Individual pre-paid one hour saxophone or clarinet lesson.
Please specify the student’s name and the number of hours
Jeanette – September 17, 2017:
I first came in to contact with Aldevis Tibaldi via an online forum for saxophone players “Cafe Saxophone.com” We both joined about the same time and then became moderators around the same too. And there the similarity ends.
Al has a lifetime of experience playing, composing and teaching. I started as a nervous totally musically inexperienced 47 year old. Al was always generous sharing his knowledge on the forum and as I found myself in London one weekend (I live near Manchester) I booked a lesson. Al promised it would be the most boring lesson of my life on tuning! It wasn’t. He has a unique way of teaching that doesn’t really feel like a formal lesson. For someone who has regular lessons with a good teacher it was an eye opener to spend time with Aldevis.
He has a fantastic tone on soprano and I don’t. So as I again found myself in London I took the opportunity of a further lesson specifically to address the issues I have on my tone. We got to the bottom of it and I went away with some good advice and exercises to do. I went back today and a marked improvement was noted.
Al is patient, knowledgeable and focussed. I would certainly have more lessons on a regular basis if we lived in the same city and I can recommend him as a tutor at any level of playing, especially for improvisation. I would also recommend him for one off lessons to address specific issues even if you have to travel.
He makes great coffee and can recommend some good wines too, well he is Italian so only to be expected.
Ivan Marples – November 24, 2017:
Full marks to Aldevis for his patience, knowledge and skill as a teacher. I am an enthusiastic amateur with lots of bad habits picked up over a number of years. I wanted to understand what my issues are and how to choose an effective practice regimen. I live out of town so I only had the chance of a single 1 hour lesson during a visit to London
From the first scale, Aldevis identified issues which he gently helped me recognise and then proposed ways to rectify them. We covered intonation, harmonics and note stability and moved on to practice scales and chords. He identified and put into words the elements of my playing that have been bothering me, but I didnt know how to tackle. As said above, this did not feel like a formal lesson but more like a guided conversation which put me completely at my ease and covered a lot of ground in a short time
I needed an appraisal of my bad habits and to be given a sense of direction for practice. Aldevis did all that, and more, armed with his keen ear, calm manner and precise knowledge. I can’t praise Aldevis highly enough for his approach. This hour is exceptional value for money
Rhiannon Firth – September 16, 2019:
Aldevis is a fantastic teacher. I started playing Saxophone in my 30s, and although I could already read music and I remembered some scales from playing the clarinet as a child, I had very little confidence, particularly when it came to improvisation. I would quite literally freeze up when asked to improvise, and had tried to work on this with other teachers with limited success. I didn’t think I would ever be able to do it! Aldevis is incredibly supportive and is so friendly with such a fantastic sense of humour, he has managed to help me build my confidence. He has really helped me to improve my sound and even overcome my phobia of improvising! I always look forward to my lessons with Aldevis and would recommend his teaching to anyone.
Loren – September 17, 2019:
I’ve been tutored by Aldevis for several months now. The improvements became apparent from the very first lesson! My learning is now structured, I have clear goals and aims every time I practice and its already paying off. I’ve learned how important it is to have a disciplined approach. All aspects of my playing have improved. Aldevis is incredibly supportive and has the ability to hone in on your weak areas (we all have them) and will give you the guidance you need to improve. I can’t recommend him enough. An exceptional musician and teacher.
Thane – 13 yrs old – September 18, 2019:
Aldevis is Probably one of the best teachers I have met. He has a Brilliant teaching style, which has a perfect balance of humour and seriousness. He has a wide range of things he can help you master from playing the actual instrument to your music theory, how your instruments sound to your music reading.
I am an alto sax player and opening the case for the first time was scary, and even scarier was the fact that I had this beautifully crafted complex machine in my hand.
Thankfully, Aldevis was my teacher and very soon I could belt out a nice tune, and improvise quite well. Outside the classroom, Aldevis is a very Interesting person to talk to, he has so many interesting things to bring to the conversation, from art to composers to atoms to paint strokes.
He has this amazing way of weaving metaphors into his teaching, for example, I also love to draw, and he would always tell me that (when learning about music reading) every single note is like a pencil line, they all have different strengths and characteristics and in the same way, there are so many ways of playing the sax. This really helped me learn the instrument.
So if you are thinking about taking lessons with Aldevis, do so, you will have no regrets. If you have a list of teachers and Aldevis is one of them – choose him and if you just want someone to have tea with, have tea with him and you would learn a lot.
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