The methodology as well as the lesson structure is completely personalized depending on your individual needs.
Musicality, technique, theory, rhythm, form, control, feel and harmonic perception are addressed through each student's personal style, as well as the essence of the blues as a foundation. Ultimately we aim at developing our own unique voice.
All ages and levels are welcome and the typical length of a lesson is one hour.
I have been teaching passionately since 2002, sharing my immense love for Music and the eagerness of the eternal student delving into the mystery of the noblest of arts.
Teaching has become a full-time engagement since 2014 and at times I have been tutoring as many as 50 students per week.
Past experience includes:
-teaching at Musical Praxis Conservatory, Lab Music Education, Modern Music School, Fakanas Art Music School, Attiko Music School, etc (private lessons, ensembles, music theory, ear training, slide guitar and the professional program).
-participating in/leading several workshops and music camps (Music Arts Camp 2021, Lab Camp 2016 & 2017, Guitar Talk 2017& 2018, History of the Blues, GIG 2019, etc) in which I collaborated with internationally acclaimed artists such as Stanton Moore, Keith Carlock, Kirk Fletcher, etc.
Babis was born October 29, 1982 in Athens, Greece. He studied electronic engineering (TUC), lifeguarding (ENAK) and music performance at Berklee college of music, where he won scholarships (World Tour, S. Holland, Nakas) and played the 2009 Guitar night. He relocated to Chania, GR (2000), Boston, MA (2008), Austin, TX (2010), London, UK (2012) and finally returned home in 2013. His love for sharing music has kept him on the move ever since.
Babis has shared the stage with internationally acclaimed artists such as: Pinetop Perkins, Russel Jackson (BB King), Bob Margolin (Muddy Waters), Bob Corritore (Bo Didley), Stanton Moore (Galactic, Maceo Parker), Keith Carlock (Steely Dan, Toto, Sting), Ephraim Owens (Eric Clapton, Tedeschi Trucks band), Lynn Dobson (Soft machine, Nick Drake), Michael Milligan (Altar Boyz), Tomar & the FCs, Lucas Sideras (Aphrodite’s child), J.T. Colfire (Songwriters across Texas hall of fame ’14), Doug Woolverton (Aretha Franklin, Warren Haynes), Mark Early (Albert Collins, Taj Mahal), Jason Corbiere (Jimmie Vaughan), Adrian Myers (Bob Seger), George Kontrafouris (Marcus Stockhousen , Louisiana Red, Lou Donaldson), Kirk Fletcher, Adam Levy, Andrew Bello, Adedeji Adetayo (Lionel Loueke), Reiner Witzel (Fela Kuti), Stavros Lantsias (Athens Kamerata string orchestra, Peter Erskine, Lars Dannielson), David Lynch (Human Touch, The temptations, Barry White), Vasilis Xenopoulos (Hiromi Uehara, Jason Lindner), Manos Achalinotopoulos (Montreux jazz festival), Alastair Greene (Alan Parsons), etc.
He has performed as a sideman for various artists around the world at venues such as the BPC (Boston, MA), Antone’s (Austin, TX), Technopolis Music Hall, Vrahon Theatre (Athens, GR), The Sanctuary (London, UK), the Continental Club (Houston, TX), The Brooklyn Bowl (Las Vegas, NV), Thalia Mara Hall & Duling Hall (Jackson, MS), Jammin’ (Nagoya, JP), etc, at festivals : Hellenic Festival (Athens, GR), South by Southwest (Austin, TX), Pecan Street festival (Austin, TX), HAAM festival (Austin,TX), Jazz in June (Norman, OH), Riverfest – support act for The Roots (Wichita, KS), Big Blues Bender (Las Vegas, NV), Firday after 5 (Owensboro, KY), Cukorakko (Steele, AL), etc, worships (Journey Bible Fellowship church-US, Levite church-UK) and five nationwide tours (USA & Japan).
Babis composed ‘Transatlantic’ (2013) as a founding member of Epirus Quartet, which was performed by world class musicians (Brad Houser, Nate Basinger) and produced by grammy awardee Adrian Quesada. He co-wrote and recorded for Roxy Roca’s latest album ‘A Better Way'(2018) which was produced by Chris Frenchie Smith (grammy governor). Babis has recorded on various projects over the years such as Dana Imannuel’s ‘Dotted Lines’ (UK, 2013) , DeBisi’s ‘All to you’ (UK, 2015), Mihalis Kalkanis’s ‘World echoes in Athens’ (GR, 2015), Mighty N’s ‘Retribution’ (GR, 2016), with E. Karaindrou for Dandoulaki Theatre regarding T. Williams’s – Sweet bird of youth (GR, 2017), Irene Ketkidi’s ‘A sky for all’ (GR, 2018), G. Kontrafouris’s ‘Deep South Suite’ (GR, 2021), etc.
As a gear demonstrator, he has collaborated with Nick Silver Pickups, Tsakalis Audioworks and Jam pedals at the Namm Show and various events.
Following his return, Babis has been part of or led various projects; most notably: The Deep throat sessions, Roxy Roca, Gumbo Ya Ya, Smart as Bait, The Hoochie Koos, Guitar Talk (weekly open workshop), Stanton Moore’s trio in Athens, Lantsias Trio+, Reiner Wietzel & Athens Underground, D.Lynch Quintet.
Genuine and passionate, Babis is a true artist and great teacher. His approach is deep and substantial. I highly recommend him.
There are no words for someone to describe completely Babis' passion for music.
With his passion, vision, expertise and experience his students will reach the level they always wanted.
No time for excuses and delay, just contact Babis.
Babis approached our lessons in a way so that they were tailored me - my limits, my goals and my progress, which helped me learn so much faster.
Always patient he would find a new way to explain something or another approach to go over a blocking issue.
Besides being a guitar virtuoso and having a vast knowledge of music / theory (which are of course important), Babis has a more profound way of going about guitar lessons, which makes him a mentor and not merely a technique instructor.
I first saw Babis playing about 8 years ago in a live performance. Anyone who sees him performing live definitely wants to play like him. I was following him in every live because he was performing like noone else. I asked him to give me some private lessons. He helped me so much with the lessons. The lessons was adapted to the stuff I wanted to learn. Through his patience, passion, dedication and commitmnt, he tought me very important lessons such as practicing the time, the feel, learning harmony etc. In essense, having Babis as my tutor was the most inspiring and invaluable experience.
I would be a totally different player if it wasn't for Babis. Amazing player with a deep understanding of theory, he plays the blues straight from the heart. It's really rare to see someone talented as Babis to be such a great tutor as well. Would definitely recommend him.
I have been his student for 7 months. And I can say that the way of teaching is very special, he teaches you in a way so that you have a very good performance soon enough. especially if you love the guitar and study. His knowledge of the guitar and his skills exceed all expectations. In music genres such as blues, blues-rock, jazz I can not imagine anyone better than babis.
Icreadible instructor. Learns you to find your soul and play with feelings
If you want to move your guitar playing to next level (phrasing,groove and mojo feeling) Babis is the man....highly recommended!!!
Ps: You can ask him about guitar tech and guitar sound tips...He's a real Pro
Babis is an amazing guitar player and an very kind person. His music feel and skills have inspired me to dig deeper in the foundations of music, denifitely lucky to cross paths with him!
Babis is a patient and skillful tutor with the ability to efficiently convey knowledge. The lessons follow a dynamic approach as I am discovering music along the way. He identifies weaknesses, missing links and strong points to further enhance, and shifts the focus on the necessary “work packages” to make me evolve according to the next destination I am interested in reaching, while at the same time laying solid foundations. I feel the information falls seamlessly into place, everything is interconnected and make sense. The whole educational process is multifaceted, not exclusively limited to music theory or practical playing skills and most important it is tailor-made to my pace and needs. Highly recommended.
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