© 2018 by Alexander Schmitz.

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some of my 

waypoints

I was born 1984 in Hagen/Germany (near Dortmund).

At young age I was already fascinated by bands, instruments, awaiting stages and music in general. I began to learn drums at the age of ten. Four years later I started playing in bands. Then - with nearly fifteen - I felt attracted to the guitar, so I grabbed it every day. My father taught me the basics and it became my main instrument.

A few years later I finally decided to agree with my inner voice for being a professional musician.

2007 - 2011

Studies in guitar at IfM Osnabrueck/University of Applied Sciences, Exam: Bachelor of Arts

2011 - 2012

Studies in guitar at Musikhochschule Muenster, Exam: Master of Music

2009 

Won the nationwide casting "Söhne gesucht" by german pop band Söhne Mannheims

2010

Won the Study Up Award

2010

Award Winner (3rd place) at Robert Johnson Guitar Award. Germanwide guitar contest w/ awesome jury-members like Uli John Roth, Marcus Deml, etc.

2012

Panikpreis Winner (2nd place) with my own crossover rock band Turbine Weststadt. It's an award by famous german icon/singer Udo Lindenberg. In 2015 we published our first and only album called "Wir sind zurück"

2012 - ...

Casting in Hamburg: Cooperation w/ Yamaha Music Europe.

2015 - 2017

Author at famous Guitar Magazine

2015 - ... 

Endorsement for Pyramid Strings

2016 - ... 

Endorsement for Sommer Cable 

2017 

Established the hard rock band Bad Bone Beast together with Ruben Claro

(b/voc) and Felix Krueppel (dr).

 

2019

Bad Bone Beast EP "Water into wine" is released on 27th of January 2019

2019

Writing the educational guitar book "Beginner's guitar" together with Andreas Bach. It'll be released in summer at Schott Verlag.