My name is Chris Cotter, and I will work with you as your teacher, trainer, coach, and mentor to design a program for you that is based on your needs, goals, and providing you with the best solutions available. Guitar Lessons are not a "One Size Fits All" product ...You are unique and you need, and deserve, a guitar lesson program that is as unique as you are.
Have you ever felt overwhelmed trying to learn guitar?
I know exactly how this feels. You are not alone. I will provide you with the support you need, every step of the way through your guitar lessons.
You will overcome this feeling of being overwhelmed so you can be free to enjoy playing the guitar. You will experience an innovative learning environment dedicated to integrating everything you learn - all in one program...Your Program.
You will never be alone or left to wonder what to do next. I will be there every step of the way to ensure that you have everything you need to get the most from your guitar education program.
Have you ever been frustrated with your rate of progress on the guitar?
What I've found, is that the key to making progress on the guitar is to enjoy the process of learning. This means knowing what to do, when to do it, and how to apply and use what you learn.
Most times, teachers will tell you to simply "practice this" or "practice more", and this is often what causes frustration in the first place, especially if you are just starting out or are currently stuck not really knowing what to do next. But learning the guitar is not about quantity of practice or information, it is about quality.
I will teach you the concepts and skills you need to reach your goals and how to work efficiently to maximize your progress and increase your enjoyment of the learning process.
Have you tried guitar lessons in the past and been disappointed?
I have been there myself. And I have found that the reason you are disappointed is that most traditional guitar lessons are delivered in a "One Size Fits All" or "Cookie-Cutter" fashion. That is, each student is given the same material to be studied in a "method" that proceeds in a linear fashion from one concept to the next.
However, the traditional music lesson setting is not always the most effective way to get good results for the guitar student. Why? Because it doesn't focus on YOU, the student.
To get the results you deserve, you need a lesson program that is custom-designed for you. I will work with you to ensure that your lesson program is as unique as you are.
"Without Chris Cotter's Guitar Lessons in Jamestown , my guitar playing would be what it was before we began: Boring. Because of Chris' teachings, I can call myself a "smart" guitar player. I feel more versatile and effective in all scenarios. Chris helped me to develop not just a knowledge of the guitar, but a better understanding of music in general. All in all, Chris Cotter just gave me a voice. I know what I sound like, and I know how to make those sounds possible, all thanks to our lessons together."
~ Caelan Register - private guitar and ensemble student
“Chris Cotter is the only teacher that has given me the tools it takes to succeed at not only playing the guitar but in all of areas of learning; some that I asked for and some that I didn’t even know I needed. Chris has a vision for each of his students that surpasses their own goals and drives them toward a greater goal; personal progress. His lessons hit hard in areas much more valuable than musical ability: commitment and discipline that expands creative minds. My guitar guru is Chris Cotter, he has inspired me to take on the methods I’ve learned with him in his lessons in my everyday life.”
~ Hayley Restivo
Private Guitar and Group Class/Ensemble Student 2012-2014
Recording artist, film composer, vocalist, and lyricist
Every guitar player has to answer an innumerable amount of questions throughout their career. First of all, do they want a career? What are their goals? Where do they want to be down the road? The biggest move they can make as musicians is to find a teacher. You need someone who has experience, someone who’s done what you want to do. You need someone who’s been taught how to play and, perhaps more importantly, how to teach. Someone who knows what you need even when you don’t know. I found all of these things with Chris Cotter. Chris knows how to find what his students need, and he knows how to teach them. Chris is a teacher with experience. And, not only as a teacher who took my playing and understanding of music to incredible new levels. I have a lot of things to thank him for. The most important thing Chris taught me was how playing music and living your life are inseparable from one another.
~ Joshua Reuter, Student
"Taking lessons from Chris Cotter was one of the best decisions I have ever made. Without Chris, I can honestly say that I probably would have quit music all together. 3 years ago I never would have thought that I had the potential to be what I am today: a top musician and lead guitarist in a pro rock and roll band. So here's a shout out to my inspiring teacher Chris, who taught me not only how to understand the guitar, but also to not give up on myself just because of a frustrating riff. He taught me that I have the potential to be exactly what I want to be. You don't need luck and you don't need talent. You just need to want it and put forth the effort. So thank you, Chris, for teaching me that valuable lesson.
~ Ana Pellerito, Student