Omar W.- (Write Review) Washington, DC
I Teach Guitar, Bass, Uke, Sitar, Beatmaking, Songwriting and more... 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. 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.
Omar W.- has over 10+ years of music experience in the Washington area.
Songwriting & Guitar Jun 2007 - Aug 2009 Berklee College of Music
Hindustani Classical Music Jul 2006 - Aug 2014 The Academy of Indian Music and Fine Arts
I have been perfomring live music since I was 15 years old with thousands of shows under my belt in venues all over the world.
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 AssociateCertified 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 SpecialistExtensive traveling on throughout the east coast to train sales people 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
Lessons Locations: In StudioVia Webcam
Rahsaan Sep 4, 2016 Guitar · In studio (10.00)
"Great Instructor! I have really gained a lot from the sessions."
Sarang Aug 10, 2016 Guitar · In studio (10.00)
"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!"
Ilana Jul 18, 2016 Sitar · In studio (10.00)
"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."
TJ May 24, 2016 Guitar · In studio (10.00)
"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."
elan May 1, 2016 Ukulele · In home (10.00)
"Eccentric, organized, and full of heart. Great instructor!"
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