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Jeff Andrew

Fiddle, Guitar, and Songwriting Instructor
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Jeff Andrew is a fiddler, guitarist and singer-songwriter with 3 albums to date, hundreds of shows performed across Canada and dozens of festival appearances. He began playing guitar at age 13 and spent his high school years playing classic rock, blues and metal in a series of bands before discovering folk music in his early 20s.

This led him to pick up the fiddle, which soon became an obsession. Amidst the thriving West Coast trad scene, he began playing at weekly Irish music sessions in Victoria (led by renowned BC fiddler Daniel Lapp) and busking on the downtown streets. Week-long fiddle camps and a winter in Nova Scotia studying Maritime fiddle and playing 2nd violin with the Halifax Music Co-op (a community orchestra) further sharpened his chops.

In 2017, Jeff completed a Diploma of Music at Vancouver Community College, majoring in composition. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Victoria in creative writing and journalism.

On fiddle, Jeff plays a mix of Celtic, Old-Time, Bluegrass and his own compositions. He teaches from sheet music and by ear, taking classical technique as a foundation that can be adapted to suit a wide range of styles. Bowing, phrasing and ornamentation are presented along with scales, rhythms and theory, to help students learn the language of music.

Whether your goal is to play around a campfire, learn how to jam on music you’ve never heard before, or turn your original fragments into complete songs and arrangements, Jeff can give you the string skills and musical knowledge to bring the sounds in your imagination to life.

Jeff believes in making music accessible to everyone, and his goal is to teach students how to be their own teachers. He is excited to work with students of all ages 5 years old and up, including beginners.

To arrange lessons with Jeff, please contact him at

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