About Chris

Leeds Guitar Lessons

I’m Chris Morton, and I’m a musician and guitar teacher.

I’ve been teaching since 2014, and playing guitar since 2001.

Three ways I can help you.

Learn to play your favourite songs

Create your own music

Develop your ears, while learning the fretboard

My teaching philosophy

  1. Learning should be practical, with achievable, actionable tasks. Learn all the theory you need, but none of what you don’t. Knowledge is useless, unless it’s applied.
  2. Learn the music you love to build your skills. Simplify songs if you need to. Learn from your favourite artists own heroes. Record yourself often, and make small improvements over time.
  3. Improvise, create, and collaborate. Even if you’re not aiming to record an album, it’s still fun & rewarding to make your own music. Play with feeling & emotion.

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. As well as song-based learning, I encourage students to be creative with the sounds they make.

Specialist areas

  • Bespoke plan for your current ability & interests
  • Rock, Alternative/Indie
  • Folk fingerpicking
  • Ear training
  • Applied theory
  • Stage nerves & preparing to perform

What you can learn:

Rock

Pink Floyd
Rolling Stones
The Beatles
The Kinks
T. Rex
Cream
Led Zeppelin
The Doors
David Bowie

Alternative & Post-Punk

The Cure
Pixies
Radiohead
The Smiths
Joy Division
The Stooges
Patti Smith
The Clash
Talking Heads

I also love to teach student’s requests, and I’m always happy to make professional looking TABs or walk-through videos!


My Story

My first ‘guitar’

I grew up in South Yorkshire where I became surgically attached to the guitar aged 11. My first guitar was a little nylon string my dad found at a car boot sale. Taking lessons from a local guitar player, I formed a rock band with three friends, and started practicing wherever we could. Living rooms, garages, the school science room…

At age 14, we played our first live show at The Boardwalk, Sheffield. We recorded some scrappy home demos. We sold iron-on T-Shirts at gigs. The music was rubbish, but it didn’t matter.

First gig at The Boardwalk, 2004

The second band I was in gained a small, local following. The project got a little more attention – bigger venues, a manager, and some radio play. After a few years, half the band moved to Brighton, and as you can imagine, it didn’t work out.

2008-2011

Music college. Quickly growing tired of seeing bands all playing the same funk & soul covers, I wrote more music, joined another band, and started playing with synthesizers.

2011 – Today

In 2011, I graduated with a degree in Popular Music Studies, which finally enabled me to get a job… making pizza at Dominos. Then selling computers. Then selling phones.

Three years later, and I’d had enough of working in retail. Teaching guitar offered something more fulfilling. The first few students didn’t stick around for long. I was nervous, and felt like a fraud.

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Learn to Play Day 2014 at Dawsons Music

I started doing research on music teaching methods, and music psychology. Learning and improving as I went along, I developed my own approaches for teaching guitar. Students were actually getting better, and it felt good to make a difference in people’s lives.

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

Which brings us to 2019. I work full-time as a Guitar Teacher, alongside recording & performing with my current project Team Picture. I’m also the tutor for schools in Leeds, and have students who learn with me via Skype.

Team Picture is a 6-piece Alternative/Post-Punk group based in Leeds. We formed in 2016, and in 2017 had airplay from BBC6Music, BBC Introducing, and Radio 1. Support came from Huw Stephens, Tom Robinson and Steve Lamacq.

Team Picture at Brudenell Social Club

We’ve played support slots with the likes of Parquet Courts, Psychic Ills, The Orielles and Ulrika Spacek. Festival appearances include Bluedot Festival, Liverpool Sound City, and Live At Leeds. More recently, Team Picture were featured in the NME 100: Essential new artists for 2019.

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


Qualifications

  • 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

The Strokes covers gig