Mike O'Malley Guitar Lessons

Mike O'Malley Guitar Lessons

5.0 (32)
7 hires on Lessons.com
1 employee
17 years in business

About this pro

My teaching approach: I've been playing since 1979, when I was 9 years old. I graduated from what is now called "Mcnalley/Smith college of music in 1988. I have been playing in bands performing and recording ever since. I currently play in the band Crooked Dice. I work with each student to help them realize there goals in music. I have a broad range of knowledge and taylor each lesson to my students needs. My influences are: Jimi Hendrix, Eddie Van Halen, Randy Rhoads, Eric Clapton, SRV, Joe Pass, Paco Delucia, Bach,Joe Bonamassa, Eric Johnson etc My guitar lessons take place in: The teacher's studio Guitar Lessons with me take place in the following areas: Richfield Guitar Techniques: Lead guitar, Rhythm guitar, Open tuning, Fingerstyle, Slide Guitar, Vocal Accompaniment, Performance, Improvisation, Jamming Skills, Reading Music, Music Theory, Scales and Exercises, Song Writing, Recording and Production, Guidance In Equipment Selection Your first guitar lesson with me might include the following: I give them a survey that goes over past experience, taste in music, as well as future goals. Then we come up with a plan to help them achieve there goals. A guitar lesson with me might entail the following: Usually we would start by reviewing what we did last week and then work on a new piece of music or technique to help the student advance there skills. Every lesson is different I do not use a "cookie cutter" approach. The qualities I look for in an ideal guitar student might include the following: I don't have one. Everybody is different. If they are willing to learn then they are an ideal student.

I love helping people realize there musical goals. Weather it's play a 3 chord song, to mastering an Eddie Van halen solo, it's all good.

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Minneapolis, MN 55423
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32 Reviews


  • Justin Hibbits

    Before working with Mike I would pick up my guitar occasionally, and put it down quickly, with no direction of learning. After the first lesson with Mike I was doing basic chord strumming, and within only a few weeks I was playing rhythm for some of my favorite songs. In the nearly 2 years that I took lessons with him I learned a lot and always looked forward to learning another song.

  • Cameron Penz

    I've been taking lessons with Mike for a few years now and I'm very happy with the progress I've made. Mike is a great teacher, he's very knowledgeable and talented, and he does a really good job of incorporating my questions and interest into our lessons. He gives me good constructive feedback and always has good suggestions on how to improve. Mike has a lot of real world experience playing in bands and recording and producing music which he also works into our lessons and I find that to be incredibly valuable as well. If you're looking for a guitar teacher I would highly recommend Mike.

  • Michael Martinez

    I started taking lessons from Mike 6 months ago. Totally thankful he is my teacher. He is teaching me to have fun, to play songs correctly, to develop a productive practice regimen, to NOT be a hack. He is extremely knowledgeable about the guitar, guitar theory, and is very adept at creating my own personal lesson(very important)itinerary that matches my skill level, and then elevates that skill level with each incremental song to learn new skill sets. He is currently playing in a band(very important)!!!! He is patient and monitors and corrects my playing rather than letting things go(extremely important)!!!! He is very nice and fun to talk to, And I absolutely recommend him as a guitar teacher. For me personally, He most importantly of all understands and appreciates the genius of Malcolm and Angus. Absolutely a 5 star teacher.

  • Elizabeth Barott

    I like how he focuses on what I want to learn. He is also good at being flexible.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

During the first lesson, I give mt students a survey. The questions are about musical taste and goals etc. This puts us on the same page, and we can discuss a good plan for helping them realize there potential as a player thru learning the music that they love.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I graduated from Music tech in mpls mn in 1988. The school is now called Mcnalley/Smith College of music. I learned a lot about performing, recording, playing in a band, music theory, techniques etc.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

yes I do. It's $25 for 30 minutes, $35 for 45 minutes and $45 for an hour.

How did you get started teaching?

In 2006, I was working at Guitar Center, and one of the employee's asked me for a lesson. I said sure, about 10 minutes into that lesson, I realized that "this is what I was meant to do". I love teaching guitar, it's so cool to see students improve and when they are having fun, so am I.

What types of students have you worked with?

All ages, from 7 to 77 years old. I'm 47, and I have had a lot of success teaching baby boomers. I can show them the sountrack of there youth. I don't have a preference of age, everyone is welcome to learn here.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Make sure they are qualified. Do they play in a band, how about referalls? Do they know the styles of music that you want to learn.