GRAMMY® Nominated Music Educator Mike Overly: Guitar And Bass  Lessons

GRAMMY® Nominated Music Educator Mike Overly: Guitar And Bass Lessons

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GRAMMY® Nominated Music Educator Mike Overly easily combines the worlds of deeply-rooted academic study with a well-textured performance resume. His unmatched perspective on fretboard education has something for everyone. He presents a fascinating and revolutionary clarification of traditional guitar and bass methods which provide many valuable and illuminating insights designed to simplify the learning process by solving the inherent problems of modern musical notation as they are applied to the fretboard.

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I enjoy the feeling of satisfaction I get from knowing that I have helped my students achieve their music, guitar and bass goals. In the same way that I have been and continue to be helped by competent and capable guitarists and bassists of all styles from Jazz to Rock to Country and Classical.


Hired 3 times
26 years in business
Serves Dayton , OH
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Musical styles

Rock, Country, Blues, Jazz, Folk, Classical, Recommendations available

Guitar style

Acoustic guitar, Electric guitar, Ukulele, Banjo, Recommendations available

Has instrument

Student who have a guitar, Student who don't have a guitar, but are planning to purchase one

Years experience

No formal training, No formal training; some self-taught experience, 0 – 2 years experience, 2 – 4 years experience, 4+ years of experience

Able to read music

Students who can read music staff, Students who can read guitar tabs, Students who cannot read music

Lesson length

30 minutes, 45 minutes, 60 minutes

Student's age

11 – 13 years old, 14 – 18 years old, 19 – 25 years old, 26 – 45 years old, 46 – 65 years old, Over 65 years old

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  • Reviews

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    Hope B.

    He makes it very understandable. Makes me feel at ease as I was and am very nervous when I attend the lessons. Afraid I might not get it as quickly as I should. But with that being said he does ease my worries and he makes it interesting.
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    November 04, 2020
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    Mark J.

    The Tone Note method, song book, and player make learning guitar simple I would recommend it to anyone wanting to play guitar or bass
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    December 06, 2016


    Marc L.

    Lessons are GREAT!! For beginners, intermediate and advanced musicians. I would suggest Mike to any person wanting to gain a better understanding of their instrument and music theory. We are very fortunate to have such a talented teacher in our backyard.
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    December 06, 2016


    Sharon G.

    After getting stuck trying to teach myself how to play guitar, I was ready to give up. Then I started from the beginning with the 12 Tone Music educational materials and lessons and now I pick up my instrument with confidence and I have fun playing. Its a relief to finally get it.
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    December 06, 2016


    David M.

    Mike is arguably the best guitar teacher in the world. Not content to use the stock guitar method books abundant from Mel Bay & Hal Leonard, he instead has created the first music method for the guitar. I started playing and taking lessons as a 12 year old and now in my 60s Im finally really learning how to play guitar. And I take lessons with my 7 year old Grandson, who is fortunate to begin lessons with a method that will allow him to advance so much further then I ever did as a kid. Anyone in the Dayton area who is serious about learning how to play guitar should immediately sign up for lessons with Mike. You wont believe how much you will learn about music and be able to apply it to playing the guitar.
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    December 06, 2016


    Chris G.

    Excellent instructor. Teaches you to be a true musician not just a guitar player and how to develop your own voice and not just an imitation of someone else.
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    December 06, 2016

    Frequently asked questions

    Because my lessons are tailored to the specific goals of the student, each lesson has its differences. However, a typical guitar lesson might entail the following: on your first lesson goals are set, this would include songs you would like to learn and play, as well as any technical and theoretical problems you would like to overcome. Next comes the development of an individualized plan on how to achieve those goals. The student then leaves with a clear understanding of specific tasks and a focused practice plan to prepare for the next lesson. It's important to remember that all lessons are presented with great clarity and simplicity so that the student stays engaged by having fun as they progress.

    I graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 1985, with a Bachelor of Music in Music Theory, Composition and guitar. I was indrcted into Pi Kappa Lambda - National Music Honor Society, and Phi Kappa Phi - National Academic Honor Society at that time

    I have studied guitar with many, including Joe Pass and Howard Roberts. I have also recorded with Tommy Boyce and Carol King among others. I performed in the movie Tunnel Vision with Chevy Chase and John Candy.

    I currently write for Guitar Digest Magazine and travel regularly, performing and presenting workshops, seminars and clinics across America.

    I am a member of NAfMA: National Association for Music Education, RPMDA: Retail Print Music Dealers Association and MTNA: Music Teachers National Association. His my methods and products are taught around the world.

    Fees are paid in advance monthly on or before the first lesson of the month. $100.00 for a 4-week month and $125.00 for a 5-week month. All lessons are 30 minutes of private instruction and meet once a week at the same time. No make-ups or credits will be given unless expressly agreed upon by the instructor before the missed lesson. Any lesson canceled by the instructor will be rescheduled.

    There are no lessons on the following holidays: New Years Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

    Long before my first guitar, I was already on the path of music. I conducted the first grade chorus, and then spent the next seven years performing and competing in vocal contests, concerts, recordings, stage productions and churches. I was that kid who couldn't play little league because he had to go to choir practice. Oh well, I'm glad now!

    I got my first guitar at thirteen and started taking lessons. I studied hard and within two years began teaching at the local music store. Throughout high school I played in many bands and covered everything from the Beatles to Wes Montgomery. One night, when I was fourteen, George Benson let me play his guitar and jam with Jack McDuff. Memories like that stay with you a lifetime!

    I have taught just about every type of student, from the amateur hobbyist to the serious professional player, as well as any music enthusiast who wants to come along for the ride.

    So, if you want to learn more about: guitar technique and techniques, how to play lead and rhythm guitar, explore open tunings, fingerstyle, slide guitar, vocal accompaniment, performance and jamming skills, improvisation, reading staff notation and TAB, music and guitar theory, scale and arpeggio exercises, song writing, recording and production or guidance in equipment selection... don't hesitate to contact me. [email protected]

    The qualities I look for in an ideal student includes the following: Being the one who wants to learn and practice, play and have fun.

    The prospective student should honestly assess their strengths and weaknesses.

    Services offered

    Bass Guitar