518 Guitar

518 Guitar

5.0 (4)
Best of 2018
5 hires on Lessons.com
2 employees
4 years in business

About this pro

I am an award-winning acoustic and electric blues guitarist with a passion for teaching. I am formally trained, play  classical method, country, blues, rock, metal and even jazz. I have two certificates from the world-reknowned Berklee College of Music - Boston, and I continue to enroll in world-class guitar lessons so I bring the best to my students. I gig regionally and nationally (Memphis, Boston, NYC) and teach. I do NOT use a cookie-cutter approach; I assist each student based on their own desires and goals.

Seeing the light go on for my students. After figuring out what path for learning is the best - and HOW the student learns best (pictures? charts? sheet music? tabs? video? etc.) - I love the moment when they complete a song, chord progression, scale, solo, or other assignment that they would not even have considered trying in the past. I'm only happy/satisfied when the student is

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Albany, NY 12205
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4 Reviews

5.0

  • Mrs. Zuelsdorf

    Andrew is very flexible; he fit lessons into my schedule. He is also super encouraging. My 12-yr old daughter is on her second year of guitar lessons, and when her original instructor became unavailable, we found Andrew. We are so glad we did; she feels great about her progress and practices on her own (before this, she stressed about lessons and hardly ever practiced.) Overall, Andrew is an outstanding instructor and we are blessed to have found him.

  • Laura Phrasavath

    Andrew is a kind, patient, flexible, passionate, and extremely talented guitar teacher. He really worked to understand my goals and learning style. I look forward to every single lesson. You can't go wrong with Andrew!

  • Whitney Malone

    I cannot say enough good things about Andrew as a teacher. I just started playing quitar. After just a few lessons, I have learned so much from him. You can tell he is passionate about teaching and music. He is extremely attentive with his students, and goes the extra mile to give each one a personalized experience.

  • Kyle Scarano

    Andrew is an incredible guitar teacher. Not only does he have an amazing playing ability but he also has a great wealth of knowledge around the care and craft of guitars. Andrew is easy to follow, fun to learn under, and extremely helpful in terms of letting you grow and do what you want to do. He's also a good communicator and flexible with scheduling! I would definitely recommend him as an instructor to anyone who has a strong desire to learn the instrument well.



FAQs


What is your typical process for working with a new student?

First lesson (half hour) is half-price to meet, greet, and assess. I like to establish who they are, what their main goals are, what their passions are, and move on from there knowing that what I'm offering them is in line with what they want to learn. We then build goals, a game plan, and I hold the student accountable through weekly or bi-weekly lessons.


What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

Two certificates from Berklee College of Music. Enrollment in third certificate. Several undergraduate music courses from the College of Saint Rose. Local awards and touring nationally. I have been teaching for 15 years and have references. I've taught dozens of students of all ages. 


Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

The price varies a little depending on the studio I work with. I work with the Guilderland Music Academy (Westmere, NY); The Cady School of Music (Albany, NY) and I can also travel to the student or vice versa if that is the best option. 30 min for about $25 in person (depends on studio); $20 over SKYPE.


How did you get started teaching?

Just listening to the student and find out where they are based on a skills matrix that assesses ear training/ability to listen, and play. Regarding playing- left and right hand ability, chord knowledge, note and scale knowledge, and assessment of left and right hand technique.


What types of students have you worked with?

Ages 7-80, so far! Beginners through intermediate and some advanced players.


Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Having attended Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood live at Madison Square Garden. Having attended Derek Trucks at SPAC. Ottmar Liebert at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. 


What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Try a couple teachers. But first...make sure you have a list of goals. If you are a parent looking for lessons for your children - talk with the teacher and give them an idea of your overall goals for your child/learner - is it singing? overall musicality? plays/theater? singing and playing at home gatherings? Etc.


What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

How much time will they have to invest in practice? This will assist in making realistic goals.