Born on October 7, 1984 in Houston, TX, Christopher Letchford began playing music at the age of 8 on saxophone, later leading on to bass and then guitar by age 13.
Education: Chris has acquired over 6 years of private guitar lessons, which were followed by enrollment in the Musicians Institute located in Los Angeles, CA as a GIT guitar major and in the GCA program. While in GCA, he learned how to construct and build his own custom, handmade guitars. He has also attended Berklee College of Music and Houston Community College as a music major.
Clinician / Teacher / Books & DVD’s: Chris has been a teacher and clinician for the past 10 years as well as released many instructional books & DVD’s. He also has instructional videos up via his youtube channel HERE and via the bands Youtube channel HERE
Chris’ current instructional releases:
“CL’s Guitar Technique Book”
“Guide To Tapping”
“Guitar Technique 360˙”
“Guide To Setups and Maintenance for 6,7, & 8 String Guitar & Bass”
ALL Available Here
Session Player and Guest Musician: Chris has guest solos multiple bands albums including Volumes “Via”, Plini’s “The End Of Everything” and Widek “Journey To The Stars”.
Scale The Summit: Chris formed his instrumental band Scale The Summit with fellow guitarist Travis LeVrier in 2005 while attending Musicians Institute, since then they have released 4 studio albums with their 5th album coming out in late 2015 via Prosthetic Records.
Touring Musician: Chris tours full time his band Scale the Summit. Scale The Summit has had the pleasure of touring with Dream Theater, Zappa Plays Zappa, YES, Cynic, Devin Townsend, Between The Buried and Me, Fair To Midland, Periphery, 3, and Protest The Hero, to name a few.
Solo Artist: Chris has recently released “LIGHTBOX”, his first solo album featuring members of The Reign Of Kindo (Steven Padin on drums and piano, Daniel Pizarro piano), Evan Brewer (The Faceless, Animosity, Entheos) and Mark Michell (Scale The Summit) on bass. He is currently writing and recording his second solo album set for a late summer 2015 release date.
Publications & Awards: Chris has been featured in Guitar World Magazine 4 times, has written a lesson column in Premier Guitar Magazine, featured in Total Guitar Magazine, Prog Rock Magazine, Revolver Magazine, and more. 2011: LA Weekly named Chris Letchford #3 best metal guitarist under the age of 30, Article. 2011: Metalsucks.net names Chris in their top 25 best modern metal guitarists, Article.
Endorsements: Chris currently endorse’s Strandberg Guitars, Altius Guitars, EMG Pickups, Yamaha Acoustic Guitars, Fractal Audio, Jim Dunlop Guitar Picks & Strings, EVH cabs, and Sea & Sky Clothing.