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Buffalo Grove Guitar Lessons

You Get More With Mike Than From Traditional Music Store Guitar Lessons


Buffalo Grove Guitar Lessons

You Get More With Mike Than From Traditional Music Store Guitar Lessons


As Seen in the Chicago Tribune

The Most Complete Path For Your Playing Future.

No matter your age or skill level, Mike's degree in music education and 21 years of teaching experience can help you achieve your musical goals on the guitar or bass faster and for the same price.  Guitar Lessons with Mike Walsh provides beginner to advanced guitar and bass lessons in a professional recording studio. Learn how Mike can transform you from an average Joe into an elite pro and read the testimonials from students who've been transformed! 

Mike has been wonderful to learn from. I had made a few attempts at playing the guitar prior to my lessons with Mike with little success. He has been a great at introducing the correct technique and the theory behind the music.
Ro Kumar (pictured above)
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Beginner Guitar Lessons Buffalo Grove



Beginner Guitar Lessons Buffalo Grove



Grade School, High School & Adult

Beginner Lessons

I am a beginner and initially learning guitar was a bit frustrating. But since the start of my guitar sessions with Mike, he has made sure that each of them were fun to attend. His lessons are detailed and very well planed. As a person, he is quite cool, friendly and funny which makes the sessions really lively!
Anu Mishra = Deerfield, IL
  • Have FUN And Get Results FAST With A Revolutionary Music Program

  • Learn The Basics And Proper Playing Technique

  • Be A Star At Your School's Talent Show

  • Gain The Skills To Play Your Favorite Songs

  • Jam With Others And Stop Playing Anxiety

  • Perform Live (When You're Ready) And Take The Next Step To Fulfilling A Dream

  • Record Music In A Professional Recording Studio

  • Make Music Videos And Be A YouTube Sensation

  • Meet Other Kids And Adults Your Age And Make Music Friends

  • Create New Memories You'll Remember FOREVER!!

Why Should Beginners Take Lessons From an Experienced Professional Guitar Teacher like Mike Walsh?

  • You're going to have FUN and look forwards to playing guitar for the rest of your life because you're going to get good at it!!
  • My unique and professional music environment vs a small closet sized room. You're going to like coming to lessons and being in a recording studio vs a closet or your bedroom week after week. What real world music experiences do you get by being in a closet? = Very Few.

  • Increased passion for music. This happens by training in all the different musical categories you'll get experience in here that will make you better in many musical areas and develop your skills to take on whatever music you love to play most. You're going to enjoy practicing more than ever before because you're going to become a better all around musician by training a all these musical categories. Your musical pie chart is going to get filled in and I have proof to show you we'll learn and train in a ton of musical categories week after week to make it happen for you.

  • You WON'T use the traditional and progress limiting guitar books!! I taught guitar and bass lessons in a music store for 20 years; I know all of the pitfalls students face in this traditional format and closet-sized room environment. I spent a lot of time thinking about all of the areas students were not getting addressed in the traditional format and I created my own custom learning format to address each issue. My lessons literally check off as many learning and training boxes as possible that you won’t get with traditional lessons or the sad guitar books. Using the same old guitar books written in the 70's by mediocre teachers and players isn't going to make you progress faster. I offer all this EXTRA VALUE while keeping the price of the lessons THE SAME or CHEAPER (different lesson packages available) than music stores/teachers!!!

  • You'll improve FASTER than ever before because I will train you with the most efficient playing techniques from day one. I’ve spent decades refining the art of playing efficiency using sports science and applying hundreds of years of traditional string techniques, which translates to you getting better MUCH FASTER!! Most guitar/bass players are self-taught and don’t give much thought to how they do any physical movements on the guitar/bass. Well not me, I’ve thought all of this through unlike most guitar teachers, who are self-taught and don’t even play efficiently themselves, so how are they going to teach picking and fretting efficiency to you and make playing easier? They don’t and can't = FACT. Don't believe me, just look at how 99% of them play sitting down. If you're not sure what that means, then I can easily teach you in 10 minutes how they're all 100% playing with improper muscle memory and playing posture while harming their progress.

  • Take lessons from a teacher with 21 years experience and has a Music Education degree; in this industry, that combination is really rare to find. I developed an enormous and ever-growing database of guitar lessons and songs for you to learn and train with that are proven to help students progress really fast. I have systems and formats that systematically train you step by step to help you make the most progress possible in the correct order. I don’t just wing the lessons and randomly come up with what to do next like most guitar teachers, let alone the inexperienced ones. This means that you’ll get the maximum value and learn in the correct stages, like a school would, via grade levels and subject evolution to get results fast. How's that basic guitar book looking now, that's written by some random teacher who plays with improper technique shown on the 1st page of the book? Then, I made the price of the lessons THE SAME and/or CHEAPER (different lesson packages available) as beginning teachers, so that you can get maximum value out of my 21 years of teaching.

  • 99% of traditional guitar lessons waste lesson time and money due to the teacher writing in your blank music book. This translates to around 20% of every traditional lesson being spent with you doing nothing, as the teacher writes in your lesson book. I DON’T DO THAT. My lessons gain you back all of this lost and valuable lesson time/money by using my enormous database of lessons in which I created ahead of your lesson time. I simply hit "print" and out comes your lesson in SECONDS!! This allows us to train and learn vs. wasting 20% of the lesson doing nothing. Wouldn’t you rather spend 20% more time training and learning during each lesson vs. watching the teacher write in your book and wasting all of that time? The simple answer is YES, but you can only get that with my lessons. Example, most students take a 1 hour lesson and do that 52 times a year.  Take 20% of each lesson and that equals = 10.4 hours of FREE lessons you gain back with my system vs the traditional book method. My system vs the traditional = 10 1/2 free lessons a year or $500!!
  • You'll practice at home perfectly every time and make WAY MORE PROGRESS EACH WEEK. With most traditional lessons when you go home to practice, your basic music book and blank book the teacher wasted 20% of the lesson time writing in, doesn’t play back the lesson notes and rhythms perfectly like my guitar program does. Their music book also doesn't allow you to slow down the music or loop hard music areas so you can train more effectively to get better. This means most students using the traditional music book don’t practice at home correctly and lose out on making maximum progress each week. My music program will allow you to practice and train at home the EXACT way you did here with me. This means that your time away from me is like I’m there with you, because the program will play the lesson/song PERFECT every time meaning you'll practice at home perfect every time and make WAY MORE PROGRESS EACH WEEK.  You can’t get that progress from traditional lessons; I know, I stopped doing that myself years ago because my new way is MUCH better for you, the student.

  • You'll have every lesson you've taken with me = FOREVER!!! I create custom lessons that are files I send you via email and I create a folder specific for you. Every lesson you'll ever take with me you'll have access to because you'll have these files on your computer. Now think about the basic guitar bookswhen you lose your blank lesson book that wasted 20% of each lesson, those lessons are gone forever!!! But with my system, I simply just email you your Lesson Folder and in seconds EVERY lesson you ever took from me is back in your computer. Think about this value, you will have every lesson and can review them years and decades from now exactly the way we learned and trained on them here. Now on the joking side, this is huge for all you Jr. High through College Students who seem to always lose your books. Hahaha

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Student Performance Night


Student Performance Night


Learn Songs And Perform Them Like A Pro.


* Increase Your Self Confidence And Passion For Music

* Get Experience Playing Live In Front Of People (Family/Friends/Strangers) In A Safe / Encouraging Environment

* Get Over The Fear Of Playing Live And Turn Fear Into FUN

* Get To Do Something You Want To Do And Other People Wish They Can Do But Very Few Ever Will

* Learn How To Prepare Musically For A Show To Sound Like A Pro

* Learn How To Prepare As An Entertainer For A Show And Look Like A Pro

* Meet Challenging Time Deadlines Like A Real Band Does For Gigging Out

* Learn About And How To Take Care Of Your Instrument / Gear

* Meet And Have A Good Time With Other Musicians (This Goes For The Parents Too)


I have two problems,

1) I seem to know only parts of songs.

2) I Am Afraid to perform on stage because of other people watching me.

How can you help me overcome these issues and make stepping on stage a reality one day?

These are the two BIGGEST problems for most students concerning the topic of playing a show. A lot of experienced new students generally don't know how to play ANY song 100% let alone live on stage in a band setting. And second is that even if they did know how to play a song 100%, they feel insecure about doing it in front of people so they wouldn't step on stage anyways. I wanted to address these show issues and more to help students say YES to playing on stage, so I created a special event in my format called "Student Performance Night."  We will learn songs over the time duration of my custom lesson format, I will break down all the sections and you will learn to play ALL the parts correctly during your weekly practice. Then, when the custom lesson format time frame is up you play the songs (along to a custom music track I offer) and we will simulate a show. You will learn and implement handouts I create to help you as a performer so you will feel more comfortable with this aspect. After implementing the articles and handouts it will make stepping on stage not nearly as fearful or anxious as without this training (other secret steps in here I leave out on purpose).  When it's time for you to step on the big stage in the future, you'll have done this process many times, trained on how to learn the songs efficiently and THEN can feel confident in how you look performing/playing to an audience and will say YES to playing live. There are other details I must leave out but there are plenty as aspects we'll touch on to help you step on stage and perform like never before.

As a part of this process you will answer a performance questionnaire I create for you.  We'll then talk about how you did playing and performing wise and address areas you can get better at in the short term. This process will give you the areas and time to make all the needed corrections far in advance of any real live event you'd play in the future. This will allow you to evolve as a player and performer which is same process all the pros do so they look like pro's and not average joe's on stage. After months of doing this process you're ready for my big show night, "Student Performance Night", where I turn my studio into a rock club and YOU play ALL the songs you've learned in front of your family, friends and other students (location where pics from above are taken from).

Start your process of becoming a confident stage performer with a free consultation. I've helped solve these crippling problems for students because it frustrated me to see them not prepared for school talent shows, their band's live performances or opening the door for those who thought they couldn't ever do this but wanted to step on stage someday. When you train with me these problems get addressed and fade away as a part of my lessons. No longer will students be massively afraid of the stage after just 6 months in my format. But you're not going to experience this aspect in 99% of music stores lesson offerings. If you don't believe me, look up guitar lessons in Buffalo Grove, guitar lessons in Wheeling, guitar lessons in Deerfield, guitar lessons in Vernon Hills, guitar lessons in Northbrook, guitar lessons in Lincolnshire, guitar lessons in Palatine, guitar lessons in Mundelein, guitar lessons in Long Grove, guitar lessons in Arlington Hts and see which stores or teachers are doing this. Or simply book your free consultation today and step on stage fear-free with my training

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Student Recording Sessions



Student Recording Sessions



Record Like the Pros and Become a Better Player


Being a student of Mike’s for many years, I recorded several things with him, some being original recordings, while others being overdubs of existing songs with my own guitar playing. The information I gained from those recordings were mostly how to play under pressure, along with how intricate, time consuming, and difficult it can be to record quality tracks. However, despite saying those things, they were enjoyable experiences, as it was incredibly rewarding to hear the end results of what I had recorded.
Danny Ambrose - Kenilworth, IL
  • Do Something Not Even 1% Of The World Will Ever Do!! Then Get Good At It And Be A .001%!!!
  • Utilize a Professional Recording Studio as Part of Your Musical Growth At No Extra Charge
  • Have Fun Creating Audio Recordings You’ll Have Forever Of Your Guitar/Bass Playing
  • I’ll Teach You Recording Technique Tips That Only The Pros Know And Keep A Secret
  • Improve Your Rhythm By Training To Double Track Like The Pros
  • Utilize These Recording Skills To Carry Over Into Being A Great On Stage Musician
  • Get Experience Recording Regularly And Reach Your Long And Short Term Goals
  • Take Your Playing To New Levels By Analyzing Your Actual Playing To Make The Corrections Needed To Get Better
  • Do You Have A Music Bucket List And Recording In A Professional Studio, Like Your Favorite Bands Did, Is On It? = CHECK
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Advanced Guitar Lessons Buffalo Grove

ADVANCED GUITAR & BASS LESSONS For all ages & music styles

Advanced Guitar Lessons Buffalo Grove

ADVANCED GUITAR & BASS LESSONS For all ages & music styles

Mike Excels At Advancing Guitar Players:

The guitar lessons have improved my understanding and appreciation of the guitar. When listening to a song I am able to understand what is being played and how. My technique has improved immensely. I believe I would not of been able to pick up on some of the nuances of techniques without the detailed lessons I have had. I am able to take what we learn in the studio and really concentrate and practice on the different phrases of each song. Michael is the consummate professional and teacher.
Tony J. = Lemont, IL
  1. Guitar Playing Techniques

  2. Fingering & Picking Efficiency Training

  3. Muscle Memory, Coordination & Synchronization Training

  4. Phrasing, Musical Expression Awareness and Implementation

  5. Songwriting & Music Theory

  6. Live Show Performance And Preparation

When you take lessons from me, the Guru of Guitar Technique, you get better at guitar right now.  In just one lesson I can solve the problem you’ve been dealing with for weeks, months or years.  Explode your growth by implementing my efficiency training methods to overcome the obstacles holding your performance back. 

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Guitar Instructor Deerfield | Buffalo Grove IL


Guitar Instructor Deerfield | Buffalo Grove IL


Transforming Average Joes Into Elite Pros

I'm Skeptical About Finding a Great guitar teacher vs. just "another" teacher; how are your results?

I know what you mean and it's one reason why I created my unique system, so that you can see I care and am constantly thinking about how to help you reach your goals faster while having fun.  If you don't believe I care about you and your progress, your trust in the learning process will diminish and you will eventually quit. I work hard to gain students trust by constantly testing and creating new methods of improvement while being the best music friend you'll have. After you spend 2 months in my format, you'll see that I've thought A LOT about my students and their musical happiness.

The sad reality is that most guitar teachers are either learning on the job, don't put much thought into your progress path, aren't passionate about teaching or just aren’t knowledgeable enough to get their students the results they expect. Don’t worry, I have proof I can transform you like the countless others I've taught over the years!  I have been teaching guitar lessons for 20 years and have a degree in Music Education from Elmhurst College.  I am an elite player with countless guitar lesson systems and methods that get you results. My students have gone on to have successful careers playing and teaching music with my mentoring. Would it help to mention that I’m actually a pretty fun person to be around?  Hopefully, but I’m not “another” teacher in any regards and this website should add light to this answer.  You will get the results you want and I’ll open up doors to places you might never have thought were possible in your playing, songwriting, recordings and show performances. 

“Since I am now trying to pursue teaching guitar, I consider Mike’s knowledge of the instrument in terms of teaching to be valuable and will utilize my past lessons, along with Mike’s guidance, to hopefully becoming a successful teacher myself.”
Danny Ambrose = Kenilworth, IL

Mike's student Danny Ambrose covering Steve Vai. 


Can your guitar lessons really take me, an average joe, and transform me into an elite player?

YES, I transform Average Joes into Elite Pros with my Results Based System.  Let me prove it to you with another video from my former student, Daniel Farnsworth. Daniel started guitar lessons with me in seventh grade, continued throughout high school and a little while at Tribecca College. Daniel wasn't born with superhero abilities (not that he told me about), he came to me like all beginners = excited, eager to learn and willing to put in the time to get good/great. The secret is in KEEPING students excited, eager to learn and wanting to put in the time to be good/great. Eventually his story read like all great players = He trusted, listened and implemented the teaching and training passed down by a great teacher to become great himself.

WATCH THIS VIDEO! Daniel performed, wrote, recorded and video-edited all of this!!

This is the solo off of the track "Heritage" by Mike's student, Daniel Farnsworth.

“I would say that the benefits of taking guitar lessons with Mike were that I had somebody to constantly motivate me from a level I wanted to be at. Someone who knew what I wanted to learn and had a teaching style that would help me along the way.”
Daniel Farnsworth = Arlington Hts, IL

Why am I not seeing much improvement in my playing even though I’m practicing, getting help from friends and using YouTube videos to learn from?

“The benefits I have received by taking guitar lessons from Mike, have been numerous, and priceless! Within the 20+ years we have known each other, I have grown as a person and a player.”
Alison Meyers = Northbrook, IL

Simply put, 1) You need a true professional to teach and train you on a regular basis and 2) How to practice and perform like a professional in order to achieve huge results. Having a coach there to make sure you’re playing correctly, planning out your path and fixing your playing issues is important. Also, learning musical concepts relevant to your goals is irreplaceable vs finding random guitar licks or riffs to play on the internet.  

Do Olympic athletes learn from friends and YouTube videos and then go on to win the gold medal?  No, they get trained by the best coaches and use every day to transform into the best they can be and win. So lets win together and I’ll put you on a path to having fun while gaining impressive results on guitar or bass. 

Watch this inspiring success story about how a woman overcame all odds to fulfill her dream of writing and performing on her very own CD. Alison Meyers sits down to talk about how sometimes guitar lessons can be more than just about the music.