My name is Andrew, and I've been teaching guitar for nearly seven years. Since 2006 I've been working at the Summer Rock Camp in Palo Alto, and I've served as the music director for the School of Rock in Palo Alto. I've taught everything from private lessons to group lessons at the Los Angeles Children’s Hospital. From teaching so many students over such a long period of time, I've realized the power that music really has. Seeing my students progress has been one of the most fulfilling things in my life.
My teaching style has an emphasis on improvisation, rhythm, and playing with other people (among other things). I've been a rock and roller my whole life, and have played in countless bands, but am also highly trained in classical and jazz music. Jazz has always had a special place in my heart, and I love to play it among other styles.
One of the biggest things that I've noticed is that many musicians may be very well-trained classically, but lack all of the essential ingredients that make them viable to just pick up and play with. As well as learning the guitar, you'll be reading out of a drum book for rhythm exercises, sight-singing (when you get more advanced), and learning theory. Oh, and of course you'll be learning songs you love and jammin' out!
In addition to all of my real-world experience, I hold a Bachelor of Music degree from USC's Thornton School of Music in Studio/Jazz Guitar.
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I am a laid back guy, but that doesn't mean I won't make sure you get your practicing in! I believe that music should be fun and should be the best part of your day, but you need to learn a few things in order to really enjoy it. In other words, I don't want you to look at music as a chore, but I also want to make sure you get something of value from your lessons.
You can expect to be able to play your favorite songs and be able to go to a jam session and play with musicians you've never met before. The more you put in, the more you'll get out! I'll just be your guide.
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No matter where you are on your musical journey, learning your first few chords or developing your career as a professional musician, I will be able to help achieve your goals.
As a Studio/Jazz Guitar major at USC, I was exposed to a wide variety of music ranging from Jazz to Rock to Classical. I specialize in Rock/Jazz/Blues, but am also very well versed in solo/fingerstyle guitar. I have played endless amounts of solo-acoustic guitar gigs. In addition, I compose electronic music and combine this with my guitar playing.