Richard Chapman

Richard C.

Phoenix, AZ

About Richard C.

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


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


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

Languages Spoken

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.
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.
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