Hugo Alves

Hugo A.

Brooklyn, NY
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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I like to show my students how the guitar can be a small orchestra. The possibilities of sounds and colors that it can provide is unknown to other instruments and that is what makes it so great. Unlike the piano where a small hammer hits the strings or the violin where the bow frictions them, we have to produce the entire sound on the guitar with our own hands. The process is more personal and, even though it can be harsh at times, it is always satisfying. I also try to bring a more creative part of music when studying the instrument, which keeps classes more dynamic and interesting. I bring my own experiences so that the students can relate in different levels of difficulty.

About Hugo A.

I'm a professional guitarist, composer and arranger. I graduated from Berklee College of Music with a Diploma in Professional Music.

I started playing electric guitar and then expanded also to the classical guitar, which has broaden extensively my approach to different styles of music. Each style is basically a new accent you can acquire, and to do that you need to immerse yourself into that reality by listening a lot to those of your interest. Some of the styles I regularly teach are Classical, Jazz, Rock, Pop, Blues, R&B and different styles of Brazilian music (Bossa-nova, samba, baião, choro, forró, maracatu).

I teach my students how to hear with their inner ears before touching the instrument and randomly searching for it. Music is inside everyone and the instrument is just a tool to get it out.


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4 Reviews
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I've had three lessons with Hugo and it has been very helpful already. He has been flexible with me and is supportive and patient. I look forward to future lessons with him!

Posted Nov 24, 2020
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Hugo is a very patient teacher and has a lot of musical knowledge to pass along. I went to my first lesson with him without knowing anything about music or the guitar and now I already feel some confidence talking about the subject. He gradually deepens the subject and always makes sure you understood before going forward. I super recommend him!

Posted Mar 4, 2020
Rodrigo D.
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Hugo is one of a kind. Great teacher and an amazing human being! Took lessons with him back in Boston while he was still studying at the prestigious Berklee College of Music and it couldn't have been better. Improved my repertoire and my technique meanly when it comes to fingerstyle. Highly recommended!

Posted Feb 24, 2020
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Hugo is a really amazing teacher! He is not only super talented, but also a very patient person. He is totally passionate about music, so he really tries his best to help his students! I super recommend him.

Posted Feb 21, 2020

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Guitar Instructor
Mar 2020 - Present

Bay Ridge School of Music

I started subbing for a few teachers and now I am working with them through online lessons. I currently teach guitar lessons to beginners and intermediate students.

Guitar/Drum Instructor
Sep 2011 - May 2015

Antonio Adolfo School of Music

I taught private and small group lessons in guitar and drums. My students had different style interests and I was able to attend their needs, because of the wide variety of genres I had worked with.


Diploma in Professional Music
May 2015 - Dec 2019

Berklee College of Music

Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering
Feb 2012 - Jun 2018




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Fluent / Native Proficiency


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