Noya Mountain Music
Noya Mountain Music

Noya Mountain Music

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Introduction: Music is supposed to be fun and that’s where I connect with students - to work hard and enjoy it at the same time! Having taught for over 20 years, I have had a lot of experience custom tailoring lessons based on individual needs and I offer block discounts for regular students. I’ve been playing music my whole life. Picked up the mandolin at age 4 and haven't put it down since. I also play and teach banjo, guitar, bass, ukulele, fiddle, singing and songwriting. Having grown up in a family of musical educators, I learned how to teach all by ear, with no written materials whatsoever. I teach note-for-note, pick-stroke by pick-stroke, meticulously explaining everything as the student develops more and more proficiency to hear and understand the words and phrases that make up musical language and vocabulary. I have developed fun ways to inspire students to keep a regular practice schedule and develop the discipline to make steady progress towards short and long term goals. One skill that sets me apart is my ability to help students unlock their own creativity and write their first songs and instrumental compositions. I love roots music, but I have also spent many years working in hip-hop and managed a recording studio and record label near Washington DC and serving many local urban artists focused on pop, r&b, and dance music. I believe it can be important to have a well rounded view of so many global musics to understand how they can all inform each other in good ways. I may be the only person In the world who has played for Bill Monroe at the Grand Old Opry and also collaborated with Raekwon from the Wu-Tang Clan. My main instrument in my late teens was drums in a punk rock band and I also played a good bit of metal guitar. Lately I have been studying a lot of South America music with a focus on traditional Peruvian healing and medicine songs. I have been honored with IBMA award-nominations for Song of the Year, Mandolin Player of the Year, and Instrumental Album of the year. My bluegrass band, Christopher Henry and The Hardcore Grass headlined many US festivals coast to coast, and two month-long tours of Australia. For the last five years I have also been performing, recording, and collaborating with the legendary Peter Rowan including many memorable performances at MerleFest in Wilkesboro. I’ve played the Grand Old Opry, I’ve met so many of my heroes, I’ve checked off so much on my musical bucket list, it’s nice to be settled here in Charlotte and focused on being of service to the local community and contributing what I have to help other folks grow and develop their own natural creative abilities. I can teach in person at your place or mine in the greater Charlotte area. Travel fees are 1$/minute. I can also teach remotely via Skype/Face Time.

Hired 13 times

Serves Charlotte, NC

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24 years in business

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Dijah D.
Dec 21, 2023

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Hired on Thumbtack

Working with Chris was easy. He’s focused on making sure you’re comfortable and getting your best work out there. I felt at home and his work is superb. No complaints. Will definitely be working with him in the future.

Details: Singing and instrumentals • Pop • Rock • R&B / Soul • Country • Alternative • 18 - 25 years old • 1 track • I'm flexible • Mastering • Mixing • Pre-production • Editing • Post-production

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Griffin j.
Feb 28, 2022

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Hired on Thumbtack

Only have had one lesson, but Chris was really attentive, perceptive and encouraging and I'm super excited to be working with him! Makes me feel like I'll be able to really shred soon, haha!

Details: 26 - 44 years old • 0 - 2 yrs of formal training • Yes, can read music staff • Acoustic • Country • Yes, the student has an instrument • 30 minutes • At the pro’s location • Remotely (phone or internet)

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James G.
Feb 21, 2019
Chris is an amazing teacher. He is just as gifted as a player, as he is at teaching. He’s been playing probably since he was old enough to hold an instrument. He comes from a family of extremely talented musicians, all of which are deeply immersed into the bluegrass scene. He truly is a master of his craft. Seeing and hearing him play music that I love, so well, inspired me to take up mandolin lessons from him. When Chris lived in VA (about 25 minutes from me), I saw him weekly for lessons. I love the focus on learning “by ear”, how to pick out/play a tune. I also really like the fact, that while he teaches me songs we discuss in depth what is happening on a theoretical level in a manner that’s easy for me to grasp. He’s given me tools and a skill set to start putting together my own melodic contributions over a chord progression, which for me is money in the bank as I’d like to sit down with a group of people playing and be able to pick along. I can say without a doubt that in the 9 months that he lived nearby, that I’ve learned more from him that any other teacher I’ve ever worked with. It definitely helped to follow his suggestions on what and how to practice on a daily basis. I try to make myself available when he’s in town for lessons. I’ve continued my practice, even after his move. The results have been pretty obvious to me. What at one time seemed difficult and strange to my hands and fingers, is now is starting to feel a little more natural. I’m starting to hear our theory discussions jump out at me, when listening to others play (even in other musical genres). I play/practice on my daily train ride home. I’ve had several strangers approach me (probably 5-6 times) and thank me for playing! Funny since I’ve only been at it about a year. It’s definitely been a confidence booster and inspiration to keep on keeping on. Heck, I may even consider guitar lessons from Chris next (he does Skype & video lessons too!).
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Dianne P.
Nov 1, 2020
I was an early adopter of Christopher’s approach and it just rang true every time I applied it. His lessons just keep getting better. He helps students truly believe they can do it because his faith in them is so unwavering. That’s what he did for me.
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Laura l.
Feb 21, 2019
Christopher is a knowledgeable, patient teacher who cares about his students. I have studied with him through his teaching videos, and also one-on-one through private lessons. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to each lesson, and seemed to intuitively know how to taper each lesson to my individual needs. I can read both notation and tab, but using his learn-by-ear method expanded the way I hear and memorize music. I would highly recommended Christopher, a gifted teacher and musician!
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