Eric Morris, Instructor, Touch Guitarist and Tenor

An alluring Sound, a Masterful Musician


Eric was born in San Francisco to a mother from El Salvador and a father from England. Raised listening to grand opera, he always loved great music and great singing. At the age of 6 he moved with his family to Belmont CA, where he lived until he was 17. He then moved to SF to go to the Conservatory of Music. 

        (Eric's Mom, Alicia, is second from the left. This photo is from the November 1944 issue of National Geographic, the article was called "El Salvador: where Coffee is King". Alicia was in a beauty pageant for Queen of the Coffee, the winner is wearing the veil up center of the photo. Eric has four sisters, Lyn, Lucy, Sophia, and Carmen. Eric visits his mom at least 2 times per week and is privileged to take care of her simple needs; she's 86 as of this writing and going strong, full of wacky good humor and definitely one of Eric's best pals!)


     (Eric's Dad, Herbert, Liverpool England age 12. Bert, as he was called in England, passed away over 20 years ago; he was a nuclear engineer for Bechtel Corporation and an incredibly brilliant person who was also very capable of singing the silliest of silly songs. Dad was lucky enough to be married to Vera Morris, who fought like a lion for him at his deathbed; she was, and remains, a brilliant, wonderful, stubborn, lovable member of Eric's family- Eric's lucky too!)

 Upon graduation, Eric embarked on a very wide ranging singing and performing career, not only performing opera but also singing rock and popular music as well. And somewhere finding time to play five string banjo in a bluegrass band, but perhaps that is too much information!

Eric always has loved small ensemble singing, and was in a quartet in high school. So it was a natural progression indeed when he and his colleagues formed the EDLOS, a seminal a cappella group dedicated to performing a wide range of musical styles and genres, all strictly a cappella. 


In addition, Eric has had experience with many instruments, among them banjo, dulcimer, guitar and accordion. He also plays enough keyboard to torment the students in his music skills lab.

Which brings us to Eric's latest and greatest instrumental love, the touch guitar.

This is an instrument of unusual sonority, resonance, range and depth. It enables the single performer to play music heretofore only available to keyboard players. In addition, the sound of the instrument is quite novel; even from nearby people have been known to mistake it's sound for the sound of an ensemble of at least two people. Invented in the late 1970's, this is an instrument truly in it's infancy; no set tuning has evolved, and there are many differing setups as to number of strings, their placement on the fretboard, and the like. Eric has come up with his own tuning after much experimentation, and thus far has seen no reason to change it.

No matter where it's been heard, it always elicits curiosity and questions, perhaps even more so from experienced musicians who've never heard anything like it before. Please click on soundfiles to hear this most amazing of instruments.