Hi there! I'm Ivan, I'm from Portugal and I'm here to share with you my absolute passion for music and for guitar. I'm currently in my last year of latin guitar studies at Codarts. I'm absolutely in love with all the guitar related genres. The sound and precision of the classical guitarists, the spontaneity and freedom of jazz and the melancholy, richness, beauty and rhythm of the latin world. These are all the elements I try to bring to my playing and to my audience.
I started playing classical guitar at the age of 11. But the obsession with the guitar came during my teenage years with the heavy metal (you can check some older videos on youtube). At around 23 years old I started taking the classical guitar more serious again. I felt totally in love with bossa nova and choros. Two years later I was auditioning to Codarts. Now, the classical guitar is my biggest (and healthiest) obsession in life.
Right now I'm developing my own trio, where I play and arrange solo guitar repertoire from Latin America together with double bass and drums. You can check the video below ;)
This is the room where most of the lessons take place. It is situated in Delfshaven and has everything the student needs.
With this course I want to help you develop the mechanics needed to play the guitar. We all have music inside us, but we need an instrument to be able to bring that musicality to people. With this course you will learn how to express yourself in the guitar.
Every person has its unique journey, with unique needs and strenghts. But in the big picture we are going to work, as simultaneously as possible, in two distinct fields:
Throughout the years I've had a big number of teachers, but very few were able to teach how to make music. It is my purpose to teach you to be independent and how to start developing your own sound as soon as possible. And for that you will need a bit of music theory. Musical Harmony to be precise.
Most of us have a lot of musical ideas, but have no idea what they are and how to express themselves. Some have the sound of a chord in mind, others have a melody. Or maybe you are a bit sick of not understanding what you play? Then this is also the right place for you to be. My goal is to develop own musical independence and start making your own music, even if that means changing a chord here and there in the begging.
This course is based in Jazz Harmony and is suitable for everyone. But if you are a guitar player, then we can go one step further and apply all this ideas to the fretboard. With this you will start seeing patterns and relationships in the fretboard, instead of only seeing an abstract piece of wood and frets