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Andy Rau Teacher Reviews

Submitted by Gomer (see all reviews from this person) on 11/28/2007

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This would be for the Orange County area of Southern California.
Andy has been teaching me Scruggs and melodic for about six months. He teaches by tab and by .tef for practice. Very good at pointing out a missed or extra note and the easiest finger placement tricks. Also big on pointing out different licks that work for a tune which gets you to thinking about your own style.
Also frails and clawhammers, but I am not there yet so I don't have an opinion.
I am very satisfied with the pace which changes appropriately, depending on the level of brain death that I suffer from week to week. When I get it, he pushes on until I get something else, and so on. Each time its a little further stretch. He is all about the subtle stuff that you don't hear unless you know to listen.
He is on the Deering pro list, so I guess somebody else thinks he is pretty good too. He was the Banjo player at Knott's Berry Farm for a long while. played hooky in high school to learn the banjar for hisself.
Very low key, very patient, but keeps a good pace. If he hadn't got me through the frustrations phase I would be playing the rhythm kazoo.
He is at www.andyrauband.com
( I didn't give the ten in case I ever get a lesson from Bela Fleck. You got to keep your perspective, you know)
Update 6-08
I have been at it a year and I feel like I ought to change my status from novice to purty good. Andy is the Man. Still haven't heard from Bela Fleck
Update 10-08. Bela ain't gonna call and I am starting to smoke this thing thanks to Andy's patient persistence. I am upping it to ten. If Bela (or EARl) wants to give me lessons, I talk about taking it back to a nine, but no lower than that.
Update 12-10 Andy continues to firmly puch my limits with new ideas. It is tough sometimes to keep focus especially when you you are getting to the stratosphere. Andy is still the bomb.
Happy New year 2011. Andy is still keeping me enthusiastic and motivated. I just hope he doesn't raise his rates on me once He knows just how good he really is. Earl has not yet called even after this long, so its still a 10

Overall Rating: 10

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