Andrew Chute

Andrew C.

Henderson, NV

Lesson Details

Guitar

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
All levels, all styles, all types of guitars, from basic to professional knowledge and skills
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Andrew delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 5+

Teaching since:
November 2013

Andrew is a multi-instrumentalist (guitar, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, backing vocals) who settled in Las Vegas in 2013. After graduating with honors from Musicians Institute in 2008, he wrote a collection of acoustic guitar pieces licensed to The Weather Channel, then spent 5 years working as a show musician and top-40 musician for 3 cruise lines.

Currently In Las Vegas, Andrew splits his time between his original band, various productions in the casino showrooms, a well-known local country cover band, teaching, running his own music copying, arranging, and orchestration company, various freelance engagements, and spending time with his amazing wife and two sons.

Andrew's original band, "Tin Toy Cars," formed in 2014 and consists of two local Las Vegas musicians and a few musicians from Cirque du Soleil. Their debut album entitled "Falling, Rust, and Bones" was released in January 2016 and as a result of the volume of radio play across the country, immediately set a new all-time record on the national Americana Music Association Charts for highest new artist debut. The band's first music video made it's debut in March 2016 courtesy of The Huffington Post, along with a feature article. Along with the premier article were various national press releases and articles featuring the band and the album. Their second album has been completed and will be released in early 2018.

Andrew currently plays in the orchestra for the weekly production "Brunch to Broadway" at Red Rock Resort and Casino. The show features original members of Broadway's "Smokey Joe's Cafe" and the wonderful music of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. Band members include musicians from "Le Reve" at the beautiful Wynn Resort, as well as long time veterans of Bette Midler's Orchestra and Donnie and Marie Osmond's backing band.

Andrew also performs with local country cover and line dance band "The Voodoo Cowboys." The band can be seen almost any night in Las Vegas between the famed Gilleys at Treasure Island, Toby Keith's I Love This Bar at Harrah's Resort, and one of the three stages at the amazing Fremont Street Experience.

Andrew also plays in the band at a local church on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings, and teaches a handful of lessons each week on his various instruments.

*** Lesson Details ***
Music Theory (Building Scales, Harmonizing Scales into Chords)
Ear Training
Single String Concepts (Scales, Arpeggios, Intervals)
Rhythm Concepts (Chords, Blending with a Band)
Learning Songs
Writing Licks, Lines, Chord Progressions, Charts, and Songs
Techniques (Pick vs. Fingers vs. Hybrid Picking)
Acoustic vs. Electric vs. Nylon String
Slide and Steel Guitar
Mandolin, Banjo, Ukulele, and Other Doubling Instruments
Playing in a Stylistically Appropriate Manner
Choosing the Right Equipment for the Gig or Project
Music Reading
How to Practice
How to Market Yourself to Acquire Work

*** Studio Equipment ***
various electric and acoustic guitars, mandolin, ukulele, banjo. A few different amplifiers, and many different pieces of effect and accessory equipment.

*** Travel Equipment ***
various electric and acoustic guitars, mandolin, ukulele, banjo.

*** Specialties ***
All Contemporary Styles (Rock, Blues, Country and Country Rock, Mo-Town, Jazz, Latin, Latin Jazz, Fusion, Metal and Tapping Style, Theater)

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Experience

Guitars, Banjo, Mandolin, Backing Vocals
Jul 2017 - Present
The Voodoo Cowboys

Las Vegas Country and Line Dance Cover Band

Guitars
Jun 2017 - Present
Brunch To Broadway

Sunday matinee production at Red Rock Resort and Casino featuring former members of Broadway's "Smokey Joe's Cafe" celebrating the music of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.

Owner, Writer/Arranger/Producer
Nov 2014 - Present
HLC Publishing

Music orchestration and arrangement for various cruise ship guest entertainers and for some of Las Vegas's entertainers.

Guitars, Banjo, Backing Vocals
Sep 2014 - Present
Tin Toy Cars

Indie Americana band made up of musicians from two different Cirque du Soleil productions (Zarkana and Mystere) and various local Las Vegas musicians.

Teacher - Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Ukulele
Nov 2013 - Present
TakeLessons.com

Lessons for students ranging from age 6 to 70, at all skill levels.

Guitars
Nov 2013 - Present
Family Worship Christian Church

Live music for church services each Wednesday and Sunday.

Orchestra Musician
Jun 2009 - Sep 2013
Celebrity Cruises, Royal Caribbean, and Holland America Line

House band for various guest entertainers. Entertainers would arrive at various times during the cruise, meet the band on the day of their show, have a 60-90 minute rehearsal, then perform the show on the same night. Entertainers ranged from all types of musicians including vocalists, as well as magicians, comedians, and jugglers. Work also involved playing jazz in lounges and at small private parties, and playing theater-type productions with house performers. In addition, at Holland America, work also included the house band performing top-40 style music at various special events, similar to entertainment at a corporate event or wedding reception.

Reason for leaving: to pursue land-based career opportunities and start a family.

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Education

Honors Associate of Arts in Performance (Guitar)
Apr 2007 - Aug 2008
Musicians Institute
B.S. - Biochemistry (emphasis on anti-biotic resistant bacteria in hospitals that cause pneumonia)
Aug 1999 - May 2004
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Diploma
Sep 1996 - Jun 1999
Upper St. Clair High School, Pittsburgh, PA

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Spanish
Professional Proficiency

Certifications

Union Member
Oct 2013
American Federation of Musicians

Member of Las Vegas Musicians Union

Eagle Scout
Oct 1998
Boy Scouts of America

Awards

Employee of the Month
May 2013
Celebrity Cruises
Honors Graduate
Aug 2008
Musicians Institute

Affiliations

American Guitar Society, Inc
Jan 2015

We are an organization dedicated to the interests of guitarists and those who enjoy guitar music. Since 1923 the Society has presented monthly programs, featuring solo and ensemble performances of music from the Renaissance to the present.

National Association of Music Merchants
Jan 2009

NAMM is the not-for-profit association that promotes the pleasures and benefits of making music and strengthens the $17 billion global music products industry. NAMM's activities and programs are designed to promote music making to people of all ages.

Photos & Videos

My promo version of the song from the Cirque du Soleil Audition Kit and the show "Ka." 

Check out my band at http://www.tintoycars.net
Tin Toy Cars Debut Music Video - Premiered in The Huffington Post March 2016
Rowdy McCarran Band 11/5/15, on Channel 13 "Valley View Live."
Rowdy McCarran Band 12/8/15 on Channel 13 "Valley View Live."
The Rowdy McCarran Band Showreel 2016
The Spring Mountain String Band.
The Tin Toy Cars

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The Tin Toy Cars

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The Tin Toy Cars
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14 Reviews

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Hewan .. May 26, 2017
Guitar · In studio

it was good start

Wes C. Mar 1, 2017
Banjo · In studio

Very informational instructor!!

John G. Feb 10, 2017
Banjo · In studio

It was a great first lesson. Andrew is quite knowledgeable on banjo, and I feel it was a positive first step on the journey ahead.

Marvin C. Nov 11, 2015
Banjo · In studio

Andrew is able to understand my limits and explain clearly what he is trying to get across. I left my first lesson with an eagerness to put into practice what he taught. Can't wait till the next lesson.

Detrice (DEE-tris) Oct 15, 2015
Songwriting · Online

After my first lesson, I feel that if anyone can teach me guitar, it's Andrew. He's great at explaining things and is very encouraging, and he focused specifically on what it is I want to know. He laid out the basics for me in a very simple, direct way, and my "homework" from just this lesson will take me MUCH farther than I've ever gotten on my own. He's a great instructor.

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Paul S. Sep 4, 2015
Guitar · In home

Andrew is an excellent teacher. Formally trained and professionally polished he has no trouble adjusting his lessons to accommodate my eclectic needs. A really good guy, generous with his tIme and talents I'd recommend him to you.

Paul S.
Studying flamenco and blues.

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Jonathan U. Aug 16, 2015
Guitar · In home

Andrew is incredible. He is a master motivator, extremely skilled at playing and instructing, and absolutely wonderful to be around. Andrew is great at meeting me where I am - he teaches me important music theory and fundamentals about the instrument, but he does it while helping me learn to play music that I love. Andrew is very creative - if I am in a rut, he finds new angles to try and he is always really encouraging. I've come to regard my lessons with Andrew as a highlight of my week. I'd never want another instructor!

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Justin L. Aug 16, 2015
Ukulele · In studio

Great teacher, very knowledgable. Gets you playing right away. Integrates music theory while playing to give you a stronger understanding.

Nicholas Jul 19, 2015
Banjo · Online

really fun light lessons gives you just enough to work on till the next lesson

Michael P. Jan 28, 2015
Guitar · In studio

Very nice, great teacher

Deanna P. Dec 7, 2014
Guitar · In studio

I had a great time with Andrew, can't wait until my next set of 3 lessons!

Howard N. Jul 25, 2014
Ukulele · In home

We relate. He is teaching me music theory as well as the instrument. I am well pleased with our sessions.

Howard N. Jul 5, 2014
Ukulele · In home

On time. Showed me that my uke was flawed and needed to be replaced. Started with the basics. Explanations clear. Left homework for next lesson. Session was encouraging.

Kevin K. May 20, 2014
Mandolin · In studio

Very knowledgeable. Highly recommend.

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