Eric Carranza

Eric C.

Saint Paul, MN
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Eric delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
June 2009

Performing and recording musician with several groups for over 15 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.

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Experience

Music Instructor
Jan 2012 - Present
Community Education

Guitar, ukulele and music theory classes.

Lesson instructor
May 2008 - Present
A+ Music Studios

Private and semi private lessons

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Photos & Videos

Hot Date - "The Noise"  
From the album "For Lovers"
Hot Date - "Hers"

From the album "Three Sides to the Story"
Photo by Eric C.

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"A Toast" From the album Hot Date: For Lovers
Song from the album "Up For Air"  by batteryboy
by batteryboy.  Commissioned by the Groninger Museum in the Netherlands to support a painting on exhibit. It will also appear on the museum's CD benefiting UNICEF.
Photo by Eric C.

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Photo by Eric C.

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Photo by Eric C.
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25 Reviews

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Karin Eide Jul 21, 2017
Ukulele · In home

Eric was the right fit for me. He started me on the basics in a very relaxed way. Plus - his favorite Beatle is George!

Nicholas May 31, 2017
Guitar · In studio

Ive been working with Eric for over a year now and I can't recommend him enough. Whether you are looking to play guitar recreationally or professionally Eric is the person you want to help hone your skills. As someone who has tried to teach myself and failed I can say that after working with Eric not only do I understand music itself astronomically better but I also am able to produce music on a creative level that would have taken years to achieve without Eric. Lastly, to anyone who is on edge of whether they need a teacher or not, the answer is YES, absolutely and you won't find anyone better than Eric.

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Danna Sep 25, 2016
Guitar · In studio

My sons have been taking guitar lessons from Eric. They love him! He's patient, funny, and cool, and is a great example of a passionate working artist.

Jennifer Apr 6, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

Eric is absolutely wonderful to work with! He is so patient with our daughter and has a great approach to teaching her to play the guitar. We highly recommend Eric!

Eleanor Mar 29, 2016
Guitar · In studio

I was searching and searching until...Bing! Eric's website came up and I read over and it and soon enough it was my first lesson! He has gone slow and has taught me at my own pace. He is an amazing guy. He gets to know you and makes sure your comfortable and not awkward. He makes sure your doing well and even if you dont get it on the first try, you will always get it at the end! I suggest him to all ages.

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Bipin Mar 29, 2016
Guitar · In studio

Eric is a great teacher. My daughter and I both take lessons from him. He has a passion for music that is infectious and inspiring. He has a distinct teaching style that is fun and challenging. I have taken lessons at several different places but never saw the increase in skill and enjoy-ability that I've gotten in the past year of lessons with Eric. Highly recommend to beginners or those looking to take their skills to the next level.

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Craig Mar 29, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

Eric is an awesome and very versatile instructor, teaching guitar, bass and drums to my three sons. They have been taking lessons from him for the last two years and have come a long long way. Eric has got them from making a racket to playing the Beatles and Rush in my basement. I've been very impressed at not only how far they've come but also at the patience and experience Eric has in developing and bringing out the potential in these boys. I'm very happy at the results!

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Dakota Z. Sep 17, 2015
Ukulele · In studio

Guys great, super relaxed. Let's you go at your own pace.

Bill W. Aug 25, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

Easy going , encouraging, a lot of positive feedback. Looks to find your interest in music and adapt the lessons to that. I had fun in the lessons. Definitely recommend!

Rajesh M. Jul 16, 2015
Guitar · Online

Very good teacher! I would definitely recommend him to anyone!

Kyong L. Jun 12, 2015
Ukulele · In home

Very friendly, easy to understand and follow his direction

Laura G. Jun 11, 2015
Guitar · In studio

Eric has done a wonderful job with my teenage son! By offering instruction that met him where he was at and building upon it, he has learned so much. Furthermore, Eric has inspired my son to play to guitar by choosing things to work on that excite him. With Eric, my son is not only developing his guitar skills and abilities, but Eric passion has increased my son's love of playing guitar.

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Heather B. Jun 10, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

Eric is a super cool guy and a great teacher. I've learned a ton and would definitely recommend him to anyone wanting to learn guitar.

Olive Apr 21, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In home

Olive has been loving her lessons with Eric, he's so knowledgable and teaches some really good music theory lessons in a fun way.

Jeanette K. Aug 7, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

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

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
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Pretty Cool teacher, very nice and down to earth.

ReiterT Mar 6, 2014
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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.

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LoriWendolek Mar 6, 2014
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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.

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Lauren J. Oct 1, 2013
Guitar ·

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

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Brian S. Jul 11, 2013
Bass Guitar ·

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.

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Raina Y. Sep 11, 2012
Guitar ·

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!

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Kristi K. Sep 11, 2012
Guitar ·

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.

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Gilbert A. Sep 11, 2012
Guitar ·

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.

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DavidL3 Jan 25, 2011
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Awesome instructor who knows his stuff

It was clear from my very first meeting with Eric that he had a real passion for music and a mastery of the art of guitar. His lessons are fun, he's been quite dependable, personable, and knowledgeable, and I can't wait to learn more! He has a laid back attitude which really helps his teaching. More often than once he's gone over into his own time to make sure I get a lot out of each lesson.

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