Michael Bala

Michael B.

North Hollywood, CA
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Electric Guitar

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

I am a recent Berklee College of Music graduate living in Chicago. At Berklee, I was the first rock/metal guitarist to receive the "Jimi Hendrix Award." This award is given to the best guitarist at the school. I've played and studied many styles of music ranging from classical, traditional, blues, country, rock, and metal.
Besides teaching, I have a passion for songwriting and performance. Here in Chicago, I am currently playing with various bands and writing my own music. My teaching style is very "goal-oriented," and I will teach students to set short-term goals, medium goals, and then demonstrate to them how reaching the short and medium-term goals leads to accomplishing long-term goals. I envision teaching much like my teachings at Berklee where once my lesson was finished, I only wanted to go home and learn more. If you want to learn multiple styles from someone who is truly passionate about the instrument, I'm your guy!

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Michael delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 10+

Teaching since:

Hello, my name is Michael! I have been playing guitar since I was 10-years old. Aside from being a teacher, performer, and songwriter, I would define myself as a "guitar nerd" because I love every aspect of playing. I still practice every day and have an insatiable hunger for new opportunities to play and learn. I have an encyclopedic knowledge of metal, rock, blues, country, and guitar. In my spare time, I enjoy writing music and playing more guitar.
I graduated from Berklee in 2017, where I received the Jimi Hendrix Award. This is given to the best guitar player in the school. I was the first rock/metal guitar player to do so! I received instruction from world-class teachers such as Joe Stump and Norm Zocher.
Besides teaching, I have a passion for songwriting and performance; while in Boston, I played and recorded with the melodic metal band Black Trip. With Black Trip, I was fortunate enough to open up for such bands as Sabaton, Children of Bodom, Rhapsody of Fire, and Doro. Here in Los Angeles, I am currently teaching, playing with various bands, and working on my band's debut album.

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Freelance Guitarist
Sep 2013 - Present
Michael Nystrom Bala Guitar

Available for hire on student and professional projects. Partner closely with each client to ensure a deep understanding of their needs and goals. Learn the necessary music and perform expertly and professionally. Meet required timelines to ensure each project is successful. Communicate with the other musicians on the project to ensure the best environment to get the job completed beyond expectations. Suggest new ideas as appropriate to ensure the best possible product.
• Established a solid reputation as a sought-after guitarist
through word-of-mouth and social media.
• Gained studio and recording experience.

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Lead Guitarist
Mar 2016 - Aug 2018
Black Trip

Performed with metal band, Black Trip, at venues throughout Massachusetts such as the Worcester Palladium. Wrote guitar solos and collaborated with other artists to give exceptional performances.
• Opened for bands such as Cannibal Corpse, Sabaton, Trivium, Kataklysm, Doro, Luca Tirrelli’s Rhapsody of Fire, and Children of Bodom
• Lead guitarist on self-titled debut album, nominated for Osmium Metal Award.

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Lead Guitarist
Sep 2015 - Jun 2016
Zombie Frogs

Expanded the prog rock band’s presence and audience by researching and pursuing new booking opportunities in different regions. Managed guitar equipment for all members of the band, ensuring it was ready for gigs and safe when not is use. Collaborate with team members on the direction of the band.
• Played 80% of guitar solos.
• Wrote songs as one of two main song writers.

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Sales Associate
May 2015 - Aug 2015
Tone Syndicate

Worked at a music store specializing in guitars and guitar merchandise.
• Worked in floor sales and as a cashier. Also scheduled setups.
• Assisted with Guitar upkeep.

Lead Guitarist
Jan 2012 - Aug 2013
After Image

Lead guitarist of five-member 90’s and 2000’s cover band.
Handled a rotating set list of more than 80 songs.


BA Guitar Performance
Sep 2013 - May 2017
Berklee College of Music


Jimi Hendrix Award
Mar 2016
Berklee College of Music

Photos & Videos

Playing guitar with Black Trip in Worcester, MA.


Just a very small portion of my enormous guitar collection!
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2 Reviews

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Lori Nov 5, 2018

Michael has incredible patience with students from beginner to extremely advanced. His excitement about mastering guitar is infectious. He instills confidence in any student and is genuinely thrilled when they achieve their goals. I highly recommend Michael as a teacher.

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Sarah Nov 5, 2018

Michael is an amazing guitar player! He is extremely disciplined with a wide array of experiences. He was acclaimed by peers and professors at Berklee. Michael brings the dedication and talent that will help students succeed. If you want to learn from the best of the best, learn from Michael!

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