Guitar lessons & More

Whether you’re striving to be a concert guitarist, composer/songwriter, or just wish to learn your favorite songs, I customize individualized instruction based on your needs:

  • Learn solid, confident technique
  • Build a foundation in music theory
  • Develop your Composition/songwriting skills

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI offer:

  • Classical instruction
  • All acoustic styles,including jazz, folk, traditional
  • DADGAD/non-traditional tunings

(I was trained at and taught for 20 years at a conservatory).

Also:

Improvisation, Music Theory, Composition

 

  • Young or old–students of all ages and playing levels are welcome.
  • Weekly, bi-monthly, monthly, or only occasional lessons. What’s right for you?
  • Can’t get to me? Skype lessons are also offered.

I also teach a variety of workshops, geared to guitar players of all levels and non-guitarists alike. A workshop can be 2 hours, half a day before or after a show, a weekend or up to two weeks. Some favorite topics over the years (outlines available):

EXPANDING THE TONAL AND EXPRESSIVE PALLETTE WITH A FRESH LOOK AT RIGHT HAND TECHNIQUE
Guitarists tend to think of their instrument in terms of learning frets, fingers and strings. But there is a whole other dimension of expression that can happen when we think of the right hand differently. One of my most popular workshops.

NOT FOR GUITARISTS ONLY!
I often say I’m a musician first; guitar is only the voice through which the music speaks. What is the Creative Process? How do we find a voice of expression without getting bogged down in technique?
How do we learn to transcend the instrument? What is Creative Listening? A workshop for all musicians (guitarists, “fret” not: you will learn plenty about our instrument as well!).

THE PERFORMER AND AUDIENCE AS PARTNERS: COMPLETING THE CIRCLE
The target participants for this Active Listening Workshop: Adults with a mix of musical backgrounds, ranging from no experience with performing music to amateur or semi-professional performer.

IMPROVISATION AS SPONTANEOUS COMPOSITION
Many people think of Improvisation as some mysterious skill that happens “over the chord progression”. We’ll look at it a little differently in this workshop for all musicians.

NEW FOR 2013: THIS IS HOW I DISAPPEAR: THE GUITAR MEETS A WORLD OF TRADITIONS
“This Is How I Disappear” is more than the title of the new CD–it’s a journey into an intensely personal creative process. I talk about “disappearing” as a creative necessity, and “reappearing” as its logical outcome, all exemplified by music from my newest collection.

Michael leading an improvisation session

Michael leading an improvisation session

 And if you’re looking for guidance on forging a career in music, I can be a valuable resource, with practical experience in all aspects of the business side of making music, including:

  • Recording
  • promotional materials
  • radio/press servicing
  • stagecraft

Contact me: michael@fallingmountain.com

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