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I offer lessons in:

  • Rock Bass
  • Acoustic Guitar
  • Jazz Guitar
  • Electric / Rock Guitar
  • Harmonica
  • Improvisation
  • Instrumental Coaching
  • Basic Music Theory
  • Intermediate Music Theory
  • Beginning Piano
  • Songwriting
  • Ukulele
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    Christian MendellOffering private lessons in
    South OC Trabuco Canyon, California
    About MeContact MeBlog
    Hello Learning Musician and potential student,

    I teach children and adults to express themselves and create music through...
    Blues Harmonica, Guitar, Ukulele and a variety of other stringed instruments.

    I am an instructor with California Music Studios and this is my moonlighting page where you can contact me directly.
    Chris Mendell
    My philosophy..


    This is for you...

    The BEGINNERS-who are a little nervous about choosing the right instructor

    The PARENTS-who want to make sure their child will 'have fun' and 'stick with it'

    The INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED player who wants to take their playing to the next level and build there arsenal of skills
    ( solos, riffs,bends,licks, playing chords up the neck, writing songs, music theory, transposing)

    The FAMILY-who wants to do group lessons or start a band

    A Brief History-
    I've been playing SINCE 1989 , toured with a production company, had countless lessons with good and bad instructors, played with local rock bands,arranged the music for Shakespeare "as you like it" in college and trained in classical guitar and piano in New York until my professor suggested I make the move to California.

    In California, I studied songwriting and percussion at Calvary Chapel School of Worship as well as blues guitar at Saddleback. I am currently studying progressive rock, jazz, and old world music.

    Family band -
    In my hometown of Rochester NY, the whole family gets together on Sunday to cook, eat and play some kind of instrument as we improvise songs . It has allowed me to spent alot of time teaching music to my brothers, nephews, neices, and my father, plus writing songs 'on the fly' so we could all jam regardless of age or experience. I would highly recommend taking group lessons if it's possible.

    I love to teach all ages and I have a few more lesson slots open for those who want to take advantage of the opportunity.

    Many happy students and references available upon request!

    CURRENT RATES-(depending on student location)

    My Home Studio-MONTHLY
    30 min- 95
    45 min- 150
    60 min- 185

    Students house- (within ten miles of Trabuco Canyon)
    30 min- 135
    45 min- 175
    60 min- 195

    Ala carte lessons also available upon request!

    (ask about group rate!)

    Call anytime for details...


    Hope to hear from you soon,
    Christian Mendell

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