mwyatt222 wrote the following on youtube:

I once heard this guy play "sweet georgia brown" chorded @ 64 time, I witnessed him pick out Pages "rain song" in 1, 30min. lesson without using jimi's alt. tuning. Ego guitar players beware, this guy's a sleeping giant. He also plays amazing slide with what appears to be a ring he invented called micro-bar{ or slide}. As a teacher he took the time to teach[tab-out] a lot of stuff i.e.Rush, that was'nt his cup of tea, but somehow these song's after 25 years, I still recall. Keep jammin' mike!

I want to take the time to thank you for everything you taught me. Thanks for being a fun easy going teacher! I know I left without saying goodbye. There were a lot of things going on in my life at the time! I wrote my first guitar song because of you! Thank you for the advice that you gave me. I carry your words with me daily!!!!!!! I'm in l.a. right now but Im planning to move to dallas. Hopefully I'll be able to study with you again! Thank you!!! Its started with you! Coming to guitar lessons with you changed my life ! Journi Walker

As a professional group and private guitar instructor and wedding performer, I look back to the strong musical foundation laid for me by Mike's instruction. As a ten year old beginner, Mike fostered me in chord vocabulary, note reading, playing by ear, and music theory, but I never felt overwhelmed. He moved me along only as fast as I was ready for, and always in a kind and patient manner; attending lessons was the highlight of each week! Dan Anderson, Grand Rapids, MI

From guitar virtuoso and former student David Oneal :

Hey there. So, in case you didn't know it, apparently I can actually write a catchy tune. I made the cut of the top 150 songs in the 3rd Annual Williamsburg Live Songwriter Competition! Pretty exciting. I'll be performing THIS SUNDAY Sept. 17 at Bar Matchless at 8pm. You'll have to come to the show to find out which song I submitted!

From Kirk Dunn, Author of the "Radical Guitar Method"

Mike was my first guitar teacher and really got me off in the right direction. Much of the material in the Radical Guitar Method came directly from our session back in the late 70s. Even though Mike and I had lost touch for several years, we recently reconnected and got a chance to record this hour-long interview in MP3 format where Mike serves up some great tips.

Music Lessons for the 21st Century

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A very kind note from James Richard:

An endorsement: I've been a student for several years. One of the challenges of learning anything new is "we don't know what we don't know." Mike does a great job of telling you what you don't know but SHOULD know, in addition to teaching you what you want to learn. (I prefer this approach versus those teachers who take the easy way out and just tab out what you want to learn). He continually assesses my weaknesses and forces me to address them. ;) And he also excels at separating the 'wheat from the chaff' and gets you to playing real music in no time at all.


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