Atif Afzal

Atif A.

Suffern, NY

Lesson Details


Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I am a music professional and an experienced teacher with 13 years of experience in teaching acoustic and electric guitars. My curriculum is divided into beginner, intermediate and expert levels for all age groups. My lessons are customized and catered to the needs and goals of each student. Being a guitar recording artist and having taught over 200 students, I also offer unique lessons on how to record your own guitar in a studio. I bring my professional experience of composing and playing guitars for movies, which makes my teaching style and curriculum very exciting!
If you are really good and are a fast learner, I let you record guitars in my studio. So bring it on guys!
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Atif delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:

I am a professional guitarist and music composer for movies. I have been teaching since 13 years now and just like the way you want to learn guitars, I was in the same spot many years ago. Having found a great teacher, all his guidance helped me eventually become a professional guitarist and work for the movies and TV jingles. I have composed music and played guitars in 8 movies and 100 jingles that you hear on your TV. Two of my movies have been selected at one of the world's biggest and most reputed film festivals - CANNES FILM FESTIVAL. Living your dream is the best thing you can do for yourself!

It took me many years to design a curriculum which is focused on not only teaching guitars, but also how you can record your own guitars and make them sound great. Isn't that exciting! Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or expert, I will strive to teach you that no one else does. I have mentored more than 200 students and many of them went on to become part of bands and performing artists.

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Creative Director
Oct 2010 - Present
Atif Afzal Music

You can read about my career and achievements on Wikipedia -

As a Creative Director of Music, I have worked on over 100 advertising jingles for televisions with leading global agencies like JWT, Ogilvy, Leo Burnett, Publicis, McCann, BBH

I have also composed music and recorded guitars for the following films:
- Monsoon Shootout (Cannes 2013, LIFF, Sydney Film Festival, BIFFF, IFLA)
- The Alternative (Thesis Film – New York University, 2018)
- That Sunday (Cannes Short Film Corner – 2014)
- Bombay 92 (Northam Music and Film Festival, 2015)
- Prague (2013, Tashkent Film Festival)
- Pune 52 (NYIFF, SAIFF, Mumbai Film Festival)
- The Wait (NYIFF, IFFSA)
- Horn Please (NYIFF, PAAFF, CSAFF)
- Gift (German TV Film, 2017)
- Then A Hero Comes Along (UK, 2017)

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Voice Modulation and Relative Pitching
May 2013 - Apr 2014
Dean Music
Jun 2011 - May 2012
Veera Lobo Music School
Mar 2003 - Mar 2005
Claver Music School


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Best Composer - Entertainment
Jan 2018
Inquilab Awards
Official Selection - That Sunday
Mar 2014
Best Soundtrack Production - Nomination
Nov 2013
Radio Mirchi Awards
Best Upcoming Composer - Nomination
Nov 2013
Radio Mirchi Awards
Best Film Score - Nomination
Aug 2013
DD Awards
Official Selection - Monsoon Shootout
Mar 2013

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Safaque Mar 21, 2018
Guitar · In home

I tried learning guitars many times using online lessons on youtube. But, when I started taking guitar lessons from Atif, I realised that my technique was wrong as there was no one to correct me earlier. He made me change my technique which was quite difficult to unlearn and re-learn, but I am a much improved guitarist today thanks to Atif. His way of teaching is simple yet effective.

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