About this pro
6 years in business
56 hires on Thumbtack
Interested musical styles
Eric L.Aug 6, 2018Verified
I came in as a self-taught guitarist of seven years, and when I first contacted Michael, my aim was to learn musical modes. My expectations were far surpassed in that not only did I learn musical modes, but Michael helped me fill in all of those areas I grazed over that are so common in self-taught guitar players. Beyond musical modes, I learned jazz style, classical finger picking, and other areas I would have never dreamed of or had the intention of doing until I realized how far I'd come in so little time. Michael had a knack for motivating me to push past those desperate moments where I felt like I would never get a part down.Mar 15, 2016Verified
Michael is a great instructor, I can tell. He definitely knows what he's talking about when it comes to music theory and learning your way around the fretboard. In just one hour of being instructed by him, I learned more information than I have in my 8 years of self-teaching! I highly recommend this instructor, and I would set him up with anybody who's interested in learning about the guitar! Go to this gentleman!Aug 2, 2015Verified
He is awesome! Very patient for beginners and talented enough for the experienced. I felt very comfortable and will continue going back.Dec 14, 2014Verified
From the very start, Michael was polite and informative. I am glad I chose his service over the other offers, because he provides top quality lessons. He's very honest, and one of the BEST private teachers I have had the experience of interact with.Nov 25, 2014Verified
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- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?My price breaks down very simply: A drop-in lesson is $50 and can be rescheduled. An enrolled student pays $40 per lesson for the whole month, meaning $160 or $200 depending on the month. Those lessons can only be rescheduled for a medical emergency, and are missed otherwise. The reason teachers demanded notes from the doctor in school is they still needed to get paid if their students don't show up. Ask yourself a simple question: If your boss doesn't show up to work, can you still pay rent and feed your family?
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?I offer a free lesson to get to know someone. Usually they will know whether we will get along based on whether or not they read my introductory messages. However, I want them to feel confident about the time spent. The first lesson is literally that - I jump right in to basic mechanics and theory. We progress in that fashion for 2 or 3 weeks, and if the student is noticeably practicing, we apply those things to their desired music to move forward. The most common student I get is one who has been playing for years and is tired of being stuck, and having so many questions about the fretboard and about music in general. If you look through my reviews, you'll see people stating specifically that I've given them answers for all of their questions.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?I have sung since 1986, I have played guitar since 1990, I have been a professional musician since 2000, and I have a degree in music from TWU with voice and cello as primary instruments.