Andrew offers private music instruction on both the electric bass and the drum set in the San Francisco Bay Area. Custom designed lesson plans for all ages and skill levels are available. Weekly half-hour lessons for beginners and one-hour lessons for intermediate and advanced players are recommended.
Every few months Andrew’s students participate in a recording process resulting in an album of their songs titled ‘Rhythms’. It is an excellent learning tool and is a lot of fun for all. Sign up now to be on the next release!mailto:andrew@andreworld.com?subject=Music%20Lessonsmailto:andrew@andreworld.com?subject=Music%20Lessonsshapeimage_3_link_0shapeimage_3_link_1
RHYTHMS
Private Music LESSONS
The ELECTRIC BASS
The recent evolution of the electric bass, a relatively new instrument in the history of music, has made a huge impact on most forms of music. Bass players set the tone — they are the bridge between rhythm and melody. The bass is the rudder that steers the ship.
The DRUM SET
People have been banging on things since the dawn of time — for communication, direction and recreation. The modern drum set has become the cornerstone of much of today’s music. The drum set is the engine that drives the bus.
Tunes
- song structure
- transcriptions
- sight & chart reading
- common standards
Theory
- rhythm & syncopation
- ear training
- scales & modes/rudiments & fills
- improvising & soloing

Students are encouraged to study as many styles as possible, focusing primarily on rock, blues, R&B, funk, latin and jazz.

Studio Location
Andrew’s studio is located in the Orinda hills between Berkeley and Walnut Creek off Highway 24. The studio is fully-equipped with bass, drums, guitar, keyboards, recording equipment, Macintosh and Internet access. Directions are available on request.

Materials
To get started you will need a working bass or drum set (or practice pad), a metronome, a 12-stave manuscript notebook and an instruction book.

Payment Policy
Payment is due at the conclusion of each lesson. Pre-payment of the following month’s lessons will guarantee your lesson time each week.
Teaching PHILOSOPHY
Andrew’s goal as an instructor is to provide you with a solid musical foundation. Rhythm players must develop a great sense of time & groove while always being creative and dynamic. Here are some lesson topics covered:

Technique
- instrument set-up
- dexterity & coordination
- style & groove
- how to practice

“Thank you SO much for  the very professional CDs.  Everyone sounds so terrific, what a wonderful collection.  Every time we get in the car, we listen!”
–Andra

“Thank you for your skills as a teacher/educator and being a positive influence.”
– Allen


“Andrew has amazing knowledge and a great program for instruction.

He is very kind, patient and easy going, all the while providing a solid program that is conductive to progression.

I highly recommend him.”
– Jathan

Please contact me for more information, rates and available lesson times.

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