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Guitar lessons, ukulele lessons and music theory lessons

Through his studies, Alex had the opportunity to learn guitar with teachers from different backgrounds and influences (classical, latin, jazz, flamenco, Turkish, Indian, jazz composition and pop).
This led him to study his instrument and investigate music through multiple angles and perspectives, accumulating complementary knowledge to fully understand and synthesize its functioning.
After achieving a degree in pedagogy, he started to devise exercises and systems of learning through his own method, refining it as time went on. He then started to teach what he had learned and developed, first in private classes then through music schools.
Alex's priorities through the lessons are development, motivation and interest. It's very important that there is a constructive evolution in the pupil's playing, a constant will to move forward, as well as pieces/songs that inspire him or her.

It's important that the pupils learn through an efficient and personal method, but also through their own interest and repertoire (wishlist).

In a teaching lesson the focus is put on :

- guitar posture, technique and sound
- timing and rhythmic feel
- strumming and grooves
- interpretation
- theory and knowledge of music
- improvisation
- repertoire (on student's wishlist)

There are three dimensions to a student's programme : scores, tutorials and coaching.

Having a Master's degree in Jazz composition, Alex designs the scores himself, making arrangements of pieces / songs in an accessible way, along with his method and exercises for guitar technique. The scores are written with a hybrid notation (music notation and tab notation), and with all the information necessary about the right and left hand.
After having agreed on the pieces / songs to be worked on, the relevant score is shared and given at the lesson. The teacher goes through it, while he also plays it live to the pupil for even more reach. He then explains what needs to be clarified in order to prepare any homework.
Finally, Alex creates a video tutorial about the piece or song that needs to be learned for the next lesson. This gives extra support when practising at home, in order to avoid any doubt and keep motivation up.
A report is then created to keep track of what has been done as well as what needs to be worked on, in order to unlock technical requirements and complete a specific repertoire in a constructive and efficient way.

Alex teaches at home or at the pupil's own location ; lessons are in Dutch, English or French, for all ages and levels. The teacher mainly gives live lessons, where he works with his pupils on specific material (technique and repertoire). If for any reason a live lesson can't take place, it is of course possible to follow an online lesson. Lessons last 30 minutes or 45 minutes, weekly or biweekly.

Extra information

- The student will need his/her own instrument to be able to attend the lesson


At teacher's location: Burgemeester Meineszlaan, Rotterdam, Pays-Bas
At student's location: Around Rotterdam, Netherlands
Online via webcam

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General info


Acoustic, Blues, Electric, Folk, Funk, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Song & varieties


Children (7-12 years old)
Teenagers (13-17 years old)
Adults (18-64 years old)
Seniors (65+ years old)

Student level:



30 minutes
45 minutes

The class is taught in:

French, Dutch, English

About Me

From an early age onwards Alex has been very interested in music - his grandparents introduced him to classical and jazz and his parents to pop and rock. He therefore decided that music would take a bigger part in his life by starting to learn guitar. When he became a teenager, his interest kept on growing, and he discovered more styles such as hard rock, flamenco and gypsy music. After that intense phase he decided to become a professional guitarist, understanding that music is the language of emotions, beyond any spoken language or convention. It is an inner urge for him to express himself, communicate with others and transmit emotions through music..
Alex Vansalen is a guitarist, arranger and composer, born and raised in Brussels, Belgium. He started with classical guitar when he was 7, then he continued with jazz guitar in 2008 at the Jazz Studio, in Antwerp.
In 2010 he did a Bachelor's degree at Codarts (Rotterdam Conservatory) in World music, with latin music and jazz as his main focus of study. In 2018 he achieved his Master's degree in Jazz Composition at Codarts with Paul van Brugge, his research being about the use of live electronics in the field of jazz composition.
During and after the period of his studies, Alex continued composing and performing his own pieces and arrangements with several bands and line-ups. In 2019, he released his first album, Opalessence, with the band Childwood.
Alex Vansalen also has ten years' experience in teaching guitar and music theory, and has been working in several music schools (Rotterdam International School, Rotterdam School of Music, Guitar Academy), giving lessons in the genres of steelstring/folk , pop/rock/blues, and jazz/South American music.

More info on :


Degree in jazz guitar at Jazz Studio (Antwerpen)
Bachelor in World Jazz guitar at Rotterdam Conservatory (Codarts)
Master in Jazz composition at Rotterdam Conservatory (Codarts)

Experience / Qualifications

Guitar and music theory teacher at Guitar Academy
Guitar and music theory teacher at Rotterdam School of music
Guitar and music theory teacher at Rotterdam International School

Reviews (5)

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Great teacher, super clear in his explanations, easy to talk to. Alex has a well structured way of working and focuses on problem areas with great care. Looking forward for the next lessons! 
Alex is a brilliant teacher. My son is enjoying the lessons very much.
Sinds kort volg ik (privé) ukelele les bij Alex. In deze korte tijd heb ik heel veel geleerd. Hij legt alles heel goed en duidelijk uit. Alles wat tijdens de les is uitgelegd, houding, techniek, ritmes en zelfs het huiswerk voor de volgende les worden via whatsapp/email (film/geluidsopname) door hem nagestuurd, deze opnames vergemakkelijkt het studeren. als je toch nog vragen hebt of ergens niet helemaal uit komt mag je gewoon contact met hem opnemen en wordt het uitgelegd zodat je weer verder kan met studeren/oefenen.

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Availability of a typical week

14  Monday at 14:00    Wednesday at 14:00  Thursday at 14:00      
15  Monday at 15:00    Wednesday at 15:00  Thursday at 15:00      
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from $56.77At student's home

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