Hi! My name is Mike and I am 26 years old. I have been playing guitar now for about 13 years. I am a national touring guitar player in the band Letters From The Fire. We recently returned from a national tour with Trapt, Pop Evil, Nonpoint etc. I have been on 10 major national tours and have played every state in the U.S. except Hawaii and Alaska.
I currently teach lesson in the South Bay Area, CA. My focus has been producing and song writing for film and television. I have taken it upon my self, as a product of the local music scene, to give back and help out younger bands get to the next level in the way they conduct themselves as musicians and in their songwriting.
I am also working with Ben Moody (ex. Evanescence) on score pieces for several movies. Music is my life and its everything I do.
I can't wait to get to know you, Lets rock out!
*** Lesson Details ***
As a self taught musician, I know it is important to take away all of the smoke and mirrors of the instrument. It is not impossible and you can, with practice and dedication, be a great musician. I also find it necessary to make lessons fun and entertaining. Though technique is important, it is important that you enjoy playing and practicing.
I am a very laid back teacher as long as you are doing your job :) My teaching style does cater to different skill levels as well as the material you would like to learn.
I hope to make this a fun and stress free environment for anyone. You can not learn an instrument if you are afraid of your teacher and your instrument.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Pro Tools 10 HD Native w/ Avid Omni interface.
Axe Fx 2 Guitar Processor and 2 Bogner Uberschall Half Stacks.
Line 6 Mini Combo
2 Esp Eclipse
1 Gibson Les Paul Studio
1 Warwick Bass
Roland V-Drum TD-20
*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide a guitar if need be. I ,however, would prefer students to have a guitar, tuner, and some kind of amp. (amp not necessary)
If teaching music recording, I would like the student to have a computer, DAW, and interface.
*** Specialties ***
I specialize in hard rock/metal guitar but can also teach Pop. I am knowledgeable in pro tools/musical recording as well. I also can teach music writing and music performance. As a touring musician who has toured with multi-platinum bands Fuel, 12 Stones, and The Letter Black, I pride myself on my knowledge in the industry that I can share with you.
Verified Student · Guitar · In home
Verified Student · Guitar · In home
Always on time - really easy to work with for schedule.
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My 7 year old has been taking guitar lessons from Mike for the past 4 months. It has been an amazingly positive experience for my kid. He has learnt a great deal in such a short time all thanks to Mike's exceptional professionalism, patience and encouragement. He is very observant and is able to spot the problem areas right away, as a result, my kid is learning the right techniques from the get-go. He has the unique ability to tailor the lessons for the student and make the class very enjoyable. My kid looks forward to his lessons every week and doesn't want to stop at the end of the class :-) He is a very motivating teacher and sets high standards and my kid is eager to practice at home, so he can impress Mike at the next class!!
Our experience with Mike has been nothing short of terrific and I would recommend him highly.
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I've tried guitar lessons in the past from nearly a half dozen instructors. I'd pick up bits and pieces then go off on my own as it seemed many were more interested in pushing a style or agenda than actually helping me improve what I had (bad as it was), firm up fundamentals, and help me really progress with the styles and goals I had in mind.
Well, all that changed when I met Mike. In the first lesson with him I got more out of it than from all my past lessons combined. I thought there was no way this could continue, but every time I leave a lesson with Mike I'm blown away by the progress and by how quickly he gets to the root of what I need to change.
His patience, professionalism and great attitude also make him a fun person to hang out with and the lessons feel more like kicking it with a brilliant friend. He's also amazing with children and has my 9 year old begging to take lessons with him.
My only hesitation in writing this review is that if everyone knew how good he is, he might not have the schedule flexibility when my work gets in the way. Still, I can't let my selfishness stand in the way of his success and anyone that is fortunate enough to have time with Mike is in for a rare find in the world of music!
Verified Student · Guitar ·
Mike has been a great teacher for my son. He's got a positive attitude, a friendly and caring demeanor, and he's always encouraging my son. My child feels motivated and excited to learn guitar with Mike. Logistically, it has always been easy to work with Mike. If we have needed to change the schedule, he's been very accommodating and understanding. Guitar lessons with Mike have been a terrific experience. I highly recommend him as a teacher.
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Mike knows so much about guitar and the skill of playing the instrument that he built a profession out of it. He knows every thing there is to know about how to rock and skills to make you a skilled guitarist. He taught himself and knows how to teach you so that you develope the right skills to better yourself.He helped me from getting the right kind of guitar, to learning the basics. He teaches you as if you were a friend not just a student and he's always available to text or email for any questions. He is 100% reliable and always comes prepared with more things to teach you. Mike also knows the ropes of being in a band and having experience recording, touring, and performing and I found that very cool and interesting to hear his personal experiences with the rock life.His advice is from his own personal experiences and what he did to become the skilled guitarist he is today. His price per lesson is very fair. I have no problems with him and I look forward to his lessons every week.