Chris Conly Guitar Studio NYC

I’m Chris Conly, and I’m here to ask you:

Are you frustrated by musical mystery?

Do you seek musical mastery?

As a teacher, I’ve been advocating for my own brand of “musical individualism” here in New York City for over a decade.

I founded my private teaching studio on the idea that individual self-expression is a core human pursuit.

I’ve always been frustrated that even our best educational systems simply teach us how to color between the lines.

And so, I implore you not to let the world make you sound like everybody else.

Embrace your own creative curiosities, and unlock your latent musician within.

Or as I say, master your musical passion!


My method is student-focused.

I offer a compelling approach to learning from scratch, or improving your existing musical skills.

I work with adults of all levels.

My song-based approach gets you playing on a functional level, so you can set your sights on more expressive pursuits.

I work with you individually to quickly discover your motivations, frustrations and goals, and outline a route to help you get there.

Regardless of your current skill level, I am a patient, enthusiastic and motivating teacher, with an empathetic understanding of how to help you achieve your own unique musical goals.

As a self-starter, I excel at discovering what you are after, and clarifying the best method of unlocking your path to achieve it.


My approach is student-trusted.

I pride myself on the diversity of notable students I’ve had the privilege to work with, across a wide spectrum of disciplines, and how they have prospered from my personalized methods.

I ensure each new student is welcomed in an unassuming and encouraging way. And that has become my hallmark as an educator.


Free 30m Trial Lesson

I offer all new students a free 30 minute Trial Lesson, so I can demonstrate my teaching methods, and answer your questions about pricing, scheduling, and expectations.

There is a one-time $1 registration fee to get your account setup.

Studying with a private teacher puts your trust in the hands of a professional.

I want to make sure you are curious, focused, dedicated, and willing to practice what I preach, before we start working together.

So let’s make sure we have a solid match before getting started.

Remote Learning!

Due to the overwhelming circumstances of the COVID-19 Pandemic, Video Lessons are now available for all Trial Lessons for new students, to accommodate for legal compliance of NY PAUSE, and to do the right thing for all of us.

Simply sign up for a Trial Lesson as usual.

I’ll follow up to set up a video connection, and we will meet virtually.

Pick an instrument, to book your Trial Lesson:

I offer weekly 60m private lessons on a variety of fretted string instruments:

Bluegrass, Country, Blues, Folk, Fingerstyle

Jazz, Rock, Blues, Slide, Country, Funk

Scruggs Style, Single String, Melodic Style, Chords + Backup, Pop, Jazz

Fiddle Tunes, Open Tunings, American Songbook, Backup + Ensemble Playing

CGDA Dixieland Jazz, GDAE Celtic

Re-Entrant Tuning, Hawaiian, Pop

Low G, Jazz, Pop, Folk, Celtic