I attended the Cleveland Institute of Music where I studied Double Bass. I played with the Nashville Symphony, Phoenix Symphony and was principle bassist with the Mesa Symphony. I studied Classical Guitar with a full scholarchip at the Blair Academy Prep School of Music at Vanderbilt University. I have done studio recordings and have worked as a music director at various churches in the valley. I've taught private lessons for 30+ years.
Some of my students have gone to play professionally. I have students who have studied with me for many years and it is delightful to watch them grow in their knowledge of music. Music is the greatest form of expression that goes beyond words and it is an awesome experience to see people ingratiate and either go far with it or just enjoy it for the love of music.
Andrew is a delightful teacher. He is clearly a consummate professional and has a way way of connecting and putting others at ease - especially my anxious 16 year old. I look forward to seeing where this journey of learning to play the guitar takes her, and I am grateful that we found Andrew as her teacher.
Andrew Hamilton has been a teacher for three of my children. He is very patient and kind with them and my children think he's the greatest.
I studied double bass with Mr. Hamilton since Jr. High. He helped me clean up my technique and I was able to audition and get into All-State Orchestra. My Senior year, I got Principle chair in the bass section and I couldn't have done it without him. He is very good at figuring out the problem and coming up with a way to correct it. The guy is brilliant.
I’ve been working with Andrew for about seven years. He is great at explaining things in a way you’ll understand and relate to. He works hard to push you and make you better. I wouldn’t be where I am in my bass playing if it wasn’t for him.
I find out what interest the student has, not just in music but other areas in their life. This way, I can determine the style of music they may have interest in doing. I start with having the student play with all fingers on their left hand. This way, they start to train their hand with the spacing between the frets. I generally do not use a pick in the right hand. This helps the student learn where the strings are located by feeling through their finger tips.