Christian Russell

Christian R.

Tulsa, OK
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I've played all my life and have my own band. I started teaching guitar in 2008. I've worked with hundreds of students taking beginners to advanced level of playing. I offer lessons from 2 studios located in Tulsa and Broken Arrow. I teach from a variety of books and programs to help students become well rounded musicians. As for equipment, I use Marshall, Fender, and Line 6 amps, Ibanez and Gibson guitars, Guitar Pro for creating lessons, Garage Band for recording, and have a large collection of guitar effects pedals.
On average within 2 - 3 months a beginning student will be reading, counting, and playing songs.
My goal is to keep my students interested and happy while making sure they develop the proper musical foundation/knowledge that will allow them grow, overcome their musical walls, and become the musician they desire to be.
My philosophy is to teach students to be smart musicians. It does you no good if you can play a song but don't know what you are actually doing. So, I include theory into the lessons just in case they decide to write their own music or join a band someday. I have not won a Grammy yet, but I have had people use my bands demo music in commercial videos online and my lead guitarist Brian Gresh played on American Idol with Queen and toured with them for 2 years. We are working on recording an Album and the sky is the limit.
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Christian delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Females 5+, males 7+ and special needs

Teaching since:
February 2008

Music is my passion. I've been playing music since I was a child but didn't get serious with it until I was 14, that's when I got my first electric guitar. So, from then on I've been playing and studying music for over 16 years. I play and teach guitar, piano, drums, and bass guitar. Aside from taking years of private lessons with a number of teachers I also studied music and audio engineering in college. I'm constantly learning more. I keep my chops up by practicing and reading books by other professionals and songwriters. So, I have an arsenal of books and musical knowledge. When I'm not teaching I spend most of my time writing and recording my original solo music. I have a rock band that I've been playing with for over a decade. We are currently in the studio recording our first professional album.

*** Lesson Details ***
I'm a very patient teacher. I understand that not everyone learns the same way so I specialize in breaking things down and making music as simple as it can be for each kind of student. I don't use just one method, I pull from my arsenal of acquired knowledge, books, and my own studies. I keep lessons fun and interesting. A normal lesson with me would consist of two parts the first 30 minutes we would focus on learning and practicing warm ups, exercises, licks, notes, scales, chords, arpeggios, timing, rudiments, dynamics, ear training, theory, technique, etc. And the second half we would work on a song or jam together. Depending on the age and level of student, after spending six months studying with me you will be a rock star! LOL. Well, you may not have a recording contract, but you will have gained a volume of knowledge and taken your playing up a few levels. It's all about how much time and practice you put in and how much you want it. Every student has there own pace and desire so I do my part to help them become the best that they want to be.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home Studio: drum set, practice pad, piano and keyboard, guitar amps, chairs, parents can sit in on lesson.

Broken Arrow Music Studio: drum set, guitar amp, piano, and lobby room for parents.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in working with beginner to advanced level students. I teach all styles of music.

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22 Reviews

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Bailey H. Aug 30, 2018
Piano · In home

Christain is a great instructor. He is very, very patient with our 8 year old daughter. She likes going because of him. He has a lot of knowledge and knows how to relate to her. We really appreciate him. Thanks Christain!

Michael L. Oct 31, 2017
Piano · In home

Excellent! He is working with me on exactly what I was wanting to learn.

Mike Oct 17, 2017
Piano · In studio

I needed some lessons in music theory and got what I needed. Christian knows his stuff and was very helpful in explaining some new info to me. I've got lots of homework.

DAVID Sep 4, 2017
Guitar · In studio

Very nice and patient instructor. Would highly recommend.

Teonah Mar 31, 2017
Guitar · In studio

Informative, patient teacher, time well spent! !!!

Jackson Jan 5, 2017
Piano · In studio

Jackson had a great first lesson. He really liked it!

Emma Dec 5, 2016
Piano · In studio

My daughter enjoyed her first lesson very much! She was excited to get home and practice what she just learned.

Ali Oct 28, 2016
Bass Guitar · In home

My 13 year old daughter has already learned a lot from Christian. He is really good with her and has many suggestions for her to work on at home.

Ye-Lin C. Oct 26, 2016
Piano · In studio

Very patience teacher
Very good experience teacher

Thatcher M. Sep 2, 2016
Piano · In studio

My 17 year old son had his first piano lesson with Christian on 9/1/16. Christian was polite and knowledgable and worked very well with my son. My son is looking forward to his next lesson!!

Tim V. Aug 1, 2016
Piano · In home

Is very patient with me starting new at piano. He keeps it interesting but not overwhelming and is obviously an experienced instructor that knows how to progress new students without it being frustrating.

Keenan L. Jul 8, 2016
Ukulele · In studio

Very good experience. Looking forward to the next lesson.

Earl Jensen Apr 2, 2016
Piano · In home

Christian has helped me through the basics all the way to beginner-intermediate stages of playing very rapidly. He has tuned each lesson difficulty after seeing weekly progress to fit my skill level and avoid "stale" lessons.

I will continue to use Christian as a great source for learning musical theory and technique.

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Mary V. Mar 3, 2016
Piano · In studio

Christian is as good as gold! I loved how patient and calm he was with my fast paced grand daughter and she loved working with him. I would highly recommend working with him! Thank you so much Christian.

Lexie D. Feb 27, 2016
Guitar · In home

Lexie enjoyed your lesson and looks forward to meeting you again.

Kaitlynne Feb 14, 2016
Piano · In studio

A little more than were used to paying but this instructor went over some on time to complete the lesson and help my daughter. Very nice, you can tell he actually cares about his students.

Jeffers J. Nov 9, 2015
Guitar · In home

Instructor was very patient, encouraging, knowledgeable, and professional.

Elisha V. Nov 4, 2015
Piano · In studio

Elisha really is excited about her first piano lesson. She liked everything including the teacher, Christian. We were all very impressed!!!

Matilda O. Oct 6, 2015
Piano · In studio

Great experience

Randi S. Oct 6, 2015
Piano · In studio

Great experience!

Kennith S. Feb 8, 2013

Home studios are not always the best atmosphere.

I have learned more from Christian in 3 lessons than I did from my previous instuctor in a year. Christian is very focused and seems committed to the task at hand.He keeps it fun and interesting and at the same time challenging.

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Mark R. Dec 21, 2012
Piano ·

Good Piano Teacher

He is very patient, working at the level of the student. He is considerate and not pushy but gives encouragement on any effort shown. He does not merely teach songs. I appreciate his background and understanding of music theory which is the foundation for any good teacher. He does very well in sharing that understanding, even to a young person. I definitely recommend him.

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