Ahmad Mazboudi

Ahmad M.

San Jose, CA
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Lesson Details

Blues Guitar

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Guitar lessons in my private Studio in downtown San Jose. I have toured around the world with bands such as Guns N Roses, Dokken, Michael Angelo Batio, Ratt and Metallica. I have studio experience. Over 20+ experience in teaching, touring and recording.
I specialize in rock, metal, blues, acoustic, classical and pop music. I can teach beginners how to start correctly yet learn fast from techniques I developed myself and learned from guitar masters such as Joe Satriani, John Mayer, Stave Vai and George lynch themselves. I can also teach advanced techniques, artist development, live and gear consultation.
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About

Ahmad delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5 to 69 and special needs

Teaching since:
1992

I'm Ahmad a very enthusiastic musician. I started out teaching myself guitar at the age of 12. I moved to the U.S. in 2001 and studied music for 15 years receiving my B.M. & M.M in music and audio production at San Francisco State University. I then moved to Los Angeles then studied and trained with John Mayer, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, George Lynch and many others. I have performed hundreds of concerts in the U.S. as well in Europe & the Middle East and toured with Artists such as Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica, Guns N Roses, Michael Angelo Batio, Ratt, Sammy Hagar, Dokken and many others. I ranked #1 in the Slash Guitar Center competition. I was in the "list of top 5 guitar players ever" according to The Examiner, also picked as one of the best guitarists of 2013 and 2014 consecutively in the Rockwell UnScene magazine, and ranked 3rd in the Steve Vai Sam Ash Best in Shred competition.

I find a student's strengths and weaknesses using various ways to encourage each student. I am very patient, kind, flexible, and enthusiastic and I love working with children as much as adults. I strongly support basic skills: sight-reading, pitch and tone.

I have 25 years experience teaching kids and adults guitar. Also performing live and in the studio.

*** Lesson Details ***
My objectives: to help students powerfully communicate through the essence of music and aid the development of children and adults by finding their strengths and weaknesses and to develop their skills and show their musical talents. I emphasize basic skills, good sight-reading, guitar technique, and theory.

Lessons are held at either your home, or mine using composers from various time periods that speaks to the individual student.
Also,I do prefer to work weekly with my students.
A beginner lesson may be 10-15 min. for warm-ups and scales, 10-15 min. theory and rest playtime. In three to six months the student will be able to read sheet music and should be able to perform simple songs.

An intermediate lesson has more focus on music and technique from a specific genre. A specialty is preparation for guitar auditions or doing live or studio gigs.

I enjoy teaching children from age 5 up to adults.


*** Specialties ***
I teach the basic skills very strongly, and also encourage students and challenge them, as well.
I also have new techniques for teaching Electric, Acoustic & CLassical Guitar.
I do prefer to teach a weekly lesson.

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Education

Masters in Audio & Music Production
Sep 2001 - May 2005
San Francisco State University

Languages

Arabic
Fluent / Native Proficiency
English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

Top Guitarists of 2014
May 2014
Rockwell UnScene Magazine
3rd in Steve Vai Best in Shred competition.
Aug 2013
Steve Vai/ Sam Ash
List of top 5 guitar players ever
Jul 2013
The Examiner
Best guitarists of 2013
May 2013
Rockwell UnScene Magazine
Rank #1 in the Slash Guitar Center competition.
Jul 2012
Slash/ Guitar Center

Photos & Videos

Photo by Ahmad M.

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With Metallica's Robert Trujillo.

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With Guns N Roses.

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With Van Halen's Sammy Hagar.

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With Michael Jackson & Billy Idol's  Steve Stevens.

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33 Reviews

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Vince Feb 18, 2018
Guitar · In home

Ahmad helped me crack the code and I'm learning and playing guitar with growing confidence.
The lessons are challenging and fun and I'm inspired to practice on my own.

Ahmad talent and experience as a guitarist, guitar teacher and performer come through in small things such as making sure your metronome is loud enough and with more important items like performance preparation strategies such as playing in front of a neighbor or co-worker.

I only wish I had started lessons sooner!

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Sam Feb 16, 2018
Guitar · In studio

Just had my first 1-on-1 guitar lesson with Ahmad today. The best part is that you really get individual attention and a customized package. (I have pretty complex taste for different kinds of stuff these days. Facing music, I am like a baby still trying to figure out things.) The booking of classes was super easy and hassle-free.
Ahmad was efficient and helpful, so lessons are indeed of very good value.
Everything's looking good! Playing guitar and immersing yourself in the music make you feel even better, always!! =)

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Bernard Feb 14, 2018
Acoustic Guitar · In home

Ahmad is very energetic and passionate about guitar and teaching guitar to people. He is very organized and systematic in his teaching. His style of teaching enables students to learn and get to know a wide variety of guitar aspects very quickly. He breaks up lessons into short but consumable modules while at the same time giving something concrete to start playing and get going from the word go whether you are a beginner or not. I've been going to him for several months now and would highly recommend Ahmad for his guitar teaching skills!

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Anthony Feb 14, 2018
Guitar · In studio

I've been taking guitar lessons with Ahmad for almost two months and I must say I'm very happy with how everything is going.

I've been playing guitar for years (15+) and truly I had plateaued on my guitar skills and practice routines. My whole idea of taking classes was to mainly be able to improve my overall technique and pull out of the plateau.

In just a couple of months I have been able to start building upon the library of technique tutorials Ahmad provides and keep a constant practicing routine. Ahmad is smart enough as a teacher to keep me entertained and being able to still deliver good technical advise so that I can build up my skills, without growing bored or unaware of the classes.

His schedule is surprisingly open which is a big plus for me -- I usually work 'til 7-8pm.

I see a lot of people taking classes with Ahmad at the beginner level but even if you already have some experience I'd still recommend Ahmad.

Hope this helps \m/!

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Ryan Feb 14, 2018
Guitar · In home

I started taking lessons with Ahmad a couple of months ago and would recommend him for anyone who wants to learn guitar. You get homework and it gets reviewed at the beginning of each lesson. He tailors exercises based on what you like to play and builds the course based on your goals. I can already notice a significant improvement in my playing and whole understanding of the instrument.

He's a great teacher, very charismatic and energetic.

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Ivan Feb 14, 2018
Guitar · In studio

Highly recommend Ahmad,
awesome instructor with over two decades of experience you can trust his teachings.
2 months went by really quick and I'm learning so much from tuning, strumming, bends, slides, taps harmonics and there's still so much more to learn. Ahmad is here for the long run if you want to shred like him. Take a chance and have fun learning guitar with Ahmad.

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Jack Feb 13, 2018
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

Ahmad is one of the best teachers/mentors I've ever had. To me I think he is one of the best in the bay because of the results he produces with his students. There is no other teacher I know that has produced the same number of dedicated musicians . If it wasn't for him I probably wouldn't be pursuing music today. The way he helped open my mind to music is something I will always be grateful for. I recommend him to any student interested in pursuing music, and the guitar.

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Julie Feb 12, 2018
Guitar · In studio

Simply put, Ahmad is an amazing guitarist and an excellent teacher. He demonstrates, he guides, he gets to know his students and what they are looking for in a guitar lesson, and then he delivers 100 fold. I've been studying with Ahmad on and off for about eight months. He devotes beyond the lesson time and provides at home continued study materials and jam tracks. My lead playing has greatly improved and I am learning chord positions I never knew existed. Not only is he helping me get to the next level in my guitar playing, he's made a number of introductions for me. He is very patient, with a kind heart and immense talent, which he shares freely with his students. You or your child will certainly get your money's worth, and have a great time while learning. I highly recommend Ahmad.

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Richard Feb 10, 2018
Guitar · Online

When I found Ahmad I had no musical ability - I still have no musical ability but I love the opportunity to play guitar and learn so much so fast from Ahmad every week. He has musical ability and a real talent for teaching. He has taken someone like me with iron hands and helped me make this more than 10 year journey a learning experience that has opened thought pathways experiences. I am so glad that I found Ahmad and the guitar -- I started when I was already past 50 - so it is never too late to start to learn.

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Nancy Feb 9, 2018
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

Friendly and talented music instructor. I can't wait until my sons are older so they can start coming here to learn.

Marcus Feb 7, 2018
Guitar · In studio

Ahmad is such an amazing teacher. I really like his teaching method which works perfectly for a newbie like me. I can tell immediately he has decades of experience in teaching guitar and making complicated things look easy and approachable for beginners. It's always been my dream to be able to play guitar and thanks to Ahmad, I am very glad that I'm on the right track.

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Sabine Feb 5, 2018
Blues Guitar · In studio

Ahmad is patient, extremely knowledgeable, and has an ease about his teaching style that makes learning fun and effective. I highly recommend him to the novice and the advanced guitar player. You'll be playing beyond your expectations in less time than expected. Theory, composition, anecdotes, and practical advice. His knowledge is backed by decades of professional experience --- teaching and performing. Highly recommended!

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Rubi Feb 2, 2018
Guitar · In studio

Took class with Ahmad. He is very friendly and approachable. This is my first music class ever. I definitely enjoyed it. Now that my sessions package are over. I decided to continue classes with him. I highly recommend Ahmad if you are curious about guitar.

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Rick Jan 31, 2018
Guitar · In studio

I am a self-taught guitar player and played in a band for 3 years when I was in high school. I'm originally from Arizona and when I moved to San Jose I was looking to get back into playing guitar a bit more now that I was done with college. Except this time, I wanted more formal training. I had homework to do every week, which was awesome because it gave me an excuse to jam out on my guitar more often. Even though I had been playing guitar for years, the lessons were very challenging and I still felt as though I had much more to learn. Also, you immediately feel inspired to practice more once you hear Ahmad shred on his guitar. This guy plays the crap out of that thing! Plus, he has a wide variety of musical background so you get to learn genres you never thought you'd enjoy playing (i.e. Blues). Overall it was an awesome experience and I would definitely recommend Ahmad lessons to all of my friends looking to play guitar.

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Ken Jan 29, 2018
Blues Guitar · In studio

Couldn't ask for a better instructor! Ahmad is an unbelievably talented player, but more than that, he has a system for instruction which breaks down a number of complex concepts and makes it easy to absorb new things. I can tell from listening in on his other lessons (when I arrive early) that he's great at tailoring his lessons to the individual's goals. For some, it's music theory and structure, for others its riffs and teaching particular songs.

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Taylor Jan 26, 2018
Acoustic Guitar · In home

Ahmad is a great teacher! I had a previous, very basic, knowledge about music and Ahmad was able to leverage that to give me a head start. He provides me with the knowledge I need to satisfy my musical cravings and makes me able to learn new stuff on my own. Ahmad knows how to keep you motivated!

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Karie Jan 24, 2018
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

My son started guitar lessons with Ahmad about 2 years ago. He is a great kind hearted person with lot of patience. Ahmad always makes my son have positive attitude towards everything.

Danielle Jan 22, 2018
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

I was referred to Ahmad by a professional well versed in the music industry. I'm so thankful for the referral because I couldn't have asked for a better teacher! Not only does Ahmad know his instrument inside and out with the ability to articulate his knowledge into teaching, but he also knows about record production, marketing, and much more because she's a successful performing and recording artist himself. Looking forward to years of happy, fruitful guitar playing with help from Ahmad!

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Alvin Jan 20, 2018
Guitar · In studio

I found Ahmad through Google and I must say I was very fortunate to find him. I have been going to his lessons for about a year now and he is so talented, I learned so much from going to his guitar classes!

Jim Jan 18, 2018
Guitar · In home

Ahmad is very professional in his approach, he helps you evaluate the course and also tell him more about your goals. I had no knowledge of music at all and He did a god job in giving me some basic music theory crash course along with my daily practice sessions. He tailors the course as per your routine. its never one lesson fit all for him, he will gauge your level of expertise, your short and long term guitar goals(beginner, advanced etc) and then create a custom lesson for you. I really enjoyed and made good progress in a month's time. Thanks Ahmad!

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Lina Jan 17, 2018
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

took private beginner lessons with Ahmad before moving out of the country -- he was extremely accommodating and patient despite my erratic schedule which prevented me from practicing as often as I needed to.

Ahmad is an incredibly talented musician and a wonderful teacher for any skill level. He taught me the basics and introduced me to valuable lessons to steadily increase my skills. He also has a great taste in music and in addition learning from him each week, I loved picking up recommendations for new artists and bands to listen to.

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Tim Jan 15, 2018
Guitar · In studio

Ahmad helped me crack the code and I'm learning and playing guitar with growing confidence.
The lessons are challenging and fun and I'm inspired to practice on my own.

Ahmad's talent and experience as a guitarist, guitar teacher and performer come through in small things such as making sure your metronome is loud enough and with more important items like performance preparation strategies such as playing in front of a neighbor or co-worker.

I only wish I had started lessons sooner!

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Jamie Jan 11, 2018
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

Ahmad is an excellent teacher. He has huge experience in teaching and his lessons reflect that. I would recommend Ahmad to anyone who is interested in learning to play the guitar!!!!

Emma Jan 10, 2018
Music Theory · In studio

Ahmad is very energetic and passionate about guitar and teaching guitar to people. He is very organized and systematic in his teaching. His style of teaching enables students to learn and get to know a wide variety of guitar aspects very quickly. He breaks up lessons into short but consumable modules while at the same time giving something concrete to start playing and get going from the word go whether you are a beginner or not. I've been going to him for several months now and would highly recommend Ahmad for his guitar teaching skills!

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Robert Jan 9, 2018
Guitar · In home

Highly recommend Ahmad,
Awsome instructor with 25 years of experience you can trust his teachings.
2 months went by really quick and I'm learning so much from tuning, strumming, bends, slides, taps harmonics and there's still so much more to learn. Ahmad is here for the long run if you want to shred like him. Take a chance and have fun learning guitar with Ahmad

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Jackie Jan 8, 2018
Guitar · In studio

My 12-year old daughter has been taking lessons for about 6 months now and can already play some songs better than I expected.

She really enjoys lessons with Ahmad, for the following reasons (in her words):

"He's a good teacher because he's really patient."

"I like the one-on-one lessons because it's helping me learn faster."

"He always emails the materials after class."

During the lessons I've watched, Ahmad is indeed patient and professional, yet friendly, during the lesson. He is able to, in an encouraging manner, discuss with my daughter the things she needs to practice, and gives positive feedback about the areas where she is showing improvement.

I would recommend Ahmad if you're interested in learning the guitar!

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Jared Jan 7, 2018
Blues Guitar · In studio

I started taking lessons with Ahmad a couple of months ago and would recommend him for anyone who wants to learn guitar

Yukiko Oct 3, 2017
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

Ahmad is very passionate about teaching guitar. I've been playing guitar for last 2 year and with Ahmad, I've learnt much more in couple of months than I learnt in 2 years putting me on the Fast track. He has a very structured teaching approach, He breaks down complex techniques in small modules, which enabled me to learn quickly and everything is reviewed in the following class. Ahmad tailored the guitar lessons according to my skills and interests.
He is a great teacher and I highly recommend him for guitar lesson.

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Bhargava Aug 20, 2017
Guitar · In studio

Very friendly instructor. Loved the first session with Ahmad.

Tracy Aug 18, 2017
Guitar · In studio

it makes a huge difference if you could have a great instructor like Ahmad. You can practice on your own for months without any progress and one day you decide to work with Ahmad, all of a sudden, you are on another level.

Mary Aug 15, 2017
Acoustic Guitar · Online

Ahmad is an excellent teacher. I start learning playing the guitar from him a couple of months ago. He is really professional on teaching guitar. Highly recommended as he customizes the course according to your learning speed
and has different class packages.

I have tried different guitar lesson in Bay Area before I choose to learn guitar with Ahmad, and Ahmad is definitely the best.

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S.C. Aug 4, 2017
Classical Guitar · In studio

Ahmad is an amazing guitar instructor. My daughter is 13 and was interested in playing the guitar. We purchased a guitar, talked to friends about instructors and searched Yelp. We initially took video lessons, but that did not cut it. Actually, it was a waste of time - my daughter needed one on one instruction. I spoke to a few guitar instructors, but chose Ahmad based on his background in guitar instruction and playing. Ahmad provided a good overview in the first lesson and then spent time with my daughter , teaching him the basic chords. In the course of 7 lessons, my daughter can play 21 chords and is also starting to play "Stairway to Heaven". Pretty amazing work in 7 lessons. Ahmad has provided my daughter with a curriculum and also provided us with tips on iPhone apps to use that allow my daughter to stay in rhythm and to tune his guitar. We will continue to have Ahmad teach my daughter guitar. Ahmad has definitely exceeded our expectations and I would highly recommend Ahmad as your next guitar instructor.

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Brian Aug 4, 2017
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

I've been taking lessons from Ahmad for a couple years and can say he is a very engaging and knowledgeable instructor. Ahmad is experienced in many different styles of music and can help you to play anything you want. He will also show you the techniques necessary to play any song and the theory to go along with it. It's a bit overwhelming, as learning guitar isn't an easy process, but Ahmad is more than capable of guiding you wherever you want to go.

Ahmad was recommended to me by a co-worker but prior to discovering him I researched a few other instructors. Ahmad seems to be quite generous with his time and fees compared to other instructors I researched. He is also very flexible when it comes to teaching venue and will teach at your house if desired.

Based on my experience over the past two years I can highly recommend Ahmad Lee if you are looking for guitar instruction.

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