Guitar Lessons for Adults
Early Intermediate & Up | Acoustic & Electric
Who I teach
Adult Early Intermediates ... and beyond
I specialize in helping those individuals that are passing the Beginner level and moving into Intermediate. You are an Early Intermediate player if you can CHECK OFF these lesson prerequisites.
Who I Don’t Teach – Beginners from scratch and kids. There are plenty of resources online for beginners and local music stores for kids. My materials and lesson structures are for those looking to unlock the guitar further than open chords and the “Down Down-up up-Down” folk strum. It is a powerful thing to specialize in teaching core advanced topics. By not diverting my focus to covering the basics for those learning from scratch, I have been able to hyper focus on the best ways to teach the useful advanced concepts in a short amount of time.
What You Learn
Useful music theory for guitar
We will use Blues – Rock – Pop when applying theory and skills.
(My materials don’t cover shredding or Classical or advanced Jazz.)
Huge strides in 1 year!
I've made huge strides in just one year. Micah also went above and beyond helping me buy my first electric off craigslist.
Very patient teacher.
“Micah is an incredibly patient teacher who is flexible with topics and adjusts well to students individual interests.”
I finally know my scales!
“I’ve got a lot of awesome guitars…now I know how to play them!”
Intermediate to advanced
“Within a year I went from intermediate to advanced! Now I know soloing, modes, scales, and chords inside and out.”
Able to express myself
“I’m having a blast with my new guitar skills. Micah is great about keeping me on track with laser like focus on the topics I needed to learn.”
Broke it down for me.
“Awesome guitar and music teacher! This man knows his stuff and knows how to break things down into an understandable format.”
Now I understand theory.
“Micah actually teaches theory better than any music instructor I’ve encountered during a decade of playing clarinet!”
Meet your teacher
At 14 in 1989, I picked up my first guitar. After a 2 month beginning guitar class in high School, I taught myself the rest. By 16, I was writing my own music and had formed my own band. Fast forward to 2005, I started singing my own songs as a solo acoustic looping act and began teaching guitar full time.
Original Songs – Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Songwriter, Band Leader
In my first 15 years as a guitarist, I played in several bands and experienced winning 5 different Battle of the Bands contests. I played some big shows, opened for Aerosmith, Kid Rock, Lifehouse, Dishwalla, and played live on LA’s famous 95.5 KLOS Mark & Brian radio show. Fortunately, I avoided some shady offers and contracts, but unfortunately, I experienced the music “business” deep enough to see how broken it is. I decided I wanted to do music on my own terms and at my own pace, so I went solo in 2005 and never looked back!
Original & Cover Songs – Acoustic Singer/Songwriter, Looper
In 2009 I competed and won Alice Cooper’s “Proof is in the Pudding” contest here in Arizona. Winning meant I got to perform in front of 4,500 people at the Dodge/Comerica Theatre for the annual “Christmas Pudding” show. It was an interesting experience to play alongside Lita Ford, Dee Snider, Roger Clyne, and, of course, Alice himself. Another personal highlight was being chosen as one of six finalists in the US to compete at BOSS’s “World’s Best Looper” contest in 2010. I placed 2nd, won a lot of cool BOSS gear, and had an amazing experience! I’m more interested in teaching than gigging these days, but you can find me performing at the Phoenix Film Festival each year.