Yonder Recording

Yonder Recording

5.0 (3)
4 hires on Lessons.com

About this pro

Hi, my name is Chris I have been teaching guitar for over 20 years and have been playing guitar since I was 7 years old. I am an enthusiastic teacher and I love teaching for so many reasons. The way I teach is simple, I teach my students how to play correctly while having fun. Whether you are a beginner or someone with a few years experience, take lessons with me and I promise that you will get better and enjoy your lessons. I look forward to meeting you and helping you reach your goals!

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West Nyack, NY 10994
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3 Reviews


  • Courtney T.

    I took lessons for years with Chris Merola. He taught me from the beginning. I thought I would never be able to remember to learn all the chords and strings, etc. I was pleasantly surprised. I am a folky love Joni Mitchell, and Bob Dylan. I live in Australia now. When I come home to visit family, I get a refresher class with Chris. He RULES!

  • SK Tarrytown,NY

    I came to guitar late. I had one never got around to learning how to play it. We had a flood in our basement and I came home to it floating right past me. Fast forward, my girlfriend got me an electric and a few lessons with Chris Merola. 2 years on, still going. I didn’t know a thing, now I play, might even get a band together!?

  • Noah Tahir

    when i was looking for a guitar teacher, finding a patient one was real important, i took lessons with chris, and i found him to be insanely patient. aside from his zen like patience he taught me how to play marquee moon by Television who knows who they are? It’s a long song lots of riffs and solos. We methodically got thru it, i don’t know. He has an incredible ear .He can hear a part of a song and just start playing it.i mean immediately!! Scary!! very scary. If you want to learn how to play guitar he’s your man!


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

I set up my class based on what the student wants to get from the guitar.I don't believe in cookie cutter lessons. Everyone is at a different point in their experience with music. I believe playing should be something you are pulled towards. That way learning guitar can be truly rewarding

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

I didn't graduate from music school, but I graduated from actually playing in bands that toured, played clubs, recorded albums. I lived and breathed it.

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

I charge 35 half hour lesson.

$70 full hour

Depending on distance I might add $4-5 

How did you get started teaching?

I started teaching out of necessity. The singer in one the groups I was playing in, wanted to play when singing, and I volunteered, and the rest is..well years of teaching others!

What types of students have you worked with?

I have taught children, teenagers, college, young adults, and adults re-picking up guitar, or looking for a challenge later on.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I taught a girl guitar many years ago, and came across her CD in a store recently. She had a record deal, and I felt like I truly had a hand in that even thou it was her hard work, I helped her at the beginning, I was pretty darn happy for her.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

My advice would be to look for a teacher who is interested in you. What YOU want from the guitar. Check their references, and have a sense of where they came from and do.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Students should think about their expectations, and what they want from guitar, and what they hope to find in their teacher.