- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
- Teaches students:
- Ages 18+ and special needs
- Teaching since:
- September 1999
I have been a professional musician for over 15 years and was lead guitarist for Starstruck/Sony artist Caroline Kole, having opened for Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, among other great acts. I also have a strong background in many styles including Rock/Pop, Indie, Blues, Country, Jazz, Fingerstyle/Classical and Music Theory.
*** Lesson Details ***
Having been in the student seat throughout my training, I know that the right teacher makes all the difference. That is why I believe it is so important to find a teacher that is invested in your success and understands and values the student/teacher relationship.
My students find me to be a patient teacher who is able to balance the fun and excitement of learning a new instrument and the discipline necessary to develop a new skill and achieve your musical goals.
I tailor all of my lessons based on your individual goals and abilities with a custom curriculum I have developed over 15 years of teaching. Whether you just want to strum along on the couch, jam out with other players, write your own songs, or start a band, I can give you the skills, confidence and motivation to help you succeed and play the music you want to play.
Music has been my passion as long as I can remember, and teaching others who feel the same is what I love doing. I hope we can work together one day and find out what we can accomplish together!
*** Specialties ***
I am fluent in most popular styles, rock/pop/country/jazz, and also skilled in classical/fingerstyle guitar.
I've had a few guitar instructors through out my life and Chris was by far the best one Iâve had. I went to him after taking guitar for a couple years with other instructors and he helped me rediscover my love for it. Heâs motivating, smart, and all around a great instructor. Iâd recommend him to anyone--from beginners to even more advanced guitarists. He really is the best!
just what i needed
Chris was instrumental in me rediscovering my love of guitar through performance. For the band that was assembled we were allowed to pick the songs which made us more motivated as well as making it fun. Chris was excellent at determining your strengths and challenging you. I had never played lead guitar before. Now I expect to be the lead guitarist for the band.
Chris is a man's man.
I took lessons with Chris for probably a year and a half, maybe two years. He was easily one of the greatest teachers I've ever had. He would let me pick the songs I wanted to learn and then, despite his feelings toward the music, would listen intently to the song, figure out everything about how it's played, and then decide the most appropriate way to go about teaching said song according to what he knew I was and wasn't capable of. He always pushed me to do better and if I couldn't get passed a certain part we would work on it until I nailed it. Not to mention he's a really cool dude so there was never a dull moment. I can't recommend him enough.
Chris is an excellent guitarist and instructor! He was my teacher for 2 or 3 years when I lived in Florida. He helped me improve my guitar skills by far while giving me pieces to work on that I enjoyed. My lessons were always something to look forward to.
Chris was a great motivator to me
Chris was very helpful in getting me started again on guitar. I had tried for many years to learn on my own, but I needed the motivation Chris provided to get me going. He also led "band camp" sessions for young and adult groups at a local music shop and we all had a blast. Nashville's gain is our loss since Chris moved there last year.
Accomplished player; amazing teacher!
Helps set goals at the start of a lesson block and then creates ways to guide the lessons and sessions toward those goals. Very talented player; very creative artist; very knowledgeable musician; and expert music theorist. Can teach all aspects and genre's of the music and the instruments. Is patient. Enjoys the lesson as much as the student, making it a fun learning experience or an awesome jam session. Teaches the basics and advanced techniques, with innovative fun practice and proficiency exercises. Five years of weekly sessions, plus special after-hours group sessions, and still always looked forward to each week's sessions.