|Monday||10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.|
|Tuesday||10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.|
|Wednesday||10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.|
|Thursday||10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.|
|Friday||10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.|
Michael Wynar/ Groove Lab
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I feel incredibly lucky to have Michael as my teacher! I hope I'll be able to do so for a long time! Three years into grad school, I realized I really want to play the guitar, which has been a childhood dream of mine. I ran to the closest Guitar Center, bought a guitar, and started taking lessons there. For three months, however, I found myself stuck on the most basic things. For instance, I didn't know what to do with subdivisions, yet my teacher back then didn't say much as I butchered one piece after another. I had no idea whether I didn't try hard enough or if I was on the wrong track. After enough frustrations, I Googled "guitar teachers in East Bay" and found Michael's "Groove Lab" (it was the name that initially caught my eye). Even over the phone I could strongly sense Michael's joy and passion for teaching this instrument. He seemed to be a super upbeat person (no pun intended) and have a sophisticated teaching philosophy. I started taking lessons with Michael since this August, and it was everything and more! He explains concepts clearly and puts them to immediate practice. Within a few moments, for example, I learned how to count 8th notes, which I'd been struggling with for months. When things don't go as smoothly at first, he is patient, encouraging, and tries out different methods with me until something clicks. Apart from the lessons, I highly enjoy the personalized exercises that Michael developed for students, which are fun and just at the right level of difficulty. Moreover, I'm pleasantly surprised by how responsive Michael is to questions I ask after class, which I'm grateful for. If you're reading this and trying to find a guitar teacher, I'd say Michael is the one! In terms of personality, pedagogy, and commitment, I can hardly imagine a better teacher!Sep 18, 2018Michael W.'s reply
Thank you so much Yuan! It is an honor to help you with your musical goals!
Michael is just the right mix of intuitive, playful and talented. He has been such a positive presence in my son’s development.Jul 6, 2018Michael W.'s reply
Thank you Joanie, it has been so rewarding being a part of Nikko’s musical path and watching his musical abilities and excitement grow!
Working with Michael was an excellent experience. He jumpstarted my development as a guitarist and is a wonderful mentor.Jul 2, 2018Michael W.'s reply
Thanks so much Sam for taking the moment to write a review. It was such a pleasure being a part of your musical development!
My daughter took guitar lessons from Michael for years. He was great and she learned a lot. She played jazz guitar in Albany middle and highschool jazz bands and continues to play in college.Jun 27, 2018Michael W.'s reply
Thanks so much Amy! I always had a great time working with Dylan. She was a pleasure to work with and a joy to know through the many years! I am so glad to hear that music is still a part of her life in her college years! Thanks Amy!
I had been teaching myself guitar for a few years now, and found that I had reached a plateau in my learning. I was looking for a guitar teaching who could fill in the blanks and take me to the next level. Michael listened to my goals, and created a curriculum that was specific to me and my learning needs. He knows that guitar is not "one size fits all", so he creates his own professional worksheets and method. Michael is full of tricks to make learning easier, and is excited about playing. He would be a great teacher for any age or level. Thanks, Michael!Apr 11, 2017
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- What types of customers have you worked with?Over the last 20 years of teaching I have taught all ages from age 5-65! I have taught students that are just beginning to explore music all the way on up to experienced musicians that are looking to expand into new musical territories. I have even taught rock stars kids! A few years back I taught Billie Joe Armstrong’s (Green Day) youngest son who has gone on to have a successful career in his own right.