Mike Johnson

Mike J.

Ogden, UT

Lesson Details

Blues Guitar

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Students learn notation, tab, theory and chords. They will play entire songs along with recordings by their favorite artists. Later they will learn how to improvise a solo or play one from a recording. Fingerpicking styles will also be taught as well as how to chord in the correct style for the music.

Other students may have a specific goal and a custom curriculum will be created to get them there fast.

Students are encouraged to listen, keep solid rhythm, try different styles, and have fun.
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Mike teaches



Mike delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 6+

Teaching since:
May 1978

Hi. My name is Mike J. I am a full time music instructor with over 30 years of experience teaching, performing and writing music. I teach both steel string guitar (acoustic or electric) and classical (nylon string) guitar as well as the electric bass and the ukulele.

I incorporate music theory into my lessons but can also teach theory by itself.

I cover rock, folk, pop, blues, jazz, gospel, country or classical. I teach fingerpicking and flat-picking. I strive to find a good balance each lesson between the study of reading, technique and music theory and learning songs you know and like.

I have had excellent results with this approach so that typically ¼ of my students have stayed and studied with me for over 3 years!

Here's an article I wrote on some of the reasons I enjoy teaching:

I look forward to the possibility of helping you reach your musical goals.

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Jun 1978 - Aug 1979
Master Conservatory of Music


Web Design
Jun 2001 - Aug 2001
University of California at Davis
Sep 1982 - Apr 1984
Niagara College
Applied Music
Sep 1979 - Apr 1981
Mohawk College


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Grade 10 Classical Guitar
May 1987
Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto, Canada

Diploma in Applied Music
Apr 1981
Mohawk College

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Silver Medal Award Grade 9 Classical Guitar
May 1986
Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto, Canada

Photos & Videos

In this video Mike plays in a bluegrass fingerstyle
Mike explains his approach to lessons in this brief video
Mike playing the ukulele
Photo by Mike J.

Photo by Mike J.

Photo by Mike J.
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8 Reviews

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Cali Mar 28, 2018
Guitar · In home

I liked him a lot!!! Can't wait til next week!!!

Ken Beck Nov 24, 2017
Bass Guitar · In studio

Very good first lesson, looking forward to more...

Salvador Apr 11, 2017
Guitar · In studio

I have learned so much from Mike in almost a year. He knows so much about the guitar and music theory. Without Mike I would not have progressed as much as I have. Mike has been awesome and very patient. He listens to me when I tell him what I need to work on. I would recommend him a million times over!!!

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James Nov 29, 2016
Bass Guitar · In home

I'm a 42 yr old man with no music training. The teacher has been very patient and encouraging as he has taught me to play the Bass guitar.

Sherry Aug 21, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In home

Mike has been a great instructor. I am a beginner and he has been very helpful and patient with my lack of knowledge and ability. He answers all my questions and has been very encouraging and helpful. I am looking forward to continuing and finally being able to play the guitar!

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Jeff V. Feb 22, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

Most of my life I've wanted to learn how to play the guitar so a couple years ago I started teaching myself from online tutorials. With no real structure and no one to hold me accountable, I had very little success. So 9 months ago I gave Mike a call. I'm a very busy individual but Mike was willing to work around my schedule and fit me in when it was convenient for me. The first few months were fairly difficult because I had developed some bad habits and was still very green. Mike ask me what kind of music I wanted to play, fixed my bad habits, and now he has me playing songs from Darius Rucker, Luke Bryan, The Eagles and more. Playing the music that I like has made it fun and motivates me to get better. Mike is an incredible guitar player and instructor! I'm looking forward to what he can teach me over the next few years.

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Troy T. Feb 6, 2015
Guitar · In studio

Mike is a great guitar instructor. I have been taking lessons from him using my electric guitar to learn how to play rock and metal, but he has also been teaching me theory and all things important to being really good at playing guitar in general. I have never learned to play any instrument before but have always wanted to. Mike definitely knows his stuff and is an expert at playing guitar and teaching it. I've only taken lessons for about 4 months now but am surprised at myself by how well I can already play by applying the exercises and technique he teaches me, and being an adult that says a lot, because I don't always get to practice as much as I would like. I definitely plan on continuing my lessons with Mike because it is exciting to see my progress, and I know he will help me reach my goals to play. I've had some friends tell me that it took them 2 years of playing before they even started playing songs like Master of Puppets and I'm already about to start, and have already been able to play simpler songs completely. Also, every time I have a question about anything in guitar Mike always is able to explain it to me in a way I can understand.

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Canyon C. Feb 5, 2015

I was playing guitar for about 2-3 years prior to getting lessons. Sure I was learning some things but not even close to the amount I've learned from Mike. I think Mike is a great teacher and if you're interested in learning how to play guitar, I'd definitely recommend taking lessons from him.

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