With over 35 years of experience as a guitarist/musician, Mike began teaching guitar professionally in 2004.
Throughout that time he has self-published his original material on 3 independent releases, performed countless shows as a headlining act, and has opened for groups like Extreme, and Styx to name a few.
Prior to that, Mike recorded and toured with national recording artist Drive and was published internationally through Zoo Ent./BMG on Drive’s second release in 1992. He still performs live and online as well as writes, produces, and releases original material.
I enjoy teaching music through guitar. I tailor lessons to help each student reach their unique objectives. I teach most genres, but I tend to lean more toward fundamental musicianship skills. So the student develops a solid foundation that can be used in any musical situation. Depending on the student's ability I will usually pull lessons from songs or artists they enjoy so they can experience first hand how the information works from songwriting to improvising, and or developing melodic guitar solos. I use the number system sprinkled with traditional music theory and believe its better to encourage rather than pressure a student to succeed. To me, the more fun and enlightenment, the better!
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I focus on 3 things with anew student.
1. Acclamation to the instrument
2.Getting familiar with and knowing the terminolgy
3.Application of technique and terminology
ALL happening simultaneously
My training comes largely from self producing my own music and working within the industry for years. Having toured and recorded with major label bands
I've worked with students as young as 7 and as old as 70.