Alex Maiers

Alex M.

Minneapolis, MN
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About

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Alex delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 12 to 55

Teaching since:
May 2003

Hey, my name is Alex. I'm a multi-instrumentalist (guitar, bass, keyboards, voice, drums, flute, etc.), composer, performer, recording artist, arranger/orchestrator/transcriber, recording engineer/producer & music educator.

I graduated from the University of St. Thomas "Cum Laude" in 2011 with a Bachelor's Degree in Guitar Performance, with minors in Music Production & Composition. While attending St. Thomas I served as the Music Theory tutor, as well as the live sound/stage/light/recording technician for student & faculty recitals.

I have been playing professionally & teaching for over a decade. My passion for music is something that I love to share with anyone else who feels inclined to make music. My goal is to share the skills & knowledge I've acquired throughout my experiences with those willing to learn & dedicate themselves to the craft of making music.

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I am experienced in most major genres of music: classical, jazz, blues, rock, funk, folk, metal, acoustic fingerstyle/slap, instrumental rock, "shred," pop, world music, electronica, etc. & feel comfortable conveying the techniques, approaches & idioms to a student by breaking them down into digestible components, while making these new ideas relatable to material they are already familiar with.

In the end, I want the student to learn what they're most interested in learning. I'm here to answer any questions they may have & with my experiences, I feel confident that I will be able to either answer these questions or point them in the right direction. Some topics covered:

Scales/modes
Ear training
Instrument-specific techniques (ie bending, tapping, sweep picking, etc.)
Songwriting & Composition
Arranging & Orchestrating
Sight-reading
Improvisation
Chordal theory & how to read charts
Practice routines & approaches
Instrument maintenance
Instrument-based gear (guitars, amplifiers, effects, picks, slides, capos, etc.)

The student will learn at the pace they set for themselves & can only get out of it the amount of effort they put forth. I expect my students to practice on a regular basis (however brief each session may be). Consistency is key for progress to be made, & if they hold up their end of the bargain, the payoffs will be quite substantial!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Practice amplifier, tuner, music stand(s), guitar picks & cables.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide guitar neck paper. I expect the students to have their own instrument & any materials they may need to achieve the goals they've set for themselves (such as a weekly notebook).

*** Specialties ***
Progressive rock, classic rock, blues, jazz, funk, disco, classical, acoustic fingerstyle/slap, flamenco guitar; music theory, sight-reading, composition, songwriting, film scoring, music production.

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Experience

Studio Engineer
Sep 2011 - Sep 2015
Rockhouse Productions

As a studio engineer, I setup the talent in the recording room(s) (whether a voice-over or a full-on rock band), ensure clear signal into the DAW, track & edit the live performances, mix & master the material for promotional & professional use.

Education

Music Performance - Guitar
Sep 2007 - May 2011
University of St. Thomas
High School Diploma
Sep 2003 - May 2007
Cathedral High School

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Japanese
Limited Proficiency
Spanish
Limited Proficiency

Photos & Videos

Performing with a 17-piece Meat Loaf tribute production, August 2016

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Playing live with a 17-piece Meat Loaf tribute production, August 2016

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Performing Dweezil Zappa's "Funky 15", complete with my guitar transcription (includes cue notes).
Performing "The Black Page #2" by Frank Zappa, recorded in high quality in-house.
A solo acoustic cover of Stevie Ray Vaughan's "Rude Mood", off of his "Texas Flood" record.
My guitar cover of "Linus & Lucy" by Vince Guaraldi
Photo by Alex M.

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An electric guitar cover of Albert Lee's "Sweet Little Lisa".
An electric bass cover of Neal Morse's "Thought's Pt. 5", off of his "Momentum" record.
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13 Reviews

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Stephanie Aug 20, 2017
Guitar · In studio

I took beginner's guitar lessons with Alex. He took into account what my playing goals were, stylewise and whatnot. He's super knowledgeable on musical subjects besides just guitar. I've come away feeling that I have good foundational knowledge to build upon as I progress in my playing. I had the five lesson package, which I felt suited my needs. Tip: If you do something like that, space out your lessons at least every other week, so that you have time to practice and grasp what you're learning. Be sure to ask questions if something is new to you, especially if you're a beginner. I highly recommend guitar lessons from Alex!

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Eric Apr 19, 2017
Guitar · In studio

Alex was awesome. Super knowledgeable and a great teacher. It was an all around wonderful first lesson.

Dave L. Mar 3, 2017
Acoustic Guitar · In home

Had a great experience the first lesson. Look forward to the next one.

Kyle Nov 4, 2016
Guitar · In studio

Very knowledgeable! Look forward to the next lesson!

Anne Jun 28, 2016
Guitar · In studio

Really enjoyed meeting -- and starting lessons -- with Alex. Looking forward to learning a lot from him.

Izzy G. Feb 24, 2016
Bass Guitar · Online

My daughter loves it! He goes at a pace that keeps her engaged and challenges.

Jesus Feb 16, 2016
Singing · In studio

This is one of the most dedicated musicians I've ever met. He taught me so much more than just technique or tricks or any flashy things. He taught me music step by step and how to apply it not only to singing but to any instrument. Definitely give this guy a try if you're serious about music and singing.

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Kai W. Sep 22, 2015
Guitar · In studio

I had a great experience taking guitar lessons from Alex. He was easy to work with and always professional. He can teach pretty much any genre and was able to make music theory understandable to the beginner. Highly recommended.

Brianna B. Aug 28, 2015
Singing · In home

My daughter really enjoyed her lesson and felt like she had some new techniques that will really help her going forward. She is excited to see what comes next!

Brooke B. Aug 28, 2015
Guitar · In home

My daughter loved the lesson and is excited to continue. Her comment was, "finally someone who understands me!"

jack H. May 28, 2015
Voice Acting · In home

Alex has been great - connecting up with my interests and helping me develop the basics.

Jessica H. May 19, 2015
Classical Guitar · Online

Alex is a great teacher! He is very knowledgeable and friendly when it comes to the lessons. Alex also helps make things fun which keeps my little one engaged in the lessons!

Katie M. May 4, 2015
Singing · In studio

Lesson was well organized. Alex was very knowledgeable. He explained things in a way that a 14 year old can easily understand. I'm really looking forward to my next lesson.

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