Chief Academic Officer and Principal Guitar Instructor
Andrew founded Creative Guitar Studio in 1992 after 10 years of study in Canada and the United States. He is a graduate of the Musicians Institute, (faculty of guitar G.I.T.), in Hollywood, California USA.
Andrew designed all of the curriculum for the guitar course, and he has authored several additional guitar training methods including;
- Using the Major Scale Modes
- Accelerating Your Learning Curve
- Blues Guitar Styles
- Rhythm Duration Bootcamp
His self-titled debut smooth jazz CD was released in 2006.
Andrew Wasson's Bio:
Andrew Wasson first began playing in front of audiences at age 11, and by his early teens had formed a rock band performing in Winnipeg’s community centers, halls, and at the 1985 Bridges “In Tune With Youth Festival.” Through high-school, (during the late 80’s), his band played hard-rock and classic-rock tunes in various local Winnipeg bars.
After re-locating to Los Angeles in 1991, he attended Hollywood, California’s “Musician’s Institute,” during 1991-92. When he returned he was asked to join the already formed funk-rock band, “Hot Tub.” After leaving Hot Tub in 1994, he joined, “Willpower." Afterward, Andrew joined the already established Reggae band, “Rebel Force," and worked with them until approx. 1997.
After hundreds of shows with various groups playing rock, metal, funk, pop, blues, reggae, calypso and Latin music he began leaning more toward jazz than any other style. Andrew writes, performs and records all styles of guitar. His pieces have appeared on CBC Radio and Television.
Andrew plays live concerts, private engagements, corporate functions, and fund raisers for many of Winnipeg's influential organizations. He is most well known and highly respected for his work in the field of guitar instruction, and guitar education materials.
Keeping a busy schedule performing concerts, composing jingles, recording music, and conducting guitar workshops with Winnipeg’s top rock and jazz players including; Greg Lowe, Tony Des Marteau, Marilyn Lerner, Glen Matthews, Greg Black, John Ervin, Barry G. Player, Steve Hamilton, Janice Finlay, Chris Brett, Gerry Atwell, The Eli Herchivitz Big Band, Howard Rissen, Murray Pulver, as well as, many other talented musicians.
Andrew Wasson has established his company; Creative Guitar Studio, and the courses he has written and published, as a solid guitar program for aspiring players in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada.A personal message...
When I was eight years old, I had two friends that played the guitar. It looked so interesting that for some unknown reason I was compelled to want to learn to play guitar more than anything else in the world.
One day I convinced my parents to let me meet with a guitar teacher. He gave me a guitar to try and I talked my parents into buying me a $35.00 acoustic that he sold to his new students. I played that guitar until it broke! One more acoustic and two electric guitars later, (plus 9 years of lessons), I finally had enough knowledge to attend a professional music college and get the real training I needed to play professionally.
My interest in the guitar has never stopped, I guess nothing has changed since my old friends had first inspired me.
- Andrew Wasson
When Andrew asked me to write a review for his website I needed to state that the best thing about his lessons is the flexibility. I've worked on songs, on theory and flipped through his courses. I even spent a few months on studying bass. It's been great. In the last three years I've grown so much as a player. There's no way that I'd be where I am today if it wasn't for Andrew.
- Bill M. (Winnipeg)
Finding a good guitar teacher was difficult for me. I went to a number of different places. Wasted a lot of time, (and a lot of money along the way). I should have come to Andrew first. His courses are very detailed. And, he's a dedicated teacher. In the last two years I don't think I can ever remembering him cancel a lesson. If you want a true professional Andrew is the guy. Plus, the weekly lessons he posts to YouTube are a great boost of guitar information.
- Thomas J. Lewis