Chris Salas

Chris S.

Temecula, CA
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Lesson Details

Classical Guitar

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Conquer the music of the masters! We'll be covering baroque era, such as Bach, as well as lute tuning all the way to romantic era greats such as Chopin. And of course we can't forget about the beautiful Spanish composers such as Albeniz either!
Beginner students learn to read music as well as guitar tablature (which is much simpler) proper technique with a focus on avoiding player's injuries. We'll also cover some basic and essential theory in order to understand our music and instrument better :)
Intermediate continue on to learn the more challenging techniques such as the tremolo, vibrato, cross string trills and Flamenco techniques. Advanced theory and arrangement techniques are also covered.
Advanced students have made their own arrangements of piano classics such as Beethoven's moonlight sonata and Bach's two part inventions. These students have also written their own classical and flamenco compositions as well having mastered very challenging compositions.
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Chris delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 10 to 40

Teaching since:
August 2009

Hi there! My name is Chris and I've been playing music my entire life and I believe that with the right attitude and environment anyone can achieve musical greatness!

I was born into a musical family and have studied classical piano since I was 4 years old! I am very well versed in music theory and proper technique, with an emphasis on avoiding player's injuries, as well as a great knowledge of classical Pieces for any skill level.


As a young teenager I grew rebellious and learned how to play the electric guitar and have since sought teachers outside my family to learn modern styles and 5 other instruments!! I have also worked toward a music degree and have made music the center of my life.

Classical music is not everyone's passion but a good practice routine, attitude and environment is always a good thing to have as these things are important regardless of your favorite music.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are held with a fun and relaxed attitude. Learning music should always be enjoyable and a good attitude and love for music is cultured and encouraged.

Lessons are structured just like a practice session should be. We will begin with a warm-up exercise designed to acquaint you with the proper technique to meet your personal musical goals. the next activities are highly personalized, but is usually something like reading music or a music theory game. These activities are things that are good for you but may not be your favorite part of learning music. They will, however, go a long way toward your better understanding of how your favorite music is structured.

Examples could be learning about 12 bar blues, common strum patterns (for guitar), scales, sight-reading, or music analysis.

We will spend the rest of class learning and practicing an activity of your choice. This is usually a song but can be anything you wish to improve upon. this is usually a long-term goal of yours. *I've always wanted to learn......*

By structuring our lessons the same as how you will practice, and by keeping good notes, it will be easy for you to take on practice at home and achieve all of your musical goals!

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students should have their own guitar/piano/keyboard etc. Guitar/violin students should also have a music stand and tuner to keep at home. I will bring picks, spare tuner, music, and handouts.

*** Specialties ***
I primarily specialize in classical piano in styles such as Muzio Clementi and Frederic Chopin. I also play Bach and various Spanish classical guitar pieces. I have also extensively studied electric guitar in Blues such ZZ Top, Metal such as Metallica, and rock such as Led Zeppelin. I have also studied Irish and Celtic folk music for instruments such as Mandolin and Violin.

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anywhere music instructor
Mar 2009 - Present
SoCal S. music instruction

A well balanced fun and educational curriculum is available in your home and at my home studio. travel time is limited right now as I am currently going to school so please send me a message!


Associates with transfer
Jan 2016 - Present
Mount San Jacinto
Teaching apprenticeship
Mar 2009 - Jun 2013
Rock university
Classical piano
Nov 1996 - May 2007
Private imstriction


Fluent / Native Proficiency

25 Reviews

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Laura Leyden Apr 25, 2019
Guitar · In studio

Chris is awesome. So unbelievably talented. He is encouraging and patient and is the perfect teacher for this mom of 2 college boys. Borrowed my youngest son's first acoustic guitar and am slowly learning and loving it. Sore fingertips and all.

Jenna Apr 23, 2019
Piano · In home

Chris was very prompt, polite, and enthusiastic!

Gary G. Apr 17, 2019
Bass Guitar · In studio

Truly alot better than previous instructors trying to rush through time instructing you on sounds then the basic theory of music. Chris made it simple enough, even for a sixty year old adult to understand. Day one of my first class. Thank you.

Lilly H. Jan 10, 2019
Violin · In studio

My daughter absolutely loved it!!

Amanda Jul 27, 2018
Ukulele · In studio

My son had a great experience and learned a lot in the first lesson.

Tyler M. Jul 23, 2018
Guitar · In studio

Tyler enjoyed his first lesson and looks forward to more

Vernon R. Jul 3, 2018
Bass Guitar · In studio

Very patient and knowledge of music. I knew nothing about bass guitar and he took his time to explain all the notes.

Jordan A. Jul 3, 2018
Piano · In home

This is a review after the first class! It was just such a good experience for my son he wanted Chris to stay a little longer. At first I was a little worry my son would be distracted and not like the class (he is only 5 and half!) but Chris made it look so fun and easy, he had a blast. He woke up the next day ready to practice. Fingers crossed, hopefully he keeps that motivation!

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Matilda, Miles, Axel O. Jun 6, 2018
Piano · In home

The first lesson was great. Chris worked with all three of my children and was patient, fun and still able to promote good foundations.

Emily C. Apr 3, 2018
Classical Guitar · In studio

Chris is an amazing teacher! I’m excited to play guitar again!

Ann Sep 27, 2017
Ukulele · In studio

Chris is very patient with me, a beginning student of the ukulele. Chris himself is a very talented and knowledgeable individual, and he plays a number of instruments. I would highly recommend Chris as a teacher.

Marissa V. Sep 26, 2017
Guitar · In home

My daughter had her first lesson yesterday. Chris was very good at explaining and seems to really like teaching. My daughter enjoyed it and wants to continue.

Carole J. Jul 26, 2017
Ukulele · In studio

Obviously very talented guitar play- but I prefer a teacher who knows traditional Hawaiian Ukelele. He left me with a lot to practice which is great - but I would prefer a teacher who knows the Uke better.

Emi R. Jun 15, 2017
Ukulele · In studio

My daughter Lilli has been taking lessons from Chris for almost a year now and he is an amazing teacher. There are times when Lilli isn't paying attention or not responding to Chris and he has amazing patience with her. I couldn't have found a better Ukulele teacher anywhere else.

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Tina W. May 9, 2017
Cello · In studio

Special thanks to a wonderful and talented teacher, Chris, on National Teacher's day!!

Rachael W. Mar 2, 2017
Guitar · In home

Chris is a great instructor! He is a very skilled musician and most importantly, a very skilled teacher. I chose him as my instructor because of his background in many different instruments and musical styles.

Tina W. Mar 2, 2017
Cello · In studio

Chris is a delightful musician and a gifted, knowledgeable teacher. Every lesson is fun, structured, individualized, enriched with music theory and history, and inspires disciplined practice at home. I absolutely love it!

Matthew S. Nov 24, 2015
Violin · In home

Chris brings a great attitude to every lesson and sometimes I even catch my son having a great time!

Summer Nov 22, 2015
Violin · In home

Chris made the lesson a lot of fun for my 7 year old daughter. He's the 3rd instructor we have tried and is by far the best!

Isabelle M. Oct 15, 2015
Guitar · In home

Chris is excellent with kids and is very knowledgeable about teaching guitar.

Ashlee R. Sep 22, 2015
Guitar · In studio

Chris was professional. He was able to ascertain the types of music my daughter likes. He also praised her for her efforts. Thank you Chris for taking the time with my daughter to help her fulfill one of her goals.

Cheryl G. Aug 21, 2015
Ukulele · In home

Wonderful lesson! Great teacher.

Nolan Aug 7, 2015
Piano · In home

Chris is great with kids. He makes it fun. My son will definitely enjoy going to his lessons.

Abigail R. Aug 30, 2014
Piano · In home

Really patient and excellent teacher. My teenager looks forward to her lessons with him. DEFINITELY WORTH THE MONEY.

Marcia M. Jul 19, 2014
Cello · In studio

Great job.seem enthused about teaching lesson .very happy with Chris

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