- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate
- Teaches students:
- Ages 5+
- Teaching since:
- August 2004
*** Background ***
I began taking piano lessons when I was six years old, but switched to guitar lessons at age ten. Ever since then, my passion has been playing guitar and songwriting. I am a music composition honors major at UCSD.
Whether you want to learn to be a guitar virtuoso or you just want to be able to play some songs for your friends and family, I want to provide you with the best information and tools to help you accomplish your goals. I believe in trying to get the most out of the minimum - I want you to get the most benefit out of the time you spend, regardless if you are practicing for thirty minutes or for eight hours.
My background focuses mostly on classical, rock/metal, and jazz, and my specialty is the electric guitar. I can also help you learn classical guitar on a nylon string guitar if you prefer, including some flamenco.
*** Lesson Details ***
I want the student to have fun with music, and rather than focusing on scales and tedious exercises, I have my students learn technique and music theory more from the actual music (Not to say that learning and practicing scales isn't important, but it is much more useful in the long run to have actual musical melodies and riffs that you can play, and that you know how to take them and use in different musical situations).
I try and be as flexible with the student as possible, as I know we all have different goals and amounts of time that we can dedicate, but I believe that even if someone just wants to learn some basic guitar playing, that a little understanding music theory will help them go a lot further.
Regardless, the student should be able to learn the music they want to play, and I will go out of my way to try and find/learn the music you want. I will even transcribe or write my own arrangement if I can't find a suitable one, or to make a simpler version that the student can learn. I believe the student should be able to access and interact with the type of music they want to learn early on, as this will help keep the student interested while at the same time teaching him/her the elements of music and guitar.
As I want the students to be able to interact with the music as early as possible, I will always try and find ways that we can play together, and I will even make recordings so they can practice playing with someone even when they are at home. I also will periodically record the student so that they can not only get the experience playing and recording, but so that they can also look back on their progress, as well as having something they can show their friends/family.
While I mostly play classical, rock/metal, and jazz, I can help students with a large variety of styles, including blues, r & b, and pop music. I also believe that learning different styles and how to take the elements from each that you like and make them your own will lead to a greater mastery of the instrument, regardless of which style you prefer to actually play.
I recommend that my students practice at least thirty minutes a day if they want to see consistent progress, although in the beginning they may not be able to practice that much until they develop calluses on the fingertips. Of course, if they can practice more, that would be great, but I understand that with everything else going on, it isn't always possible to practice every day or for everyone to put the same time into it.
ALLERGY WARNING: I have cats at my house, so if you want to travel to my location, it could be an issue if you have cat allergies.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Guitars, guitar amplifiers, music stands, computer/audio workstation for recording and notating/printing music, microphones, mixer, studio monitors, etc.
*** Travel Equipment ***
Guitar, amp when needed, music/paper, possibly a music stand
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.
My boys (ages7 and 9) love Cris. They can’t wait for their next lesson! We highly recommend him!
Chis was a great teacher - very patient, knowledgeable, and inspiring. He was very invested in helping us (two adults in our thirties) learn guitar amid a slightly chaotic background with kids and a dog. Nothing phased him: he was always on time, positive, and good-natured. My husband initially took lessons with Chris at our house, and after several months, I was so inspired and decided to give it a shot too! I learned so much in just a few weeks. He is also now teaching my nephew - an 8-year old. To say the least, Chris is exceptional and I would recommend him to anyone!!+ Read More
My son is 13-years old and is really enjoying the lessons that are perfectly customized to his skill level.
I am very impressed with the way my son picked up the way to read notes and play a song minutes after his first lesson with Christopher!!! That speaks volumes about how good of an instructor he is. I'm glad he's my son's instructor and look forward to watching my son's guitar skills grow under his wing.+ Read More
I've only had one lesson so far, but I found Cristopher to be very knowledgeable, encouraging, and effective in providing advice and helpful hints to advance my skills. I'll be practicing the drills and chords he suggested, and I'm looking forward to next week's lesson.+ Read More
Very focussed, generous, and organized teacher. Our son will be learning a lot from Cris!
Its been a pleasure taking lessons from Cristopher! He is a very passionate teacher and gifted musician/songwriter. He really cares about his students. He will do what ever is necessary to help you learn and understand what he is teaching you. Very kind and fun to be around. A+ all the way for Cris!+ Read More
I have had the pleasure of playing, and practicing, with Mr. Cris over the last few years. We actually took guitar class together in high school, and even then, I could tell that he was exceptionally talented. Given his family background in music, and his desire to create wonderful compositions, it was no surprise that he chose to pursue music in his life. Recently I have needed assistance with my songwriting and I have had no hesitation in bringing my work to Cris in order to gain insight into what I may need o do in order to successfully finish my composition(s). He is well educated in music, has learned from many accomplished professionals, and is extremely hard working in his craft. And finally, Cris is very patient, insightful, and motivated, when working, and/or teaching, individuals. I would highly recommend him to anyone of all ages.+ Read More
One of the problems with musicians these days is a lack of formal training. Cris has spent the last 20+ years perfecting his abilities to teach music. In my opinion, Part of what makes Cris stand out from other instructors is his knowledge and open minded view of different styles of music. A teacher with a diverse musical background is ideal for a student who wants to create a good basis or reach the next level in their abilities. Cris is able to help you learn guitar the right way and set a path that will advance your abilities quicker than most other teachers.+ Read More
Cris is a very talented teacher. He can teach all styles of guitar and has been teaching for a number of years. He is very patient with his students and he really enjoys teaching. I would definitely recommend him as a teacher for any age or style.