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Mike Strausbaugh
Mike Strausbaugh

Mike Strausbaugh

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Introduction: Hi, my name is Mike Strausbaugh, and I'm a true Music/Guitar Mentor, based in Denver, Colorado. I work with select students across the U.S. via Zoom. Thinking about in-person lessons? I get it. Seems more 'personal.' But you're limiting your options to LITERALLY a handful of people who say they teach guitar. What if even the very best one is still like most - not a 'teacher' at all, but a guy who plays guitar and has bills? But studying with a Mentor online allows you to expand your choices exponentially, to work with the best ANYWHERE. And if you're working with a true 'teacher,' it doesn't matter if they're 3 feet away, or 3 states away. I can't speak for others, but none of my students are suffering a lack of quality! How do I know I can help? Here's a bit about me... - Master of Music - Classical Guitar - Master of Music - Composition - Master of Music - Jazz Studies - Metro State Denver music faculty (2019-2020) - 20+ years full-time music instruction - countless live performances in rock, metal, classical, jazz, pop, bluegrass, and more...... I transitioned online when COVID hit, but I soon realized something huge: not only are lessons just as effective as in-person, but I can work with people everywhere. People just like you! And I'm a fun guy! You'll be learning more, and learning better, because your lessons don't seem like 'lessons.' They're more like a relaxed hang, your weekly check-in where knowledge is shared and 'mistakes' are just golden opportunities. So, it doesn't matter if you've never picked up a guitar, or have played for 20 years. It also doesn't matter if you want to learn 'this' style, or 'that' genre,' I can help you!
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Josh H.

Guitar Lessons

For those trying to get an understanding of what it is like to have Mike as your music mentor, please STOP & READ this review! My name is Josh, and I am a multi-instrumentalist. When I was looking for a guitar teacher, I really wanted someone who was going to educate me on music theory. A person who could inform me on why certain chords blend well together, how I can play with more intent over chords, and what steps to take to understand the relationship between music across not only the fretboard but all instruments. Instead of playing on "feel", I wanted the ability to feel confident in my play by understanding the relationship between notes and chords. Now that you understand a little bit of my background, I would like to express my progression and time working with Mike. First and foremost, I myself do not look at Mike as a "teacher", but in a lot of ways more of a mentor/friend. This is a guy who will match your level of passion for music and educate you on how you can progress as a guitar player. I approached Mike informing him of what I was looking for in a teacher, and Instantly became aware of how knowledgeable he is in the world of music. Mike is able to break something down that is complex for me, into a simplistic way that makes it easy to understand and apply to my personal practice. (You have to be self-disciplined if you want to make progress) I am able to check in with Mike once a week and get help on what I need in that moment of time. Once he understands what you are seeking to learn, he tailors a plan to educate you in a way that makes sense to you. All in all, when I am in a lesson with Mike I do not feel like I am in a session with a teacher, but rather with a friend that wants to see me achieve what I set out to do and assist me in any way he can. He is a very personable guy and makes you feel at ease regardless of what level of play you are starting from. At the end of the day, if you want a mentor in your life that will be able to take you through the journey of music, assist you with your personal music aspirations, and a guy who will cut the bullshit and make the music experience fun, Mike is your guy! *I would like to add, that I have progressed at my speed with Mike because I practice as much as I can outside of work, and have a strong passion for music. You will progress at the rate of effort that you are willing to put in. Regardless, Mike will put in his effort to work with you and get you to where you want to get*
Mike Strausbaugh's reply
Josh, Wow, I'm so grateful for the kind words, my friend. I truly dig every session, and I love watching you blossom so quickly and deeply!
Apr 3, 2021
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Cristian P.

Guitar Lessons

If you want a teacher that is honest about what he provides during his lessons rather than a teacher who promises you a lot of things just to get you into their first lesson, then Mike is the way to go. From the first time we gained contact with each other, I knew what I was going to get into during these lessons. He does not try to sugarcoat his expectations in the class and does not shy away from any hard questions. He answers these questions with great professionalism and genuine honesty. So all in all, whatever Mike says to you, I can guarantee it to be true. No scams with him! In terms of the lessons, whether you are a beginner, intermediate, or advanced (I was intermediate), you can always take away something from the lessons not just as a guitarist, but as a growing musician. He follows your lead and teaches the lesson based on what you want from the class. Whether it be a practice structure, or just trying to learn a new song, make sure to know what you want when going in. Wish I could've continued, but it doesn't fit my budget at the mom. If you want an honest teacher and want to actually improve in your guitar skills instead of remaining stagnant, Mike is definitely the teacher that would push you!
Mike Strausbaugh's reply
Cristian, Thanks so much for a truthful and honest review! You're right; guitar isn't about 'easy,' it's about dedication, challenging yourself, and working on a craft that never stops rewarding you. Doesn't mean it's 'hard,' just that the effort pays off. I'm glad to have worked with you, and keep it up! Mike
Jan 28, 2021
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Will Y.

Guitar Lessons

Mike is the guy you’re looking for no matter why you’re thinking of getting guitar lessons. Whether you’re a complete beginner or more advanced, Mike can work with you on everything from technique, to theory, to reading music, to learning to play your favorite song. He understands and appreciates all kinds of music, and better still, he helps you discover and understand what YOU love in your favorite pieces. Mike’s lessons don’t feel like lessons. You just spend an hour every week talking, learning, and listening with someone who can help you advance, and who is even more excited about your progress than you are!
Mike Strausbaugh's reply
Will, Shining praise, indeed! Truly grateful, my friend, and I love that we get to discuss and analyze Brahms!
Nov 25, 2020
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Thomas P.

Guitar Lessons

Super knowledgeable and does a great job of picking up on your subconscious signals to figure out how you learn and respond best
Mike Strausbaugh's reply
Thomas, I love that we get to learn through through such Musical diversity. Yet, it's all the same language, yeah? ;)
Feb 2, 2021
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Jay C.

Guitar Lessons

Immensely enjoying my guitar journey with Mike! Have been playing on and off for about 12 years now, and never really found my way to really be able to take my guitar playing where I really want to, learning a lick or tune here and there. But with Mike, he has definitely shown me a path that I feel is already paying dividends, he teaches you how to UNDERSTAND the music, not just how to play licks and riffs, which is what I have been looking for all these years! Mike is extremely knowledgeable in his craft, any question you have he is able to explain in a way that is very understandable and inspiring at the same time. He also is extremely responsive even if I have a quick question about gear or something else. I am very thankful to have Mike as my mentor in my mission to finally become not just a decent guitar player, but a well rounded MUSICIAN. If you really want to learn guitar and not just how to play a song, Mike is your guy!
Mike Strausbaugh's reply
Jay, SO happy to be of service! You've really embraced the idea of 'journey' vs. 'destination,' which means a lifelong enjoyment of growth as a musician, and not just playing shapes, scales, and songs. Happy to be working with you!
Apr 16, 2020
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  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    $80/hour-long lessons via Zoom, FaceTime, etc.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    By definition, every first lesson is unique. Why? Because YOU, my friend, have a unique set of skills, interests, and a unique way of learning. So, like that first visit to your primary care doctor, I learn about you so I build an understanding on how to guide you.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    Master of Music - Classical Guitar, Master of Music - Composition, Master of Music - Jazz Studies, Metro State Denver faculty (2019-2020), Bachelor of Arts - Classical Guitar Live performance, from local dives to DU's Newman Center and Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis

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