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Chris Harrington

Chris Harrington

Location: Essex, England
Date of Birth: 01.02.1984
Been playing guitar since: 1998

I have lived my whole life in the South of England just a short train ride from central London so the music scene has always played a big part in my life, and my dad's great musical taste definitely steered me in the right direction. Despite this I didn't pick up my first instrument until I was 14 years old and very much found thing that was missing. I'd always been artistic growing up but never applied this to anything musical.

After playing guitar for 2 years I went to college and studied a BTEC National Diploma in Popular music and achieved grade 8 in Electric guitar and electric bass in my 2 years on the course. With my qualifications I began to teach locally and moved on to teach at a local music academy soon after. I teach full time around Essex at schools, music academies and privately in my studio & on Skype.

Blues and roots music has always been a mainstay in my playing but I enjoy the variety of styles/techniques I cover while teaching my students.

The other side of my work is composing for media, I regularly work on commissions from animation and design companies for all sorts of musical styles from orchestral scores to electronic sound design. Some clients of note are MTV, Selfridges & Pan Macmillan publishers.

All in all I love music and try to experience all aspects and all forms.

Playing and Influences
My biggest influence has and will always be Jimi Hendrix, his approach to the guitar was extremely expressive and he really did set the benchmark for future innovators to build from. A few other notable players are Jimmy Page, John McLaughlin, Derek Trucks, John Scofield, Pat Metheny, Nick Drake, Bert Jansch.

At GMC
I’m really happy to be able to share some of the things I've picked up over the years and for all GMC to join me on this bluesy journey.

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Chris Harrington's lessons (388,285 views)

Name Level Type Technique Category
Neo Soul Chords 6 of 10 Chords Chords Soul / RNB
Beginners Guide to Looping 3 of 10 Songwriting Chords Rock - Ballad
A Princely Etude 6 of 10 Chord melody Alternate Picking Jazz
Creative Looping 6 of 10 Songwriting Fingerpicking Soul / RNB
Hans Zimmer Style 3 of 10 Chord melody Phrasing Pop Rock
Lo-Fi Hip Hop Style 5 of 10 Chord melody Chords Soul / RNB
Spread Voicings Etude 6 of 10 Etude Fingerpicking Jazz
Pentatonic Harmonics 4 of 10 Solo Harmonics Ambient
Oh When The Saints - Traditional Spiritual 1 of 10 Solo Fingerpicking Traditional - spiritual
Tastes of Harmonic Major 7 of 10 Solo Phrasing Jazz - gypsy
New World Theme 1 of 10 Acoustic Fingerpicking Traditional - folk
Blues Turnarounds 4 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Rhythm - various Blues
Swing Low Sweet Chariot - Traditional Spiritual 1 of 10 Acoustic Fingerpicking Traditional - spiritual
Blues Endings 4 of 10 Solo Double Stops Blues
Quartal Harmony 5 of 10 Chord melody Chords Jazz
Etude No.2 - Rhythmic Diversity 6 of 10 Etude Fingerpicking Jazz - Fusion
Modern Blues Licks 7 of 10 Solo Phrasing Blues - Modern
Arpeggios from Nowhere - Tosin Abasi Style 6 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Fingerpicking Metal - Progressive
Etude No.1 - Melodic Independence 6 of 10 Chord melody Fingerpicking Jazz
La Pompe Rhythm - Django Reinhardt 3 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Strumming Jazz - gypsy
All of Django 6 of 10 Solo Alternate Picking Jazz - gypsy
30 Beginner Blues Licks 3 of 10 Solo Phrasing Blues
Melodic Core Phrase Building 6 of 10 Improvisation Phrasing Rock - Fusion
Hendrix Trills 6 of 10 Solo Legato (both hammer-ons and pull-offs) Rock - Blues
Playing in 10ths 3 of 10 Chord melody Chords Ambient
Sophisticated Blues 6 of 10 Solo Phrasing Blues - Modern
8 Bar Blues 4 of 10 Acoustic Fingerpicking Blues - Traditional
Inside Outside Phrasing 6 of 10 Solo Phrasing Rock - Fusion
Making Changes 4 of 10 Acoustic Phrasing Jazz - gypsy
30 Beginner Blues Riffs 3 of 10 101 spoken Rhythm - various Blues
Phrase Displacement Exercise 2 6 of 10 Improvisation Phrasing Rock - Fusion
Phrase Displacement Exercise 4 of 10 Improvisation Phrasing Blues
Beginner Slide Guitar 3 of 10 Solo Slide / Bottleneck Blues
Melodic Bluesy Phrasing 5 of 10 Solo Phrasing Blues - Modern
30 Blues Greats 6 of 10 Solo Phrasing Blues
Cray Fish Blues 5 of 10 Solo Phrasing Blues
Shuffle Hustle 7 of 10 Solo Phrasing Jazz - blues
Introduction to Travis Picking 3 of 10 Acoustic Fingerpicking Country
Big Bill Bluesy 5 of 10 Rhythm/Riffs Double Stops Blues
Sco Blues 6 of 10 Solo Phrasing Jazz - Fusion
Blue Shades of Lydian 6 of 10 Solo Phrasing Rock - Fusion
Blues Comping 6 of 10 Solo Double Stops Blues
King Albert's Blues 4 of 10 Solo Phrasing Blues
Back to the Delta 5 of 10 Acoustic Fingerpicking Blues
Bottleneck Blues 4 of 10 Solo Slide / Bottleneck Blues
Off Beat Boogie 6 of 10 Solo Fingerpicking Rock - Blues
B.B's Blues 4 of 10 Solo Phrasing Blues
Bendy Blues 6 of 10 Solo Bending Blues