By Michael Daniel
An Industry Leader In Guitar Lessons Since 1991.
Centrally located. Serving Arcadia, Ahwatukee, Chandler, East Valley, Gilbert, Glendale, Mesa, Paradise Valley, Peoria, Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe.
Teacher And Owner
Why Should You Take Guitar Lessons From Me?
Track Record Of Success
What I offer is a proven, successful method of teaching guitar that delivers results. I provide an almost 100% chance of learning to play competently if you do the things I ask. The success rate of people learning on their own is probably 1%. That is to say 99 out of 100 people fail to reach a point where they can play music. In studying with me you will know how to reach your potential, and how to do so as quickly as possible. You will learn how to play confidently. Intermediate or advanced players can break through walls, and advance to their full potential as quickly as possible. In short, I am the most experienced and dedicated teacher you likely can find, and I really understand the fundamentals, truths and hidden secrets of the guitar.
I am full-time, professional teacher with over 25 years, and over 45,000 hours of teaching experience. Satisfied clients include many guitarists from prominent, locally based bands. I have played on, and produced many records. I am passionate and dedicated about what I do.
I provide excellent, innovative lessons at reasonable rates. I will minimize your financial risk, and you will not waste your time or money. My instruction methods are very organized. This is far from the norm among music teachers, where often you waste your time on a few lessons until you realize you are not progressing like your should. I really believe I deliver the best value of any teacher available.
I can teach you more quickly than anyone else. I've consistently seen over time that my students learn 10 to 20 times faster than with other instructors. You don't even have to spend more time practicing! My innovative teaching methods are very organized, methodical and logical. You will develop skills in a way that minimizes your frustrations. I will guide and support you step-by-step, and you will have weekly objectives. I apply my unusually good communication skills in supporting you in reaching your goals. If you put the effort in, then your efforts will pay off. Because my methods really work, I believe in challenging and inspiring students to reach higher than they think possible. In fact, I guarantee that if you stick with lessons and do the things I ask, you will achieve results that far exceed your expectations.
Learn Songs You Like- Accurately And Understandably
You will develop skills in a way that maximizes your fun by learning songs you love. I will guide you in learning your favorite songs in a logical order from the easiest to the most difficult. Styles taught include: rock, pop, acoustic, hard rock, metal, alternative, R & B, blues, punk, folk, Latin, country, Christian, reggae, and others. I am an expert transcriptionist, and can accurately transcribe any song you want to learn. Tabbing songs accurately and understandably is a rare skill, even among guitar teachers. If you take lessons from someone without this skill you will be learning songs wrong! I have transcribed, note-for-note, over 5,000 songs over the years. Most are scanned into files that are available for your use.
Professionalism And Dedication
I have had no other job since 1997. This is what I do. If you needed a plumber, or electrician would you hire someone who dabbles? I treat students with respect, patience, and a positive, supportive attitude. I am committed to helping you, and I will work hard to help you reach your goals. I give one-hour lessons, not the half-hour lessons that leave most students feeling short-changed. I could make more money giving half hour lessons, but I refuse to deprive students of the attention they need. All printed lesson materials are provided. I am committed to giving you the skills you need to enjoy music over your lifetime.
I've invested in building the best-equipped teaching studio in Phoenix. I have sheet music for over 3,000 songs, and recordings of over 27,000 songs. You will learn with the best professional equipment. State-of-the-art gear is used to transcribe songs, and to process songs for practice enhancement. I am also a very experienced music producer, so I can also help with your demo production and career development. Also, the learning environment is clean and pleasant.
Total Mastery Of Music And Superior Knowledge
I offer the most comprehensive lessons available. I'll guide you through a course of topics you need to become a complete guitarist, and fully reach your potential. Topics include: songs, technique, theory, song writing, improvisation, ear training, practice technique and more. I can give you all the tools you need to become a successful performer or recording artist, or enjoy a lifetime of playing fun. With my help, there is no limit to what you can do.
Flexibility In Teaching All Types Of Students
I can help anyone ages 12 and older- from beginners to touring professionals. I welcome beginners. I've had great successes with people just starting out, kids and children. If you are already an intermediate or advanced guitarist, I can help take your playing farther than you can imagine.
Likeability And Trustworthiness
The music industry, as you may already know, is often a rough-and-tumble world. I think my students usually find I am one of the 'nice guys' in the music industry. I am very clean, healthy and sane (this is not the norm in music). If you are a parent, you can trust that I will be a good, safe influence on your child. That being said, I am open to working with people with different lifestyles and values. I have a positive attitude towards, and I get along well with all ages and types of people. I operate with a great deal of integrity in my dealings with other people. I've become friends with many of my past and current students.
Why Should You Learn Guitar?
Playing music is fun. If you ask a hundred people what they would most want to do for a living, I bet the number one answer would be to play music. Playing guitar well is one of the most enjoyable and most rewarding activities possible. This is true whether you want to be a performer, or just want to play for your own enjoyment.
Playing music is exciting. You will never likely be bored for the rest of your life. You will do something meaningful with your life that you will be proud of later. As a hobby, I believe playing music is much more rewarding than video games (including guitar hero) or watching television.
Playing music can be creatively gratifying. You can use (the good) parts of your brain that you likely will never be able to use in other situations in your life.
The guitar is an amazingly versatile, expressive and powerful instrument that can be used for many purposes. The guitar is the predominant instrument used to write songs. Unlike piano, it is also portable.
Why Should You Take Guitar Lessons?
Playing guitar is much more enjoyable when you have a certain level of proficiency. Playing without adequate technique can seriously undermine your enjoyment, your confidence, and will severely limit any professional opportunities. Even if you are playing purely for your own enjoyment, playing badly is generally not much fun.
While playing guitar well is not easy, it can be learned. Almost every guitarist you hear on modern recordings has taken extensive musical training. If you are already an experienced player, an excellent teacher can help take your playing to a new level.
What you could learn in 10 years on your own, you could learn in as little as a year with an excellent teacher. An excellent teacher will show you how to develop good technique in a relatively short time. Some good guitarists are self-taught. They might learn on their own, but take much longer than necessary. Most who try become frustrated, and quit long before they reach their potential. A serious problem with learning on your own is you likely will attempt songs that are too difficult, and you will become frustrated and discouraged. Songs should be learned in a logical order, from the easiest to the most difficult. A good teacher will guide you in learning how to play your favorite songs well.
Also, a good teacher can help you develop your own unique style.
There is also a feeling of general confidence that comes with being able to play any instrument well. This can be applied to other areas of life.