Andy's Lab is located in Livorno (Italy). The school offers private lesson plans for beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. Electric and acoustic guitar courses covering rock, blues, jazz and pop.
Andy Paoli has been playing guitar for over 25 years and he has over fifteen years teaching experience, providing individual lessons for lots of students of all ages and abilities. Andy holds the ALCM Diploma (Associate Diploma of the London College of Music) in Electric Guitar Performance and The Advanced Graded Examination accredited by the University of West London...
My students are able to attend the courses and run their exams in London to get the Certificate in Guitar Performing accredited by the University of West London. The courses are suitable for either beginners or more experienced guitarists...
In this section you can find a complete list of scales and arpeggios that every guitarist should know! The scales are organized in a variety fingerboard positions and extensions (one octave, two octave, three octave and extended positions). This area of study is divided into 5 different levels.
This section is totally dedicated to guitar chords. Each chord is clearly shown with fingerings, root position, chord formula and photographs. We start by studying open chords then barre positions and finally complex chord shapes. An extra category (Chord Extras) with lots of studies with practical support explaining how to use and build extended chords, chord substitution rules, chord formulas, etc.
Rhythm guitar techniques represent at least 50% of a guitarist’s skills! The Rhythm Section includes many chord charts organized into 5 different levels where you’ll be able to practice both chords and strumming patterns in 2/4, ¾, 4/4, 5/4, 6/8, 12/8, etc. Also there are video and audio clips with many examples of rhythm patterns.
It’s the Lead Guitar Section for soloing. In this part of the website you’ll find backing tracks to play along with. There is a chord chart for each track which you should analyse to determine the right scales and arpeggios to improvise with. As usual the section is organized into 5 different levels.
In this section you’ll learn the rules for building scales and chords. You’ll understand chord progressions and how to analyse them in order to determine the right scales and/or arpeggios to improvise with. You’ll know how a scale is built and developed moving smoothly from position to position through the neck.
This is the section dedicated to ear training and development. You can find a lot of advice, exercises and tests to train you ear. You’ll be able to recognize intervals between notes, identify either a scale or a chord by ear. It’s an important skill which you need to improve and develop in order to reproduce whatever you listen to (notes or chords) and also to express musically what’s in your head.