- Teaches students:
- Ages 5+
- Teaching since:
- January 2009
I began playing guitar and drums at 13 and quickly began to play live. As a drummer I have studied privately in NYC with Bernard Purdie , (Aretha Franklin/King Curtis/Over 100 Billboard Hits), and at The South Shore Conservatory of Music in the Boston area. Playing drums has taken me all over USA, Europe and Canada . Recording and songwriting on guitar has always been in my blood. I have played on over 10 full length albums and written over 100 songs, several of which have been licensed to television, movies and performed by other artists. I consider myself an all around performer with my forte being a drummer. I stand In contrast to your average teacher who has garnered a degree and moved straight to teaching without ever really tasting the life of a touring musician. Now that I am a father of three girls I have chosen to stay local to the San Diego area where I continue to play live and write songs.
*** Lesson Details ***
I teach in a very laid back manner and try to keep learning fun. I do keep the lesson moving and make sure the student is retaining and understanding the information that I am conveying. We will work with written music, tabs and chord charts. Some books I like to Vic Firth's Syncopation, and Guitar for Levels 1,2 and 3. We will also study groundbreaking drummers, guitarists and songwriters through the use of You Tube and Videos.
*** Travel Equipment ***
Drumset at home, Several guitars
*** Specialties ***
Rock and Roll, Jazz, Reggae, Swing. Non- Heavey Metal
Best suited for children
Mike is a good insturctor if you are a child (5-13). As an adult I was expecting to recieve instruction on an adult kit; however, my lessons were conducted on a childs kit. I was never afforded the chance to play on fully constructed kit. Mike has a great personality and I enjoyed jamming with him, but maturing personally as a mucisian never happened. Again Mike is GREAT for children, not so much for an adult.