Andy began playing guitar in high school and ironically is totally self taught, having never had a guitar lesson in his life! He had to rely totally on his ears (as there was no internet TABs, no YouTube tuition, and no Skype lessons) and wits to work out how a song was played. He wore out several tape cassette players and scratched many a vinyl record in his quest to learn how to play the songs he was listening to. For those of you under 30, you may want to Google these relics of a by-gone era. Andy started teaching almost immediately with friends and neighbours who developed an interest in guitar.
Learning to play in this manner has given Andy two extremely useful tools. Firstly, it has enabled him to develop his ear to the point where he can work out any given song his students might bring along in minutes (often seconds!) thus saving a lot of time. Secondly, he has learnt through trial and error, the most efficient and practical methods of coming to understand the instrument, again saving the student time and tears by steering them in the right direction thus avoiding the pitfalls that can hinder the learning process.
After finishing high school Andy formed his own band the 'Accentrics' an original funk band where he wrote and arranged all the music, and performed in some of Sydney's most stylish ( and crummiest ) venues until he joined his first professional band 'Baby Loves To ChaCha', one of Sydney's most popular bands at the time. Some years later, with many a gig under his belt, Andy co-founded 'Jellybean Jam', arguably one of Australia's most successful and enduring cover bands, still performing twenty years on. Throughout this period, Andy continued teaching until he left JBJ to pursue other musical interests.
Since JBJ, Andy has performed in a multitude of bands and duos, most notably 'Hooray For Everything' one of Sydney's most sought-after duos. Along with his exceptional singing partner Nicolette Kenny, 'Hooray For Everything' have played just about every club in and around Sydney, and performed countless corporate shows and private functions. They are currently in their tenth year and still going strong. Andy has just finished his term teaching at the Eastern Suburbs Academy of Music, and is now tutoring from his residence at Rose Bay.