Testimonials/Links

Here is what some of my students have to say about their experience of guitar lessons with me.

Emlyn (College student progressing onto to study music at BIMM)

‘I started lessons with Andy after 10 years of playing guitar and found that, with his extensive knowledge and skill in many genres, styles, techniques and also music theory, there was a lot more for me to learn! I now know a lot more about chord structure, rhythm, harmony and scales, as well as feeling a lot more confident with techniques such as bends and octaves and I have been able to learn and understand many more songs and riffs under Andy’s guidance. All in all Andy offers a comprehensive, supportive and fun lesson style to any guitarist!’

 Henry ( achieved Grade 8 Merit)

“I have been having lessons with Andy and during the time he has been teaching me I feel that not only my playing has improved but my understanding of song structure and chord structure has progressed. I’m finally getting to grips with the theoretical side of things (scales, chords, terminology etc.) This is due to the structure of his lessons and teaching style.  He never teaches you a song without delving in to the mind of the person who wrote it, explaining why this artist used ‘that chord to  change to that chord’, and what forms ‘that chord’, or ‘how that riff works over those chords’. If you are into blues, rock, jazz, you name  it and Andy can play it. The lessons are fun, informative and fulfilling, and he never shy’s away from having an end of lesson jam session :)”

 Tim ( Retired, learning Jazz and Blues)

“Most ‘guitar teachers’ I have known were self-taught guitarists who had little idea how to teach. But Andy is a ‘proper’ teacher who prepares material that provides just the right challenge, at the right level for his students. He really motivated me and I’ve made real progress under his guidance.”

Molly 

Andy is amazing at playing and teaching the guitar. He manages to direct the lessons using your tastes and interests in music; whilst teaching the techniques with the perfect amount of challenge. He also answers any questions I have, even if I don’t really understand myself what I’m trying to ask; and has a truly impressive selection of guitars. He is really great:)))

Rob
Andy is a fantastic teacher who shows true passion for the guitar and takes great pride in seeing your improvement. Not only is he a brilliant guitarist his teaching style is very relaxed, patient and encouraging. I would highly recommend him as a teacher!
Poppy
I have been learning guitar with Andy for about 16 months and I started as a complete beginner. He got me through the frustrating first stages of learning guitar by being patient and encouraging and I feel like I have made real progress with Andy’s guidance. I would definitely recommend him to anyone thinking about learning guitar. 🙂

Here are a selection of links for guitar players:

http://www.djangobooks.com

If you’re interested in learning the music of Django Reinhardt this site has a wealth of information and a very helpful forum.

http://www.swingfromparis.com 

I have been playing lead guitar in a local jazz ensemble for 6 years, playing the music of Django Reinhardt. On the website you can listen to samples and see when we’re next performing.

http://www.johnlevoiguitars.co.uk/

John Le Voi is a master luthier. He makes handmade Selmer style guitars. With fantastic attention to detail and expert craftsmanship, John is my guitar maker of choice! As well as making guitars, John also does repair work.

http://worldguitars.co.uk/

Simply one of the best guitar shops around, and it’s in Stonehouse! They stock high end custom guitars and Jeff and his team offer not only top notch guitars but great customer service too.

http://moscowdrugclub.com/

Bristol based Moscow Drug Club are a band I play with from time to time when they need another guitarist. Catch them if they are in your vicinity, a great evening’s entertainment awaits.

http://www.metronomeonline.com/

An online metronome to help you keep time!

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