Guitar, Ukulele and Bass Lessons in Ogden, Utah

Guitar Lessons Online

Bass Lessons Online

Ukulele Lessons Online

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1. Lessons - In Person

Guitar, ukulele or bass lessons can be given in person in South Ogden, UT, or Riverdale, UT.  Private one-on-one instruction is given, 1/2 hour, weekly lessons (note that one hour weekly or bi-weekly lessons can also be arranged). In-Person bass, ukulele and guitar lessons are easily accessible from Ogden, South Ogden, North Ogden, Layton, Clearfield, Roy, Clinton, Farr West, Plain City, South Weber, Syracuse, Hooper, West Haven, West Point, Eden, Huntsville, Morgan, Liberty, Kaysville and Uintah, Utah.

A fixed rate per calendar month  is charged for weekly 1/2 hour lessons (due on the first lesson of each month). Call for current rates.

Mike can teach adults or children, beginner to advanced. Styles include classical (including classical music theory), rock, blues, jazz, country, gospel or folk (including fingerpicking). Music theory is incorporated into the lessons. The most important thing Mike can offer is a quality learning experience. Typically teaching over 50 students a week of all ages, backgrounds and interests, over 25% of Mike's students have been taking lessons with Mike for over 3 years! You can read about Mike's experience and approach, and listen to audio, or watch video of him playing, read reviews from students, and read his blog, all using the links at the top of this page.

Besides the 6 string guitar lessons, ukulele and electric bass guitar lessons, Mike can also give music theory lessons.

To inquire about or arrange lessons in Ogden or online from anywhere in the world, call or email:

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Mike G. Johnson

mike@6stringguru.com

801-710-4849

 

2. Lessons Online

Guitar, ukulele lessons or bass lessons can be given online via skype or through websites optimized for lessons such as Hownow, TheZoen.com or Takelessons.com. You will find Mike's profile on these sites. Mike was one of a handful of guitar instructors hand selected by Google for the launch of their Google Helpouts service Nov 5, 2013. Not sure what skype is? Scroll down for more info.

A fixed rate per calendar month  is charged for weekly 1/2 hour lessons (due on the first lesson of each month). Call for current rates.  The rates at the online sites above are similar.

Mike can teach adults or children, beginner to advanced. Styles include classical (including classical music theory), rock, blues, jazz, country, gospel or folk (including fingerpicking). Music theory is incorporated into the lessons. The most important thing Mike can offer is a quality learning experience.  Typically teaching over 50 students a week, over 25% of Mike's students have been taking lessons with Mike for over 3 years! You can read about Mike's experience and approach, and listen to audio, or watch video of him playing, read reviews from students, and read his blog, all using the links at the top of this page.

Besides the 6 string guitar lessons, ukulele and electric bass guitar lessons, Mike can also give music theory lessons.

 

What is a Skype or Online Music Lesson?

 

A skype or other online music lesson (or a skype bass lesson) is not the same as a video lesson. There are many video lessons available on the web on sites such as youtube.com, where an instructor talks to the camera in a pre-recorded video and shows you how to play a certain song. While this is one way to learn, it is far from ideal. The instructor doesn't know your skill level, so he/she just assumes you can follow along and play what he/she can. You can't ask questions, you can only repeat sections that went by too fast for you. If you are doing something wrong, however, you may not necessarily know what it is. But more importantly, there is no long range plan to teach you all of the techniques and theory you need to be a good musician.

Skype is a free program that works on either PC's or Apple computers and lets you conduct a video telephone call for free over the web. You download it free from skype.com

A skype guitar lesson then, is just like a regular guitar lesson except it is done using cameras instead of in person. You can talk with Mike, the instructor, and he can see if you are "getting" what he is showing you, so he knows if he needs to slow down or explain it a different way. He can tell if you are having trouble with a certain chord or technique, and assign a custom exercise to help you get better at that more quickly. He sees you every week, and can make sure you have all the techniques and knowledge you need, not just to play one song, but to play whatever songs you want to, now, or in the future.

 

Advantages of Online Video music lessons over conventional, in-person lessons:

  1. There may not be a guitar teacher, ukulele teacher or bass teacher in your area who knows about the types of things you wish to study

  2. No travel costs for you (bus, gasoline, etc) to and from your guitar lesson

  3. No traveling in bad weather

  4. No time lost traveling to and from your guitar lesson

  5. There is no cost for “the call”, just the guitar lesson

  6. If you need a guitar lesson at “odd times” of the day, you are more likely to find a guitar teacher on skype that can accommodate you, as he/she doesn’t have to worry about “driving in” for 1 student

 

Are There Alternatives to a Skype Music Lesson?

Aside from an in person or Skype lesson, you can also book a live video lesson with Mike on 1 of many websites that are optimized for live video lessons such as Hownow, TheZoen.com or Takelessons.com

 

What Students Can Expect in Their Lessons:

While the lesson approach is tailored to the goals of the student, most students can expect to learn to read music notation, tablature and chord charts through an organized system of improving technique over time from beginner to intermediate to professional playing level. They will learn music theory all the way from basic rhythm and notes, to keys, scales, chord theory and improvisation.

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They will learn songs from music artists they like and be encouraged to play along and master the songs.

Rock Students will be shown songs by artists such as ACDC, Adele, Beatles, Black Keys, Black Sabbath, Blink 182, Coldplay, Clapton, Dave Matthews, Death Cab, Eagles, Ed Sheeran, Ellie Goulding, Elvis, Fleetwood Mac, Green Day, Guns n Roses, Imagine Dragons, John Mayer, Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Katy Perry, Linkin Park, Maroon 5, Metallica, Modest Mouse, Ozzy Osbourne, One Republic, Paramore, Pearl Jam, Pink, Pink Floyd, R5, Radiohead, RHCP, Rolling Stones, Tom Petty, Santana, 3 Doors Down, 311, 3rd Eye Blind, U2, Van Halen, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Weezer, and many others.

Country Students will be shown songs by artists such as Johnny Cash, Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, George Strait, Taylor Swift, Hank Williams, Don Williams, Willie Nelson, Carrie Underwood and many others.

Classical students will study repertoire from the midieval, renaissance, baroque, classical, romantic and modern composers.

Jazz Students will learn music from dixieland, big band, bebop, cool, fusion and current periods such as music from Louis Armstrong, Art Blakey, Dave Brubeck, Chick Corea, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Charlie Parker, Pat Metheny, Sonny Rollins, Horace Silver, John Scofield, Mike Stern, Grover Washington, Weather Report, Wes Montgomery, Frank Zappa and others.

Gospel students are welcome to bring the music from their church group or the hymns of their particular faith

Folk Students will learn music from artists such as America, Allison Krause, Bob Dylan, John Denver, Jack Johnson, James Taylor, Patty Griffin, Ray LaMontagne, Gordon Lightfoot, Ingrid Michaelson, Mumford and Sons, Van Morrison, Paul Simon, Neil Young, the Weepies and many others.

Bass students will learn to read music and how to be able to construct their own bass lines for rock, pop, soul, jazz, blues, country, or r&b, including walking bass lines.

 

Any Openings?

Mike's schedule changes a little month to month. To inquire about or arrange ukulele, bass lessons or guitar lessons in Ogden, UT or online from anywhere in the world, call, text or email (use the form on the contact page):

Mike G. Johnson   801-710-4849