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Guitar Lessons for Adults

Early Intermediate & Up | Acoustic & Electric

Chandler, Arizona

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. 

Lesson Prerequisites

Open Chords

You can play all your basic open chords. C A G E D Em Am Dm, Dom7 and Maj7 chords. 

E & A Shape Bar Chords

You are comfortable with playing the E and A shape bar chords like F or Fm and B or Bm. 

Smooth Open to Bar Chord Transitions

You have become comfortable with transitioning from open chords to a bar chords without pausing.

Starting to Play Scales

Have been or are starting to work on the Pentatonic or Diatonic scales.

Rhythm!

You can tap your foot while strumming. You can maintain your tempo while playing to a metronome.

Self Sufficient Learning New Songs

You are able to teach yourself a new song by looking up the chord/lyric sheets or TAB online. 

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.) 

Fretboard Visuals

Master the octave system on the fretboard. Learn the best ways to  visualize patterns and relationships of notes , chords, scales,, and riffs.

Chords

Learn how to build  ANY chord.  Chords in keys. Chord number voicings.  CAGED system and how it applies to the chords. G and C bar chord shapes. 

Skill & Technique

Work on your bends, slides, hammer-ons and pull-offs. Learn to play with a slide. Gain speed and accuracy. Artificial harmonics and pinch harmonics. Tapping. Locking into a groove. 

Guitar Lessons for Electric And Acoustic

Scales

Pentatonic Major and Minor scales. Blues scale. Major Diatonic scale and the Modes. Harmonic Minor…and how to use all these scales  in your playing.

Songwriting

Chord progressions, song formats, styles, substitutions like 5 of 5 and 4 of 4, borrowing chords from other keys. Lyric writing tips. Getting out of a rut. How to get started writing songs.

Soloing

Tired of sounding like you are running up and down your scales and not sounding melodic? We will cover how to use chords and scales together to visualize the fretboard so you can play phrases that sound “mature”.

Fretboard Visuals

Master the octave system on the fretboard. Learn the best ways to  visualize patterns and relationships of notes , chords, scales,, and riffs.

Chords

Learn how to build  ANY chord.  Chords in keys. Chord number voicings.  CAGED system and how it applies to the chords. G and C bar chord shapes. 

Skill & Technique

Work on your bends, slides, hammer-ons and pull-offs. Learn to play with a slide. Gain speed and accuracy. Artificial harmonics and pinch harmonics. Tapping. Locking into a groove. 

Scales

Pentatonic Major and Minor scales. Blues scale. Major Diatonic scale and the Modes. Harmonic Minor…and how to use all these scales  in your playing.

Songwriting

Chord progressions, song formats, styles, substitutions like 5 of 5 and 4 of 4, borrowing chords from other keys. Lyric writing tips. Getting out of a rut. How to get started writing songs.

Soloing

Tired of sounding like you are running up and down your scales and not sounding melodic? We will cover how to use chords and scales together to visualize the fretboard so you can play phrases that sound “mature”.

Testimonials

Guitar Lessons and Classes with Micah Beverly
  • Huge strides in 1 year!

    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. 

    Robbie D.
    Private Guitar Student
  • Very patient teacher.

    Very patient teacher.

    “Micah is an incredibly patient teacher who is flexible with topics and adjusts well to students individual interests.”

    Samir G.
    Private Guitar Student
  • I finally know my scales!

    I finally know my scales!

    “I’ve got a lot of awesome guitars…now I know how to play them!”

    Todd B.
    Private Guitar Student
  • Intermediate to advanced

    Intermediate to advanced

    “Within a year I went from intermediate to advanced! Now I know soloing, modes, scales, and chords inside and out.”

    Corey G.
    Private Guitar Student
  • Able to express myself

    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.”

    Angela F.
    Private Guitar Student
  • Broke it down for me.

    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.”

    Eric R.
    Private Guitar Student
  • Now I understand theory.

    Now I understand theory.

    “Micah actually teaches theory better than any music instructor I’ve encountered during a decade of playing clarinet!”

    Kim J.
    Private Guitar Student

Micah Beverly

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.

2nd Place
BOSS/Roland
"Worlds Best Looper Contest"

Musicians Institute – Hollywood, CA
US “Finals” Competition

1st Place
Alice Cooper
"Proof-is-in-the-Pudding"

Dodge Theatre – Phoenix, AZ
Alice Cooper’s “Christmas Pudding”

10,000+ hrs

Teaching
Lessons

15 Years

Experience
Teaching

300+

Students
Taught

30 years

Playing
Guitar

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Private Lesson $80

Focus on a Topic

1.5 hours

Adults

Early Intermediates & Up

Chandler, AZ (Ray/101)

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No Monthly Commitment

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