Chris Buono Chris Buono

Chris Buono makes music with a guitar and lots of pedals. As a leader Chris heads the genre-bending organ trio cB3 featuring Ben Stivers and Tobias Ralph. Chris is the founder and co-writer for the progressive math funk project RedRightReturn that includes Tippan Phasuk, Justin Stanton, Evan Marien and Alex Silvergold. Both cB3 and RedRightReturn are releasing debut albums in late 2019/early 2020. Chris also plays with cult legends, James Chance & The Contortions.

As a sideman and/or guest soloist Chris Buono has performed and/or recorded with Dweezil Zappa, Snarky Puppy, Bumblefoot, Karsh Kale, Graham Haynes, David Fiuczynski, Oz Noy, Keith Carlock, Rodney Holmes, Steve Jenkins, Tony Grey, Dave Martone, Sophia Ramos, Dopapod, Consider the Source, Kung Fu, Jazz if PHSH and many more.

As an educator Chris has taught guitarists from all over the world through Berklee College of Music, TrueFire, Guitar Player, Guitar One, Just Jazz Guitar, Hal Leonard, Alfred, Course Technology & among others. Chris Buono is responsible for 40 TrueFire courses including the celebrated Guitar Gym series, eight instructional books on guitar and music technology and nearly 50 guitar magazine articles.

Chris Buono uses guitars, pedals, accessories and software made by the wonderful people at Vigier Guitars, Downes Guitars, Rick Toone, Novax Guitars, Taylor Guitars, Mesa/Boogie, D’Addario, DiMarzio, Fusion Bags, SKB, Pigtronix, Source Audio, Amptweaker, TWA, Lehle, Graph Tech, Gruv Gear, Ableton, Reason Studios, Arobas Music and Neck Diagrams.


Primary Instrument

Guitar, electric

Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced


-Private teaching since 1993. Some former students include Bob Lanzetti (Snarky Puppy), Rob Compa (Dopapod), Ben Levin (Bent Knee), Harvey Valdes, Aurelien Budynek, Mark Bronzino (Iron Reagan) & Craig Brodhead (Turkuaz).
-Guitar Player Magazine Contributing Writer
-Hal Leonard, Alfred, Cengage Learning Author Featured Instructor
-Berklee College of Music Guitar Department Faculty: 2003-2008
-Guitar One Magazine Contributing Writer & Columnist: 2005-2007

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