Eric Carranza

Eric C.

11 Reviews
Saint Paul, MN

About Eric C.

Background check: Last verified 10/01/2014
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Eric teaches: Ages 5 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: June 2009
Last sign in: Yesterday
Average response time: 15 hours


Performing and recording musician with several groups for over ten years. Current projects include, Hot Date and Batteryboy among others. I have been teaching private lessons and classes in community education to students of all ages since 2007. I have also taught music in early childhood education as well as music therapy programs at Minnesota Veterans Homes. I am always excited to witness my students joy as they reach and exceed their goals.

*** Lesson Details ***
Relaxed lessons geared toward the students goals. Various styles and techniques; Fun and efficient practice exercises; Improvisation; Patience and attention to progress; Wide Chord Vocabulary; Music Theory in a way that is easy to understand; Tone development and playing by ear.

Every student is an individual and responds better to different teaching styles as well as learn at their own pace. My goal as a teacher is to give you an enjoyable experience in learning a new instrument and to tailor the lessons based on your interests and goals. After the first few months a beginner student can expect to have learned basic techniques and useful skills to allow them to play simple songs and melodies with ease.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons are taught in a studio with amps, acoustic guitars and electric guitars, ukuleles, along with fretless and fretted bass guitars, drums, microphones, recording equipment and software, are available for a student to use during the lesson time.

*** Specialties ***
Simplifying concepts and process. Breaking down elements of how to play Pop, Jazz, Funk, Blues, Rock, Folk etc.

Photos and Videos

"A Toast" From the album Hot Date: For Lovers

Languages Spoken

English Fluent / Native Proficiency
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11 Reviews on Eric C.

Jeanette K. Aug 7, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Eric is a great fit for my daughter- he is patient and has a great energy. Very knowledgeable.
Bill W. Jun 8, 2014
Blues Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
I am finding Eric to be a very patient and encouraging instructor. I come out of the lessons eager to practice and try the new things he gives me. Thanks Eric for making this fun.
Jessica M. May 14, 2014

Pretty Cool teacher, very nice and down to earth.
ReiterT Mar 6, 2014

I have found Eric to be a patient teacher and an excellent listener. I have played guitar in the past and am looking to refresh and expand my abilities. He is helping me to understand the basics of strumming, picking and chord progressions. I would highly recommend him.
LoriWendolek Mar 6, 2014
Wonderful Guitar Teacher

Eric is a wonderful guitar teacher. He has been my son's guitar teacher for 2-years. I admire the honesty and patience that he has with my son, in addition to keeping lessons fun. I admire how he stresses the basics, yet encourages my son to practice familiar songs to keep it fun for him. My favorite part is when I hear Eric and my son do a "jam" session. Not sure if that is the right word, but it sounds so cool when they play together. I highly recommend Eric as a guitar teacher.
Lauren J. Oct 1, 2013
Eric is a overall great instructor and taught me the basics in a two hour class.

Eric is amazing! He taught me to play the basic cords; proper handling including how to hold a pick, how to stand and sit with the guitar, how to place your fingers on the strings, and how to pick your strings. I learned all of these things in a two hour class. Overall, I think he is a great instructor for beginners, private, and group lessons. :D
Thanks, Laurenrj
Brian S. Jul 11, 2013
Bass Guitar
Verified Student
Great teacher who has many talents

I am an adult who started taking a new instrument and just after a few weeks with him, I'm already able to play much more than I ever dreamed I would. He is down to earth and easy to get along with - but pushes you to always do better. I would recommend him to anyone looking to advance their skills or start from beginning like I have.
Raina Y. Sep 11, 2012
Wonderful teacher!

Eric is a great teacher. He has an amazing grasp of music theory which really helps when learning how to play a new instrument, especially as an adult. He's extremely patient and fun to hang out with for 1/2 hour every week. He will challenge you and keep you thinking as well as playing!
Kristi K. Sep 11, 2012
Verified Student
Easy to Learn From.

My daughter enjoys going to her guitar lessons with Eric.
He is patient and "easygoing' according to her, and he's always very pleasant to me #the mom#also. We've had a couple of time conflicts to reschedule and that has been no problem so far. My daughter was able to play "Happy Birthday" for me after just 3 lessons, which was a nice surprise.
Gilbert A. Sep 11, 2012
Awesome Music Teacher!!

I have been taking Guitar and Ukulele lessons from Eric for over a year and a half and couldn't be happier! I am an adult student with a very busy and at times hectic life. I started taking guitar lessons with Eric as a way to relax and learn music which I love. I received a set of lessons as a birthday gift, I have truly enjoyed the lessons and Eric's teaching style ever since.

Eric has a calm demeanor and is very knowledgeable in his craft. He is patient beyond his years and is very focused and in tuned with his students. I find myself getting better with every practice and lesson due to Eric's teaching ability. He knows how to motivate and bring out the hidden talents in his students, which is extremely impressive.

Eric teaches in a comfortable and non-threatening environment. He is calm, confident and patient with his students. He understands that each student is an individual and makes the needed adjustments that benefit that student. It's obvious that Eric loves what he does and it shows in his teaching and attitude. He is upbeat and positive which makes learning from him very easy.

I have spent most of my adult life as a trainer/instructor. Eric is a great example of a teacher who knows what he is doing and cares about the progress of the student. Eric is the ideal teacher if you are interested in learning and appreciate music.