Mike O'Malley Guitar Lessons

Mike O'Malley Guitar Lessons

5.0 (29)
6 hires on Lessons.com
1 employee
16 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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29 Reviews


  • Elizabeth Barott

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

  • Gary Simons

    I decided to start learning how to play guitar at age 60, with no musical knowledge of any kind. When I first talked to Mike about taking lessons, he took the time to talk to me about my goals and what it was that I wanted to get out of this. As we've gone through lessons for the past 2 years, we've kept building on the skills I've learned and added to them as we've gone on. Mike is a great teacher and has a lot of patience. Whether you're a complete beginner like me or someone who already plays and just wants to get better, I would definitely recommend Mike.

  • Sandra Leclerc Leak

    Mike is a master of the guitar. He can pick up any style of music and play flawlessly. That said, I believe his greatest strength is catering to each individual student, understanding their taste in music and abilities. He picks out lessons/songs that keep the student engaged. He also offers advice on the best equipment to own. It is not a one size fits all. I also appreciate that he is flexible and will work with the student's schedule. I have been taking lessons for four years at this point, and have improved a lot! I still love going to my lessons and playing guitar

  • Alyssa Barott

    Mike has been great to work with. My daughter loves taking lessons from him. He's an excellent guitar player, very knowledgeable, understands what my daughter wants to play and is always prepared with fun for her music that teaches the next new skill.

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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.