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/educator/advocate 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 ABC Television’s Good Morning America, Billboard Live Osaka/Tokyo, The Howard Theater, Blues Alley, The 2013 Long Beach Jazz Festival, The 2014/2015/2019 Essence Festivals in New Orleans, The 2014 BET Awards, The 2017 Richmond Jazz Festival, Sculler’s Jazz Club, Cafe Wha, SOB’s, Joe’s Pub, The Bitter End, The Blue Note & he’s also the guitarist for the Grammy winning RnB artist Elle Varner, with whom he’s toured the USA & Japan. He was a finalist in the 2012, 2015 & 2019 USA Songwriting Competitions & his 3 official jazz album releases as a leader have received domestic & international critical acclaim from Downbeat Magazine, Elsewhere New Zealand, Bop-N-Jazz, The New York City Jazz Record & other publications. Andy has 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 use in Hollywood film & prime time network television. He has completed a 6 month tour of New Zealand & Japan as the guitarist with the critically acclaimed stage production entitled, “Empire” & is also a private instructor with New York Jazz Workshop & a teaching artist with Wingspan Arts & Midori & Friends in NYC. Andy is also an advocate for music & education & has created the Phillip Bianco Memorial Music Scholarship which annually awards a substantial monetary sum to young adult music students through the Keynotes Foundation Scholarship Competition in Pittsburgh.
“Deliciously dynamic jazz Andy Bianco – NYC STORIES: This is actually my first listen to Andy’s perfectly performed jazz guitar work… what he presents on this album is some of the most deliciously dynamic jazz you will ever listen to…”-Dick Metcalf, “NYC Stories” review, Contemporary Fusion Reviews, November 2020.
“NYC Stories aims at depicting a sense of triumph over adversity, which comes through on album opener ‘For Those Who Battle Demons’….New York might be the most written about city in the country, but Bianco still has stories of his own.”-Chris Barton, “NYC Stories” review, Downbeat Magazine, June 2020.
“Judging by the jut of his shoulders, clench of his jaw and verve of his writing and playing, Bianco will soon be back with some more stories.”-Tom Greenland, “NYC Stories” review, New York City Jazz Record, April 2020.
“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
“A terrifying and intense journey. Love it!” -Jazz guitar master Ben Monder (referring to “Forces of the Wild”)
“Andy Bianco is an amazing guitarist. He has great ideas, a fantastic sound & boundless imagination & fire!”-Jazz guitar master Peter Bernstein
“Andy Bianco is a very fine guitarist with a natural spark. His playing embodies strong elements of the past and the future.”-Jazz drumming master Bob Moses