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.