Omar Waqar

Omar W.

Washington, DC

About Omar W.

Background check: Last verified 12/30/2015
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Omar teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: December 2006
Last sign in: Yesterday

Overview

I receive a very large number of student requests everyday, So to keep things organized please keep the following in mind:

Takelessons is a wonderful service that I use to handle all my payments and scheduling. I want to focus on the teaching, so they help with the rest.

I have a 24 hour cancelation policy, please give me at least 24 hour advanced notice, or you will forfeit your lesson credit.

All scheduling changes or time off can be requested right from the website for your connivence. it's super easy!

Use an email that you will actually check to sign up for notifications, it's not spam, it's to help us all stay organized.

Remember to please reserve your spot by paying in advance. (I have a waiting list of people asking me for those super convenient days, and times)

Online students please make sure you have the highest connection speed available to you. This will ensure you get the most out of the lessons.

*** Equipment ***

Please make sure you have your own instrument, and a note book or device to take notes with.

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My passion is sharing music with people.

I am musician and a visual artist who earned a Masters certification in Songwriting and Guitar from Berklee College of Music.
As an artist I have been featured on MTV, Rollingstone, BBC, NBC, VOA, ARY, Alt Press, LA times, documentaries and more. I have been playing guitar and recording music since childhood and am a classically trained sitar player and Indian classical vocalist. I sing and play guitar in the Mystical Dance punk band Sarmust, and I also produce electronic music under the name Evilartform.

sarmust.com

evilartform.com

I am a great teacher for someone who wants to write songs, or is into Indie, rock, pop, reggae, metal, hip-hop, and electronica.

I love to answer questions and learn things I don't know, I know a good amount about guitar repair, improvised instrument building, how to buy a good instrument and not spend to much, and I have a vast knowledge of obscure instruments, and audio production as well. Feel free to ask me questions, and expect informative non-judgmental answers.

I have spent a lot of time developing as a vocalist, songwriter, composer and producer, which helps me in all aspects of my music and teaching, I'm always looking to learn more. I have played in heavy metal bands, but have also done solo acoustic singer/songwriting stuff, I have produced raw hip-hop but also love old soul and ska tunes. Being well rounded musically and drawing from lots of influences is what makes me a good teacher and shapes me as a musician.

Learn more about me: https://about.me/omarpitraswaqar

*** Lesson Details/ What to Expect ***

You can expect a custom, fun and attentive one on one lesson. I am thorough and patient. I expect you to love music and put forth effort. I'm laid back, I will work as fast or as slow as you need. I prefer a total immersion technique and get my students playing right away. This boosts confidence and fosters interest because once a student enjoys playing you don't have to convince them to practice.

By the first lesson you will be familiar with the instrument and it's parts, and playing your first chord.

In 3-6 months you will be playing guitar with a greater knowledge of chords, basic harmony and be able to play scales and songs.

Once you have a foundation of chords we can explore more specific music subjects and lessons will become more personalized: songwriting, guitar tones, musicology, making a DIY record, shredding like a metal head, I can guide you to help you achieve your goals.


*** Studio Equipment ***

Studying in my live/studio space located in Artist Lofts near Brookland metro in NE DC. It has a high ceilings and full stage back line including keyboards, drum set, live sound system multiple amps and more. There is seating for parents and recording capabilities.

Photos and Videos

Performing at Rock and Roll Hotel with my band Sarmust

Experience

Guest Lecturer and Instructor

Sep 2007 - Present
University of Virginia, University of Maryland and Fairfax County

Given lectures at University of Virginia, University of Maryland and Fairfax County on Hindustani Classical music, sufism, instrument building and early childhood education with music.

Sale Associate

Jan 2013 - Oct 2014
Guitar Center, INC

Guitar Center, INC.: Leading retailer of the musical instruments and audio accessories.
Sale Associate
Certified in all departments: Guitar, Pro Sound, Drums, DJ Equipment, Accessories, Keyboards

Regional Rep / Product Specialist

Oct 2012 - Sep 2013
Line 6, INC.

Line 6, INC.: Manufacturer of musical instruments and audio accessories— Calabassas, CA 2012 to 2013
Regional Rep / Product Specialist
Extensive traveling on throughout the east coast to train salespeople and educate them about products 
In charge of inventory management, writing weekly reports and writing recommendations of best practices 

Sales Associate

Aug 2007 - Sep 2009
House of Musical Traditions.

House of Musical Traditions.: Retailer of ethnic musical instruments -- Takoma Park, MD 2007 to 2009
Sales Associate
Utilized my vast knowledge of obscure musical instruments.

Assistant manager

Sep 2001 - Jun 2004
Alexandria Music Co.

Alexandria Music Co.: Retailer of musical instruments, and accessories -- Alexandria, VA 2001 to 2004
Assistant manager

Education

Hindustani Classical Music

Jul 2006 - Aug 2014
The Academy of Indian Music and Fine Arts

Songwriting & Guitar

Jun 2007 - Aug 2009
Berklee College of Music

Languages Spoken

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Hindi

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Urdu

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Songwriting and Guitar

Sep 2009
Berklee College of Music

Awards

Excellence in Sitar

May 2011
The Academy of Indian Music and Fine Arts (AIMFA)

Affiliations

American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers

Nov 2007
ASCAP

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

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42 Reviews on Omar W.

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Laura Nov 28, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Omar and I hit it off. He's very friendly, easy going and professional. I look forward to working with him and becoming a better guitar player.
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Carrie Nov 22, 2016
Ukulele · In studio
Omar is super patient, extremely knowledgeable, and a pleasure to work with :)
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Whitney Sep 27, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
First lesson was great! Omar spent some time at the beginning giving some needed TLC to my very neglected guitar (teaching all the while) then we went over some basic chords and got straight to playing. Omar is super chill and personable and puts you right at ease. I'm looking forward to more lessons!
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Rahsaan Sep 4, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Great Instructor! I have really gained a lot from the sessions.
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Sarang Aug 10, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Omar is an amazing guitar teacher!

We have been working through a challenging topic- learning Indian classical Raga's for the guitar. I feel that with every lesson i've been more inspired and walked away with new ideas (both technical and...philosophical). This is a type of music that I never thought was accessible to me but based on his talent as both a sitar player and guitar player i'm happy with the curriculum that he is providing me with. Thanks Omar!
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Ilana Jul 18, 2016
Sitar · In studio
There's not enough stars for Omar. Omar taught me Sitar, Guitar, Ukulele, Vocals and Indian Classical music. He is super patient, supportive, professional and tailors lessons to your goals. Plus he makes his own videos to support his students! I have never met a more passionate music teacher and his knowledge of music comes from all over the world.
I know someone who started taking lessons from Omar who couldn't afford more then the broken guitar he had. Omar traded him a guitar he BUILT for the broken guitar [and later on fixed it up].
If that's not enough because of Omar I've been on tour. No one else has been able to help me in understanding and appreciating music as much as Omar has.
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Ellen B. Jun 15, 2016
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
This is my first experience with music lessons. Omar is very patient and supportive and knowledgeable. Very happy with him.
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TJ May 24, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Three lessons in and couldn't be happier with how things are going. Omar put together a lesson plan for me but is also very willing to answer any random questions I have. Can't for my next session.
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Dion May 17, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Great teacher, very patient considering my condition which he understand and go all the way explaining me and hoping to continue to do my best to be successful.
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Alison May 16, 2016
Ukulele · In studio
Omar is encouraging and patient! He is very knowledgeable about music but can also break down musical techniques and theory in a way that makes sense. He is very good at tailoring your lessons to your own goals. He is great person.
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