Andrew HammondGuitar Teacher, Sound Engineer, Workshop Leader and Musician
7+ Years Teaching Experience
I have been teaching guitar, bass and ukulele full time for more than seven years now and, on average, I usually see about eighteen students per week.
Over the years I have taught all kinds of people and helped them overcome their individual musical challenges. This wealth of experience means that there’s a good chance that I can provide advice and wisdom that will spur you towards your musical goals.
I have been playing guitar since I was 15 years old and almost a decade ago (ugh!) I qualified from University with a 2:1 BA (hons) in Music Technology and Performance. Since then I have built, own and run a recording studio in Manchester called Studio Z.
I also teach music workshops on a weekly basis. The participants I teach are really diverse, ranging from young people through to the homeless, from beginners through to emerging artists and from Hip Hop, through Rock, Pop, Funk and pretty much every kind of music possible!
My Guitar Specialisms
After a few years most guitarists begin to specialise. It’s not possible to be both a master Jazz and Classical guitar player – each style needs your full attention.
Whilst I have a good understanding of most styles, I have gravitated towards learning about old Blues from the deep South of America. Charlie Patton, Robert Johnson, Howlin’ Wolf, Mississippi John Hurt, Elizabeth Cotton and many more. I have also learnt a lot from more recent artists, loosely considered to be within the American Primitive genre, such as John Fahey, Jack Rose, Glenn Jones and Robbie Basho.
This has led me to specialise in advanced fingersyle techniques for Folk and Blues, as well as open tunings (this is where the strings are retuned, usually to a chord like C, D or G).
A couple of examples of my guitar playing. And a couple of examples of work I have recorded for other artists.