"My technique has gotten a lot better since I started. Some things I didn't even know I'd been doing wrong. I've been playing the guitar for a while now, and you pick up all sorts of habits."
"Focusing on different aspects other that just playing a song, like the theory behind why a song makes sense, chord structures, arpreggios, progressions, all sorts of things that hadn't been part of my learning in the past."
"I was looking for someone who could provide me with a bit more structure in lessons than me just doing it by myself. I find doing it by myself I don't have a lot of the discipline needed to keep up with it."
"I've had a few guitar teachers in the past but the problem with them was that they often rely on the student to bring the vision with where they want to go, and often time the student, especially if they'er a beginner, doesn't know. Mickey had a vision of where he wanted things to go. He showed me some of the things we would be learning, and that was what I was looking for in a teacher because I was coming off of another teacher that didn't have that. I would definitely recommend Mickey because he's got a lot of passion for what he does, a lot of knowledge about where you should be going with your guitar practice, can pick out your flaws, what you need to work on and point you in the rigtht direction."
"I've improved night and day from where I started and could barely play a note or chord, or didn't know where to put my hands, to playing "While My Guitar Gently weeps". Understanding chord structure and rhythm has helped me open my eyes to music a lot more than I ever have before".
"I find it's the thing I look forward to most during the week. I get exctied, I get my guitar ready ahead of time so I'm not late. It's the thing that motivates me most during the week. I also find it helps me with everything else in life. It's fantastic to come here."
"I look forward to my lessons every week, emensely. It's a great atmosphere here in the studio. It's like going to the spa for me, literally. I leave the class feeling really relaxed which is one of the greatest benifits for me."
"Mickey is great at analyzing where you are at and giving you the appropriate steps to get you to your next plateau, which is quite a skill, to be able to give you just enough, or to dial you back in a certain way. I found it very helpful. If I'm ever frustrated he gives me the formula to just move around that and then keep going, which is really important."
"I've gained a lot more confidence. That was a big deal for me. I also understand what it is that I'm working on."
"I would absolutley recommend Mickey without hesitation. He's compassionate, understanding, and he's one of the best teachers I've ever had. A true passion for not only music but for his students as well."
"I keep going to Mickey because he was the first person to actually take the time to find out what level I was at as a guitar player and in what areas I needed to improve."
"Not having a musical back ground and taking up guitar later in life, I lack a lot of the fundamentals. Lessons with Mickey are laying the foundation required to become a better player. I can see evidence already of my skills improving and correcting bad habits I have developed over time. I look forward to going to the lessons as Mickey has an easy way about his teaching method that makes the lesson enjoyable.
What Students Are Saying
Regimented and fun lessons create success for all Ottawa Guitar Studio members
I have a better understanding of playing in time, and changing to the beat. My chord changes have become more fluid and smooth. I have also learned new strumming techniques. Because the lessons are so enjoyable, I am also more dedicated to practicing what I have learned at home
Overcoming my walls
When Mickey put on additional drum tracks and played along, it felt like playing in a real band and making real music. The instructor "Mickey" is very enthusiastic and knowledgeable, and the lessons are definitely worth it.
Mickey has improved my rhythm, timing, and strumming in the short time I have been with him. I look forward every week to my lesson and enjoy leaning something new from Mickey. This is my very first time with a guitar teacher and I would highly recommend Mickey.