- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
- Teaches students:
- 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)
Single String Concepts (Scales, Arpeggios, Intervals)
Rhythm Concepts (Chords, Blending with a Band)
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
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)
Las Vegas Country and Line Dance Cover Band
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.
Music orchestration and arrangement for various cruise ship guest entertainers and for some of Las Vegas's entertainers.
Indie Americana band made up of musicians from two different Cirque du Soleil productions (Zarkana and Mystere) and various local Las Vegas musicians.
Lessons for students ranging from age 6 to 70, at all skill levels.
Live music for church services each Wednesday and Sunday.
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.
Member of Las Vegas Musicians Union
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.
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it was good start
Very informational instructor!!
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.
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.
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.+ Read More
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.
Studying flamenco and blues.
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!+ Read More
Great teacher, very knowledgable. Gets you playing right away. Integrates music theory while playing to give you a stronger understanding.
really fun light lessons gives you just enough to work on till the next lesson
Very nice, great teacher
I had a great time with Andrew, can't wait until my next set of 3 lessons!
We relate. He is teaching me music theory as well as the instrument. I am well pleased with our sessions.
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.
Very knowledgeable. Highly recommend.