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Acoustic Guitar Teacher & Musician/Composer

5.0
(7 reviews)
Camden, NW3
28 years in business
1 total staff
4 hires on Bidvine
7 reviews
This pro typically replies within 19 hours

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About Acoustic Guitar Teacher & Musician/Composer

Music is more than just entertainment – it’s also the soundtrack to our lives and makes life more meaningful. And if you’re planning to start learning how to play the guitar, I’d be delighted to be a part of your journey. I'm a very experienced acoustic guitar teacher & musician/composer with a strong passion for music. I started as a professional musician and teacher in Brazil since 1970 before moving to London in 1992. Throughout the years, I’ve had the pleasure of teaching scores of students and helping them become accomplished musicians. I specialise in Brazilian jazz, rock, bossa nova, samba, practice and/or theory, harmony, technique, and repertoire. I have recorded and toured with very well known musicians from around the world and I’ve also taught in schools as well as held private teaching sessions. I've also run workshops at schools like Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance & Royal College of Music. I love what I do and love passing on my enthusiasm to others while ensuring they build on their skills and learn the right techniques. My lessons are personalised based on your own interests, learning pace and ‘ear’ for music and I introduce new elements that match your curiosity and enthusiasm. More importantly, my sessions are fun! I'll be teaching only online because I'll spend a long period in Brazil (family matter). My rates are very affordable and students that want a 2-hour lesson per week get a 10% discount (it doesn't have to be in the same day). I also offer a 15% discount for students who pre-pay for 10 lessons. If you want to learn the secret of being a good guitar player and how to create captivating rhythms, let’s talk! I look forward to a detailed chat about how I can help you get started.

https://www.ifetolentino.com


Reviews

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Customers told us this pro excelled at work quality, communication, professionalism, responsiveness, punctuality, and value.

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João M.'s review on Mar 07, 2019

Luiz is a fantastic teacher. My first lesson with Luiz expanded my musical understanding and openeded new ways of playing and creating good music. The knowledge Luiz has about Brazilian music and specifically Bossa Nova (what I am learning from him) is super inspiring. Besides being a tremendous guitar player with incredible chord voicings and groove, Luiz is also an amazing singer, that again, is a big inspiration to me. I would recommend Luiz to anyone who wants to lear he to play guitar, Luiz is an incredible human being and could help not only with music but also with life situations, great teacher and mentor!

Reply from Luiz Tolentino (Ife Tolentino) from Acoustic Guitar Teacher & Musician/Composer
Mar 07, 2019

Thanks you João for your kind words.


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Kaz S.'s review on Mar 06, 2019

Luiz is a wonderful guitar teacher. He is patient, creative, encouraging and inspiring. I would highly recommend him.

Reply from Luiz Tolentino (Ife Tolentino) from Acoustic Guitar Teacher & Musician/Composer
Mar 07, 2019

Thanks Kaz. You are very inspiring too.


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Brigitte B.'s review on Mar 06, 2019

These lessons were invaluable for me- I wanted to learn specifically from the Brazilian repertoire and Luiz had so much knowledge, patience and warmth throughout the whole process, I learned loads from him and still use what I learned today- He is also an incredible guitarist and vocalist and a joy to watch perform and listen to on record.

Reply from Luiz Tolentino (Ife Tolentino) from Acoustic Guitar Teacher & Musician/Composer
Mar 06, 2019

Thanks a lot for your support. It's been a pleasure teaching and working with you.


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John P.'s review on Mar 06, 2019

I've known Luiz for over 20 years. He is an outstanding musician, performer and teacher. I have worked with him many times in professional situations, have recommended him as a teacher for my students, in which role he excels, and my wife and I booked him to perform at our wedding. Needless to say his performance was sublime. I am a professional guitar player and teacher, and I am always knocked out by Luiz's abilities, spirit and musicality.

Reply from Luiz Tolentino (Ife Tolentino) from Acoustic Guitar Teacher & Musician/Composer
Mar 06, 2019

Thanks John. It's an hounour working with you always.


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Stephen P.'s review on Mar 06, 2019

I am happy to provide the strongest endorsement of the musicality of Mr Luiz Tolentino, better known as Ife Tolentino. He has a massive stock of experience of Brazilian popular music, having toured worked and recorded with many of the legendary names like Sivuca, João Donato, Dominguinhos, Toninho Horta, Guinga among many others. He is a great bassist, guitarist, and songwriter, with published and recorded music. His arrangements on acoustic guitar provide subtle insights on interpretation of well known songs, and a fantastic sense of rhythm and harmony make him a fabulous accompanist to singers, and soloists. Many of UK's top jazz musicians, the likes of Julian Siegel, Liam Noble, and others will agree with me. My own personal experience is that his inspiring vocal and guitar always make it a challenging and rewarding experience: whether recording or playing live, always a pleasure. Not to mention a fantastic range of repertoire, and knowledge of the history of Brazilian popular music.

Reply from Luiz Tolentino (Ife Tolentino) from Acoustic Guitar Teacher & Musician/Composer
Mar 06, 2019

Thanks Steve for your special touch.


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Steve l.'s review on Mar 06, 2019

Ife takes musical quality very seriously indeed,he is prepared,conscientious,and diligent in a performance situation. His affable personality makes for friction free collaboration;he has a light touch with people and a lively sense of humour where appropriate.

Reply from Luiz Tolentino (Ife Tolentino) from Acoustic Guitar Teacher & Musician/Composer
Mar 06, 2019

Thanks Steve for the kind words. Also to let people know that I've got a stage name (Ife).Your are a wonderful musician..


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John O.'s review on Mar 06, 2019

I have known Luiz personally and in a professional capacity for over twenty-five years and have had the good fortune to play with and be taught by him. He is one of the of the finest bossa nova guitarists and singers in the world. He is also a fantastic teacher with great communication skills and an incredibly friendly manner.

Reply from Luiz Tolentino (Ife Tolentino) from Acoustic Guitar Teacher & Musician/Composer
Mar 06, 2019

Thanks John. I'm feel proud about your bossa composition. Pleasure working with you.


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Questions & answers

What should customers know about your pricing? (E.g. estimates, discounts, fees, package pricing)
At the moment I'm giving a discount of 10% for those who want 2 lessons a week. It can be in one go or in two different days during the week.
What process do you go through when starting with a new customer?
The new pupil will tell me which way she/hen wants to go. Some want to go deep into theory/harmony but some prefer the practice and/or repertoire. She/he will decide the way.
What education or training is most relevant to your work?
My main go is to bring happiness and pleasure to people. So it really doesn't matter the pupil's level. I've been teaching amateur and professional musicians and so far it seems that all of them are happy.
Do you have tips or advice for someone hiring a pro in your line of work?
Trying to find teacher/musician who's a professional and above all, someone creative and inspiring seems to be a good tip to me.
What questions should customers have ready before speaking to pros about their project?
Customers should tell about their main go (what they want to reach) and see if the pro will be able to help them. It's very important that the customer has an instrument to start.
What are some good examples of past customers?
The reviews can tell about some good examples, I think.
Describe a recent project that went well. Scope? How long did it take?
It happened several times .... preparing during 3 months two classes of 10 pupils each and 5 more pupils who had individual lessons (Brookfield Primary School) for a concerts at school.
How did you first get into this line of work?
I was already a professional musician (many years ago). Someone asked if I could teach and help him to become a professional musician. I accept the challenge and noticed that I really liked showing and sharing my knowledge to others. The pupil became a professional musician. So, I've been teaching since.

Location

Camden, NW3

The pro travels up to 8 miles from NW3

This pro delivers their service remotely over the phone or internet


Business hours

Monday

12:01 am to 11:59 pm

Tuesday

12:01 am to 11:59 pm

Wednesday

12:01 am to 11:59 pm

Thursday

12:01 am to 11:59 pm

Friday

12:01 am to 11:59 pm

Saturday

12:01 am to 11:59 pm

Sunday

12:01 am to 11:59 pm


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