I am a professional recording session guitarist based out of Dallas, TX. I have worked with my many recording artists, and I have been teaching private guitar lessons for the last 15 years. I have taught previously at the Parish Episcopal School of Dallas from 2010 to 2017.
As far as lessons go, I strive teach students how to follow their musicial aspirations with the real world/real musical situation applicable knowledge from years of recording in sessions or playing in bands. Lesson plans are designed around what students are interested in, and then are tailored around your individual needs and progress.
I also have a 1800 sq ft recording studio on site at my teaching facility and we use the studio in forms of lessons, whether it's learning to play in a band situation with other students, to getting to learn on real vintage amplifiers, to getting chances to record lesson material with professional audio engineers on site. I want students to know making music can go from being a lifelong passion into a real life pursuit!
I also have created a weekly blog called Tone Talk, where I show students outside of lessons how to get the best guitar tone possible with tips from many of my recording session friends and collegues. You can check out the blog at www.mitchakesmusic.com/blog
I enjoy getting to teach students every single day! I love getting to watch the proverbial "light bulb" go off when new ideas are introduced, and I love teaching people something they can carry with them the for the rest of their lives. Much like golf and cooking, playing is one of the very few things that aren't defined by your age. You can really can enjoy playing the rest of your life!
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I start by asking each student where they are looking to go with their instrument, and then help build a custom lesson plan around their needs to help get them there. Each student is different, and as such, I don't have a strict lesson plan that fits every student equally.
I strongly believe that private, one on one instruction is the best way to learn how to play a new instrument. Not only is it a much more forgiving environment to learn in, but the content of each lesson can be tailored to your needs and preferences. There’s a clearer path of individual progress from week to week, and more precise attention to achieving the goals you set for yourself as a musician. As a professional recording session musician, I am proficient in every style of music, so one on one instruction will really give you an edge in being able to learn new material quickly, know when you’re out of tune, understanding what key you’re in, play in precise time with ease, using the entire fretboard of your guitar, and understanding how your favorite artists write music and put pieces of songs together.
I have a associates degree in commerical music and audio engineering. I have been a recording session guitarist since I was 15 years old, and still play on recording sessions regularly. I have been teaching music privately for the last 13 years.
As for pricing, please contact me about availability and pricing as I have several different tiers depending on what you are looking for in instruction.
I started teaching in 2005 part time at Fiddle and Bow Music Company at 15 years old. I enjoyed not only helping others learn about the instrument and how to play, but that I became a much better musician personally after having to explain how I see the instrument. I have been teaching guitar privately ever since.