Richard Chapman

Richard C.

Phoenix, AZ

About Richard C.

Richard teaches: Ages 10 and up
Teaching since: November 2003
Last sign in: Today

Overview

I started taking piano lessons at the ripe age of 4, but I quickly found my calling on the guitar. At the age of 20, and with 13 years of playing experience, I graduated from the Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery (guitar building), after building both an acoustic and an electric guitar and receiving repair certification from Fender.
I later completed my Bachelor’s Degree of Music in the field of classical guitar performance, at ASU in 2007.
During this time I expanded to other instruments such as the Ukulele, Banjo, Mandolin, Dulcimer and Bass Guitar.

I am involved with a number of extra musical activities that are available for you. First, I am part of a weekly jam session where my students meet and jam on a rotation with other music students in the phoenix area (drummers, singers, piano players, other guitarists of all ages) From this has spawned a number of bands. It's a lot of fun! So if you have any interest in starting a band and don't know where to find other players, let me know!

Also, I arrange and conduct for an electric guitar ensemble. This class is by far, one of a kind. In this program, I take classical symphonies and arrange all the parts out for electric guitars. Recently, my students just completed Bizet's "Farandole" (check out the audio clip) which I arranged for four electric guitars and one bass guitar. The ensemble program is more detailed oriented than the jam session, so this class is by audition only.


*** Lesson Details ***
I enjoy Bach and Beethoven, but I still love a good old- fashioned heavy metal band. I have a keen sense of constructive criticism, all while still remembering what it’s like to be a beginner. I pride myself on a teaching style that is refined, yet relaxed. I love to joke around and have fun, but remember, your recital is just around the corner!


*** Studio Equipment ***
Music room w/ keyboard, guitar, bass, amps, banjos, and seating for parents. Small inventory of guitar supplies available for purchase.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide handouts and bring my own instruments. Students are required to have their own instrument

*** Specialties ***
I have always believed that improvisation is one of the best ways to learn a fret board. Improv allows the player to just dive in to playing, without having to stare at a piece of paper the whole time. Out of all the things I have been trained to do, I feel that improvisation is my strong point.

Photos and Videos

Senior recital performance

Education

Classical Guitar Performance
Sep 2004 - Sep 2007
ASU
Luthier's Certification
Aug 2000 - Dec 2000
Roberto-Venn School of Lutherie

Languages Spoken

Albanian
Limited Proficiency

23 Reviews on Richard C.

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Christopher H. Dec 6, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
1st lesson on what I anticipate becoming regular lessons.
Within seconds Richard focused on a way to improve the way i hold my pick, which will shortly have a big impact on my future advancement.
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Rob H. Nov 18, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Richie is awesome. He can teach any level and age. The way he explains things makes everything so clear. He instructed my 10yo son and now me at 47.
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Jerri Jul 26, 2016
· Banjo · In home
Richard is teaching me a lot and very quickly. He makes it easy to learn. I really feel fortunate to have him as a teacher.
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Charlie M. Jul 22, 2016
· Banjo · In home
Cool! Can't wait to go back! Lots of constructive homework. 45 minutes goes by real fast !
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Charlie M. Jul 22, 2016
· Banjo · In home
Cool! Can't wait to go back! Lots of constructive homework. 45 minutes goes by real fast !
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Ruth S. May 19, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Richard was very friendly and good at explaining things. I could tell that he knows his craft very well and would definitely recommend him as a teacher. I enjoyed my lesson very much. Ruth S.
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Kasey G. Apr 4, 2016
· Ukulele · In studio
He was a great and patient teacher for my son!!!!!!!!!!!!! He is highly recommended!!!!!!!!!
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Justin Dec 30, 2015
· Bass Guitar · In home
Richard is a good guy and he knows how to teach.
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Collin W. Dec 14, 2015
· Mandolin · In home
Richard was great in working with my son. He was very patient and my son left excited for the next session. Thank you Richard!
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Gary M. Nov 15, 2015
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Finished first five lessons with Richard and signing up for 5 more. He's great!
Learning a lot, pretty quickly.
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