Michael Weiss

Michael W.

Philadelphia, PA
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Teaching Locations:
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Let's study the guitar and discover all the fun that you can have when you learn to play your favorite riffs and songs. I also love to study theory to uncover what went into the making of the music. Need to brush up on your technique? let's get down to some great warm up exercises to strengthen your fingers as you build accuracy. I have a lot of experience with recording in the studio as well as playing live on stage. I can teach you about those things too! Into gear? I love effects pedals and experimenting with sounds as well.

About Michael W.

My name is Mike W. I'd love to be your guitar or bass teacher! I have been in a successful indie band for almost 10 years. Having made 4 studio albums on Tooth and Nail Records and extensively toured the U.S. and Europe headlining and playing concerts with bands like Weezer, Brand New, Coheed and Cambria, Thursday, Sparta, Dr. Dog, Manchester Orchestra, Say Anything and Blonde Redhead, I have developed my craft. Now, I would like to share what I've learned about playing the guitar and bass through teaching motivated students of all skill levels. Because I have composed recorded and performed music for so long now, and have a bachelors degree in Secondary Education from Temple University, I have a lot to offer you as your teacher.

*** Lesson Details ***
We can focus our time together working on accomplishing the goals that you set for yourself. If you'd prefer that I guide us through a curriculum of my choice, I am okay with that as well! You can expect a positive, fun and professional environment where we work at your pace.
What are your interests? Here are some examples of what some of my students have been working on: Expanding their understanding of playing chords, Improving their technique through finger exercises, Composing original songs through the study of theory, Learning how to play the guitar solo for the song "In Bloom" by Nirvana, Arranging a guitar part for the song "Going On" by Gnarls Barkley, Learning how to play with a live band, Using effects pedals and appreciating different guitar tones.
We also host a show at my house where you play 1 or 2 songs solo or with a professional back up band that I put together. These shows have been a great experience for everyone because they build confidence and allow you to share your music with a receptive and supportive audience.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Studio space in basement, large, finished space, band practice space, room for parents to wait

*** Travel Equipment ***
My own amp and guitar

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in theory as well as teaching students songs that they choose in a way that is appropriate to their skill level. I focus on finger exercises to develop technique and help them compose original pieces with a study of theory. Scales are important as well as different chord voicing and inversions. Standard forms for Rock/ Jazz and Funk are also studies. I am more of an alternative rock guitarist than jazz or classical.


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This guitar teacher is a very respectful and he and his family are very cool people. I like his working skills, his flexibility, and just being personal. I will recommend him to any parent who wants his/her child to learn to play guitar.

Posted Jan 15, 2016
Michelle M.

Great teacher!

Michael is a great teacher and I would definitely recommend him to others who are interested in learning to play guitar or who want to increase their skills. Michael does a great job of tailoring the lessons to you, your needs, and your interests. He's very patient, gives feedback appropriately, and always points out what you're doing well. He's very encouraging. Michael is very knowledgeable and experienced. I thought I'd simply be learning to play chords on the guitar, but Michael has also taught me some music theory. He "breaks it down" to make sure I understand the concepts behind what I am doing. He's always happy to answer my questions and takes the time to explain stuff when necessary. He also writes everything down for me so I can easily practice on my own between lessons.

Posted Apr 23, 2013

Guitar Lessons

I think Michael is an excellent teacher and he has patience with his students. I look forward to have more lessons with him

Posted Apr 27, 2012

Guitar lessons

Lessons are going well, though I've only had a few I feel it is a collarborative effort between us both and I've learned quite a few things in a very brief amount of time. I look forward to more lessons and learning a lot more.

Posted Nov 1, 2011

Mike's a great instructor!

Mike is an exceptional guitar instructor! He's very knowledgeable and patient. I can see that he takes the time to taylor his lessons specifically for my son. My son really enjoys his lessons with Mike.

Posted Feb 25, 2011

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Guitarist for a National Band
Jan 2001 - Present


I am a founding member/guitarist for the band mewithoutYou. We have released 5 records, toured the U.S. Canada, Europe, South East Asia and Australia headlining and/or supporting bands such as Weezer, Paramore, Brand New, Thrice, Alkaline Trio and many more.


Bachelor's Degree In Secondary Education
Sep 1995 - Jun 2000

Temple University


Bachelor's Degree in Secondary Education
Jun 2000

Temple University


Woodie Award
Nov 2005


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