Chris Haugen

Guitar, Lap Steel, Ukulele, Weissenborn

Chris Haugen is a nationally recognized guitarist and multi-instrumentalist. With years of experience recording and performing popular and folk styles, Chris helps beginner to advanced guitarists build skills on guitar, slide guitar, lap steel, Weissenborn, and more.

As a teacher, Chris encourages students to learn the music they want to play. “Music is a lifetime of learning and enjoyment, self-expression, and imagination,” he says. “It’s jamming with friends, time to unwind, and beach bonfires.” Chris is equally at home working with both acoustic and electric guitar students.

Chris’s music and teaching practice draws deeply on thirty years of yoga practice and surfing in Northern California. A personal highlight is having accompanied surf legend and yogi Gerry Lopez at his yin yoga class at Wanderlust.

Chris’s long list of collaborations and performances includes artists JJ Cale, Taj Mahal, Derek Trucks, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Charlie Musselwhite, Les Claypool, String Cheese Incident, Darol Anger, and many more. He collaborated with actor Sean Penn on the music for the film Into the Wild. Chris released his newest album, First Light, in June 2022.

Specialties: Slide guitar, surf guitar

Levels: Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced

Ages: 5+ (case by case) and adults

Rates: $55 for 30 min, $65 for 45 min, $75 for one hour

Availability: Tuesdays and Wednesdays

Online/In-Person: In-person


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