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
After years of research and working with other directors of the most successful guitar programs in the country, I’ve come upon what is without a doubt the best system for learning the guitar that there is. Call it a “Guitar Gym.”
How it works:
There is a breakdown in the traditional “private lesson only” format of guitar lessons. To put it quite simply, it just takes a longer time to get the results you deserve with only a traditional "lesson." Enter the Guitar Gym…
Most of the skills needed to be a good guitar player are best learned in a small-group class setting. The various topics and raw materials that you need are ,to put it quite simply, what everyone needs. Things like technique, rhythm guitar, music theory, and yes SONGS, are all best learned in a class because the materials and instructions are essentially the same for everyone, regardless of skill level or experience. (Note: “Beginners”are in the same type of classes as ‘intermediate” players, but in separate actual class times so that people of the same basic levels are working together). But all in all, the results are outstanding.
“Private one on one lessons” are also necessary. The purpose of a private lesson is to solve problems and get individual attention to “student-specific” challenges and clarification. Things like songs and theory etc. simply take a very long time to achieve in private lessons.
I have designed and developed an array of classes that address all of the components of what players typically want to learn. These are based on what YOU have asked for. There are always new ones coming
Like a fitness gym, you have a variety of membership options to fit your goals and lifestyle
With this membership,
Student will receive:
With this membership,
Student will receive:
This is the top-shelf membership option! Highly Recommended.
In addition to FastTrack benefits, Platinum students will receive:
These classes and courses are what sets the Guitar Gym apart and catapults your progress
This class addresses everything technique. You will learn systems to build the raw skills you need to achieve your goals, no matter what they are. Your accuracy, dexterity, strength and speed, left and right-hand optimization, effortless guitar playing strategies, skills-specific daily drills and warmups and so much more will all be addressed. All styles of music, all skill levels.
Anyone interested in playing rock guitar can pick up in this well-paced, comprehensive class and get started right away. Beginning concepts include rock theory, technique, power chords, rhythm guitar and licks. Intermediate concepts include harmony, scales and modes. Advanced techniques include pentatonic extensions, arpeggios, legato, speed, intervals, tapping, and bending. Whether you are just starting to learn or an advanced player looking to improve your playing, this is the class for you
Practicing correctly, effectively and efficiently is THE KEY to success at any level on the guitar. 90% of all the time you ever play the guitar, even as a professional, is spent practicing. In this class we’ll dive deep into the elements of a perfect practice routine. The elements of available time, skill levels, determining the items you need to focus on and ones you can put on hold, when and where to practice, and how to construct your own practice schedule.
If you want to learn songs, this is the way! With the new ASCM classes, you will learn tons more songs than you ever could in private lessons. Each month there will be many classes dedicated solely to learning songs the correct way, studying the artists that created them and increasing your song repertoire.
This ongoing class WILL change your experience and journey to seeing the big picture and to literally transform your playing. Knowledge of Theory and how to apply it (not just reading it in a book or doing a stodgy "assignment”), in addition to training your musical ear, is a necessary component. By knowing it, hearing it and thus being able to action it and actually use it, is a giant hub of the wheel. It is THE #1 skill that 90% of guitar players don't have, or don't use.
This class is so needed by everyone that it has been requested. Rhythm is an essential component of music. It is an essential component of life. Chord changing, strumming and syncopation problems plague many guitarists. Not anymore. This class will encompass all things rhythm and will catapult your playing and improve every single aspect of it. All styles, all skill levels.
Anyone interested in playing acoustic guitar can pick up in this well-paced, comprehensive class and get started right away. Beginning concepts include technique, improv, chords, picking and arranging. Intermediate concepts include alternate tunings, scales, positions, and styles like funk, Gypsy, Celtic, bluegrass and more. Advanced concepts include muting, tapping, slap harmonics. If you are just starting to learn or looking to improve your playing, this is the class for you.
In this class we will explore a variety of improvisational concepts and techniques, backed up with fingering patterns, exercises, lick examples, and complete solo ideas. We will work in many styles including rock, blues, jazz, country and many more. We will work on amp/effects/guitar tones as well, giving you suggestions to get the right sounds for the styles that you are learning. Many audio examples will be included.
In this class we will explore all the main concepts necessary for crafting well-balanced rhythmic and melodic phrases to help you express yourself on the guitar, just as you do when you speak. We also examine how these phrases are put together to form cohesive solos. Many styles are covered – rock, blues, jazz, fusion, country, ethnic, funk, and more – and all of the concepts will be backed up with musical examples.
If you want to play fingerstyle or want to enhance your knowledge, you can pick up in this well-paced class and get started right away. Beginning concepts include theory, modes, drop tuning, bass lines and more. Intermediate concepts include alternate tunings, patterns, barre chords, bass lines and arranging. Advanced techniques include free and rest stroke, shifting, tremolo, planting, tapping. If you are just starting to learn or looking to improve your playing, this is the class for you.
“It has been a great experience for Kailen. He is progressing very well after only a few months and he really enjoys his lesson time. It is great to have a format that allows us the flexibility to work with my work schedule. I have already referred people to you.”
~Nickole Kinne, Parent
“I rate my experience a 10/10 because Chris has bent over backwards to help me achieve my goals. The quality of the lessons is great, and I continue to get the material that I feel is taking me in the right direction.”
~Dan Schroder, Student
“We are having an excellent experience. Ben is excited about learning and cannot wait until his next lesson. Scheduling is awesome and flexible and really works for us. Your enthusiasm and excitement is contagious. We love it.”
~ Chad and Patty D’Angelo, Parents