Christopher Gaskell
Brooklyn, NY
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Christopher Gaskell

Christopher G.

Brooklyn, NY
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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

About Christopher G.

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 at Madison Square Garden and dozens of other arenas.


*** 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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Nick
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I've taken bass lessons from Chris for about a year. He's a very skilled musician and is also very good at communicating in a way that makes concepts easier to understand. He has a laid back personality that makes lessons enjoyable but he still demands effort. Overall, I would recommend taking lessons from Chris

Posted Apr 23, 2020
Emily
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I have no musical background, but I thought it would be fun to learn the guitar as an adult (I'm 31). A friend recommended that I take lessons from Chris; there's no question that Chris was qualified. Overly qualified! But it's not Chris' talent that makes him an effective, influential teacher. Rather, it's his calm demeanor and clear vision of how best to teach the basics and mechanics.

It's be a blast learning from Chris. Our weekly lesson is always a highlight for me! He's as great as they get.

Posted Apr 19, 2020
Katherine
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I’ve done both in-home & remote lessons with Chris. Chris is a really great teacher, with a deep knowledge of music theory and technique, but also the ability to adjust that to whatever level you’re coming in at. I was a near complete beginner with a lot of anxiety about playing in front of other people when we started and Chris was able to work through that with me with a lot of humor and kindness. His agenda is to work with his students on songs they are interested in learning, and along the way weave in lessons on how notes and chords work, which I’ve really enjoyed. He also teaches bass guitar to my teenage daughter, who really enjoys her lessons and has improved greatly since they began. I highly recommend Chris.

Posted Apr 18, 2020
Lili
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Chris has really helped me improve my technical skills in guitar as well as gain a deeper understanding of music theory. He always takes into account what your individual interests/needs are and is super encouraging as a teacher. I started lessons with Chris having a basic knowledge of guitar (consisting of a handful of youtube videos) that I felt sort of stuck in. Even after my first lesson with Chris, I felt like I had improved and had tangible goals to work toward. My guitar playing has improved tremendously because of taking lessons with Chris and I highly recommend him as a teacher!!

Posted Apr 14, 2020
Lily
Profile-location-online Online

Great teacher, cool guy, made me much better at playing my instrument and understanding music theory.

Posted Feb 3, 2020
Marshall M.
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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!

Posted Sep 30, 2016
Nick A.
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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.

Posted May 4, 2015
Elizabeth M.
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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!

Posted Apr 22, 2015
Katie A.
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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!

Posted Mar 12, 2015
Leo H.
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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.

Posted Jan 8, 2015
madeline B.
Profile-location-home Student's 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!

Posted Jan 6, 2015
Melissa H.
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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.

Posted Dec 15, 2014
Evan L.
Profile-location-home Student's 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!

Posted Nov 17, 2014
marta S.
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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. :)

Posted Jun 5, 2014

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Experience

Bassist
Jan 2017 - Present

Kandace Springs

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

Education

Bachelor of Music, Jazz Studies
Aug 2011 - May 2015

New York University

Bachelor of Music
Aug 2011 - May 2015

New York University

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