Richard Chapman

Richard C.

Phoenix, AZ

About Richard C.

Background check: Last verified 08/07/2015
Richard passed a background check on 08/07/2015 that included the following:
  • National Criminal Record Check
  • County/State Criminal Record Check
  • Sex Offender Registry Search
  • SSN Trace & Verification
For more information, please click here.
Richard teaches: Ages 10 and up
Teaching since: November 2003
Last sign in: Yesterday

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
Write a Review

21 Reviews on Richard C.

Silhouette-80
Jerri Jul 26, 2016
Banjo · In home
Verified Student
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.
Silhouette-80
Charlie M. Jul 22, 2016
Banjo · In home
Verified Student
Cool! Can't wait to go back! Lots of constructive homework. 45 minutes goes by real fast !
Silhouette-80
Charlie M. Jul 22, 2016
Banjo · In home
Verified Student
Cool! Can't wait to go back! Lots of constructive homework. 45 minutes goes by real fast !
Silhouette-80
Ruth S. May 19, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
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.
Silhouette-80
Kasey G. Apr 4, 2016
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
He was a great and patient teacher for my son!!!!!!!!!!!!! He is highly recommended!!!!!!!!!
Silhouette-80
Justin Dec 30, 2015
Bass Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Richard is a good guy and he knows how to teach.
Silhouette-80
Collin W. Dec 14, 2015
Mandolin · In home
Verified Student
Richard was great in working with my son. He was very patient and my son left excited for the next session. Thank you Richard!
Thumb_82670_pi_Gary%20Linda%20Cover
Gary M. Nov 15, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Finished first five lessons with Richard and signing up for 5 more. He's great!
Learning a lot, pretty quickly.
Silhouette-80
Mike Quarelli Nov 3, 2015
Banjo · In studio
Verified Student
Richard was great! Makes it seam easy.
Thumb_82670_pi_Gary%20Linda%20Cover
Gary M. Sep 15, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Richard was great! Right to the point. No screwing around. Very personable.

Win 4 free lessons with your favorite teacher!

Where should we contact you if you win?

You agree to receive info from TakeLessons. Unsubscribe at any time.