Don Alder

Don Alder is one of the top acoustic guitarists in the world, and one of Canada’s premiere harp guitarists. His unique style and energetic performances have been called intense, passionate and awe-inspiring. He can make a single instrument sound like a four-piece band. Don Alder winner of the 2011 Guitar Idol, 2010 Guitar Superstar, and the 2007 International finger style championships makes you believe he’s all about playing guitar, however, Alder plays music and sings in the key of social responsibility and uses his guitar to inspire a new generation of guitarists to do the same by having a positive impact in their community.

From 1985-87 Alder put his music career on hold to help his friend Rick Hansen go around the world in a wheelchair. Upon returning Don continued his journey as a volunteer working with various wheelchair sport organizations, the Vancouver Adapted Music Society in the awareness band Spinal Cord and then representing Canada at the 1996 and 2000 Paralympics as the Equipment Manager/Tech for the Canadian Paralympic Team.

He has over 2 million views on YouTube, has been featured in the major acoustic guitar magazines and has performed around the world including TED-X, Montreal Jazz Festival, All Star Guitar Night in Nashville and many others.

I am Richard, I work at Electronic Arts. I’ve been taking lessons with Chris Schulz at Horizon School of Music here at Electronic Arts for the last five or six years. I really value the lessons on a weekly basis because they allow me to come down and unwind a little bit unplug from the day-to-day hustle and bustle of work as well as Chris has gone above and beyond in helping me unlock my music writing skills…

Richard Pyra / Electronic Arts

Kris is the best music coach I’ve ever had. And I mean music, not just guitar; and coach, not just teacher...

In 10 years, Kris has taken me from “never touched a guitar” to improvising-and-composing, which is not anything I was expecting, at my age. Unlike any of my previous teachers, Kris tailors his lessons to what I want. Continually. So expect discussion. You want to shred? Memorize the entire works of Pink Floyd? Learn the blues? Get into flamenco or Travis picking? Do some recording? Just ask. And best of all, the emphasis is on FUN. Always.

If you are looking for inspiration beyond those YouTube guitar tutorials, look no further. You’ll get out what you put in - the harder you work, the more comes pouring out of this man!

Reena Meijer-Drees

I can say this honestly, Kris is the best teacher that I have ever had; period; in any subject. There is always a goal to achieve and a way to get there. Kris’ musical knowledge is vast, much more than just the guitar and he never stops obtaining more skill and knowledge. The Kris that gave me lessons years ago, is not the same Kris I am getting lessons from now.

No matter what Kris has planned, he is willing to set it all aside when I come in and say, “I’ve been writing this song and I need a little help.” He understands that when inspiration hits, everything else can wait until that new song is done. I have 2 albums out and 1 being worked on now. Kris has touched every song.

Chet Kemp

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