Chris has been teaching and tutoring since the 1970s, and enjoys teaching students of all ages, styles and abilities. He can provide expert formal training for serious classical guitarists covering technique, repertoire, theory and history. He has coached many aspiring musicians through successful music-school auditions. He also loves to teach beginners and casual players in whatever style they wish to learn. His students have ranged in age from six-year-old children to 90-year-old retirees!
"I don't insist that my non-classical students learn to read traditional music notation," Chris says, "but I do teach them to read chord charts, understand scales and chord progressions, and give them some basic fretboard knowledge. Musical knowledge is key to becoming a better musician -- in any style -- and these principles can be learned without being an expert sight reader. There's more to playing music than wiggling your fingers, and the broader principles of music are always a feature of my lessons."