Topics covered include: basic guitar anatomy/instrument orientation, instrument history, basic positioning/technique, ear training, fretboard harmony (i.e. intervals, triads, arpeggios, 7th chords, CAGED structures, 1, 2 & 3 note per string approaches, 5, 6, 7 & 8 note scales, harmonization, intervallic harmony, guide tones, & more) song form analysis, music history & style analysis, chord scale application, strumming & right hand picking technique, the Blues, the guitar as a drum, improvisation, songwriting/composition techniques & method, transcription & analysis, guitar roles within varied ensembles, reading studies, sight reading, technology, repertory assimilation/style mastery, developing one’s own sound, memorization/pattern recognition techniques, metronome practice, avant-garde approaches, time feel, articulation, dynamic expression, use of space, acoustic/electric approaches, conceptual approaches, band-leading, understanding musician/artist mindset, professional musician etiquette & philosophy, recital/performance prep, goal orientation, touring philosophy/mindset, injury prevention & more.
Having studied/worked/performed with some of the world’s finest guitarists, musicians & artists I’ve developed a teaching philosophy that incorporates a vast array of approaches that are tailored to the needs & goals of each individual student. During the first lesson I perform a detailed assessment & together with the student create an action plan that is based off that specific student’s objectives & strengths. That way we can maximize time & learning experience. The goal identification/progression/completion of the student & the achievement of their objectives are what is paramount to me as a teacher (& also that they have fun!).I prefer to utilize holistic approaches to learning such as meditation, self reflection, breathing/stretching/injury prevention techniques, personal care/health & wellness, playing together, imitation, call & response, musical games/challenges, Eastern/Western historical approaches & attitude/confidence cultivation.
New York City based jazz artist/composer Andy Bianco has performed with Angie Stone, Deborah Cox, Kandace Springs, Ray Chew, Elle Varner, Bob Moses, George Burton & many others at such renowned venues as Smoke Jazz Club, Sculler’s Jazz Club, Cafe Wha, The Bitter End, The Blue Note, SOB’s, Joe’s Pub, Billboard Live Osaka/Tokyo, The Howard Theater, Blues Alley, The 2013 Long Beach Jazz Festival, The 2014/2015 Essence Festival in New Orleans, The 2014 BET Awards, The 2017 Richmond Jazz Festival & he’s also the guitarist for the Grammy winning RnB artist Elle Varner, with whom he’s completed a tour of Japan for Billboard Live. He was a finalist in the 2012 & 2015 USA Songwriting Competition & his 2 official jazz album releases as a leader have received domestic & international critical acclaim from Elsewhere New Zealand, Bop-N-Jazz, The New York City Jazz Record & other publications. Andy’s performed his original jazz compositions as a bandleader & with other groups at such NYC jazz hot spots as Smoke Jazz Club, Minton’s Playhouse, Cornelia St. Cafe, The 55 Bar & The Zinc Bar-In addition his music has been licensed for film use in Hollywood. Andy has completed a 6 month tour of New Zealand & Japan as the guitarist with the critically acclaimed stage production entitled, “Empire.” He is also a private instructor & teaching artist with Wingspan Arts & Midori & Friends in NYC.
“One wishes McLaughlin would hire Bianco as his tonal guru, as the latter’s sound is closer to the Mahavishnu Orchestra than anything McLaughlin is doing these days…”-Stanley Zappa, “Forces of the Wild” review, New York City Jazz Record, August 2013