Chrissy DeRado
Saint Petersburg, FL
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Chrissy DeRado

Chrissy D.

Saint Petersburg, FL
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Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to play simple songs/riffs and as time goes on you'll be able to play some of your favorite songs on the radio. I specialize in rock and music, typically use many different books, and have the following tools available for your lessons: rocksmith, garageband and most modern software to help you learn and have fun. I love working with students of all ages.

About Chrissy D.

Chrissy developed her own method of teaching to positively enhance the student€™s strength, dexterity, ear-training, memorization and techniques. Her goal as a teacher is specifically designed to help you achieve your goals as an artist and a musician.

Chrissy has been a professional touring guitarist for over 16 years and a guitar instructor since 2003. Chrissy teaches all experience levels from beginner to intermediate.
Chrissy stays current on all new music so you will never get bored.

Artists and genres that Chrissy has experience with range from new to classic artists- Dua Lipa, Billie Ellish, Lizzo, Miley Cyrus, 24Goldn, Ava Max, Imagine Dragons, Metallica, Adele, Bruno Mars, Ellie Goulding, Fall Out Boy, Guns N' Roses, Aerosmith, The Cure, Radiohead, Elle King, The Killers, Kings Of Leon, P!nk, Twenty One Pilots,Hozier Santana, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin, Paramore, Nirvana, Demi Lavato, Prince, Damian Rice, Lil Wayne, Coldplay ,Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, No Doubt, Bush, The White Stripes, Green Day, Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert, Band Perry, Alanis Morrisette and much more.

*Fun fact- I played Lead Guitar for the band Someday Souvenir and we opened for Lady Gaga and Katy Perry!* Currently I play in a local top 40 cover band so I am constantly learning new music."

Chrissy was Lead Guitarist Co-Writer for the Rock band Someday Souvenir (Winner of MTV Takes The Stage contest), American Idol Finalist Melissa McGhee (Season 5) She currently plays in a Top 40 cover band as well as an original Rock band. Chrissy has been in Billboard Magazine, Creative Loafing, Tampa Tribune and TBO online. Clips of Chrissy playing guitar with different artist have been on CNN, MTV, FOX News, ABC, NBC and VH1.

Another nice feature that you might enjoy from one on one sessions with Chrissy is learning the ability to craft and record your own songs using technology that caters to your own unique personality. There are no limits! Chrissy’s students advance quickly and some have released albums, been in Guitar World Magazine, and won awards for their music.

Students can contact Chrissy anytime with question regarding their lesson through email or text. Chrissy is a very patient instructor and understands that students learn at a different pace, after all everyone is an individual!

*** Software / gear used to enhance lesson ***

Rocksmith software

Riff Station for guitar

Laptop with Garage Band/Backtrack, Guitar Pro Tab & iTunes

M13 / HX Line 6 effects and looper

Roland Amp

Various guitars depending on project

Here's what my personal students & clients have to say:

Slader P."By far the most outstanding teacher I took lessons from. I took lessons from Chrissy for over 7 years and I can truly say she's an incredible teacher. She's fun to work with, very patient with both new and intermediate players, and has a background knowledge on a many genres of music. I would recommend Chrissy to anyone! "​

Sam F.Chrissy is a talented musician and a gifted teacher. We are very happy to have her teaching our daughter.She is responsible, accessible and responsive. Rate A+++"​

Matt R. (St Petersburg Police Officer)Excellent!

MJ K."Chrissy D. is a wonderful teacher. She is a patient and kind. She gives exercises to work on during the week and has explained that by practicing just a little each day she will improve. My daughter looks forward to lessons each week. "​

Susan F."Chrissy taught my teenage son for several years in my home. She is very talented, has a flexible teaching style and does a great job with different personalities. She always kept my son engaged and was very encouraging. She is reliable, timely and communicates well. I highly recommend her!"​

TS K."Chrissy taught both of my boys ages 10 and 11 to play the guitar. She was awesome and they couldn't wait until their lesson each week. Chrissy was always punctual and full of spunk. They learned very cool tunes that were current so they really enjoyed it!"​

Dana Jim L."We have really enjoyed our daughter having lessons with Chrissy. She is great with kids and in only a few lessons, our child can play the guitar! Amazing!"


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4 Reviews
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I so appreciate Chrissy's patience and instruction. Her tips on on muscle memory and how to use resources to improve technique were very valuable. I highly recommend her!

Posted Jan 9, 2019
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Great first step. Supportive, positive, and focused.

Posted Feb 24, 2016
Amanda Y.
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Chrissy is always punctual and professional. After just three lessons I am seeing great improvements not only in my daughters guitar skills, but her confidence as well. She is also working with my husband. He is enjoying the lessons and is inspired by observing her rip out some rock tunes.

Posted Oct 8, 2014
Liz B.
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She was very good at explaining everything to me. It was a very great experience and I recommend if you want to start learning. You really get your money's worth.

Posted Aug 16, 2014

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