Mike Bacarella

Mike B.

Arcadia, CA

About Mike B.

Mike teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: June 2004
Last sign in: Within a month


Mike B. is a professional guitar and bass player based in Southern California. Having received a certificate in guitar performance from the Atlanta Institute of Music, a Bachelor's of Music in guitar performance from the University of Redlands, and currently attending the University of Southern California seeking a Master's in Studio/Jazz Guitar, he divides his time between performing live, doing recordings, and being an educator. As an educator he has many years of experience teaching all levels of players not only how to be stronger players in their genre of choice, but also giving them a strong foundation in music theory, exploring the creative side of music, and giving them the tools to expand as musicians for years to come.

Articles written by Mike:
5 Easy Blues Guitar Licks: http://takelessons.com/blog/five-easy-blues-guitar-licks-z01
How Much Should I Practice?: http://takelessons.com/blog/guitar-practice-tips

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Private Lesson Instructor
Jun 2004 - Present

Oct 2008 - Aug 2009
Atlanta Institute of Music


Master's Degree in Studio/Jazz Guitar
Sep 2014 - Present
University of Southern California
Bachelor's Degree in Guitar Performance
Aug 2012 - May 2014
University of Redlands
Associates Degree in Music
Sep 2009 - May 2012
Mount San Jacinto Community College
Guitar Performance
Oct 2007 - Sep 2008
Atlanta Institute of Music
High School Diploma
Aug 2003 - Jun 2007
Paloma Valley High School

Languages Spoken

Fluent / Native Proficiency


Guitar Performance
Sep 2008
Atlanta Institute of Music

4 Reviews on Mike B.

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Jane May 20, 2016
· Guitar · In studio Great instructor with great skill and nice temper. I decide to take more classes with this instructor, after my session is over.
Ben G. Jan 9, 2015
· Guitar · In studio I, myself, was a peer of Mike's at the University of Redlands. We both studied jazz guitar performance and have performed together on multiple occasions. Even so, Mike's ability as a performer far surpassed any of his colleagues'. In fact, his capabilities on the guitar were so outstanding that I decided that I would take lessons with him, in addition to regular lessons with my school instructor. To my surprise, the only thing better than listening to Mike's playing was his ability to transfer his knowledge to others.

His lessons are always conducted in a professional and friendly manner. I always left with a deeper understanding of music and as an improved player.

He is well versed in many styles and his professional experience as a musician is something to be sought after when looking for a guitar teacher. His understanding of the instrument and music theory will ensure that whatever questions you may have, he will know the answer. No matter where your skill level is, there will always be something to learn from this man.
Michael F. Jan 8, 2015
· Guitar · In studio Before I started taking lessons with Mike I was able to play the guitar but wasn't very experienced. Mike and I set a plan for myself that I would enjoy but also get me to be able to play what I wanted to play. He even helped me through some of my music classes at my college (Music Theory, Musicianship, Jazz, etc.) and taught me to apply what I was learning to the guitar. He taught me how to read music, play blues and jazz, and overall become a better musician.

He was challenging but made it overall fun and exciting. Whenever I ran into a problem he was able to break it down and figure out what I needed to do to get over it.

He is a great teacher and I am really grateful I started taking lessons with mike. I strongly recommend him; whether you have just started out and just want to learn or an experienced musician trying to get better, he will help you get there.
Brian W. Jan 7, 2015
· Guitar · Online Our 17 year old son has been taking lessons from Mike for more than 3 years. When he started out with Mike he figured he'd try lessons for a month or so, since then he's never considered stopping.
We feel very fortunate to have found Mike, if you are a beginner or experienced player that wants to expand your skills Mike is your guy.

My son started out as a raw beginner and has developed into a talented player that has a solid understanding of music theory, can write original songs, plays classical, blues, jazz, metal, classic rock and can shred like you wouldn't believe. Mike has kept it interesting and challenging all this time
Mike Bacarella
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