Sasha Vallely

Sasha V.

Marietta, GA
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Lesson Details

Country Guitar

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
International performer from small venues to large festivals. Whether you are looking to play for fun or looking to enhance your live performances as a seasoned musician, I can help you! I teach from total beginner to intermediate stages of guitar, from how to hold pluck, pick and strum to theory, chords, scales, rhythm, lead and how to compose your own songs.
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About

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

Teaching since:
February 2010

Originally from the UK, I travelled and studied music in Brisbane, Australia, where I gained a Diploma in Contemporary Music in 2000. Since then I have toured internationally, supported major acts such as Kid Rock, Ben Harper, Bastille, Ludacris, Cypress Hill and The Roots to name but a few, recorded albums, guested with numerous bands such as members of Portishead, Massive Attack, Robert Plant's Band of Joy and The Black Keys and composed music scores for two feature films and various shorts along with directing my own music video and having my music featured in various movies and TV shows. I also have booked acts across the US and organised music festivals in Los Angeles. I recently appeared on the cover of Guitar Girl Magazine, and I am also a contributing writer.

I have vast skills from performance to management, booking, PR and placements in film and television. Whether you are looking to just begin learning an instrument for fun or would like to take your skills further and move towards becoming a professional musician, I have the skills and expertise to help you along every step of the way. I tailor each lesson to meet the needs of the student, teaching them exactly what they would like to learn and having lots of fun doing it!

*** Lesson Details ***
For the first lesson, we will discuss what you are hoping to achieve, what kind of structure you would like for your lessons (theory, performance etc) and I will assess your skill level. Then I will tailor exercises, lessons and study to suit your needs.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Fender Rhodes Piano
Doric Vintage Organ
Microphones and Stands
Pro Tools
Fender Amp
Jaguar Bass
1968 Hagstrom Bass
Gibson Les Paul Guitar
Dan Electro Guitar
1950s Burns Bass
Fender Acoustic
Yamaha Mini Acoustic
Small Boss Keyboard
Flutes, Harmonicas, Percussion
Ipod, cd player
Various effects pedals for voice and guitar etc

*** Travel Equipment ***
Can bring guitars, mics, stands, practice amp and small keyboard

*** Specialities ***
Specialising in rock, pop and soundtrack music, I can also teach performance and acting stage skills and voice projection.

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Experience

Promoter
Jan 2002 - Present
Sasha V.Presents/ Echoes West Festival/Barfly<Birmingham Academy

Originally from Birmingham, UK I worked as a stage manager for the Barfly and Birmingham Academy, two of the largest music venues in the area. After moving overseas I became a well-respected promoter for various venues across Los Angeles for the last few years, I also am the founder and curator of the Echoes West Festival in Los Angeles which has featured major acts from across the globe.

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Composer/Performer
Jan 2000 - Present
Sash The Bash./Spindrift/The Silver Chords/Midnight Larks/The Mobsters/The Warlocks

Toured internationally, performed and interviewed on major TV, radio stations and at music festivals, appeared in various major publications across the globe. Music has been featured on TV shows such as East Bound and Down and Californication on HBO and movies such as Quentin Tarantino's "Hellride". Composed music for many other feature films and shorts, currently have a publishing deal with BMG to feature music in more movies, TV shows and commercials.

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Education

Cert IV in Contemporary Music
May 1999 - Jun 2000
Southbank Tafe, Brisbane Australia

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Cert IV in Contemporary Music
Jun 2000
Southbank Tafe, Brisbane, Australia

Affiliations

Grammy University Network
Aug 2011

GRAMMY U is a unique and fast-growing community of college students, primarily between the ages of 17 and 25, who are pursuing a career in the recording industry. GRAMMY U events and special programs touch on all aspects of the music industry, from the technology to the tracks themselves. Events are scheduled throughout the semester to give GRAMMY U members a wide variety of experiences and professional development. Because we are part of The Recording Academy, members have extraordinary access to the industry and its artists.

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Broadcast Music Inc.
Jan 2011

One of three United States performing rights organizations, along with ASCAP and SESAC. It collects license fees on behalf of songwriters, composers, and music publishers and distributes them as royalties to those members whose works have been performed. In FY 2013, BMI collected more than $944 million in licensing fees and distributed $814 million in royalties.

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Photos & Videos

Me as the cover girl for Guitar Girl Magazine, who I am also a contributing writer for.

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A recent write up in Creative Loafing's music issue about my band Midnight Larks who were named best new Atlanta Band

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This is one of my young students Kenny, he takes both voice and guitar lessons in my studio.

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Recording Classic Soundtracks out in Joshua Tree

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With one of my students Naomi who I travel to on weekends

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An in home lesson with one of my students Denise, I also teach her Grandaughter!

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Playing at the Sweetwater 420 Festival 2016 supporting bands such as Kid Rock, Ben Harper, Bastille, Ludacris, The Roots and more!

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Backstage with Ludacris after supporting him at the Sweetwater 420 Festival in Atlanta 2016

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My new solo debut music video!
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42 Reviews

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Will Sep 18, 2017
Singing · In studio

Sasha is pleasant, supportive, flexible, and extremely knowledgeable in the area of vocal performance. I would highly recommend her!

Nathaniel Sep 18, 2017
Guitar · In home

Sasha is a tremendous teacher. She is wonderful with kids and teens. Inspiring, encouraging, and supportive, with clear and effective lesson plans. We highly recommend her.

Sham Aug 17, 2017
Acoustic Guitar · In home

Sasha is amazing! My daughter loves working with her. I totally recommend you meet her.

Robert G. Jun 9, 2017
Harmonica · In studio

I think Sash is a good instructor. I'm waiting to see where it goes before giving 5 stars

paria Mar 26, 2017
Guitar · In studio

Shes wonderful!

Tracey Sep 15, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In home

Sasha is a wonderful teacher. Very impressed with the progress our daughter is making. She looks forward to her lesson with Sasha & practices without me asking.

Anna M. Sep 11, 2016
Guitar · In home

Very nice, kind and knowledgeable. Highly recommending her.

S.Miller Jul 31, 2016
Guitar · In studio

Sasha is very nice and friendly. My child can follow her instructions easily and having fun in her class. I highly recommend her to anyone who wants to learn music.

Annabella Jul 12, 2016
Guitar · In studio

Sasha is great! My daughter cannot stop talking about how much fun she had. She also has been practicing for over an hour! I am so glad we chose Sasha!!

Chris Jun 27, 2016
Singing · In studio

I've loved working with Sasha! Not only is she extremely knowledgable, but she's super flexible, catering her lessons to my specific voice goals. I have to strongly cosign what other reviewers have said about her ability to put you at ease - I came into our first lesson with a lifelong fear of singing in front of others, but I walked out her door that first day with so much confidence. What can I say - she creates a really chill, safe place to make a fool out of myself. Sasha's truly awesome and makes singing so accessible, and the difference I noticed in my singing after 1 lesson was remarkable. Plus she has the sweetest toddler on earth who much to my delight will join some of our lessons. I feel Sasha has given me some amazing training I can use for the rest of my life.

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charlotte W. May 14, 2016
Harmonica · Online

Charlotte enjoys the time spend with Sasha and is developing a good practice habit!

David May 4, 2016
Singing · In studio

Very knowledgeable about singing exercises,the different styles, singing in general. I look forward to our next session.

Kenny Apr 20, 2016
Guitar · In studio

This first lesson was really solid. She helped us figure out the right size guitar and begin the basics. We are looking forward to more lessons.

Cole Hairston Mar 16, 2016
Music Theory · In studio

Sasha is a very good teacher, extremely patient and attentive. She does a good job of structuring the lessons around your specific needs, adapting them to suit your level of knowledge and skills, allowing you to grow and learn in a relaxed and productive environment.

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Parker Mar 2, 2016
Piano · In home

My daughter enjoyed Sasha very much and is looking forward to her lessons with her. She added in a vocal portion to the lesson at our request.

Swanea R. Nov 5, 2015
Singing · In studio

Sasha is a great teacher in any genre. She provides a judgement free session that really made me feel comfortable singing

andy guziewicz Oct 31, 2015
Singing · Online

Lessons with Sasha are great. Ive only ever sung to myself and rarely in a band setting, so nerves are pretty high. Sasha is non-judgemental and seeks to find areas of weakness and assigns lessons that serve to correct them. I look forward to lessons and sense improvement with eack week.

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Alice S. Oct 26, 2015
Piano · In home

She is a wonderful young woman and was helpful to me on my very first visit. I will most likely be seeing her in my future as I re-learn paino.

Lonnie D. Oct 18, 2015
Singing · In home

Awesome teacher, constructive criticism, and never hinders your creative ability. She helps you reach your potential from beginner to expert :)

Neha C. Oct 16, 2015
Flute · Online

Is comfortable and easy to learn. she is a really good teacher

Jimmie A. Sep 24, 2015
Singing · In studio

Sasha is so nice and knowledgeable. Very smart and professional too. I have learned so much in a short period of time. I look forward to working with her for a long time. I got lucky choosing her!

Terri S. Sep 11, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

Miss Sasha (as my 5 year old calls her) is truly an awesome teacher. She is patient and knows exactly what she is doing! My son enjoyed the classes and when he had trouble with one instrument, she had no problem working with us, allowing him to try another. My only regret is that we could not continue the class. I recommend her for all levels of students!

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chris A. Sep 3, 2015
Guitar · In studio

10 stars! She was awesome and did a great job. She is attentive to detail. Very thorough and didn't overwhelm with too much information. Absolutely recommend!

Matt D. Aug 7, 2015
Singing · In studio

Sasha helps to improve my vocal fundamentals and provides me with targeted advice to improve songs that I currently sing during live performances. She's awesome!

Giselle G. Aug 6, 2015
Singing · In studio

It was great, my daughter felt very comfortable with her instructor!

John Petnuch Jul 16, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

Great first lesson! I learned a lot from Sasha in a short period of time and look forward to continuing my sessions with her.

Nicholas T. Apr 8, 2015
Harmonica · Online

Great teacher. Works at my pace and gives great tips/reminders throughout the lesson. Flexible for scheduling and punctual. I have really improved my playing since I started taking lessons with her.

Kaylie D. Mar 19, 2015
Singing · In studio

Sasha is a wonderful teacher who really listens to what you want to get out of your sessions!

Chris L. Feb 12, 2015
Singing · In studio

Sasha is a fantastic teacher. I highly recommend her!

Craig K. Jan 24, 2015
Vocal Training · In home

Very knowledgeable and willing to do the research if you present with a new challenge. I have been a singer most of my life, with only limited training. I had reached a point where my voice was failing. She has helped me to reconstruct my approach to singing and has saved my voice. I am in my 40's but am now singing better and more consistently that I have at anytime in my life! Highly Recommended!

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Tracy G. Jan 19, 2015
Guitar · In studio

Sasha is awesome! I'm 18 and I've been taking guitar and voice lessons from Sasha for several months now and I've improved way more than I expected. She really listens to her customers and tailors the lessons to each individual. I choose which songs I want to learn each week, and she teaches me exactly what I want to know. Couldn't have asked for a better instructor--I'm so pleased with all she's helped me accomplish.

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Jonathan A. Dec 21, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In home

Sasha gave beginning acoustic guitar lessons to our 11 year old daughter in our home. Our daughter can be very shy at first, Sasha did a fantastic job communicating with her, encouraging her, building her confidence and practice skills, working with music that my daughter knows and likes. Highly recommended!

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Angela H. Dec 20, 2014
Guitar · In home

Sasha is a wonderful guitar instructor for my 14 yr old daughter! She teaches her vocals along with her guitar lessons and my daughter enjoys it. She is patient, kind and encouraging to her students. She teaches my daughter how to play current artist songs that a teenager would like, as well as the traditional guitar. I enjoy having her as an instructor for my daughter.

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Tammy P. Dec 19, 2014
Singing · In home

I am so happy that we made this move. Sasha is an amazing teacher with such great patience with children. My daughter Tressie(10) looks forward to every Tuesday!! Our family and friends have noticed such a great change in Tressie's vocals and her love for music. Thank you Sasha for taking us on and working so hard with Tressie!! We love you and can't wait to see where the New Year takes us.

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Crystal H. Nov 10, 2014
Harmonica · Online

Sasha is wonderful! My 6 yr old daughter has really enjoyed her harmonica lessons. It's so convenient to be able to do it online via Google hangouts. Sasha is a patient, fabulous instructor

Measha D. Sep 22, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

Sasha is a WONDERFUL teacher. My 9 year old daughter is learning guitar and voice from Sasha and she loves it! Sasha is very patient as well as very knowledgeable about her craft. I highly recommend her for anyone looking for a great music teacher!

David J. Jul 28, 2014
Guitar · In studio

If you have a daughter who wants to learn to play a guitar CALL SASHA!!!! She is great with teenagers. Our daughter already played violin so she already knew how to read music and had an understanding of playing instruments. We just wanted to get her started so she could carry on by herself. When we explained this to Sasha, she made sure our daughter's lessons let her do just what we asked for. She is very understanding of the typical shyness of teenage girls and helped our daughter flourish in many ways. I would recommend Sasha to anyone, any age, or any needs.

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jack F. Jun 13, 2014
Vocal Training · In studio

If you are looking for the BEST way to take your musical interest to the next level, then you need to call Sasha right now. She is the BEST. She is patient, flexible, and extremely talented. She will ask you the right questions before, during, and after your lessons to customize her teaching methods to your skill level and your future potential musical level to ensure you get the most out of your lessons. She will even get you to exceed your anticipated goals and go where you never thought you would be able to go with your untapped musical talent that she will bring out in you, as a result of her personalized, intuitive teaching methods. She is vastly experienced, multi-talented, and extremely successful and recognized as one of the BEST, Professional Musicians and Vocalists in her field. Her advisors, choreographers, and composers extend from the Atlanta area to the heart of other musical cities such as Nashville.

Do yourself a favor and call Sasha if you are interested in taking vocal lessons and having these vocal lessons make a difference in your life, and maybe in others around you. She really is the BEST.

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Jeff H. May 28, 2014
Singing · In studio

I love having Sasha as a vocal teacher. She is professional and keeps my schedule updated and always lets me know way ahead of time if she needs to cancel or anything like that.

Besides that, she is a phenomenal vocal instructor, and I definitely recommend her to any interested prospects. In the short month and a half's worth of lessons, I have noticed improved vocal stamina, more vocal strength and stability whilst singing low end notes, how to properly use the muscles in my throat to sing, learned proper breathing and warmup techniques and cool little drink recipes for how to make my throat not feel like death! I have even gotten a couple compliments from people saying that I have gotten better!

She definitely has catered to my voice, unlike many vocal teachers that teach you to sing just like they do, but she has definitely worked with me to help me achieve my goals with my voice. She also has a wide skill set and offers so much more than just singing lessons!

Once again, I HIGHLY recommend this teacher. Very knowledgeable, and so far has proven very effective. Not to mention, she has a BRITISH accent, which is the coolest thing in the world; that honestly should be the selling point right there...no question about it!

Give her a shot!

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Leona F. Mar 12, 2014
Singing ·

Great Vocal Coach

So many voice teachers that I had in the past focused ONLY on singing classical styles. My teenage son is not looking to be an opera star, but needed help with his range and breathing to sing rock, pop, and musical theater. Sasha has professional experience performing this type of music and is giving my son some useful and practical techniques to help him in the real world of today's music. She is patient, knowledgeable, and seems to really care about her students. Big thumbs up!

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Joshua K. Mar 7, 2014
Guitar ·

Great experience

Sasha is an excellent teacher! Her knowledge is diverse in musical style as well as range of instruments, she is a true musician. Sasha is very patient & encouraging. She has reignited a spark of passion in me & expressed a true desire for my success. I would recommend her to anyone wanting to take their music to the next level.

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Felicia H. Mar 3, 2014
Guitar ·

My Daughter LOVES her lessons with Sasha

I bought my daughter (age 6) a guitar for Christmas and figured I should at least invest in a few lessons unless I wanted the guitar to gather dust! I didn't realize just how much fun my daughter would have... Sasha is very patient, even with a 6 yr. old's very limited attention span. I listen in from the kitchen and I love how Sasha will gently incorporate music back into the conversation when my daughter starts to stray. She also takes the time to prepare for the lesson by creating music lesson plans from my daughter's favorite artists. We've only been taking lessons for about a month, but I was really pleased when my daughter pulled out her guitar to show her aunt the things she's learned thus far.

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