I am a guitarist/singer/songwriter with 30 years experience playing blues, rock, jazz, bossa nova, folk, classical, live as well as on records, radio and TV. My method of teaching includes only minimal guitar chart/tab reading, easy to learn in no time. I like to concentrate on playing by ear and memory, which is important for a guitarist. I'll give you simple tools that will allow you to confidently play guitar -- by yourself or along with players of any level. If you're interested I can have you actually play at live jams as a way to "battlefield test" your newly acquired skills. Also - if you need to learn to play and sing a particular song for an occasion (celebration, marriage ceremony etc.) I can coach you on all the aspects of your performance - not only guitar playing, but also vocal, stage presence and behavior, mental and physical preparation, making your performance artistic, technical side (dealing with strings, cables, microphones) - all do's and don'ts of the process. With decades worth of stage experience I'm perfectly equipped for such jobs. Songwriting tips. If you write your own songs and feel that you could use a boost in your creative process or just need an advice on your craft - I'll be happy to work with you on your songwriting. Besides English, I speak Russian and French.
I enjoy establishing a warm and supportive working environment with my students. I love sharing the tips coming from my experience, and see how this immediately brings my students' to the higher level of playing. I absolutely love the feeling I get when my students play in front of a cheering audience and then come down from the stage and tell me "I didn't know I could do this!". I feel blessed to be in the position to teach the beautiful and universal language of music - the ultimate language of communication.
I have been taking guitar lessons from Sandro Eristavi for 3 months now. I couldn't be happier about my progress and my teacher. Sandro is a very professional, knowledgeable and thoughtful instructor with a gift for teaching. He's patient and creative in his approach. His teaching method is flexible and intuitive, and gives quick and solid results - within only 3 months (that's about 12 lessons) I progressed from being barely able to play blues to the level where I am now able to carry a simple guitar part (both rhythm and solo) through a song while jamming with other musicians. Being passionate about guitar and musical performance in general, Sandro goes beyond the necessary minimum instruction and is always ready to provide helpful tips on many related subjects - from the choice of gear, strings, what tone to use for different types of songs to the very valuable tips on stage performance and the blues scene etiquette in general. Another great thing about Sandro - he is an accomplished songwriter, and that gives his instruction an additional perspective, very helpful for me personally as an aspiring songwriter. Big thanks for connecting me with a great teacher!
Great experience so far. Very pleased.
Sandro is a great person to learn from! He keeps you focused,..but also has the flexibility to understand that eveyone learns differently.
During initial consultation we establish the level of the student, discuss his/her goals and the ways to make the whole experience fun.
Over 3 decades of performing, recording and songwriting experience. No formal education, self taught. Because of that I have a good practical knowledge and understanding of your needs if you want to start playing right away, rather than spend time digging through music theory books.
PRICING (please check for the same information presented as a table, much easier to understand, in the "Photos and Videos" section) >> Initial consultation 30min/$20. Individual lessons: 30min/$30, 45min/$40, 60min/$50, 90min/$70, 120min/$85. 5 LESSON PACK (10% discount): 5x30min lessons/$135, 5x45min/$180, 5x60min/$225, 5x90min/$315, 5x120min/$380. 10 LESSON PACK (15% discount): 10x30min lessons/$255, 10x45min/$340, 10x60min/$425, 10x90min/$590, 10x120min/$720. ....The lesson packages are payable in full at the first lesson of the pack and are non refundable. Lessons that are part of the pack can be rescheduled given sufficient notice (please see cancellations section below). The above prices are valid within 5 mile radius from Zip Code 92604. Outside 5 mile radius, if we agree that I come to you - every additional mile is $1.00.
Cancellations: a scheduled single lesson cancelled by a customer with less than 48 hours notice - 50% of the lesson price; less than 24 hours notice - full lesson price. To avoid applying these fees and to assure the consistency of the schedule I request a payment of the current lesson plus one lesson ahead. Payments accepted as cash or VENMO app transfers.
If you refer a new student, after he takes 5 lessons from me - you get a free 45 minute lesson.
My friend who has a guitar academy in the Bay area asked me to pick up his student that moved down to Orange County. That was my first student. On several occasions I was asked by people who heard me play if I'd consider teaching.
Usually I work with beginner level players motivated to learn to improvise, improve their rhythm and solo guitar skills, learn the do-s and don't-s of performing live (solo or with other musicians). I also work with songwriters who look to further their writing and arranging skills. For performing songwriters who want to enrich their live solo/duo sound I offer help in creating professional quality backing tracks of their songs.