Christopher Merkley

Christopher M.

Rancho Cucamonga, CA
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Lesson Details

Ear Training

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Learn to recognize and identify diffrent intervals, scales, modes, Major, minor and dominate chords!

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Christopher teaches



Christopher delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 8 to 70

Teaching since:
May 2008

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

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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.


Jun 2010 - Nov 2011
Musicians Institute


English only
Fluent / Native Proficiency


Blues Award
Dec 2013
Blues Rock Review

Photos & Videos

Photo by Christopher M.

String skipping arpeggios
Photo by Christopher M.

Photo by Christopher M.

This riff uses 16th note triplets, quintuplets, chromatics & tapping. All great ways to give your riff some extra style and rhythm!
From the Orange County Fair 2014.

Video from the RNB/Funk cover band that I currently play in.
Practice with the funk/RNB band!

Photo by Christopher M.
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31 Reviews

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Gustavo Aug 23, 2019
Guitar · In studio

Chris is an excellent teacher and very knowledgeable. I highly recommend him.

Nicolas H. Aug 7, 2019
Piano · Online

He was great with my son. The class was really motivating and helpful

Jacques W. Aug 2, 2019
Guitar · In studio

Chris is a great teacher

Anthony Jun 17, 2019
Guitar · Online

Where nice kind n humble person apart from guitar teaching also is like a friend who guides and supportive.
Also a big thanks to Tristan, mike and Marlene always ready n eager to help. God bless you

Kaleb Jan 18, 2019
Guitar · In studio

My son had a great first lesson! He is already looking forward to his next!

Hayden Oct 25, 2018
Ukulele · Online

My daughter just had her first lesson and she enjoyed it so much!
He is really knowledgeable and easy to learn from,
highly recommend.

Andrea and Bonita S. Aug 24, 2018
Ukulele · In home

Chris is welcoming, has an easy manner, and
displays a wide range of musical knowledge and interests. His positive support for this first lesson gave us confidence, challenged us, and we can’t wait for lesson number 2.

Suzanne S. Aug 23, 2018
Songwriting · In studio

Christopher is a wonderful teacher. He truly cares and does his very best to help you learn. He knows exactly how to effectively help you understand and move forward. I appreciate what I am learning from him and how he is so patient. I feel safe enough to take creative chances during our lessons (I'm pretty rusty). I'm grateful to have found him. He is exceptionally knowledgeable, conscientious, caring, trustworthy and genuine - and a really great guy. I highly recommend him without reservation.

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Sol May 28, 2018
Piano · In studio

My son just had his first piano lesson with Chris and is excited for his next lesson - that is a success in my eyes. I look forward to seeing how the lessons continue to excite and inspire my son.

Taiki May 10, 2018
Ukulele · Online

My son just had his first lesson with Christopher and he loved it. Christopher is a very good teacher. Very professional. My son says he can't wait for the next lesson.

Jeff May 5, 2018
Guitar · In studio

Awesome guy, awesome teacher. I got exactly what I was looking for, I highly recommend to anybody.

Nick Bufalino B. Feb 28, 2018
Guitar · In studio

Great first lesson.

Lance N. Jan 26, 2018
Guitar · In studio

Good match for me musically....nice guy

Corwin R. Jan 18, 2018
Guitar · In home

We recommend Chris for guitar lessons. He works well with teenage kids.

Jesse O. Sep 1, 2017
Guitar · Online

never fails to take your playing to a new level!!!!

Edward Aug 26, 2017
Guitar · In studio

It has been a really great experience so far! Love the fact that Chris individualizes the lesson so that it fit my progress and personal interest :)

Jesse O. Jun 30, 2017
Guitar · Online

always teaches with passion and patience!!!!

Jesse O. Jun 10, 2017
Guitar · Online


Jesse O. May 19, 2017
Guitar · Online

very thorough and great at explaining and breaking down technique.

Jesse O. Apr 28, 2017
Guitar · Online

great as always and patient

Jesse Apr 10, 2017
Guitar · Online

Great instructor! Very patient and knowledgeable.

Jesse O. Apr 6, 2017
Guitar · Online

Robert J. Mar 1, 2017
Guitar · In studio

Christopher is an excellent instructor. I had a little acoustic guitar experience before I asked him to help me with electric guitar. Not only did he create custom lessons based on my experience, he also anticipates mistakes that can be made and prepares me for them. His knowledge of guitar music theory shows through when he is instructing. I know Chris will be the guy who can help me take my guitar skills to the next level.

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Bill J. Feb 8, 2017
Guitar · In studio

Asked me questions about where I was and where I wanted to be as a guitar player and we got right to work. Great 1st lesson. Looking forward to my future lessons.

Marty B. Jan 23, 2017
Guitar · In studio

Great first lesson. We were on the same page right away. He understood my skill level, and exactly where I wanted to go, and developed the plan to get me there.

Michael Jan 9, 2017
Guitar · In studio

Chris is an awesome teacher. He's very easy to learn from.

Tim P. Jan 6, 2016
Guitar · In studio

Great teaching style, great personality and a pleasure to work with. Recommend!

Kurt F. Aug 15, 2015
Guitar · In home

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.

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Tim P. Jul 1, 2014
Guitar · In studio

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
Guitar ·


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.

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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?

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