Christopher Merkley

Christopher M.

Rancho Cucamonga, CA
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Teaching Locations:
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Looking to start you musical journey but not sure how? Piano is a great place to start! Learn how to read music in bass & treble clef, rhythms, time signatures, key signatures, music theory, chord structure & inversions!

About Christopher M.

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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48 Reviews
Charles F.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Chris is the perfect teacher for what i need, he knows his craft and is a straight shooter and he,s a nice guy.

Posted Mar 25, 2021
Dianna S.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

I was apprehensive in the beginning for my first in person ukulele lesson. I didn’t want to feel stupid or be a slow learner. But Chris Immediately made me feel comfortable and by the end of the lesson I felt I had made a friend. He is so knowledgeable and walked me through at my pace. After watching endless hours of YouTube ukulele videos, I finally understood the concepts with Chris’s help. Can’t wait till my next lesson with him.

Posted Feb 25, 2021
Laura R.
Profile-location-online Online

Amazing teacher! I would definitely recommend him to anyone looking to improve with their instrument. Lessons are fun and based on what you want to learn. I'm lucky to have him as a teacher!

Posted Aug 7, 2020
Chad G.
Profile-location-online Online

Amazing recorded thee session so I could go back and look over on it!

Posted Jun 25, 2020
Chad G.
Profile-location-online Online

helped a lot and let told me to practice with my dad

Posted Jun 11, 2020
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Excellent instructor. Gives me the tools that I need to progress.

Posted Jun 8, 2020
Adalyn R.
Profile-location-online Online

Very helpful, listened to what I wanted to learn and taught me a bunch my very first lesson.

Posted Jun 3, 2020
Cohen G.
Profile-location-online Online

I loved it! Best lesson ever. Went into full detail with the chords!

Posted May 7, 2020
Benjamin H.
Profile-location-online Online

Chris is a stellar teacher. He helped me learn Knockin on Heaven's Door and Tequila Sunrise in the first 2 sessions. Love his thoughtful approach to learning.

Posted Apr 16, 2020
Mike C.
Profile-location-online Online

I'm really enjoying my lessons wirh Chris. He's personable, knowledgeable, and most importantly patient!

Posted Feb 27, 2020
Mahfuz R.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Chris is very helpful and open to listening to my needs and plans and he is very knowledgeable. I look forward to working with him to achieve my goals.

Posted Feb 17, 2020
Profile-location-online Online

Knowledgeable, personable and a lot of fun. Would highly recommend Chris to anyone looking to start or improve there guitar practice.

Posted Feb 14, 2020
Levi B.
Profile-location-online Online

We've completed 3 lessons with Christopher and I am planning on signing my other kid up for lessons with him. He is on it! He is super patient and helpful. We come from a rigid piano and cello background and my son needed to learn to loosen up for this instrument and he seems to be the perfect teacher to help with that. My son is currently learning ukelele. the first 2 lessons seemed to be great confidence boosters that did teach new skills, but weren't too hard.Now after the third we are getting into harder stuff where my son is really challenged. I love it!!! I highly recommend.

Posted Feb 14, 2020
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Chris is incredibly knowledgeable, and also very attentive as far as his student’s needs :) Makes it very fun and exciting for them, and most importantly, goes the extra mile to make sure they are learning as well enjoying what they are learning. My son genuinely loves going and honestly, doesn’t stop talking about how cool and awesome his guitar teacher is every time we have a lesson, ha! You won’t be disappointed - He’s great!

Posted Feb 6, 2020
Colin N.
Profile-location-online Online

we are doing online guitar lessons for a 14 year old and Christopher is awesome! Great communicator and relates well with children. Knows how to teach! Couldn't be happier !!

Posted Jan 4, 2020
Deborah Grimsley

Chris is an extremely talented musician and guitarist and an excellent teacher. I highly recommend him.

Posted Dec 13, 2019
Ava M.
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Chris is great!! Highly recommended.

Posted Oct 1, 2019
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

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

Posted Aug 23, 2019
Nicolas H.
Profile-location-online Online

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

Posted Aug 7, 2019
Jacques W.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Chris is a great teacher

Posted Aug 2, 2019
Profile-location-online 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

Posted Jun 17, 2019
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

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

Posted Jan 18, 2019
Profile-location-online 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.

Posted Oct 25, 2018
Andrea and Bonita S.
Profile-location-home Student's 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.

Posted Aug 24, 2018
Suzanne S.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's 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.

Posted Aug 23, 2018
Profile-location-studio Teacher's 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.

Posted May 28, 2018
Profile-location-online 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.

Posted May 10, 2018
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

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

Posted May 5, 2018
Nick Bufalino B.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Great first lesson.

Posted Feb 28, 2018
Lance N.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Good match for me musically....nice guy

Posted Jan 26, 2018
Corwin R.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

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

Posted Jan 18, 2018
Jesse O.
Profile-location-online Online

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

Posted Sep 1, 2017
Profile-location-studio Teacher's 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 :)

Posted Aug 26, 2017
Jesse O.
Profile-location-online Online

always teaches with passion and patience!!!!

Posted Jun 30, 2017
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Posted Jun 10, 2017
Jesse O.
Profile-location-online Online

very thorough and great at explaining and breaking down technique.

Posted May 19, 2017
Jesse O.
Profile-location-online Online

great as always and patient

Posted Apr 28, 2017
Profile-location-online Online

Great instructor! Very patient and knowledgeable.

Posted Apr 10, 2017
Robert J.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's 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.

Posted Mar 1, 2017
Bill J.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's 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.

Posted Feb 8, 2017
Marty B.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's 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.

Posted Jan 23, 2017
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

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

Posted Jan 9, 2017
Tim P.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

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

Posted Jan 6, 2016
Kurt F.
Profile-location-home Student's 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.

Posted Aug 15, 2015
Tim P.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's 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

Posted Jul 1, 2014


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.

Posted Mar 4, 2014


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?

Posted May 26, 2012
Jesse O.
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Posted Apr 6, 2017

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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

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