Lead and Rhythm: Classic, Alternative,
Contemporary, Heavy Metal, Indie, Punk, Progressive and more.
Old Country Blues, Delta Blues, Slide Guitar (Acoustic & Electric), Ragtime Blues,
Chicago Style (Lead & Rhythm).
Traditional & Contemporary Folk with Finger style and Flat-picking accompaniment. Rise Up Singing is
just one source used. Singing and playing is taught as well.
Country Guitar has traveled a beautiful and diverse road from its roots in Cowboy Songs,
Western Swing and Hillbilly Boogie.
There is Countrypolitan Nashville, Rockabilly. How about Bakersfield Sound, Outlaw Country, or
Whatever era or style of Country Guitar you're fixin' to play, Michael is ready to teach.
Bass/Strum accompaniment with Bass/Runs and Riffs. Solo playing for Bluegrass and Fiddle tunes. Flat-picking techniques and
speed and co-ordination exercises are emphasized as well as Solo writing and improvisation in the Bluegrass style.
All aspects of three-finger picking and arpeggio style are taught. Styles include Old Country Blues,
Delta Blues, Slide Guitar, American Primitive, New Age, and accompaniment styles for vocalists.
Mastering the technique and expression of the Classical Guitar is a powerful and joyous experience. Instruction
focuses on posture, right and left hand technique, arpeggio technique,
scale theory and technique, sight reading, and performance.
Jazz Guitar requires all of the focus and commitment of the Classical Guitar with the added demand of
skillful improvisation. Instruction focuses on right and left hand technique (for chord progressions and scales),
Jazz Chord Theory and Substitution, Chord Melodies and Pure Improvisation.