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Janis Vakaloudis Guitar Lessons in Utrecht

Electric - Acoustic Guitar - Utrecht

Hi! I'm Janis, all round Utrecht based guitar player and enthusiastic guitar teacher from Greece. I offer both acoustic and electric guitar lessons for all ages and levels, tailored to your needs and tastes through a fun, creative and self-discovering journey.

Lesson Location

The guitar lessons are given at my home in Utrecht Ondiep, near the centre of Utrecht

Home Tuition Guitar Lessons

 Guitar lessons in the comfort of your own home in Utrecht area are possible. The 5 or 10-lesson 'Strippenkaart' offers maximum flexibility.

Is this you?

Have you always been wanting to learn the guitar? Have you ever caught yourself air-guitaring while listening to your favourite music? Have you always been hoping to get beyond the stage of struggling with these 3 chords you picked up from a friend or the web? Play along your favourite records? Jam with your friends? Make a band? Or would you like to express your feeling and create your own music? Together we will carve our very own path towards all of these goals!

Styles and Genres

My professional and academic musician's career as a guitarist has brought me close to many different styles and genres, from rock and pop music to jazz, soul, R&B and funk, and also from singer-songwriter songs to the ultimate creative form of expression, which is free improvisation.

Guitar Beginner Lessons

You will learn basic technique and fingerings on the guitar fretboard, as well as basic rhythm patterns. We will talk about how to hold the guitar, strum, use the plectrum or the fingers, and how to build a strong playing position that is both efficient and comfortable.  Start with your first tunes and get the fundamentals of theory, rhythm and ear skills to get your first taste of the music-world!

Intermediate - Advanced

For intermediate and advanced guitar students, we will focus on your performance abilities and confidence, sound (guitar gear, effects, etc.), different guitar tunings, advanced plectrum techniques, improvisation skills, mastering of harmonic, rhythmical and aural elements. I can help you boost your guitar skills and reach a professional playing level similar to your musical heroes, all while slowly helping you craft your own personal sound. I can also offer great feedback and advice when you compose your own music and write your own songs.

Ukulele Lessons

Looking for Ukulele lessons in Utrecht? Read here more about the ukulele, the little brilliant cousin of the guitar!

Online Guitar Lessons

Online guitar lessons for all levels are also given. Filled with fun and challenging exercises and ways to take your skills to the next level, from the comfort of your home. Live feedback and instructions!

All Levels and Ages

As I have been teaching for many years and specialised in music education in my studies, my experience has granted me a variety of skills in teaching people from all age groups and levels. From the basics, to the advanced, both young and older students can set their pace in learning music with me. The key concepts in any case is understanding each other and establishing an honest communication bridge between us.

About Janis

Music has been the core of my life for the past 20 years, since I got acquainted with it through my first piano lessons. After that, the guitar, the saxophone and many other instruments introduced themselves to me and now I am a professional multi-instrumentalist residing in Utrecht, Netherlands, where I have dedicated my life in playing, composing and teaching music.

I am a graduate of the Musicology department of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece with an integrated Masters' degree with a specialty on music education and I have also got a diploma in modern guitar through the Conservatory of Thermi, Greece. I have also studied the saxophone for 6 years in the Music School of Thessaloniki, Greece. I have studied under the guidance of multiple teachers and have attended various masterclasses on jazz, gypsy jazz, pop / rock, song writing, Balkan music and more.My music experience has been enriched by participating in numerous bands throughout the years, in many different genres, such as jazz, rock, blues, funk, soul, reggae and more. I have also released 2 EP's in 2013 and 2015 named "The Siren" and "Sunset" and a full length album in 2020 titled "Falling Leaves", all with my own compositions, lyrics and arrangements. I have also contributed in many recordings for people and projects like Blebiru, George Avramidis, Vasilis Petridis and more.Currently, I am a member in many projects, namely Blebiru, Trio Tensegrity, Dig Dis Quartet, Tsop SKG, Wiseflower, Big Band van Utrecht, my own band and I also work as a freelance guitarist, bassist and saxophonist.

Located in

  • Utrecht

Lesson location

  • At your home
  • Utrecht
  • Utrecht Ondiep
  • Online
  • At teacher's location

Teaches

  • Children
  • Adults

Languages

  • English
  • Dutch
  • Greek

Janis made me realise!

What's good about Janis is that he knows how to approach you, respecting your personality, level and orientation. It was with his help that I managed to unlock some artistic territories in my mind that I didn't even know existed.
Eleni S

I learned a lot of new stuff!

In our lessons with Janis I learned a lot of new stuff, but more importantly, I managed to put many things I already knew in their right place and order, which helped me make better sense of them and also helped me use them as a steady base to develop them more.
Anne S

Janis knows to motivate!

Janis definitely knows how to motivate our children to explore their instruments in a fun way, by prioritizing their expression and personal direction, preferences and characters. - Charis Karkanis (referring to his son Achilleas (guitar) and daughter Katerina (bass)

Janis is a great teacher!

Janis has this ability of compressing vast knowledge in very small but understandable pieces, thus putting an order in the chaos of music theory and harmony and the possibilities that are hidden in them. He is actually the reason I managed to get accepted in the HKU Conservatory in Utrecht.
Stefano A

Music is Food for the Soul

"This will be our reply to violence: to make more music intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before'' 

Leonard Bernstein - composer, conductor, pianist