Christopher Gaskell

Christopher G.

Brooklyn, NY
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Music Theory

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Can teach theory at both the beginner and college level, covering a range of subjects such as :
-Learning to read music
-Key Signatures/Functional Harmony
-Baroque Counterpoint
-Twentieth Century Music Theory
-Advanced Jazz Harmony

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Christopher delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 10+

Teaching since:
August 2010

In my many years of teaching and being taught I have realized that the best teachers are those who really focus on the needs of the student and help them realize their passion for playing music. This usually involves a lesson plan which combines both technical aspects and working on songs, so that the student is both working and having fun at the same time.

A little about me: I am a professional bassist, guitarist and producer working out of Brooklyn. Since getting a Batchelor's degree in Jazz Studies from NYU, I have performed in festivals and concert halls all over the world. Notably, I have toured extensively with Blue Note-Capital recording artist Kandace Springs, with whom I opened for Daryl Hall & John Oats and Train at Madison Square Garden and dozens of other arenas.

I can travel to Brooklyn and Manhattan to give lessons. I can teach kids as well as adults.

*** Specialties ***
I can teach from beginner to intermediate on guitar, and beginner to advanced on bass guitar and upright bass in the styles of Rock, Jazz, Blues, Pop, R&B, Hip-Hop etc. I also have experience in other subjects such as Production, Composition, Music Theory.

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Jan 2017 - Present
Kandace Springs

Touring (concert halls, clubs and festivals) with /Blue NoteCapitol recording artist Kandace Springs


Bachelor of Music, Jazz Studies
Aug 2011 - May 2015
New York University
Bachelor of Music
Aug 2011 - May 2015
New York University

Photos & Videos

Niambi Ra NPR submission
Live at the Kennedy Center with Kandace Springs
Performing at the Costa Rica International Jazz Festival
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9 Reviews

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Marshall M. Sep 30, 2016
Guitar · In home

Chris was on time and well prepared. He spent time understanding where my 11-year old son was in terms of skills, experience and interests, and tailored the lesson accordingly. My son thinks Chris is "awesome", and is looking forward to the next lesson!

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Nick A. May 4, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

I've really enjoyed taking lessons from Chris. He is knowledgable and able to articulate intricate musical concepts while presenting a casual, welcoming vibe. He honed in quickly on where I was in my training and steered the lessons to what I needed most to learn at that moment. I've progressed quite a bit since taking lessons with Chris. I'm playing more and better and I can't think of any higher praise for a teacher.

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Elizabeth M. Apr 22, 2015
Bass Guitar · In home

It was always a lifelong dream of mine to play the bass and Chris has made that a reality by providing affordable lessons and taking a slow, hands on approach to teaching me the bass. He is also such a nice guy so that makes the whole experience that much better. I am forever thankful that I met Chris and look forward to working with him more!

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Katie A. Mar 12, 2015
Guitar · In home

Chris got me suuper excited about learning how to play the guitar. As a beginner, I was nervous for my first lesson but Chris made it fun from the start. Very patient and relaxed teacher. He calms your nerves and gets you doing a lot each lesson. I've only had a few and my friends are already (sort of) impressed!

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Leo H. Jan 8, 2015
Upright Bass · In home

Really great teacher, listens to you and helps with what you need to grow as a musician. Smart and nice, always willing to spend extra time working on what you need most.

madeline B. Jan 6, 2015
Guitar · In home

BEST INSTRUCTOR EVER! Seriously, I learned more than I thought I could in just a couple lessons. His skill level is very high- very beautiful to watch him play and he is patient and creative as a teacher. I highly recommend him!

Melissa H. Dec 15, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

Chris is an awesome teacher. He adapts the lessons entirely to you as individual - letting you pick the songs you want to learn & the pace you want to learn them, meanwhile giving you enough structure to make substantial progress.

Evan L. Nov 17, 2014
Guitar · In home

Chris is a phenomenal teacher! I already have a strong background in music theory, but after only a few lessons I feel like I have some facility on the guitar. His hands on approach was refreshing and effective. Highly recommended!

marta S. Jun 5, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In home

Christopher is the best teacher ever! I was playing my favorite songs from the first class! Christopher explains everything clearly, he is patient and teaches whatever you wanna learn. I highly recommend him if you wanna learn fast and wanna be playing music from the first day. :)

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