Michael Ellis

Michael E.

Dallas, TX

About Michael E.

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Michael teaches: Ages 7 and up
Teaching since: February 1972
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My name is Mike E. I am a resident of Lake Highlands. I played by ear for eleven years before starting training on music and how to teach by Mr. Terrill Gardner. Terrill took me through music from the Rolling Stones all the way through "Modern Method for Guitar" books I, II, and III from Berklee College in Boston. He was my mentor and taught me a method that he spent thirty years perfecting. It works, guaranteed. He also taught me on bass guitar and banjo. I can help you.

Lessons are customized to meet the needs of the individual, with the primary focus on playing songs as soon as possible. I am talking about playing along with the pros, not reading notes for months and playing "Mary Had a Little Lamb." I have combined my "by ear" knowledge with Terrill's training to provide a unique approach to music, chords, music theory, ear training, and more. Even piano lessons start with learning chords. Chords are what the musicians play behind the vocals.

Give me thirty minutes of your time and I will show you why students keep coming back to me, even after stopping for a while.

*** Lesson Details ***
Note Reading provided on request only.

Beginner Guitar - We start with simple chords and eight easy one-verse songs. These teach chords, timing, hand technique, ear training, song construction, and the start of music theory.

Intermediate to Advanced Guitar - all of the above plus tablature, different styles, advanced chord theory, performance, lead guitar, and more.

Beginning Piano - We start with simple chords and go straight into the songs the students like. These teach chords, timing, hand technique, ear training, song construction, and the start of music theory. I can teach you every major chord on piano in one sentence.

Bass Guitar - We start with learning the location of notes on the neck and move immediately into major chords so you can start playing with songs. The chords are divided into their single notes, but viewed as chords because that is what the other musicians are playing during the vocals.

Banjo - I teach from the book "I Can Teach Myself Banjo" but you really need a teacher/mentor to show you all the things that seeing and being able to ask questions covers that just can't be covered in a book.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, amplifiers, cords, computer, free WiFi, all in a spacious room with a window for parents to view the teacher and student. Parents have a large, comfortable waiting area. Restrooms and water fountain provided.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in mentoring, being a friend as well as a teacher. I have never gotten mad at a student and never will.

I have written three books on chord theory, "Chordmaster Chord Theory for Keyboard," "Chordmaster for Beginner Piano Students," and "Chordmaster Chord Theory for Guitar." You can learn more about these online.

You can read my article for Takelessons.com at http://takelessons.com/blog/lead-guitar-tips. Just paste the address in your browser.

Photos and Videos

Large, comfortable teaching area. Amplifier and cord provided, 88 key keyboard with weighted keys. Latest technology in teaching aids.


Private Guitar, Bass, and Banjo Instructor

Jan 1974 - Dec 1987
McCord Music Company

Mike taught at McCord Music Company for fifteen years. He taught alongside teachers like Chuck Rainey (bassist for Aretha Franklin and more), Greg Bissonett (Drummer for Ringo Starr, David Lee Roth, and more), Mac Dougherty (Berklee College guitar instructor), and Chris McGuire (classical guitarist who auditioned for Segovia).


Guitar, Bass guitar, Banjo, and Music Theory

Feb 1974 - Aug 1987
Terrill Gardner

Sight Reading for Guitar

Aug 1980 - May 1981
Terrill Gardner / Berklee College (Boston)

Guitar and Piano studies

Sep 1962 - Aug 1973
Self Taught

Piano Lessons

Sep 1955 - Jun 1957
Stonewall Jackson Elementary


Johnny Smith Jazz Seminar

Mar 1982
Johnny Smith Music

8 hour seminar on guitar and jazz guitar.

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8 Reviews on Michael E.

Ivanna B. Jun 22, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Michael is great, My daughter enjoys very minute of it!
Bill M. May 27, 2016
Banjo · In home
Verified Student
Teacher has excellent sense of humor ans explained the lesson clearly.
craig Apr 21, 2016
Banjo · In studio
Verified Student
Easy to learn with Michael's instruction method
Helen L. Feb 16, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
It was so refreshing to find such a wonderful teacher, understanding,patient .
Looking forward to next lesson.
Madhavan R. Feb 5, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Michael is an excellent and natural instructor whose joy of playing and teaching is very inspiring to the student from day one. Take it from me, because I just wrapped up my first lesson and can attest!
Riley R. Jan 11, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Michael was very nice and patient. It was evident he had experience working with kids, and we look forward to our next lesson.
Jim J. Oct 22, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Mike is great, he simplifies a complex music reading into plain simple English. Within a few lessons, Mike had me playing all the major chords and using them to play songs. I look forward to being able to play more complex songs with Mike.
Terry K. Feb 23, 2014
Mike amazed me!

On a free introductory meeting with Mike, he taught me every major chord on the piano in ONE SENTENCE! Then he taught me every minor chord in ONE MORE SENTENCE. His personality and demeanor matched his knowledge. Most of all, he made it all fun.

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