|Greetings. Perhaps you've gotten a few lessons from a friend who is a pretty good player or you've tried your hand at studying with one of the folks on Craigslist who charge $5/hour. You could be somebody who is getting back into playing after a lapse or perhaps you're already a pro or semi-pro guitarist who has "hit a wall" and just needs a couple of lessons to take your playing out of a rut. If any of these situations apply to you, or better yet if you are brand new to playing guitar, take your music seriously and consider taking some lessons from an experienced professional.
My name is Kris Brown and I have been teaching music lessons for 17 years. I have a Bachelor's of Music in Jazz Guitar from the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. I have toured the world, the country, and held down local gigs 5 nights a week at different points in my career. I have played in the bands of Cyril Neville, Charlie Robison, Reggie Calloway (Midnight Star), Patrice Pike, Shelley King, and LZ Love. I have produced tracks for Ruthie Foster and reggae legend General Smiley. A partial discography of my over 50 album credits can be viewed on my Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/#!/note.php?note_id=494606284664. I have taught at about 10 different music schools including the National Guitar Workshop and can provide solid references upon request. Most importantly, I happen to love helping folks get their skills together to have more fun with music in their life! I work with all styles including rock, jazz, bluegrass, soul/funk, delta blues, reggae, country, avant garde, folk, etc.
Some other archetypes of students that I welcome follow:
Slide students - I play Dobro and non pedal steel (C6).
I like students who are songwriters first and want to improve their technique within the songwriting context.
I am very good with folks who have chops issues as in tendinitis. I used to have acute tendinitis and now play all day, including lots of piano and upright bass.
Folks who are good players but have hit a wall.
Pro rock players who want to learn how to play jazz.
Young students preparing for college music auditions.
Folks who play other instruments and want to learn improvisation skills.
Folks who want to teach themselves ear training or how to read music.
Thanks to anybody who is still reading. I know it's long, but I am very serious about this and really want to explain to you why you may want to study with me in a city with hundreds of guitar teachers.
I have a massive library of references including hundreds of songs and lessons written out and in hanging files. I usually balance out my "ready made" lessons with custom things for each student. I can teach you gravity with a guitar pick or a bowling ball and I can teach you music theory through Metallica or George Strait and the elements of music (and the guitar for that matter) are similarly analogous. I have a studio in my house near I-35 and Riverside and have a few spots available. My rates are $40/hour or a block of 4 lessons for $130. Thanks for reading and please respond if interested.