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Personalized instruction for beginner to intermediate players
In 2013, Chris opened his own independent lesson studio, The Chops Shop, in Tacoma, WA. The Chops Shop is friendly, comfortable, clean and caters to students of all ages and abilities. You won’t be taking your lessons in a cramped little cubicle. You won’t be pressured to buy lesson packets and method books. Centrally located to Tacoma, Puyallup, Spanaway and Lakewood, The Chops Shop is easy to find, has ample parking, a comfy waiting/reception area and specializes in just one thing: learning to play. From the mosh pit to the orchestra pit, and most points in between, versatility is one of Chris’s major strengths. A full-time instructor and performing musician, he has studied at Mira Costa College and has been making his living as a teaching and performing musician for over 15 ...
Here we will learn basic rolls and chord structures.
It’s not the stage, it’s not the glory: it’s the pure joy of playing music. We often put musicians on a pedestal: “this guy’s better than I am, I’ll never be that good.” Here’s a quote from one of the best guitarist of our time: “I dedicated all the time I had to it. The 10 hour workout was just what I put in the magazine at the time, but for me it was every waking moment.” ~ Steve Vai To Steve, it was the music that gave him great joy. Simply put, he played because he loved it. This is my goal as a teacher: to show people that music takes time, it takes determination, it takes passion, and most importantly, it’s really fun! It can be an expression of who you are. “The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you.” ~ B.B. King “Every time you pick up ...
Being raised in to see my family played several bluegrass festival as I have been playing the banjo since I was two years old
I've had a fondness for many unique life skills. I have trained, been taught by some of the best. I have won several awards speak three languages and have a love for many different things.
Experienced music teacher of 20 years, now teaching clawhammer (old time) banjo available for eager students of all ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of musical skills. I specialize in melodic clawhammer style, old time,Cajun blues, Songster, finger picking style, frailing and melodic accompaniment for voice. I have the following tools available to use during lessons: pianos, guitars, banjo, Dobro, ukulele, recording equipment, Garage Band.
Overview: I strive for lessons that produce smiles and results! Lessons are not a one size fits all; instead I customize them to match age, musical background and experience. I work to get to know each student's level, needs and personal goals. My teaching philosophy emphasizes the study of musicianship together with proficiency on a particular instrument. My methods concentrate on development of the ears while simultaneously teaching technique enabling students to express and enjoy themselves. Introduction to different styles, ever important concepts of theory, harmony and harmonic rhythm, melodic improvisation, recording and composing extend my students’ musical acumen and enjoyment. Experience: I am a life-long Musician. I began piano at 5, completing my BA in Music (Magna cum
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