I’ve been dreaming of putting this website together for several years and finally feel ready to tackle it. I’ve had a pretty amazing career in music that has spanned over 5 decades and I’m looking forward to examining my prior recordings as well as forging ahead to learn new things and share them with you. I consider myself extremely fortunate to still be doing what I do and I thank you for letting me be your coach as you pursue your own musical journey. It is my privilege to share my knowledge and experience with all of you and I’m sure I will learn a lot on the way as well. I’ve really enjoyed getting back into teaching over the last few years and am always honored when I have the opportunity to help fellow players find their path and enjoy the music even more.
Whether your goal is a professional career in music or simply to enjoy playing the guitar in a more satisfying manner, I know you will find some very helpful and entertaining material here!
SONG OF THE MONTH – Every month, Andy will video an entire song performance and will also break down each section to thoroughly explain the techniques, harmonic structure, difficult or challenging phrases and will relate stories behind the writing and recording of the original version of the song. Tabs and notation will accompany.
LICK BUILDER – Includes practice tips, ideas for broadening your knowledge of the fretboard and increasing your vocabulary. Going beyond just showing licks, these ideas will help you create your own ideas for soloing and melodic lines.
JAZZ STANDARD OF THE MONTH – At the core of Andy’s practice regimen is regular playing of standards in the jazz idiom. Andy plays a tune each month, discusses his approach and also demonstrates a phrase or two to add to your vocabulary. He also recommends some classic recordings to check out.
CLASSIC ANDY – A variety of rare and unseen videos of Andy in action from over the years playing live and in the studio. Andy has 100s of video tapes and DVDs in his collection and will share something new and special each month and will also include commentary regarding memories of the event and circumstances. Andy will also posts a photo or two from his private collection and shares the stories behind the pictures. Some very cool surprises await!
MEMBER OF THE MONTH – Members of the Guitarxperience can send links of their performances to Andy. Andy will select one each month and feature it on the site as well on Guitarxperience YouTube channel. This is a great opportunity for exposure and Andy is excited to spotlight players of all levels.
ASK ANDY – Each month, a select number of questions sent in by Guitarxperience members get answered by Andy via video.
INFLUENCES – Andy discusses his biggest influences and their contribution and impact on his playing and song writing. Ace Frehley, Steve Lukather, Larry Carlton, Robben Ford, Jimi Hendrix, Pat Metheny, Mike Stern, Eric Johnson, Barney Kessel, Joe Pass, Wes Montgomery, Jeff Beck, Eric Gales and Little Jimmy KIng, The Beatles, The Surfaris, The Ventures, Dick Dale, George Benson, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Albert King, SRV, Pat Martino, Todd Rundgren, Oscar Peterson, Charlie Parker, Pete Townshend, Yngwie Malmsteen, Bill Evans, Brian Wilson, etc.