Chris began his music studies at the age of 16. He studied guitar under James Trostle in Lancaster for three years. He then decided to continue his music studies at the Berklee College of Music where he received a Bachelor of Music degree. While at Berklee, he studied with such guitar greats as Jim Kelly and John Finn. His course studies included advance theory, harmony, arranging, ear training, music production and engineering, and songwriting. Upon graduating college he taught private guitar lessons for four years while pursuing a professional management career in retail. Over the years, he has performed and honed his musical skills in local and regional acts. Currently, Chris is has been teaching music full-time for the last 15 years. Also, he is the author of 3 guitar instructional DVDs formerly sold worldwide and published his first guitar instructional book. He feels comfortable teaching his students a wide variety of styles; blues, pop, Christian, rock, metal, jazz, funk, and alternative. Chris believes in designing every student's lessons to bring out that student's full potential along with having fun with music.
*** Lesson Details ***
Your lesson plan will be tailor made for what you are interested in learning. I can teach you from books or you can create your own path by choosing things you need to improve upon. Below is a list of some things I teach my students.
scales: major, minor, modes, advanced scales, pentatonic scales, chord tones, arpeggios
music theory: understanding scales and how to use them to figure out your diatonic chords, improvise, write a melody, harmonize, etc.
sight reading: learning how to read music on the staff really helps you understand the vocabulary of music along with giving you the ability to read a piece of music
reading tablature: learn how to read guitar tablature and understand all of the symbols
rhythm studies: understanding how to strum properly and read rhythms
improvisation: learn how to solo like your favorite guitar players and create your own solos
chords: learning your open chords, barre chords, triads, seventh chords, other advanced chords.
songs: learn the songs you want to play
your choice: you can choose what you want to learn. you don't have to just learn the above topics. you can create your own areas of study so you get the most out of your lessons for your particular needs.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Eric Johnson signature strat, Fender American strat, Gibson Les Paul, Epiphone Les Paul, Guild acoustic, Line 6 Variax bass, Lanakai ukulele
*** Specialties ***
I would say I specialize in rock, pop, blues, metal, and country but feel comfortable teaching any style of music.
I've been teaching guitar and bass at Menchey Music for 15 years. I've averaged between 40-50 students per week for the last 15 years.
Christopher is a fantastic teacher. He is passionate and really knows how to make learning to play guitar or base interesting. I have been getting lessons from him for more than five years and i still look forward to coming every week. If you are looking for the best way to learn guitar, he is by far your best option. He teaches in a way that makes you want to learn more and practice.
· Guitar ·
My 8-year-old daughter started taking guitar lessons with Chris about a year ago. Chris has made learning music a fun, yet effective, process. Our daughter is learning how to read music, play the notes across all of the strings / fret board, and build chords (and not just how to read guitar tabs). We have not had to encourage our daughter to practice - she loves to play. She even played for her music class at school!
Chris is prompt and professional with his communication.
We hope your experience will be as good as ours has been!
· Guitar ·
I'm a working professional, and have been taking guitar classes with Chris for over a year now. My understanding of the guitar, and ability to play have improved dramatically ever since I've taken classes with Chris. Chris is extremely knowledgeable about the instrument, and his accessible style of teaching make learning a true pleasure. Chris also works very hard to fit lessons into my schedule - which has been absolutely wonderful. I look forward to continuing my lessons with Chris for many years to come.