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From some poor experiences in music education in my youth, I came to believe I was tone deaf and arrhythmic, and that really engaging with music was for other people. Kris showed me how wrong that was. With his training and encouragement learning guitar I’ve expanded my scope to 4 other instruments and song writing.Kris’ teaching style is unlike any other. He teaches me everything I need to know but in terms of songs or styles that interest me most; which keeps me incredibly engaged. Practicing is not an issue since I often drive my lessons. Even more importantly Kris’ support of my development occurs whether or not I’ve been doing my homework. He comes to every lesson prepared to help me be the most musical version of myself.
Though I always wanted to learn how to play the guitar, I didn’t think I had it ‘in me’ as I didn’t grow up in a musical family. When I saw that EA had guitar lessons onsite, I figured ‘why not?’ and booked a lesson – I’m so happy I did; I’ve been taking guitar lessons every week since. Kris is an amazing teacher, he adapts to his students’ learning styles based on their preferences and needs. He is encouraging, enthusiastic and I’ve never asked a question about music, that he didn’t know the answer too (and I ask a lot of questions). I have learned so much over the last couple of years, and perhaps most importantly, I learned that people who have never picked up an instrument before – can, in fact, learn to play, and even understand music in new and amazing ways.
I can say this honestly, Kris is the best teacher that I have ever had; period; in any subject. There is always a goal to achieve and a way to get there. Kris’ musical knowledge is vast, much more than just the guitar and he never stops obtaining more skill and knowledge. The Kris that gave me lessons years ago, is not the same Kris I am getting lessons from now. No matter what Kris has planned, he is willing to set it all aside when I come in and say, “I’ve been writing this song and I need a little help.” He understands that when inspiration hits, everything else can wait until that new song is done. I have 2 albums out and 1 being worked on now. Kris has touched every song.
Kris is the best music coach I’ve ever had. And I mean music, not just guitar; and coach, not just teacher.Music has been a part of my life since I started on recorder at age 6. I’m now - ahem - over 50. I’ve had serious lessons on all manner of woodwind instruments, and took a minor in classical music at university. So I’ve had a LOT of instruction.In 10 years, Kris has taken me from “never touched a guitar” to improvising-and-composing, which is not anything I was expecting, at my age. Unlike any of my previous teachers, Kris tailors his lessons to what I want. Continually. So expect discussion. You want to shred? Memorize the entire works of Pink Floyd? Learn the blues? Get into flamenco or Travis picking? Do some recording? Just ask. And best of all, the emphasis is on FUN. Always.If you are looking for inspiration beyond those YouTube guitar tutorials, look no further. You’ll get out what you put in - the harder you work, the more comes pouring out of this man!