Advanced Guitar Lessons

Leon Muhudinov

Saddle Brook, NJ

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About Leon Muhudinov

Mon-Tue: 1:00pm-3:00pm, 8:00pm-10:00pm
Wed: 1:00pm-10:00pm
Thu: 1:00pm-4:00pm, 8:00pm-10:00pm
Fri: 1:00pm-10:00pm
Sat: 8:00am-4:00pm

Guitar lessons for beginner to advanced guitar players. Learn the tricks that will improve your playing tremendously. Professional guitar lessons by patient, experienced & dedicated teacher who will take the extra steps to make you happy as you learn to play this great instrument. Lessons are uniquely tailored to meet the student's needs and interests. Have fun while learning your favorite songs and pieces.

* Styles on Acoustic or Electric include classical, pop, rock, blues, metal, jam band, folk, ethnic/world and more

* Learn the tricks that will make you a great guitar player! Many students go on to school and community settings, or even form their own performing groups

*Posture, Technique, Chord Theory, Improv, Lead Playing, Songwriting, Composition, Sightreading Notation/Tablature, etc.

* Lessons available in English, Russian, and Spanish

* Offering partner, group and ensemble classes

* Help in selecting proper instrument, materials, accessories

* Guitar lessons also available on Skype

* Serving towns of Bergen County including Allendale, Alpine, Closter, Cresskill, Demarest, Elmwood Park, Fair Lawn, Franklin Lakes, Glen Rock, Lodi, Montvale, Northvale, Old Tappan, Park Ridge, Saddle Brook, Saddle River, Tenafly, Wayne, Westwood, Upper Saddle River, and more!

Described as "an artist worthy of some well-earned name recognition" by 20th Century Guitar Magazine, Leon is a versatile musician and accomplished guitar player. His knowledge, enthusiasm and willingness to take extra steps has earned him respect among both colleagues and clients.

Leon's music has been featured internationally on numerous radio stations, podcasts, and film. In 2011, he was featured as a segment composer for the series Project Oliver directed by Andy Cockrum.
Leon is also featured on the upcoming Van Halen Tribute album which includes current/former members of Aerosmith, Black Sabbath, Dio, and Yngwie Malmsteen band. The album was released on Versailles Records Sept. 2012. Leon will also be featured on their Guitar Wizards CD coming soon!
His recordings are available on CDBaby.com, iTunes, Barnes and Noble, Best Buy, FYE, most retail and online stores.

Location

20 Rosol Ln
Saddle Brook, NJ 07663

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  • 5/5 stars September 27, 2012

    I am a self-taught 50 year old guitar player who touched various styles of music over the years. Earlier this year, I decided to break away from the same old rock and blues riffs and learn something new. I didn't even know what I wanted to learn at that time, but after a brief phone interview, I decided to work with Leon and I never looked back since.

    Leon is such a versatile player and his knowledge and ability in all kinds of styles never cease to amaze me. We started with Bach pieces that I always admired, but considered to be too intimidating for non-classical players. In no time, I found myself thinking and playing differently whenever I grabbed a classical guitar. Occasionally we jumped around to touch Latin style or good old blues, and I always walked away with new practical knowledge.

    Above all, I would like to point out that Leon is a very patient teacher, and he understands each of his student's unique needs, never insisting one way or one style. I would recommend Leon to any level of players, but especially to the advanced ones. We all know how hard it is to find a teacher who can challenge and cultivate advanced level players.

  • 5/5 stars August 9, 2012

    I have been taking lessons from Leon for over 7 years now and I can honestly say that I would not be the musician I am today without his help. He provided me with a stable foundation in the beginning of our time together, with classical guitar training. He shared his musical tastes with me which spanned a wide variety of artists and composers. I found the pieces to be engaging, challenging, and still fun. I am now in college and see Leon irregularly, but he still manages to aid me. I write my own music now and he helps cultivate my works with his own knowledge of the music, including how the industry works. In total, he is a kind, considerate, and vastly talented music teacher who I would recommend in a heartbeat.

  • 5/5 stars July 11, 2012

    Leon is a fantastic teacher. I first started taking lessons with him nearly six years ago on the recommendation of a friend. As a teacher he is very clear and very patient. He can take the time to explain every position of every finger and can give you a music history lesson about almost every chord progression. Best of all, he'll often stick around a little longer to jam and give you new ideas. Although we started out with classical and rock pieces, I was able to branch out into other genres like gypsy jazz and flamenco. In fact, Leon introduced me to some of my now favorite jazz guitarists. He has seemingly boundless enthusiasm for whatever your musical interests may be. Plus, he is just generally a great and really friendly person.

  • 5/5 stars May 19, 2012

    I had been seeking a guitar teacher to further along my attempts to get better at finger-picking and learn how to play some of the tunes of my favorite folk singers-- I found Leon online and exchanged a few e-mails with him before we met up for the first lesson. He seemed like the ideal choice for me. Leon is a fantastic teacher-- he immediately was enthusiastic and interested in helping me along to grasp the songs I wanted to work on. His teaching style is very clear and has had me learning at a faster pace with a more thorough understanding of the material then I ever have before. He's extremely personable and always inviting you ask questions and grasp the theory behind the music. He writes everything out for you, and makes it pleasurable and easy to practice. I'm extremely happy with Leon and would recommend him to anyone looking to learn guitar -- beginners or advanced players-- Leon is a great teacher.

  • 5/5 stars May 10, 2012

    Passionate guitarist shares his knowledge and enthusiasm in an easy to understand, friendly approach. Learned both contemporary and classical styles of guitar playing. Fantastic Teacher

Question and answer

Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.

A. Usually, students take lessons one-on-one. They really enjoy their lessons because the material we learn is always applied to their interests/favorite songs. This really motivates them and keeps them practicing, which is great for the student, (as well as whoever is paying for the lesson.) It's really inspiring and rewarding to see how enthusiastic students become about playing the guitar or learning an instrument in general.

Occasionally, students will also take classes with a friend or in a group setting which is great because they gain experience interacting with others. Many of my advanced students go on to perform with their own groups.

Q. Describe three recent jobs you've completed.

A. The last three guitar students who have signed up are a good example of the diversity that makes it so enjoyable to teach. A recent student was an elementary school beginner who, after a few lessons, was already playing songs she knows for her family at home. Another recent guitar student is a high school teen and has really developed a passion for guitar and even performs with his own band. I have also recently started to teach an adult advanced player who has been playing for decades but decided to explore new styles and guitar techniques more seriously.

Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

A. I would suggest to look for a teacher that will not only help you learn guitar, but really encourage and inspire the student in developing a passion for playing an instrument because that is something they can enjoy and share for years to come. Furthermore, when students apply what they learned in occasional group settings, they really gain experience interacting with others.

Also, feel free to ask any questions you might have whether it is about experience teaching, other references & testimonials, or questions about selecting a guitar.

Q. What do you like most about your job?

A. I love to teach, and particularly to such a variety of students. Whether it is an beginner 8 year old or an experienced 50 year old player, it's a exciting to develop a unique program of study for each student.

It is really rewarding to see a smile on the student's face when they learn a song they like, or when they improve on a technique. Sharing that enthusiasm about learning the guitar is great. For most students, the lesson becomes one of the most enjoyable 1/2 hour or hour sessions in their week and they really look forward to the next one. It feels great to know that you're making a difference by sharing something that is so therapeutic and rewarding in many ways.

Q. Write your own question and answer it.

A. Do you work with students who have special needs?

Every student requires a unique, tailored program that addresses their individual needs as learners as well as the sensitivity and knowledge to provide a productive and fun learning environment.

I have worked with students in the autistic spectrum, Aspergers, students with visual impairments, motor/cognitive impairment, mood disorders, dyslexia, etc.

With increasing knowledge in teaching methodologies and communicative skills regarding specials needs, it has been a rewarding experience. All of these students have done great and it's so nice to see their passion for music bring a smile to their faces.

Q. Write your own question and answer it.

A. Do you teach advanced players?

Yes, I teach advanced players. Some of these students are those that have started with me as beginners and continue their studies. Others are new students with plenty of experience who are looking to take their playing to the next level.

Many of these students perform in their own groups, write their own songs, or come from college programs so we might focus on chord theory, songwriting, lead playing, or other techniques.

Advanced players learn tips and tricks that really help them improve. Whether they are learning a challenging Bach piece, working on their lead playing chops, or their own song, there are many aspects that we focus on including posture, exercises, interpretation, etc.

Q. Write your own question and answer it.

A. What kind of guitar do I need? Do you have guitars available to try and purchase?

There are many different kinds of guitars. The most common are steel string acoustic, nylon string/classic/classical guitars, and electric guitars. There are many factors in choosing a guitar including age, size of hands, musical taste, etc. It is important for you to try the guitar and to consult an experienced professional to make sure it is comfortable so that it will be inspiring to practice.

We can help you select an instrument and offer various guitars at affordable prices that fit any musical style, age and skill level. We can bring a guitar for you to try or we can also order a particular guitar for you.

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