Phoenix Guitar Lessons

Phoenix Guitar Lessons

5.0 (8)
4 hires on
18 years in business

About this pro

My teaching approach: I studied music in college, but I also have a teaching degree. Everybody learns differently and at a different pace so I customize my lessons to each student depending on their goals. I try to make my lessons fun by teaching the songs and styles that the student enjoys. I have a great approach to music theory and improvisation and in addition I hold free jam sessions once a month for my students.

My guitar lessons take place in: In the teacher's studio located in South Scottsdale.

Guitar Techniques: Lead guitar, Rhythm guitar, Fingerpicking, Vocal Accompaniment, Performance, Improvisation, Jamming Skills, Reading Music, Music Theory, Scales and Exercises, Song Writing, Recording and Production, Guidance In Equipment Selection

I love playing guitar and love teaching students, both youth and adult, beginner or advanced. It is very rewarding to see students become musicians and reach their goals. I also enjoy being introduced to new music as students request to learn their favorite songs. I am always willing to teach any style of music and keep a very open mind.

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Scottsdale, AZ 85257
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8 Reviews


  • Richard Mitchell

    Chris is so easy to work with. I am not young and have a variety of experience. Chris is able to tailor my lessons based on my input and feedback. When I first began taking lessons I never imagined I would be on stage. With Chris's lessons and encouragement I realized a dream of getting on stage to play with other musicians. Chris is very positive and finds each individual's needs. He has a vast knowledge of theory, performing and teaching. He uses technology to help me at home providing various links to other musicians. Takes time to write out the music I need. He never says he can't provide what I need. I have taken lessons from a variety of guitar teachers. Chris's background, his education at ASU and performing with a working band, can't be measured with words. Great experience for me. I have continued to improve since my first lesson. Thanks Chris.

  • Pat Gallahan

    I started with guitar later in life. I had always wanted to play but other things always got in the way. So in my mid-forties after finally deciding to make time for myself I decided to start. My first year I tried learning with a popular DVD series and youtube videos. I learned quickly that there are definite shortcomings to these options. You can't ask questions of or be critiqued by a video or DVD. I tried these methods for a year and realized I was not as far along as I had hoped to be. I started searching for an instructor. I chose Chris because I was very impressed with his background. Between his study of music in the ASU program, his real life music experience and his having a degree in education it seemed like the perfect combination. It's one thing to be able to do something but not everyone that can do something has the knowledge, ability and personality to be able to teach it. Having him host his monthly jam sessions has also helped me with my nerves when performing in front of others. I have now been taking lessons from Chris for six years. Very quickly Chris was able to teach me the fundamentals of guitar and I could have stopped taking lessons then and been an ok guitarist. The thing I like about guitar is that you can take it to whatever skill level you wish from beginner to master. I am confident that no matter how long I take lessons from Chris he has the knowledge and skill to help me to continue to improve my playing to whatever level I choose.

  • Steve Lawrence

    Chris is an amazing teacher. His guitar knowledge is deep and his approach to customized lessons is incredible. Best there is!

  • Steve L

    Chris is an amazing teacher. His guitar knowledge is deep and his approach to customized lessons is incredible. Best there is!

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

Step one is explore the students previous experience, if any, and determine what they need to work on. I have students make a list of songs they wish they could play and we jump right in learning the easier songs. Learning all the basic open chords and bar chords, strumming patterns, how to read tab and/or sheet music, and developing speed, timing and technique. 

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I studied in the ASU Jazz department as a Jazz guitar player and also hold a B.A. in secondary education. I am not just an expereinced guitar player but also an experienced and proffessional teacher. I have been playing guitar for 25 years and teaching lessons for over 15 years. I also played proffesionally in the rock band, Frequis, for 8 years. Teaching guitar lessons is my primary source of income and I have become very good at it, especially working with students who think they have no musical ability. Anyone can become a musician if they are deidicated and practice!

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

I charge $40 per one hour lesson at my music studio located in South Scottsdale. 

How did you get started teaching?

When I started studying music in college it was a great way to earn money and when I finished college I started my own business and have been teaching guitar lessons full time ever since.

What types of students have you worked with?

I work with children as young as 7 years old, teens, adults, and even senoirs in their 60s and 70s. I believe anyone can become a musician and enjoy playing guitar and I can teach someone who has never played an instrument and has zero experience. I also work with many advanced students on blues, music theory, shredding, sweep picking, finger picking and many other advanced techniques. I also work with many students who play acoustic guitar and just want to have a fun hobby and be able to strum chords around the campfire. I can adjust my approach for any student.

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