Christopher Merkley

Christopher M.

4 Reviews
Rancho Cucamonga, CA

About Christopher M.

Background check: Last verified 11/06/2014
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Christopher teaches: Ages 8 and 70
Teaching since: May 2008
Last sign in: Yesterday


My name is Chris and I am a professional guitar player. I have been teaching sense 2008 now and sharing the joy of music with others has become a passion of mine.
I started playing the piano at the age of five, the trumpet at nine and the guitar at thirteen. Over the years I have also learned to play the drums, bass, harmonica as well as how to sing. I studied at L.A. Music Academy as well as Musicians Institute. I am currently in two bands and putting together a third. I do session work for other artists and have played the National Anthem for a profession football team.

*** Lesson Details ***
When taking lessons from me there are many things my students can expect. First and most importantly it will be fun! Music is supposed to be fun and expressive so why make it boring and repetitive? For each student that I have I make a custom curriculum just for them based on their musical desires, strengths and weaknesses so I can help them become the best player that they can be. Each lessons will be a balance of learning new technique and theory and applying them in songs that excite and inspire.
Things such as: music theory, ear and harmony training, single string technique, sight and cord chart reading, cord structure, song writing, tone shaping, guitar maintenance and playing live will be covered with students as they advance. Feed back is always welcome and appreciated. This is your lesson, let's make sure you get the most out of it.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music Studio: Guitars, amps, mixing board, protools, computer with external stereo, seating for parents can be arranged

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can bring my own guitar and cables. But the student will need to have their own guitar, amp etc

*** Specialties ***
Blues, Rock, Metal, Jazz, Funk and Country

Photos and Videos

Built for me by my friends Jason, the owner and builder of schroeder guitars!


Professional Guitarist Jan 2008 - Present
Self Employed

I have attend both Musicians Institute and La Music Academy (now called Los Angeles College of Music). Played in numerous bands at many different events and venues, recorded albums shot videos and have done studio work for other artists.


Music Jun 2010 - Nov 2011
Musicians Institute

Languages Spoken

English only Fluent / Native Proficiency


Won a Lesson with Philip Sayce Dec 2013
Blues Rock Review
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4 Reviews on Christopher M.

Kurt F. Aug 15, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Guitar instructor Chris was helpful in showing how to learn the basic chords and he was interested in what kind of guitar music I wanted to learn. I was pleased with the guitar lessons and would recommend instructor Chris to anyone who wants to how to play guitar music.
Tim P. Jul 1, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
A wonderful experience, Chris is great. He keeps the lessons fun and exciting, knows how to connect to you. Enjoying every moment!
Thank you
Truman Mar 4, 2014
Verified Student

Christopher is awesome. You can tell Chris is passionate about the guitar. This all comes out during his lessons. He keeps the lessons fun and exciting. If your in for a wonderful experience, I would choose this guy. AWSOME, AWSOME and AWSOME. pretty much sums it up.
scottc May 26, 2012

If your looking to be ther best musician you can be, then I highly recommend this instructor!!! Christopher will cover everything from the basics and beyond and make sure you understand it as well.What are you waiting for?