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12:00 noon to 8:00 p.m.
Interested musical styles
I started taking guitar lessons with Mike last year, as a beginner. Over the eight months I've been playing, I've noticed major improvements in my technique. Mike has taught me everything from new chords and scales to fingerstyle and flatpicking. He uses a blend of exercises and guided practice to help you grasp the material, and will show you ways to learn and play various songs of your choosing. Additionally, I have a much greater understanding of musical theory as a result of my lessons (arpeggios, cadences, rhythm, the ability to read music, etc.). I should mention that Mike is patient, flexible, and accommodating...traits that I really appreciate, given the fact that I'm a working adult and have many other demands on my time. All in all, Mike's a great teacher and I highly recommend him.May 12, 2013Verified
Initial experience is great. Friendly. Competent. Accommodating.Jul 12, 2012Verified
Hi there!! I have been taking beginner guitar lessons from Michael for several months now and I'm quite pleased so far!! I am an adult with an interest in learning to play but with no prior formal training. Michael's patient manner and sense of humor is important to me as a student and makes for enjoyable weekly sessions. I particularly like his mix of theory based learning and practical, hands on type exercises. For me, that works well. Most importantly, I work full-time and try to balance family/life obligations and I've never felt pressurred if there's a week i have not been able to get as much time-in on the instrument as I would have liked. I am learning at my own pace and that's critical for me so I stay motivated to play. I play for relaxation and enjoyment and I think Michael brings that mix of strengths into his teaching program. Lastly, he is a VERY accomplished musicion who can play anything, classical, folk, rock, jazz, etc. I interviewed a number of different instructors and I'm glad I met up with Michael. PS, If you want to learn to play the violin Michael's wife is also an accomplished violinist!! Cool, huh? Cheers, Ben.Dec 13, 2011Verified
- How did you get started doing this type of work?My parents were both school teachers, and people often joked how I would become a teacher too. I vehemently said 'no way!', but I guess I didn't realize teaching guitar would be so much fun! I definitely have the 'teach others' gene passed down from my parents - I love seeing people go from not being able to do or understand something, and then being helped along to the point where they CAN!
- What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?Shop around - don't necessarily settle for the first teacher you find. There needs to be a good chemistry between you and your teacher, helping ensure that you have a positive learning experience.