Andrea Balestra
North Hollywood, CA
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Andrea Balestra

Andrea B.

North Hollywood, CA
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I can teach you the technique and repertoire for Spanish Guitar, using the Segovia approach.

About Andrea B.

I have been teaching professionally for the past 15 years and love it.
Academically, I hold two degrees (production & performance) cum laude at the prestigious Berklee College Of Music in Massachusetts and have ever since worked as a guitarist, bassist and producer. I was fortunate enough to work as a musical director for grammy nominated blues artist Bobby "Hurricane" Spencer. My playing was also featured in "The Loner - Tribute To Jeff Beck" album along with several guitar legends.

In my many years as a teacher, I have helped students of all levels from beginners to fellow professionals.
My philosophy is to make the learning process as enjoyable as possible and at the same time make sure the student keeps marking solid progress towards their goals.

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Mario
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Andrea is a talented musician and a great teacher. I love taking lessons with him and I feel I am learning cool songs as well as useful theory and technique.

Posted Jun 30, 2020
Larry
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Excellent professional, great communicator. Outstanding!

Posted Jun 27, 2020
Jimmie
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Very talented musician and a great teacher!

Posted Jun 27, 2020
Summer
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I hired Andrea to teach my son jazz guitar and I was amazed at the results! He is very prepared and knowledgeable and knows how to convey his knowledge to his students effectively. He prepared my son for two recitals and I have never seen him do so well. Strongly recommend!

Posted Jun 25, 2020
Phil
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Excellent teacher!!!

Posted Jun 23, 2020
Sam B.
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Incredible instructor. Patient , clear instructions

Posted Jun 21, 2020
Lilian
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Great person and outstanding teacher!

Posted Jun 20, 2020
Natasha
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Amazing teacher! Strongly recommend!

Posted Jun 19, 2020
Alexander
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Great guitar teacher!

Posted Jun 16, 2020
Stephanie L.
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Posted Jun 14, 2020
Syd
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Amazing teacher!

Posted Jun 14, 2020
Lisa
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Fun, well-structured lessons - I haven't played guitar since I was a teenager and decided to try again. Glad I did as I'm improving very quickly. Andrea comes highly recommended!

Posted Jun 13, 2020
Susan
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Every lesson has been a lot of fun! Very nice guy and a tremendous guitar player! Strongly recommend!

Posted Jun 13, 2020
Jacob
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Very knowledgeable and friendly, calm and patient. Overall a great teacher!

Posted Jun 12, 2020
Riccardo
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It is so clear: Andrea has great experience. I teach drum, I know what a good teacher/musician is. I wanted to learn some guitar, in order to make better production. Andrea is the key. Having the chance to take lessons online during the lockdown was my salvation!

Posted Jun 9, 2020
Pamela
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Learning from Andrea has been an amazing experience so far. I am so glad I decided to learn from him. He has been incredibly helpful and has great professional learning etiquette. Strongly recommend!

Posted Jun 8, 2020
Albert
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Very patient and prepared. This teacher has tremendous knowledge and knows how to communicate it. Highly recommend!

Posted Jun 8, 2020
Robert
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A great teacher and all in all a great person!

Posted Jun 6, 2020
Jim
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Great teacher

Posted Jun 6, 2020
Louis
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A great instructor who cares about his students and always does his best for them!

Posted Jun 4, 2020
Alejandro ..
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Andrea is an amazing teacher. He teaches you all the basics but in practice with your favorite songs. I already improved a lot in only 2 classes! And he is always pending to answer my questions by email, so I can improve more while I am not in the classes! Thank you!

Posted Jun 3, 2020
Sandro
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Sorry for my bad english. I used to study guitar with Andrea while he was in Italy, in the summer. During the lockdown I had the chance to keep playing with him online, and I am so happy because Andrea is a great teacher and, now, a good friend!

Posted Jun 3, 2020
Lily
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Best teacher I ever had. Period :)

Posted Jun 2, 2020
Jeff
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Andrea is an excellent guitar instructor. I have always wanted to learn guitar but I never had time to commute to the instructor's location after a long day at work. Now I work from home and I took advantage of the situation to give it a try. It is an amazing experience to learn guitar on line with Andrea. He is prepared, punctual and he tailor each lessons to my needs and interestes. It is also fun to take a break from work without having to drive. I really enjoy each lesson and I am even more productive when returning to my job duties. I strongly recommend him! He is a cool dude.

Posted Jun 1, 2020
Annabelle
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Andrea is an excellent guitar instructor! I strongly recommend him.

Posted May 30, 2020
Giovanni
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Taking lesson with Andrea, from my place in Italy. A pianist I know gave me its contact here at Takelessons. It is great to be able to take lesson across the ocean, since he is a great teacher and I took the chance!

Posted May 30, 2020
Valerie
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Excellent instructor, great professional attitude and etiquette. Very prepared with digital handouts and lessons.

Posted May 29, 2020
Chi Zhang
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I have been taking lessons with Andrea for the past year, and I have found him to be a patient, friendly, inspiring teacher. I've found my guitar playing has greatly improved through his tuition. Unlike other guitar teachers, Andrea tailors each lesson according to what I'd like to achieve. He always quickly corrected mistakes in my technique, provided me with useful tips and chords that I'd love to learn and play. His lessons are full of fun and I couldn't recommend him more highly!!

Posted May 29, 2020
Joe
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great teacher

Posted May 28, 2020
Rob
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Great teacher, caring and prepared. All in all an excellent professional!

Posted May 27, 2020
Raymond
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An excellent guitarist and an unbelievable teacher. Great person, always helped me out.

Posted May 25, 2020
Rae
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Andrea is a great musician and teacher. My son loves taking lessons with him. I would recommend him to anyone.

Posted May 24, 2020
Charlie
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Very prepared and adapts each lessons to the students level and needs. Has sheet music ready and makes sure to review the material before the end of each lessons. Answers every question in depth and is very capable of conveying concepts

Posted May 23, 2020
Saverio
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Andrea is an excellent teacher. He does not only teaches an instrument: he can really share with you his passion for music, he puts everything in perspective and let you follow your personal taste for music. He's great...

Posted May 23, 2020
Robin
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Great instructor! I love Andrea's teaching methods and approach to guitar playing are outstanding. I have always struggled with theory, and without notice it I have been learning it while I play the songs that I love! Amazing! I strongly recommend him.

Posted May 21, 2020
Sabrina
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A great teacher and a very kind person. Has always been there for me since I started taking classes with me. Advised me on the next guitar to purchase, prepared each lesson with care. Strongly recommend!

Posted May 21, 2020
Ted
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Great teacher, had a lot of patience with my newbie 14 yo though he's clearly qualified to teach experts too.

Posted May 20, 2020
Raul
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Andrea is the best guitar teacher I have ever had. I have been trying learning guitar for the last two years with several others instructors, but after a few months I always quitted as I and didn't see progresses and I was bored with the excercises. With Andrea I felt completely different since day one! He was very good in listening my concerns and tailored each lessons in order to meet my learning objectives. It is now 6 months that I study guitar with Andrea and I super satisfied with his teaching. I strongly recommend him!

Posted May 20, 2020
Jason
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Best teacher I ever had in any subject. I have been taking lessons with him for the past 5 years and love it. Took me from an absolute beginner to being able to sit in with pros. Very friendly demeanor and impeccable professionalism.

Posted May 19, 2020
Alessia
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Andrea is an excellent professional. good teaching skills and a lot of seriousness.

Posted May 18, 2020
Joe
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Excellent teacher, helped me a great deal with my technique and chops. Taught me exercises that sped up my progress greatly.

Posted May 17, 2020
Alvaro
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Andrea is a very professional teacher and an excellent musician. I am a beginner and love rock music. I just started talking lessons with him and loved his approach and teaching method. His teaching material is appropriate to my level. I am finally learning how to play all rock songs I have always wanted to play! I feel my skills on the guitar are improved so much only in 3 week. I definitely recommend him.

Posted May 17, 2020
Michael
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I'm taking lessons with Andrea and I'm loving it. He is very informative and he answers all my questions in detail. He pushes me just enough to learn without pressure. He makes the sessions fun.
Would absolutely recommend.

Posted May 17, 2020
Gaia D.
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Andrea is a qualified musician and an incredible teacher! It’s always a pleasure to take his lessons.
He is very patient and he is able to explain very well the rudiments of guitar!
ABSOLUTELY RECOMMENDED!

Posted May 17, 2020
Mike
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Greatest teacher ever... seriously

Posted May 17, 2020
Michael I.
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Hired Andrea for my son's guitar lessons as I thought it would be a good way for him to learn during lockdown. He is very patient and knows how to engage younger pupils. Will definitely continue with him.

Posted May 17, 2020
Rick
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Very patient and organized. You can tell his students are very important to him and does his very best to help. Awesome teacher!

Posted May 17, 2020
Haris
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Andrea was calm and patient throughout our lessons. He took a systematic approach to teaching and the lessons were always well structured. Of particular note was how the lessons were adapted to my play style, resulting in a smooth learning experience. Would reccomend!

Posted May 17, 2020
Sam
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Very encouraging and patient teacher -- highly recommended!

Posted May 16, 2020
Kun
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Andrea is a very patient teacher, suitable for beginners

Posted May 15, 2020
Greg
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Friendly, experienced teacher. Helped me improve and gain some confidence. Definitely recommend.

Posted May 15, 2020
Sarah
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Andrea is a very experienced, knowledgeable, and helpful instructor. I learned so much from him after only one lesson! I am confident that I will continue to learn and grow as a guitar player from lessons to come.

Posted May 14, 2020
Roger
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Excellent Teacher, very patient and prepared. I booked lessons for my daughter and he was able to help her a great deal with her playing.

Posted May 13, 2020
Seth
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Excellent teacher! Helped me a great deal learning theory and hoe to improvise. Highly recommend!

Posted May 12, 2020
Song N.
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Very good instructor, combining both practice and theory. After just a few months of classes, my understanding of chords and harmony is on a completely different level

Posted May 12, 2020
Chaz
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Patient teacher, showed me ways to do things that I didn't ever think about before, wish I found him sooner. Definitely would recommend.

Posted May 11, 2020
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Posted May 11, 2020
Thomas
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Was trying to get a new hobby in this lockdown. Guitar has always been one thing I wanted to pick up. I had Andrea as my tutor. He was very clear in instructions and could identify what I was doing incorrectly and provide guidance right away. After some sessions with him, I am now can start practicing on my own. I REALLY enjoyed my sessions with him.

Posted May 11, 2020
Paolo R
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Been taking classes with this guy for a while now. He's mainly a guitarist but also his bass skills are incredible. When I started I was just above beginner level, but now I am able to play along most rock songs ( for now I'm still in the 4/4 realm) and even do some slapping. I bet that in another year I will also be able to play RHCP stuff. Totally recommended.

Posted May 9, 2020
James
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Learning something new definitely helps diversify the day to day life during the lockdown. And the online courses worked out quit well for me. Feel achieved.

Posted May 8, 2020
Jing
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Great time learning online! Another skill accumulated. Very patient and professional teaching. Many thanks, Andrea!

Posted May 8, 2020
Luca
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I found Andrea to be an attentive, caring teacher with a positive attitude and a fun sense of humour. He is also highly qualified (check out his profile). I had not played guitar since high school, and was unsure that I would be able to pick it up again because it's been so long, but Andrea helped me get my confidence back. Would recommend to anyone seeking to improve their guitar skills or just learn the basics.

Posted May 7, 2020
Mary
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What an amazing experience! Great teacher, highly recommend!

Posted May 6, 2020
Jeneva
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Very patient and explains very clearly. I tried learning guitar from a teacher before and this experience is much better! Strongly recommend!

Posted May 6, 2020
Johnathan
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A very well rounded musician with years of preparation and an extensive background in the field. And what's more a great teacher with decades of experience!

Posted May 6, 2020
Samuel
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Excellent teacher, highly prepared and knowledgeable. Helped me greatly with my playing.

Posted May 5, 2020
Guilherme
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Patient, attentive, dedicated and empathetic. In Andrea I found a guitar teacher who is able to understand exactly the kind of player I am and what I need to learn to be the musician I aspire to be.

Posted May 3, 2020
John
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Great experience, Andrea is the best teacher I ever had

Posted May 3, 2020
Francesco C.
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Andrea is a master of guitar and an excellent teacher!
5+ stars!

Posted May 3, 2020
Bryan Silver
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Andrea has been the best teacher I’ve ever had, hands down! I have been playing guitar for a few years now and had learned some licks on my own, but Andrea really helped me understand how to incorporate these licks and make my own using different chord progressions. He also taught me that it’s not always about how many notes you play, but the feel and meaning behind every note that matters.

Posted May 2, 2020
Luis
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Andreas takes you through the steps perfectly. It took me a minute to to find my rhythm based on the lesson, but he was patient in guiding me every step of the way. Andreas is a tremendous teacher!

Posted May 2, 2020
Linus Y.
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Excellent teacher! Very skilled, patient and encouraging. He taught me some basic techniques and showed me different ways to practice. We also got a start on the song I really wanted to learn. Can't wait for the next lesson!

Posted May 1, 2020
Evin Dugas
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Andrea is an excellent teacher. He is very patient and forgiving but very focused on accomplishing exactly what I wanted to get done. My problem is transition from chord to chord and he broke it down for me in simple basics while also reminding me to relax and enjoy playing. I highly recommend Andrea for any kind of skillset.

Posted Apr 30, 2020
John
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Andrea is an amazing teacher, very knowledgeable and really cares for his students!

Posted Apr 29, 2020
byron
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absolutely amazing experience. Well prepared and obviously knowledgeable

Posted Apr 15, 2020
byron
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Actually cared what I wanted to get out of it. Great listener and was prepared for the lesson. Very knowledgeable and friendly

Posted Apr 10, 2020
Giovanni
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Andre è un ottimo insegnante, complimenti

Posted Apr 5, 2020
Giuseppe
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The best teacher I’ve ever had. Thank you Andrea for you kindness and professionally

Posted Apr 5, 2020
MARINA
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Andrea è molto paziente e appassionato! Lo consiglio vivamente!

Posted Apr 5, 2020
George
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Great teacher!

Posted Apr 5, 2020
Dominic
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Great teacher!!!!

Posted Mar 30, 2020
Monica
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Andrea e' un ottimo insegnante di chitarra... La sua passione e' importante per il miglioramento dei suoi studenti... Almeno a me e' successo questo. Avevo difficoltà nel migliorarmi e lui mi ha fornito grande motivazione. Assolutamente consigliato!

Posted Mar 25, 2020
Ann
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Great teacher! With lots of patience, too (which definitely helped with me)

Posted Mar 25, 2020
Valentina
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I'm a very beginner and Andrea is patient and clear in his explanations. He's great! I love his way of teaching and I strongly recommend him.

Posted Mar 25, 2020
Alexia
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I recommend it to everybody. great musician, excellent teacher, very professional in following his students.

Posted Mar 24, 2020
Alessia
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excellent teacher, good musician and very professional. I recommend it to everybody

Posted Mar 24, 2020
Filippo
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Great teacher, I love taking lessons from him. I enrolled for two months now and my progress was outstanding.

Posted Mar 24, 2020
Flavia
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Great teacher!

Posted Mar 24, 2020
Eric
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Great teacher, very patient and attentive. Incredibly prepared, two thumbs up!

Posted Mar 24, 2020
Luke B.
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Andrea is a caring and attentive teacher who made me feel at ease right from the start and helped my learning a great deal. Would recommend to anyone. He is also slightly overqualified lol (check out his bio).

Posted Mar 24, 2020
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Andrea is a great musician. But a great musician doesn't make a great teacher. He's both. Really.
He is a wonderful producer. So, if you are interested not just in learning guitar, but in recording too, he is able to make your sound shine, and teach you how to do it.
I play both piano and guitar, and he helped me a lot to understand the mechanism inside those instruments with theory and musical touch.

Posted Mar 23, 2020
Dom Mazza
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Andrea thought me to love what I do and to never stop working out for reaching my potential. Whether you are a current or a past student, he
genuinely cares about you and your guitar improvements. He makes you find that minute everyday to take your guitar and say-Dom, you can do better.

Posted Mar 23, 2020
Vince Galipo
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If you want someone that has years of experience and is an all around awesome person this is your guy!!!

Posted Mar 22, 2020
Eric
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A fine guitar player and teachet

Posted Mar 22, 2020
Naeiri
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I absolutely loved taking lessons from Andrea ! He was very patient with me and makes the learning process very easy to follow. It’s hard to find a teacher who is as passionate and eager to help others learn, and actually makes it fun. I would totally recommend him to anyone thinking about picking up guitar.

Posted Mar 22, 2020
Giuseppe U.
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An excellent teacher. Patient, attentive and precise. I finally managed to improve my musical performances.

Posted Mar 22, 2020
Garrett
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Andrea is the best! He is great at breaking down complicated musical ideas into easy to understand pieces. I would leave each lesson with more knowledge and with straightforward practicing strategies that really lead to improvement in all areas of my playing. Would reccomend for all skill levels. Beginner to advanced!

Posted Mar 22, 2020
Claudia
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Andrea Is an excellent teacher.I highly recommend him

Posted Mar 22, 2020
Manny M.
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Andrea’s lessons are amazing! He’s the best guitar teacher I’ve ever had. He certainly got ‘the blues’. Definitely recommended

Posted Mar 22, 2020
Bruce
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What a music teacher! Heard him play with Bobby Hurricane Spencer and was an instant fan. I have been taking lessons ever since. Didn't think I could learn so quickly and have so much fun doing so! Strongly recommend!

Posted Mar 22, 2020
Alba
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Andrea is the best teacher ever. He is patient and professional. He is very knowledgeable and I enjoy every lesson!

Posted Mar 22, 2020
Giovanni G.

Andrea is a very good guitar teacher, I can guarantee. While he was in Italy this summer, I had the chance to take a few lessons from him. I am a beginner, so we focused on rather simple things, but what I can say without a doubt is that his approach to teaching is very useful and at the same time funny. I had taken some lessons with other teachers before, but they were somehow dull and left me a sensation of "incompleteness" like I hadn't been able to fully comprehend what was taught to me. This was not the case. Plus, he's Italian, so could you ask for more than a good lesson AND pasta?

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Experience

Music Teacher
Jul 2011 - Present

Private Studio

I have been a teacher for Guitar, Bass, Music Theory and Recording.

Producer
Jul 2005 - Present

Freelance

I produced and co-produced a series of releases, in the blues, pop, RnB and rock genres. I also make beats and tracks on electronica and hip hop for independent artists, producers and management firms.

Musician
Sep 2001 - Present

Self Employed

Experience touring nationally and internationally, recording in a variety of styles, credited on numerous albums, singles and LPs, international press on solo records.

Education

Bachelor in Music Production and Engineering
Sep 2003 - May 2007

Berklee College Of Music

Bachelors in Music Performance
Sep 2003 - May 2007

Berklee College Of Music

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Italian

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Sicilian

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Spanish

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Classical Guitar Diploma
Jul 2003

Conservatorio Seguenza

Awards

Silver Solunto for Best Soundtrack
Apr 2009

Solunto Film Festival

Best Filmscore
Aug 2007

International Salunto Film Festival

Affiliations

The Recording Academy
Mar 2010
Celebrating music through the GRAMMY Awards for more than 50 years, The Recording Academy continues its rich legacy and ongoing growth as the premier outlet for honoring achievements in the recording arts and supporting the music community. The GRAMMYs are the only peer-presented award to honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position.
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Jul 2007
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.
Berklee College of Music Alumni
Mar 2007
The Berklee Alumni Affairs Office embraces the college’s alumni as valuable members and vital stakeholders in a lifelong, global community. We strive to foster and strengthen alumni engagement in meaningful and innovative ways that support the interests and goals of alumni in their professional and personal pursuits. Guided by the college’s mission, we seek to build a sense of shared community, pride, professional achievement, volunteerism, philanthropic support, and commitment to Berklee. We celebrate and applaud our alumni as they seek to improve the world around them through their creative pursuits.

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