What Andrew Teaches

Technique

It takes a great deal of strength and endurance to play the guitar or bass at all, let alone to play a four hour gig. Proper technique allows a musician to get the most from their instrument with the least effort.

Musicianship

These are the intangibles… the things that turn a series of notes into a work of art: Dynamics, Articulation, Interpretation, etc. These are lifelong pursuits for any musician.

Improvisation

What do Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis and Beethoven all have in common? They were all amazing improvisers. Essentially the art of spontaneous composition, it is a skill that is developed through practice and grows with your understanding of your instrument and of music itself.

Music Theory

The answers to most of your musical questions lie here. Be prepared though, it is a can of worms and every answer leads to more questions.

Sight Reading

It is seen as a tragedy when a child graduates high school without the ability to read a newspaper, yet a majority of guitar players can’t read or write music. The fact is that when auditioning for a high school or college band, the best sight-reader almost always gets the gig. The same is true for professional studio work and touring bands.

Ear Training

The most common request a music teacher hears is, “will you teach me how to play my favorite song?” Andrew’s answer is, “Sure, but how about I help you figure it out instead?”

About Andrew

About Andrew

Andrew earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Music from California State University, Fullerton. He has over 15 years of private teaching experience and 20 years of performance experience. He has performed in many settings including rock bands, funk groups, large and small jazz ensembles and as a solo guitarist.

Andrew’s musical education began with piano lessons at age five. At age eleven he picked up the trombone and his first guitar lessons were at age twelve. Somewhere along the way he picked up the bass and drums as well. Over the years Andrew has studied with many of Southern California’s top musicians, including Adam Speth, Dave Murdy, Luther Hughes and Ron Eschete.

The most influential of his instructors was renowned 7-string guitarist, Ron Eschete. Andrew had the privilege of studying privately with Ron for two-and-a-half years while attending CSU, Fullerton. Ron is truly a harmonic mastermind whose knowledge of the guitar is unparalleled. He is known to some as the “Yoda of Jazz Guitar.”

While Andrew has had many great teachers over the years, he feels that his greatest education has come from his wealth of performance experience. He has performed in many settings including rock bands, funk groups, large and small jazz ensembles and as a solo guitarist. All told Andrew has several hundred performances under his belt and currently plays in the instrumental trio, “Mo’ Strings”.

Andrew's Studio

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Schedule & Tuition

Please feel free to contact Andrew with any questions or to schedule your first lesson!