have to bring your guitar, pick, and music!

Techniques:

Depending on the age of the student, beginners will learn the notes in the open position or the basic chords. The lessons then cover all the theory required for a guitarist, the different techniques necessary for the guitar (scales, barre chords, etc.), improvisation, composition, as well as  many other aspects. Students can also record themselves digitally, with their teacher, to have the experience of a guitarist in the studio.

Guitar Lesson Teachers:

Pointe-Claire

Alec first picked up the guitar at the age of 5. Throughout his childhood, Alec was always surrounded by musicians who lived up to the true sense of the term “rock and roll”. As the son of a semi-professional lead guitar player who played in various bands, Alec was consistently influenced into old school vintage rock and roll music. Deeply rooted in blues, rock, and soul music, Alec’s playing draws influence from players like Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix and Warren Haynes.  After studying the guitar for over 10 years, Alec’s accomplishments include several years of teaching experience, various performances of a wide variety of genres with different bands in Montreal, and even composing music for two small time student produced films in Montreal. Above everything else, Alec’s favourite kind of playing is an old school style unrehearsed jam. Much of Alec’s playing is based on “feel”, and the teaching method implemented puts feel first with a broad overture and application of musical theory.

Alec teaches Mondays.

Daniel is a Brazilian guitarist, bassist, singer, producer and sound track composer now based in Montreal. His musical path started in 1992 playing Tenor Saxophone, later at the age of 15 he decided to experiment with different instruments such as Electric Guitar, Drums and Bass and from that moment on his passion for music has only grown.

He grew up in a very musical home and being exposed to a large variety of styles was the key to develop a number of influences that can be heard in his playing. Musicians and bands like Stevie Wonder, Jimi Hendrix, B.B.King, ACDC, Tom Jobim, George Benson, Wes Montgomery, Kenny Burrel, Jamiroquai, Al Green and Marvin Gaye are some of his biggest heroes.

 

Daniel studied with private teachers in São Paulo, Brazil and in 2002 he started his Bachelor’s Degree in a brazilian music university, now he’s pursuing a Jazz Studies degree at Concordia University.

Some of his projects range from a Jimi Hendrix Tribute, Midnight Funkers and a jazz trio called Living Room that play all around different venues, weddings and corporate events in São Paulo.

Daniel’s approach to teaching is based on understanding and not memorizing, ear training development and a constant effort to pass along to his students some of his passion for music.

Daniel teaches on Saturdays and Sundays.

Hayden was born loving music. He started experimenting with multiple instruments at a young age and focused in on the Guitar at the age of 9. Hayden studied with several Guitar teachers at WIMA over a 7 year period before furthering his studies at the Vanier Colleg Music Program. He is currently finishing up his degree in Jazz Performance.

Hayden is also an accomplished Singer, Songwriter and Performer. He fronts the Montreal country/pop rock band, The Record Breakers. They have released 2 albums and recently opened for Bon Jovi, at the Bell Centre.

Fluent in rock, country, blues, folk and pop, Hayden has a relaxed approach to teaching and encourages the student to become comfortable and familiar with their instrument while having lots of fun doing it!

Hayden teaches on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Jeff has been playing guitar since the age of 10, at first taking private lessons from a family friend and later on learning proper theory and technique in high school music classes. During his time in high school, Jeff studied and composed mainly in the style progressive rock and heavy metal, playing multiple live shows with bands of these genres. Jeff has since gone on to explore Jazz, Blues and Classical ever since joining the Concordia Jazz Performance program back in 2017. The musical styles of jazz players such as Pat Martino, Wynton Kelly, Clifford Brown and John Coltrane have cultivated a deep love of jazz and the culture surrounding it throughout his time at Concordia.

The most important thing when playing music according to Jeff is consistent practice. Committing time to your instrument every day will cultivate a love that eventually grows into something spectacular. For Jeff, the mindset of a musician playing his instrument should be the same as that of a child at play and he emphasizes the importance of having fun with music in his lessons.

Jeff teaches on Thursdays & Saturdays.

Ryan first picked up the Guitar at the age of 6 and started to take lessons in High School at the age of 12. In High School, Ryan performed many concerts with his school band all around Montreal and in China. In the early years of his musical career, Ryan played Rock and Metal and as he grew,, so did his taste in music. Ryan is now proficient in playing Jazz, Blues and RnB  in addition to Rock and Metal. Ryan believes there are only really two styles of music: good and bad. He currently studies Music at Vanier College and hopes to continue his studies and make his career in Music.

Ryan teaches on Wednesdays and Sundays.

Côte Saint-Luc

Ethan has been playing electric and acoustic guitar since 2008. Ethan is fluent in several techniques and playing styles within genres such as rock, pop and jazz. From August 2015 to May 2018, he attended Marianopolis College, earning his Double DEC in Social Science and Music with a concentration in Jazz Guitar, having learned music theory, ear training and sight singing in the process. During this time, he also taught guitar lessons individually and took on positions as the music specialist at Côte Saint-Luc Day Camp and YCC. He is currently doing a Major in Music at Concordia University, on his way to obtaining his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.

Additionally, Ethan also has experience in vocals, bass guitar, drums and piano, having recorded a full punk rock EP, accompanying himself on all instruments, consisting of covers as well as pieces that he wrote and composed himself. He is currently writing and performing with his band, Vibrant Reset, and composing more new material for his solo work.

To Ethan, it is important for students to have fun learning, but also take it as a challenge to further their instrumental skill. It is a valuable asset to balance practicality and imagination when it comes to learning guitar, with a focus on observing influential guitar players and their songs, in the process. Ethan is passionate about music, having developed an enthusiastic and intuitive approach to teaching, with an emphasis on creating a comfortable and positive space for students to learn at their own pace.

 

Ethan teaches on Saturdays.

Ilya’s passion for music began at an early age when his father, a classical music enthusiast, would regularly acquaint him to various composers. As a young boy, Ilya also sang with an Orthodox Church choir yet his true devotion to music began when he picked up the guitar at the age of 8, practicing and composing in a multitude of genres ranging from rock to classical. His strong interest in the progressive jazz genre led him to pursue his studies in Jazz Guitar at Vanier College and later at Concordia University.

 

Ilya has also studied extensively in film production and has written numerous scores for various independent films. Furthermore, he has played in numerous Progressive Rock, Funk and Jazz bands, often in various venues in Montreal.

 

Teaching has always been a passion for Ilya and a means to convey his enthusiasm to the student. His method of teaching relies strongly on establishing good communication and a positive learning environment. The students first develop their basic guitar skills through songs they like and various popular songs. Ilya also enjoys teaching advanced techniques such as improvisation and songwriting.

Ilya teaches on Wednesdays.

Michelle is a Lebanese guitarist who found her way into the world of music through films.  

At age 8, she starts taking theory, solfeggio and classical guitar lessons and has ever since had a  growing passion for this instrument.  

Fascinated by the versatility of guitars, Michelle decides to take a deeper dive into music. She got  her Bachelor’s degree in Musicology at USEK University in Lebanon and moved to Montreal to  complete her DESS in film scoring at UQAM.  

In Lebanon, Michelle worked closely with the Zouk Mikael Modern Orchestra and various local artists  with whom she explored different musical genres like Oriental pop music, Blues, Gospel, Reggae, Prog, Soul/R&B and Jazz. 

Influenced by a multitude of artists from both the West and the East, her playing engulfs  colourful elements of Western music in an Oriental blend; putting the soul and feel upfront.  

Michelle has been teaching music for 8 years now and strongly believes that “Practice equals time  and quality when you aim to master your craft”.

Michelle teaches on Tuesdays and Sundays.

Beaconsfield

Jeff has been playing guitar since the age of 10, at first taking private lessons from a family friend and later on learning proper theory and technique in high school music classes. During his time in high school, Jeff studied and composed mainly in the style progressive rock and heavy metal, playing multiple live shows with bands of these genres. Jeff has since gone on to explore Jazz, Blues and Classical ever since joining the Concordia Jazz Performance program back in 2017. The musical styles of jazz players such as Pat Martino, Wynton Kelly, Clifford Brown and John Coltrane have cultivated a deep love of jazz and the culture surrounding it throughout his time at Concordia.

The most important thing when playing music according to Jeff is consistent practice. Committing time to your instrument every day will cultivate a love that eventually grows into something spectacular. For Jeff, the mindset of a musician playing his instrument should be the same as that of a child at play and he emphasizes the importance of having fun with music in his lessons.

Jeff teaches on Tuesdays.

 

 

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