Austin is a long time teacher here at New York City Guitar School, coaching hundreds of our students for over 10 years. He plays, writes, records, sings, and teaches with incredible enthusiasm. Is he on fire? Yes he is! Austin took up guitar at age 13, recorded an album within two years, and hit the road on his first national tour by the age of 17, opening for such legendary acts as Jackson Brown and The Allman Brothers. He attained a thorough jazz education at Duke Ellington School of the Arts, and later continued his jazz studies at Shenandoah Conservatory and George Mason University. By age 20, Mendenhall had signed with his first record label.
Today, he’s recorded over a dozen professional studio albums and is still relentlessly honing his skills while touring and recording with brooklyn indie rock band, Snowmine. Austin is also a professional composer and sound designer, working on brand campaigns for Wendy’s, LaMer, MTV, VH1, Microsoft, IBM, HPE as well as short films that have premiered in the Atlantic, NatGeo and major US film festivals picking up numerous vimeo staff picks and Webby awards along the way. You can find out more about his recording and production companies HERE.
Austin’s listeners love his expansive repertoire, his exquisite technique, and his desire to conquer new musical frontiers. His students love his ability to instruct in a variety of styles, his massive enthusiasm, and the way he focuses on their individual needs. Austin is an expert teaching all styles and all ages, and we’re just crazy about him!
Check out this video of Austin’s band Snowmine behind the scenes in the studio!
Austin’s band Snowmine performing acoustic.
In this tutorial, Austin demonstrates the Em to C Pivot!