Richard Chapman

Richard C.

Phoenix, AZ

Lesson Details



Richard delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 10+

Teaching since:
November 2003

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.

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


Limited Proficiency

Photos & Videos

Senior recital performance
Mozart piano concerto K.330 third movement. Guitar transcription originally arranged by Paul Gilbert (with a few fingering changes)
Jordan and I playing Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata for the student recital on 12/3/2011
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23 Reviews

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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.

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.

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.

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 !

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 !

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.

Kasey G. Apr 4, 2016
Ukulele · In studio

He was a great and patient teacher for my son!!!!!!!!!!!!! He is highly recommended!!!!!!!!!

Justin Dec 30, 2015
Bass Guitar · In home

Richard is a good guy and he knows how to teach.

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!

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.

Mike Quarelli Nov 3, 2015
Banjo · In studio

Richard was great! Makes it seam easy.

Gary M. Sep 15, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

Richard was great! Right to the point. No screwing around. Very personable.

Raymond Aug 13, 2015
Guitar · In studio

I have been fortunate to be taking lessons from my guitar teacher, Richard Chapman for a year now. Like other students, I want to know how to play everything I hear. Richard impresses me over and over again. Learning from a session guitarist with great teaching abilities makes the journey fruitful and fun.
I highly recommend Richard Chapman as a teacher. If your choice of string instrument is not a guitar it does not matter. Richard can play and teach anything with strings on it. You will learn theory, tabs and how to read sheet music correctly and more.

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Zoe G. Jun 14, 2015
Guitar · In studio

Great instructor, guitar made simple and comfortable.

Allen R. Apr 7, 2015
Banjo · In home

Richard focuses on what the student wants out of the lesson, and takes steps to lead the student to a goal. His knowledge of music is excellent, and he imparts that knowledge adequately.

Marni N. Dec 8, 2014
Banjo · In studio

Awesome teacher! I'm so glad I started lessons!

Cristy B. Feb 12, 2014
Ukulele ·

Amazing Teacher

I really enjoy my lessons and look forward to them each week. I trust Richard and am happy to continue to do lessons and recommend him to others!

Andres H. Jan 9, 2014
Guitar ·

Excellent teacher!

As a beginning guitar player, I could not have been more pleased to have had Richard as my teacher! His knowledge, experience, and passion for guitar (and music in general) is outstanding.
I really found my learning experience with Richard worth while due to the fact that I wasn't simply learning how to play the guitar - I learned about music theory and why guitar is played the way it is.
I could easily take what I learned in Richard's class and apply it to other instruments (aside from the physical aspect).
Once I'm in a position to take lessons again, I will not hesitate to be Richard's student again!

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Raymond K. Dec 3, 2013
Guitar ·

Guitar Lessons

If you are seeking an excellent guitar teacher go see Richard. Don't Walk Run. I was previously taking lessons from a teacher I dropped. I can't tell you how happy I am for that decision. Richard is well educated in music and one heck of a good guitar teacher. I think he can play anything with strings on it and do it well. To be a good teacher it takes more then just music & guitar knowledge. A good teacher has a plan and knows exactly how to put the plan into action. Richard just has a way about him and his teaching skills that I am sure you will enjoy. Richard places his students success in his heart. He is invested in his students as we are invested in our teachers. It is very important to have the correct teacher as well as the importance to place the time & effort into learning your instrument properly.....! If you are a beginner and willing to put the time & effort in. Richard will get you to your goals in a skillful, pleasant manner. If you are experienced he will take you to a new level. As I said Don't Walk Run.

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Hal W. Apr 17, 2013
Banjo ·


Ricard's knowledge of music theory, history and instrument construction and his ability to communicate that knowledge to his student is second to none. He actually got me playing along with him by 3rd lesson.

DALE R. Jan 24, 2013
Classical Guitar ·

Patient and Well-versed

Rich's lessons are fantastic, thorough and ALWAYS different. He is unpredictable in his lessons yet this allows for an exciting learning environment that I'd look forward to every lesson. His gentle approach and kind, encouraging words made me push past my normal skills and learn to be better at the guitar. I WILL use Rich again and suggest anyone looking for just a random lesson or ongoing training to see him. 5 stars!

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DALER Jun 2, 2012

Excellent Instructor

Rich is very passionate and meticulous about his work. He shows it through patience in his guidance and instruction. I love how he doesn't just teach how to play the guitar, but covers in depth the history of music and the guitar. Each lesson proves to be a fun challenge and I become more and more comforable with what I'm learning. Today was an extraordinary session. I highly recommend him to anyone who'll listen.

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FrankJ Mar 22, 2012

Lessons with Richard...

I thoroughly enjoyed my lessons with Richard. He's a wealth of information and he has a common sense method. I can't wait to take more lessons from him in the future!

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