The best way for you to understand what I can do for you, is for you to see what I bring to the table as a player. Please check out the links below:
Additionally, here are my teaching and playing credentials:
First and foremost, I teach because I can't stand bad guitar playing. Haha! My first instinct is to tell a struggling guitarist "it doesn't have to be this hard, let me help you".
It gives me great satisfaction to show my students how effortless and rewarding guitar can be, once the obstacles of bad technique are removed.
Additionally, it's amazing to see my students graduate from mimicing their guitar heroes, to developing their own unique voices on the instrument as both players and composers.
Chris is a great teacher that challenges me to be a better guitar player with every lesson.
Chris is an accomplished musician. In addition, his teaching style lends itself well to the beginner while being able to move to and explain well the deeper areas of music theory. He is very patient and speeds up and slows down in tune with the student's comprehensive ability. I am very pleased with Chris and recommend him highly.
Chris works great with young kids. He is very patient, creative and also sparks interest among new learners.
Chris is personable, compassionate, and understanding. He carefully designs the lessons around each student, you won't get a "one-size fits all lesson" in his class. Chris is always positive toward his students when they display their strengths or their weaknesses on the guitar. I would recommend him to anyone wanting to learn the guitar.
I assess what stage of development you are at, and your personal goals. I develop a specific, unique plan to help you achieve your goals. If you have attempted guitar unsuccessfully in the past, I endeavour to discover what didn't work for you, and change that immediately .
I studied classical/ jazz piano under Michael Kramer for 10 years, and guitar under David Hopwood for nearly 7 years, covering every conceivable guitar style and playing technique, as well as advanced theory concepts (improvisation, composition, reading).
Lessons are $25 per half hour, once a week. Hour lessons are $50. Lessons are virtual unless you would like in person lessons.
I started teaching friends in high school, partly to make a little bit of money, but mostly so they would stop bugging me to teach them. Haha! I quickly realized that contrary to my supposition that teaching would be a chore, I actually enjoyed helping others to improve their playing.
I've worked with students as young as 6 to as old as 70 plus. I've brought students from having zero guitar experience to developing into advanced players. On the other end of the spectrum, I've worked with advanced players to fix holes in their playing, explore other styles and techniques, and expand their music theory mastery. There's always something new to learn or improve, and I can help you.
I've been working on a modern progressive metal album. So far it's been a really innovative project with extremely diverse guitar playing and really interesting sound design elements. Studio work is one of my favorite musical creative outlets!
There are many solid guitar players who play guitar and teach for the money, but are not obsessed with virtuosity. A guitarist who has worked toward virtuosity will have specific reasons why they are instructing you in a particular way, whereas the standard guitar player will not. This can set you up for failure, or at least much more work.
For example, the manner in which the pick is held will dramatically impact whether or not you'll be able to pick fast, or weather you'll be forced to rebuild your picking technique years into your playing career. Please take lessons from a master guitarist, rather than someone who simply plays the guitar.
Think about what your goals are, what music/ artists you like, and what it is about music that you have a passion for.
Additionally, you need to discern whether or not you have the dedication for the instrument, and the patience to take instruction. An instructor's role isn't to bend to the whims of the student, but rather to do what is necessary to help the student to reach his or her goals as quickly as possible.