Mike Walsh has a degree in music education and has been teaching guitar for over 20 years.
What styles of music have you studied? What is your educational background?
I received my B.A. degree in Music Education and during that time spent it playing and studying Classical and Jazz guitar.
When did you start playing guitar and did any band influence your decision to start?
I started playing when I was 14, in the middle of 8th grade. I had heard Metallica’s "And Justice For All" and was amazed at how cool the guitar could be. I was hooked and went to find an old Les Paul imitation I had and practiced everyday from then on.
How was your practice schedule back then, and now?
When I started playing guitar, I would put in a tape, strum along to it, and try to keep up. I had no clue what I was doing but would still practice 2 to 4 hours a day like this until I started lessons a couple of months later. During high school I was playing 6 to 8 hours a day, 7 days a week. From 18 years old until now my practice time varies but I’m always doing something musical everyday.
Who are your most influential guitar players?
1 . Steve Vai
2. John Petrucci
3. Marty Friedman
4. Dimebag Darrel
5. Kirk Hammett (I played more Kirk solos than any other guitarist growing up)
6. Tom Hess (I’ve learned more from Tom than all of the above)