Amazing teaching skills. He can instruct children and international students, and teach in group settings. Everyone walks away happy after a lesson with Mike.”

— Stephen MacNeil, Fantasie Music Instruments

A group ukulele class at Fantasie Music Instruments in Halifax, NS.

A group ukulele class at Fantasie Music Instruments in Halifax, NS.

Poster by Brittany Brooks

Poster by Brittany Brooks

You are my Sunshine fingerpicking
  • You are my Sunshine fingerpicking
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A true classic arranged for fingerstyle guitar. This is very much in the style of the great thumb-pickers Elizabeth Cotten, Chet Atkins, and Merle Travis. The main idea is that you hold down the chord shapes and use your other fingers (mostly your free pinky) to play the melody as well. You'll get it! The thumb is supposed to be driving the bus, let it!

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One-hour lesson
  • One-hour lesson
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One-hour lesson via Zoom, I record all the lessons and share the video with you in a Drive folder so you can look back on it whenever you need. That folder is also where I'll put any charts, transcriptions, and other PDF's.

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The child of a music teacher, and the product of countless hours of music education, Mike knows what students of all levels need. Whether you're picking up a guitar for the first time, just need a refresher, or are looking to pick up some new skills, a lesson with Mike will be exactly what you need. Get in touch to book a lesson now.

Rate: $65/ 1 hr lesson, $300/ 6 lessons


"Mike is an extremely versatile guitarist - at home playing and teaching jazz, bluegrass, country and more. He's clearly got a love for his craft, as well as an enthusiasm for seeing progress in others. This makes taking lessons from Mike a joy and a rewarding experience." - Greg Hobbs, current student

Preparing for an audition?

We can work on all of the required materials for an audition, whether it's for Humber College, McGill, Berklee, or any other music program you're interested in.

-Arpeggios and scales

-Chord voicings

-Chord melody arrangements



-Standard repetoire

-Sight reading



-Fretboard knowledge

-Basic and advanced harmony