518guitar.com

Albany, NY

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

I play many styles and love to teach many styles. I have provided examples of my playing on my Thumbtack profile- that is all my guitar work. Country, blues, jazz, rock, and classical. My students enjoy this and I try to "bring it home for them" - I'm not just teaching theory out of the book. I have played hundreds of shows and bring real-world experience to the spectrum. Healthy practice routines and healthy music listening are all related, and we even get to talk about favorite artists.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

Helping you unlock the key to YOUR inner voice.

Location

Albany, NY 12205

Background check

Complete

Years in business

4

Number of employees

1

Times hired on Thumbtack

6

Reviews

6 Reviews
  • Lindsey A. Jul 6, 2017
    Wedding Ceremony Music
    Verified Review
    Andrew played our wedding ceremony in 2016 and did such a wonderful job! He was able to work with us to arrange our choices, and did a beautiful job. He was responsive, on time, and we're glad to have hired him!
    Andrew W. Jul 12, 2017

    Thank you, Lindsey. It was such a pleasure to be a part of your special day, and I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to make it memorable.

  • Carol E. Aug 6, 2016
    Solo Musician Entertainment
    Verified Review
    Andrew W. Jul 6, 2017

    Thank you, Carol. It was a pleasure to meet you and your family. I'm so honored to have assisted.

  • Sebastien A. Jul 23, 2016
    Wedding Ceremony Music
    Verified Review
    We hired Andrew for our Wedding Ceremony and cocktail hour on July 1, 2016 - about 3 weeks before the event. He was amazing. To start, even with three weeks before the wedding (and it was really a week before the wedding that I gave him my music selection) Andrew was able to custom arrange three pieces of music for us. Not only that but just days before the event he agreed to make arrangements to perform with a female vocalist who is a family friend of ours and offered to sing at our ceremony. AND Andrew surprised us with a professional violinist/fiddler to perform at our ceremony at no extra cost to us. Needless to say we put Andrew through the ringer and he delivered in a big way. I had tears in my eyes when I heard his arrangement of the bridal processional (La Vie en Rose) and the vocalist performing with him. The music was stunning. He communicated regularly with us even sending mp3 recording of his arrangements to make sure we liked them and was able to practice with the vocalist without ever meeting in person before the performance. We can not reccomend him enough, he was professional, timely and accommodating. He made our wedding day so memorable and unique at a reasonable price.
  • Daniel M. Dec 3, 2015
    I would highly recommend andrew to anyone thinking about taking guitar lessons or advancing themselves further he takes his time with his students while helping through the struggles of learning and helps you progress to become a better player his communication with students is amazing and how he handles his business is second to none I couldn't be more greatful to meet such an amazing person let alone guitar player he has helped me more then I could ask for very responsive when u have any questions for you while teaching you what he knows adapts to any style of teaching and gives his input really can not say enough great things about him and I look forward to many more lessons and becoming better
  • Claudia I. Aug 31, 2015
    Andrew is an amazing musician. It's clear he loves music. He personalized your experience and offers a large repertoire. He is comfortable with Classic guitar and the can play Jimi Hendrix like no one else other than jimi. I highly recommend him!
  • Maria S. Jan 3, 2015
    Our son took lessons from Andrew for over 3 years. Andrew was an excellent instructor. He kept it fun and interesting while learning the basics and progressing into more advanced material. I would highly recommend Andrew for guitar lessons.

Q&A

What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
I offer a half-price first lesson/assessment of skills. I charge $25/half hour, $45/hour -n-person. I charge $20/half hour, $40/hour on SKYPE.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
I always want to know more about the potential client's goals to ensure we are a good fit. I can teach many different styles and I want to assist you in reaching your goals. So, typically, we will talk on the phone or email about your goals and make a time to meet at the studio or over SKYPE for a half-price first lesson/assessment and talk about a game plan.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
12 credits earned in Undergraduate Music at the College of Saint Rose. Guitar certificate from Berklee College of Music (Specialist in Guitar). Second Certificate Berklee College of Music (Professional Guitarist). I recently won the 2015 best solo performer and 2016 best band performance in the blues competition run by the Capital Region Blues Network (International Blues Challenge Qualifying Round) I am going to Memphis in January 2016 to compete Internationally. This is the largest blues competition/conference in the world.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I didn't decide to get in this line of work - people just kept coming to me because they wanted to learn guitar, so I gave in - started teaching, and it turned out to click very well for both me and, most importantly, the students.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Children, Adolescents, and Adults. For the Children, I work with their parents to help enforce home practice and communicate how the student is doing. For the Adolescents, I put a lot of accountability on them, depending on their maturity level. Some parents are more involved than others. For Adults, it's immersive learning. We talk guitar tone, great players, the ways the student is hoping to express him/herself through the instrument, and how to achieve your goals. We cover various guitar methods, technique, tone, taste, harmony and theory; application and practice, audition requirements.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I earned my second Berklee College of Music certificate just a few weeks ago. This is equal to 15 college credits. I was inspired to keep learning so I enrolled in Berklee's full Bachelor in Guitar degree! I never want to stop learning and becoming a better teacher and guitarist. Also, recently, I was selected as the Lead Guitarist for Capital Repertory Theatre's production of the Broadway hit, "Smokey Joe's Cafe", Summer of 2014. The cast was from all over the US, and all have experience with TV and Theater, mainly in California and NYC. It was a blast.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Just be cautious when shopping around. A good teacher will know what to look for in your development - even the physical aspect of playing to avoid injury. The teacher should be credentialed, not just experienced.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
You should consider what your goals are - both short and long term. Do you want to learn how to jam over different chords? Maybe you're a born-of-the-dust beginner and just need to get to a basic level with some common chords to strum and have fun with? Are you a high school student prepping for an audition at a college or with NYSSMA? Are you a parent who would like their child to take up a fun instrument that's easy to learn? This would be great to know so when we talk, we have a clear idea of where you'd like to go. I'll help you map it out.