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Nashville Session Guitarist Andrew Timothy teaching a guitar lesson



The fastest way to improve on the guitar is to study with an experienced teacher who centers each lesson on your specific musical goals. Whether you’re just starting out or you’re a more advanced student looking to take your playing to the next level, studying with a great guitar teacher is the key to reaching your musical potential.


  • Lessons are catered to YOUR INTERESTS and YOUR GOALS.
  • Lessons are well prepared and intelligently structured to help you progress at the fastest possible rate.
  • As an experienced professional guitarist, I offer unique insights into the most important skills to master to make you an employable guitarist.
  • I’ve taught many students over the years, a few of which are now professional musicians themselves.
  • I’ll not only teach you WHAT you need to know, but also WHY you need to know it.


"When someone is teaching or demonstrating something that I am having trouble understanding, sometimes there is no opportunity to honestly speak with the instructor. The opposite has been true since I have been taking lessons from Andrew. I feel very comfortable when asking questions, and he seems to have no trouble answering them...and that would have to be my single favorite thing about his instruction. I was caught up in the notion that being technically proficient was the most important thing a guitarist could be good at. I have since realized (with some help from Andrew) that this is all about music...not about how fast you can move your fingers or how many fancy chords you can play without knowing about how they are built. Playing guitar is a subset of playing music. The biases that I had towards certain genres of music have been destroyed. I no longer stop listening to something that I might find interesting just because of a label like Country, Bluegrass, or Polka. I have realized that there is good music to be found in all genres, languages, and time periods...and that no one should be embarrassed about what they find musically pleasant."



"The lessons have enabled me to take a big step forward in my guitar skills. By learning scales and patterns I have begun to use the entire fretboard, not just the first 3 frets. I enjoy that the lessons are tailored to my specific needs and goals. It's not just one size fits all. Very professional, yet not too stuffy."



"As a self-taught player, lessons added structure, clarified music theory, and improved my technique. The best part is that these are not cookie cutter lessons where one format fits all. Andrew takes notes about the student and tailors each lessons to the student's ability. I highly recommend this guitar teacher!!! Being in the military it was important for my instructor to be flexible with my schedule. We were able to work alternate dates with no problems. Andrew also does well communicating complex theories into layman's terms."



"As a mostly self-taught player, I had no idea what I was playing. All I knew was that it sounded cool. Through the lessons I've become increasingly aware of what I'm playing and as a result, I'm able to come up with more complex and creative pieces of music on my own. Probably the best thing about the lessons is how personalized it can be. If there is something I really want to learn, it gets taught. There isn't a strict guideline about the way the lessons should go, and as a result they are very adaptive to what I am most interested in. Perhaps the most important change since beginning the lessons has been my improvement as a musician. I don't just want to consider myself a guitarist but a musician, and I've come a long way towards that goal. In regards to knowledge of techniques, theory, and even equipment, I've improved considerably."



"My lessons have allowed me to focus more on technique and what I like to call ABSTRACT EXPLORATION within my playing!! To help explain it basically means that I am learning gradually how to take the notes into different directions thru improvisations!! I am also becoming more confident with my playing with increased fluidity and smooth transitions around the neck. My favorite part of my lessons is NEW IDEAS from my instructor and the method he incorporates which provides understanding of the material and lessons he incorporates. The atmosphere is also very OPEN if you will...nice large room, very lit up and comfortable, which is imperative for advancement. I am enjoying my lessons immensely. I am becoming increasingly more aware of the direction I would like to pursue in my STYLE as a guitarist, and my instructor and confidant Mr. Andrew Timothy is guiding me along the road to SUCCESS!!! I recommend any guitarist who wishes to improve technique and understanding of their instrument and playing to consider becoming one of Andrew Timothy's students and apprentices WHOLE HEARTEDLY!!!"




Can we do webcam lessons?

Yes! If you’re not local to the Nashville area, or even if you are but prefer online lessons, I can accomodate. We can do lessons via Facetime, Skype, or Zoom.

What topics do you teach?

I cater my lessons specifically to YOU. That said, here are some of the topics I frequently cover with students.

  • Right and Left Hand Technique
  • Fretboard Theory
  • Creating Great Guitar Parts
  • How to Expand your Chord Vocabulary
  • Scales and Modes…and how to actually use them
  • The CAGED System
  • The Nashville Number System
  • Advanced Picking Techniques//Hybrid Picking, Economy Picking, Sweep Picking
  • Ear Training
  • Sight Reading for Guitar
  • How to Practice Effectively
  • How to get Great Tone
  • Improvisation Techniques
  • Recording Techniques for the Guitarist
Can you teach me how to play different styles?

Sure! As a session guitarist, one of the skills I’ve acquired is breaking down different playing styles into their most distinctive elements. Whatever the syle, I can help you get the techniques and approaches together to play the style convincingly.

What ages do you teach?

Typically, I take students 10 years old and up. I may make expeptions if your child is exceptionally mature and well-behaved.

My favorite students to teach (and the ones I’m BEST at teaching) are older kids and adults who have been playing for a while and are ready to take things to the next level. I love teaching intermediate level students the skills that will take them to the professional level.

How much do lessons cost?

Lessons are $35 for half hour lessons and $65 for hour long lessons. 

If you book by the month, rates are $120/mo for weekly half hour lessons and $230/mo for weekly hour long lessons.

What qualifies you to teach me guitar?

I’ve got a university degree in music, plus years of experience as a professional touring and session guitarist in Nashville. I’m an educated musician who also has street cred and real-world experience. That combination makes me a valuable resource for my students.

Also, I’ve been teaching since I was in high school, so I bring years of teaching experience to my students. Lessons are never “one size fits all”, but are catered specifically to each student.

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