Alejandro was born in Colombia as a part of a very musical family, taking influence from his grandparents at a very early age he took on singing and soon after started playing the piano. At the age of 12 he would have his first encounter with the six strings and soon after his passion started fueling.
Playing in rock bands since the age of 14, Alejandro would find textures and sounds that appealed his age and soon moved from playing piano and singing to playing guitar full time. Caused by the roaring sounds of Marshall amplifiers and electric guitars, his love for heavy metal and increasingly more challenging progressive music lead him to pursue music as an academic endeavor, taking music studies at the academy founded by acclaimed classical guitarist Gentil Montaña, taking private electric guitar lessons with Cuban prodigy Amir Calzadilla, all while tutoring students himself and constantly touring with Hard Rock outfit Hell's Warlock.
Having moved outside of Colombia, Alejandro took Music Production studies at Berklee College of Music, and then continued to play in bands at several notable venues before taking a long term hiatus from the live music scene.
Alejandro has been a session musician, studio engineer and private instructor for over 15 years and has also taught at the independent music school Music City in St. Catharines, ON in Canada.
I have toured several countries and played prestigious venues along many cities in North and South America, playing with bands such as Sweetheart, Hell's Warlock, Grenader, Arachnid Carcass, etc.
I have been nominated for several music awards after the release of my solo EP Weathering Storms in 2014.
I have been a part and placed top 10 in several online guitar contests, including the Ibanez Guitar Solo Contest in 2013, etc.
I enjoy having a full conversation about your goals and then develop a plan to reach them I the best and most efficient manner. I understand that everyone has a different learning curve, style, strengths and weaknesses.
Repertoire analysis; dissecting riffs and guitar solos to find their structure and harmonic properties. Even though music theory is not a pre requisite, I will definitely help with concepts that will be helpful to develop further skills and composition.
I tend to develop technique with finger independence exercises, pattern development.
Together we will create personalized exercises derived from strength and weaknesses found in your playing. These are designed to be challenging but attainable, while avoiding monotony.