Chris Rupp has been a music instructor for more than 18 years and has taught more than 30,000 lessons.
Berklee College of Music Graduate with a B.M. degree
Chris Rupp began his music studies at the age of 16. He studied guitar underJames Trostle in Lancaster for three years. He then decided to continue his music studies at the Berklee College of Music where he received a Bachelor of Music degree. While at Berklee, he studied with such guitar greats as John Finn, Jim Kelly, and David Newsam . His course studies included advance theory, harmony, arranging, ear training, music production and engineering, and songwriting. Upon graduating college he taught private guitar lessons for four years while pursuing a professional management career in retail. Over the years, he has performed and honed his musical skills in local and regional acts. Currently, Chris is has been teaching music full-time for the last 17 years. Also, he is the author of 3 guitar instructional DVDs sold worldwide (currently not for sale) and published his first guitar instructional book. He feels comfortable teaching his students a wide variety of styles; blues, pop, Christian, rock, metal, jazz, funk, and alternative. Mr. Rupp believes in designing every student's lessons to bring out that student's full potential along with having fun with music.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:
Your lesson plan will be tailor made for what you are interested in learning. I can teach you from books or you can create your own path by choosing things you need to improve upon. Below is a list of some things we teach our students.
scales: major, minor, modes, advanced scales, pentatonic scales, chord tones, arpeggios
music theory: understanding scales and how to use them to figure out your diatonic chords, improvise, write a melody, harmonize, etc.
sight reading: learning how to read music on the staff really helps you understand the vocabulary of music along with giving you the ability to read a piece of music
reading tablature: learn how to read guitar tablature and understand all of the symbols
rhythm studies: understanding how to strum properly and read rhythms
improvisation: learn how to solo like your favorite guitar players and create your own solos
chords: learning your open chords, barre chords, triads, seventh chords, other advanced chords.
songs: learn the songs you want to play
songwriting: work on the craft of songwriting. study songwriting techniques and then apply them to your own music.
your choice: you can choose what you want to learn. you don't have to just learn the above topics. you can create your own areas of study so you get the most out of your lessons for your particular needs.
Chris just released an online guitar course on Udemy and Skillshare. Click the images below to check out the course.
I recently purchased Band in a Box. I can now make custom great sounding backing tracks for my students to play over. I can also provide the charts for the backing tracks/ jam tracks. This will greatly help my students with improvisation and music theory because they can write their own chord progressions. Below is an example.
WHAT IS CHRIS RUPP LOOKING FOR IN STUDENTS:
Chris is currently looking for beginner through intermediate students. I am an advanced player but I like working with beginner and intermediate guitar players where I think I can make the most difference in their playing and musical ability.
Students within the age range of 9-100
Students that have a good attitude and are willing to learn and practice.
Homeschoolers: I think our online guitar lessons would be a great addition to any homeschoolers curriculum
Retirees: If you're retired and looking for a hobby webcam guitar lessons can be a great way to add something new to your life without having to leave your home.
Chris Rupp's missed lesson policy:
You will be charged for all missed lessons the full fee. There is no reduction in monthly tuition due to missed lessons if you are a Weekly Lesson Plan student. Monthly tuition is not refundable. Missed lessons are not refunded or credited to the student’s account. To qualify for a make-up lesson the student must provide at least 24 hour notice. Make-up lessons are subject to the availability of my schedule. Make-up lessons are not guaranteed. It is the responsibility of the parent or the student to make scheduling arrangements to make up the missed lesson within 14 days of the missed lesson if you're a Weekly Lesson Plan student. If you purchased your lessons in a Lesson Pack you have the full 90 days from the date of purchase to re-schedule your make up lesson.
There are no make-ups for make-ups. There is no re-scheduling of make-ups. If you miss
or cancel a make-up lesson it will not be made up.
Below are guitar method books that I usually use for my lessons. Not every student works from these books. Some students prefer not to work from any book.
EDUCATION / AWARDS / ACHIEVMENTS
-B.M. (Bachelors of Music) degree - major in professional music from Berklee College of Music
-author of 3 guitar instructional DVDs
-author of 1 guitar instructional book
-awarded the 2015 #1 Best Guitar Theory Instructor in San Antonio, Texas on Thumbtack