"Chris was highly qualified, having both a bachelors and a masters in music, and as such, he was more than able to garner even my obsessive interest with the instrument. By the time I ended my time studying with Chris, he had helped prepare me for college auditions in classical guitar performance."- Jeff Adams, former student, professional musician.
Mr. Mattingly is the featured guitarist with the Bluegrass Area Jazz Ambassadors (BAJA) big band. With this band Mr. Mattingly has recorded two albums and has performed on stage with the likes of Jeff Coffin (Bela Fleck and the Flecktones), Laura Bell Bundy and most recently with grammy award winning saxophonist Bob Mintzer and trombone virtuoso John Fedchock.
Mr. Mattingly is a graduate of Western Kentucky University (B.A. 1996) and the University of Kentucky School of Music with an M.A. in music composition in 2001. He has been an active performer and full time teacher in the Central Kentucky area since 1996. He has taught thousands of guitar lessons for groups and private students to countless pupils over the years.
Mr. Mattingly has 20+ years of full time teaching experience in classical, jazz, rock, country and all other styles. He loves working with younger players, but also has much to teach adult students. Mr. Mattingly emphasizes note reading, melodic improvisation and technique with his students. As one of his former students put it,
Mr. Mattingly is a member of The Rounders a singer/songwriter trio with long time friends Josh Stitzer on bass and guitarist Robby Humphries. The Rounders perform locally two or three times a season playing all original songs in a variety of styles.
Chris with students at Lexington Music Education.
Faculty member Chris Mattingly- Guitar, bass, mandolin, banjo, music theory