About Chris

Hi there, I’m Chris Morton. I’m a musician and guitar teacher specialising in Alternative/Indie and Folk styles. I’ve been teaching since 2014, and playing guitar since 2001.

I have researched many methods of music teaching to develop my own approach for guitar tuition.

My main aim is to break down complex skills down into smaller sub-components, that regular people can understand.

I like to make my lessons practical, with achievable tasks that can be applied into daily practice. Knowledge is useless, unless it’s applied.

I believe a key part to success in learning an instrument is choosing the right songs. A song that the student connects with, will always be a better choice than a pre-made ‘cookie-cutter’ syllabus.

I love to hear what people enjoy listening to, and always aim to use your tastes as a guide for the music we work on. The learning process is a constant experiment, and new styles can be explored along the way.

As well as song-based learning, I encourage students to be creative with the sounds they make. Even if you’re not aiming to record an album, it’s still fun & rewarding to make your own music.

My story:

I grew up in South Yorkshire where I became surgically attached to the guitar aged 11. At age 13, I played my first live show at The Boardwalk, Sheffield.

Fast forward to 2019, and I work full-time as a Guitar Teacher, alongside recording & performing with my current band Team Picture, a 6-piece Alternative/Post-Punk group based in Leeds. I’m also the tutor for schools in Leeds, and have students who learn with me via Skype.

In 2017, I worked as a recording guitarist for ITV’s Girlfriends series, which aired in 2018.

Team Picture formed in 2016, and in 2017 received airplay from Radio 1, BBC Introducing, and multiple spins at BBC 6Music with support from Huw Stephens, Tom Robinson and Steve Lamacq. We’ve played support slots with the likes of Parquet Courts, Psychic Ills, The Orielles and Ulrika Spacek. More recently, Team Picture made it to the NME 100: Essential new artists for 2019.

Festival appearances include Bluedot Festival (along with Warpaint and the Pixies), the Wire-curated Drill Festival and Manchester’s Neighbourhood Festival.

To hear our latest releases check out the Team Picture Spotify page.

Specialist areas
  • Bespoke plan for your current ability & interests
  • Alternative/Indie
  • Folk fingerstyle
  • Ear training
  • Applied theory
  • Postural analysis and plan to correct
  • Stage nerves & preparing to perform
  • BA (Hons) Popular Music Studies
  • London College of Music Grade 8 Electric Guitar
  • ABRSM Grade 5 Music Theory
  • Child Protection in Education (Music) – EduCare

Audio samples


Photos from a Strokes covers gig:

Learn to Play Day 2014 at Dawsons Music

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Chris with his first “guitar”