Christopher was born in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1966. Hearing the music of Tchaikovsky at age 5, he responded by building a makeshift podium in his room and pretending to conduct. A year later, after getting a Monkees LP and the Mary Poppins soundtrack, he proceeded to make a guitar of sorts out of a yardstick, shoebox top, and some twine and rubber bands. These inventive beginnings have led to a life long career in music, and Christopher has been playing guitar for over 30 years now. In his teen years, Christopher started playing in cover bands doing material by The Ramones, Kiss, and Jimi Hendrix, and he soon branched out into jazz, blues, and other areas of rock. In his late 20s he stopped playing in bands regularly, to focus on serious composition.
The second part of the training system Guitar Tricks Core Learning System for absolute beginners. The course is completely redesigned in 2015. In this course, you will learn minor chords, get introduced to scales, and learn how to read music notation. Learning guitar is a lot of fun, and with the right lessons anyone can become a great guitar player. However, to be successful it's important to pick the right learning method and stay focused. We designed our Core Learning System to be a step-by-step system that keeps beginners on-track and having fun.
For those about to rock, Rock Style Level 1 is the place to start! Guitar Tricks rock experts have broken down everything for you, from rock's roots in blues music to modern theories and techniques like palm-muting and power chords. After taking you through the popular chords and rhythms, instructors will teach riffing techniques, creating powerful hooks, and finish with some insight on achieving serious rock tone from your gear.
In Blues Style Level 2 more advanced techniques are introduced, including new scales and the strategies to use them in the right way. Guitar Tricks Instructors will have you learning the methods of some blues legends, and will conclude with a six-string tour through all the essential blues regions.
So you think you've got the blues? Well you have come to the right place! Blues Style Level 1 is designed to cover everything an aspiring bluesman needs to know. To start off, you will learn the fundamentals of the blues, including the 12 bar form, blues chords and chord structure, the essential rhythms, and more.
Getting started learning guitar can be frustrating - real frustrating. At Guitar Tricks we have been teaching online guitar lessons for 12 years. So we know what works…and what doesn't. Our third generation guitar course - Guitar Fundamentals - will teach you everything you need to know from the ground up.
Henrik Linde is another of our superb Scandinavian guitar teachers here at Guitar Tricks who's also based in Los Angeles. His lessons on Motown style guitar give you a great view of what made that hit-making machine tick, and his Surf tutorial also shines a light on that style as well. Henrik offers a number of excellent popular song tutorials!
J.D. Jarrell is the real deal when it comes to country music. A mainstay of the Nashville studio scene for years, J.D. was even a member of Loretta Lynn's studio stable for 6 years. His catalog is brimming with lessons on country songs, string bending, bluegrass rhythm, hybrid picking, using the b-bender, double stops, boom-chick strumming, and much, much more!
In Jinx Jones's impressive musical career he has visited nearly every conceivable style and genre of the electric guitar. From his work with the R&B divas En Vogue to his own acclaimed rockabilly albums, to sharing the stage with guitar greats like Chuck Berry and Roy Buchanan.