I feel I can sincerely say that Ioannis is a perfect example of an excellent teacher. Our lessons are totally customized to address my musical needs & goals. I have been playing for many years and was always my own teacher, but Ioannis helped me put aside my ego and now I am progressing at a very fast pace. In every lesson, we go through each exercise in great detail, explaining each step thoroughly. I am certain I will learn much more from him and I can honestly say that under his wing and guidance I will definitely reach the level I want to be in playing guitar.
Ioannis is a unique music coach and a true virtuoso of the guitar. I have been fortunate to study with him for more than 2 years, during which he has shown me the most efficient ways to improve my playing and master every aspect of the guitar. He is my biggest influence in my playing and he helped me to be consistently reach my goals. I learned a very important lesson from him – that if you really try, you can fulfil your dreams, whatever they may be. Ioannis is also a superb composer, improviser and musician, an excellent guitarist with an amazing assortment of skills.
I heard about Ioannis many years ago. I was impressed by his unique bio, with all these studies and co-operations, with almost every single major name in contemporary electric and flamenco guitar world. I trusted him and his experience and I wasn’t wrong. He was coached me at my music studies, and he helped me network in the music industry. Now we collaborate on numerous musical projects, but most of all he is a really good friend, always there to help and guide. I owe him a lot in my career and my life. I am proud to be one of the first graduates of Elite Guitar Coaching and I wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone that wishes to develop their guitar abilities, their music creation skills and their understanding of the Music Business.
When I first met Ioannis it was a thrilling experience. I’d been playing the classical guitar for about 18 years and electric guitar just as a hobby. Ioannis was the one who helped me to expand my knowledge and evolve my technique on electric guitar. His coaching helped me achieve my goal – to become a professional, raise the standard of my guitar playing, to deepen my knowledge of modern music and to fill all the gaps I had in my musical knowledge. He’s an amazing teacher, with a great communicability and a true master of his instrument but what truly makes him stand out from anybody else is that he really cares about his students and always insists in bringing out the best of their ability.
Ioannis is an exceptional coach and a true virtuoso of the guitar. During the 4 years i have been studying with him, he has always been able to shown me the most efficient ways to break down and master every aspect of the electric guitar. It is from him that i have learned one of the most important lessons, that a musician keeps evolving through his entire life. A truly great contemporary guitarist, with amazing improvisational skills – he is definitely one of the biggest influences on my playing.
I have been studying Electric guitar with Ioannis for 4 years now, and I am continuously impressed by his extremely well rounded knowledge of the instrument in all of its aspects! His teaching technique focuses on identifying the student’s weak spots and correcting them in the fastest and most efficient way. His unique style of playing and virtuosity make Ioannis one of the best contemporary guitar coaches!
I started having lessons with Ioannis 3 years ago – I was looking for a professional coach to help me with mastering contemporary electric guitar. Ioannis’ guitar coaching are accurately tailor-made to my own musical needs and wants and he continues to inspire me to get better day by day. I am really proud to be his student and am very grateful for the amazing opportunity to learn by a true virtuoso and the one and only ”Coach of the Guitar Champions”!
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Ioannis is the “José Mourinho of the electric guitar players”, able to identify the advantages and disadvantages of any player and always seems like he’s got it all figured out! His amazing research on the techniques of the instrument enlightened me in stuff that would normally take me many years to master, but his coaching methods and the way he combines everything is like the way of samurai: simple and effective! All one has to do is to be specific in his goals or questions on any guitar-based subject. Ioannis will have the answers and solutions guaranteed for each case. The rest is up to you! Thanks for everything Ioannis!
Ioannis is the coach who can really help anyone that wants to improve his guitar playing to the maximum! His efficient way of teaching and very well organized lessons can help you to unstuck from the intermediate level and “push” your playing to the next level. Also his excellent guidance through the years saved me years of wasted effort, many times over!
Everyone call Ioannis a great guitar coach, a guitar virtuoso and more… But I think of him as a guru of the guitar. I’ve been studying with Ioannis for two years and i literally cannot believe the knowledge that I have obtained reached in this period of time. The most important thing that i have learned with Ioannis as my coach is to keep my goals clear and how to effectively reach them in the easiest way!! I feel so grateful for this. Of course his great playing full of passion, emotion and impeccable technique it was the first reason which make me want to start lessons with him.
Ioannis has created a multi-lateral and exceptionally well structured educational material, including all modern sophisticated techniques and expression techniques, fingerboard language (chords, arpeggios, scales) up to music technology and ear training. Ioannis possesses in-depth knowledge of music theory and improvisation theory, as well as the ability to analyze most outstanding guitarists’ style of playing. He has an amazing collection of studying material, which is provided to the student in both electronic and printed format. Very capable of maintaining one student’s motivation high as a kite, as well very able to identify and pinpoint the success mechanisms of the music industry on the whole. Optimal preparation for music university entrance exams (RGT, GIT,etc) Extremely helpful to the goal-setting and the design of the most effective practice routine for each student depending on his\her personal style. Vast range of custom-made exercises especially designed and targeted for each student’s needs.
Ioannis is truly one of the most important people I have met in my musical career so far – a real guitar virtuoso, an excellent teacher & a true guitar coach! Always ready to solve the problems of those who consult him, he offers a unique way of teaching, always finding the right steps to help you reach your highest goals. He has helped me in many ways in my guitar-playing evolution. His playing has a uniquely modern approach and is one of the biggest influences in my personal playing.
Mr Ioannis Anastassakis has the ability to make things clear when everything is blur! I’m not referring only to music performance issues, but also career issues that emerge. His guidance on someone’s music career is crucial, if one has expectations to have a serious career in the music industry. His teaching is characterized by clarity, musicality, versatility and (of course), efficiency. Also, make sheck out his albums…you will be amazed by their diversity on styles and the overall musicianship!
I’ve been working with Ioannis for over 7 years now, counting more than 450 hrs of private tuition and at least 100 hrs more of attendance in his festivals and seminars all over Greece. I‘ve always had the highest expectations from people I paid to give me private lessons. I believe that experts can give you insight and illumination that could save you a lot of trouble and time. Ioannis Anastassakis surely cannot be summarized in a few lines. Having him as a tutor is a very strong shift in reality, while having him as a mentor is a clearly different level of awareness. Ioannis is always organized, consistent, respectful of our time, understanding (he calls that “permission to be human” ), but also very firm when appropriate, resourceful, abundant, willing and ambitious. Always aiming at the highest level possible. He’s the finest mentor I’ve ever found on ANY subject. Every passing year has been even more challenging in terms of knowledge acquisition, resource management and psychological techniques to keep me continuously motivated, happy and rockin’! For me, Ioannis is not a teacher. He’s not even a mentor. He’s a real GURU, and I wish there was any way for me to really explain to you just how good he is!
Ioannis Anastassakis has been first of all a great artist to listen to, long before i started being coached by him! It is really great to ask directly the composer about the things you have listened to and discovering through those question the secrets of the electric guitar! My personal point of view towards the electric guitar has changed is many aspects! I organized my studying. I learn and I am still learning, all the techniques and secrets of the electric guitar! I have to say there’s still a lot more to learn by a player who, himself, has studied with almost all the great guitarist of contemporary music! Possibly some day i will be able some day to record something will all those great guys!
Ioannis has organized the lessons into different topics-categories. Each topic envolves a special guitar technique. Some of the topics are Alternate Picking, Sweep Picking, String Skipping , Tapping, Legato, Pick & Fingers, Chordal Picking and of course the Theory topic. The lessons in each topic are classified in different levels. They start from lower levels, progress to intermediate and finally to advanced level. His experience in teaching guitar, guides Ioannis to adjust the level of lessons to the corresponding level of the student. In ever topic, Ioannis marks the weak spots of the students in order to handle and ultimately fix them. The goal is fine tuning of every aspect of the technique. Ioannis always knows which is the next step. The management of all the stuff, lessons, exercises and knowledge of theory in detail, has always been the difficult aspect of self improvement. Ok, I have studied those alternate picking exercises but what is the next step? Where have I to go now? Ioannis is the expert to solve all those questions and save you time of involving into wrong stuff at the wrong moment. Improvisational ideas are developed with the student, usually by playing over backing tracks and analysing the stylistic requirements of the track. After all, guitar playing and personal development is a lifetime goal. So, it should be considered that it is impossible to have fun and only fun when you want to get better. You have also to work hard, be disciplined and consistent. After all, the more you put in the more you get out of it.
Through all the years of my apprenticeship, not only as guitarist, but as a musician in general, I’ve crossed paths with many exceptional teachers such as Ioannis and the truth is that there are many that can teach you how to play your instrument in an efficient way. But the attribute that makes him stand out and makes me proud to declare his student after almost 2 years of collaboration, is that he can guide you thoroughly not only to the way of achieving the mastery of the instrument itself but to the way of being an utterly well-rounded professional, since he himself is at that level.
Whoever wants to learn some things about Ioannis Anastassakis, can easily search the web and find a vast amount of information. Ioannis is a bonafide virtuoso both on the electric and flamengo guitar and a well known teacher.That is why i turn to him in the first place. Although I have been studying with Ioannis only for a few months, there is already some improvement in my playing but most of all i know that now i am building my chops on solid ground.
When i first met Ioannis Anastasakis i was sure that i made the best choice . Two years studying with him and i still believe the same! He is a coach with amazing guitar skills and successful advices. But for me, the best thing about him is his incredible ability providing you the best exercises to improve your playing in a short period of time.
Studying with Ioannis is the best way to master your abilities on the electric guitar.Through the years that i have been working with him,i was able to learn and practice every weak spot of my guitar playing under Ioannis’s valuable guidance,the thing that surprises me the most about Ioannis Anastassakis is his ability of knowing where exactly does your guitar playing need help and where to focus on.His 25 years of experience and carrier is the best prove of his Coaching abilities. Ioannis is the man that you can surely rely on
Ioannis knows how to make people learn to play the guitar and he knows it well. He is a true master at instantly recognizing the weak spots of his students and giving them just the right exercises to “fix” those spots. Personally, I think that the best thing about Ioannis is that you can blindly trust him and he will consistently lead you to become a better guitar player. It’s a feeling of caring, safety and security which I really appreciate.
My First Contact with Ioannis was a few years ago through his amazing instructional Book/DVD “60 Tapping Licks for Contemporary Rock & Metal Guitar”! I was totally amazed by how well thought-out and put-together the book was and how it helped me learn the Tapping Technique by myself, with just this book! I feel very fortunate to be his student for the past year and I find it almost unbelievable how much I have improved in the last few months.