can't believe how
much, how fast my lil rockstar is learning!
Michael has an incredible way of teaching & connecting with his
students - young & old, new or proficient... The price is right
& he is a fabulous instructor!
- Tyra (Sebastian's mom)
(lead guitar -Meade Street Heat)
you are a genius teacher/player. I believe you can help anyone advance
no matter how much ability they already possess.
-Greg Ashby (lead guitar - Meade Street Heat)
(Spare The Legion)
mike this is Kenneth Fiske my mom used to enroll me in lessons with you
a looooong time ago. i just want to say you are the best. i want to let
you see what some of your former students have been doing. I played
HUGE shows in every venue in denver including red rocks and the pepsi
center. i even had a rep from Epic/Sony records fly me to NYC to record
a album for them. i could not have had this opportunity if it was not
for you. even though my life has moved on with a wife and child of my
own now i am forever great full for the things you have taught me. if
you are curious i will provide you with some links for the music i have
created. thank you mike.
the Legion Studio Blog 1 - Pre
(Spare The Legion)
Chodosh is the best person you could ever learn to play guitar from. He
has taught me what is right and what is wrong. He will make you the
musician you have always wanted to be... Kenny
( Ion/ The Crimson Red/ Spare the
kids and I have been taking guitar lessons from Michael for about 10
years. Michael strikes a perfect balance between continuously teaching
you new music and guitar concepts, techniques, and theory while making
a lesson and the experience truly enjoyable. As a performing musician
himself, Michael is also in touch with the music industry and just
about any genre, and he is always looking for ways to leverage his
experiences to take his students to the next level.
- Karl E.
am a student of Michael's and honestly feel that I couldn't have picked
a better guitar teacher! He is very knowledgeable in all styles and
techniques of guitar, he cares about every student and enjoys teaching
and makes it fun to learn. He is very patient and teaches at the
student's level and pace, but still will challenge you to improve and
try new things. Fantastic teacher all the way around!
teacher and a very fun to be around guy. Gives you the opportunity to
learn what you want to play and teaches you the importance of theory in
correlation to what you're learning. Very organized lesson plans. One
of my favorite things about taking lessons from Michael is the
opportunity to participate in learning a new song every week with a
group of other students.
- Collin E.
son (age 15) has been taking weekly lessons with Michael for about a
year and a half, and we couldn't be more pleased. Not only is Michael
an amazing guitarist, but he is also a great instructor. We have tried
other instructors in the past, and no one compares to the level of
skill and dedication to the students that Michael offers. My son's
guitar abilities have grown tremendously, and he has had fun in the
process. The combination of one on one instruction and group setting
has been very
enjoyable and rewarding.
- Elizabeth P.
have been taking private/group lessons from Michael for several years.
He is a fine musician, songwriter and teacher and he has been
instrumental in my becoming a much better guitar player than I thought
possible. He mixes theory and playing in ways that make a logical
progression to learning and performing. He is patient, caring and keeps
his students advancing at a pace that they can maintain and advance
their skills constantly.
- Ron W.
is amazing! You'll love him. He's very knowledgeable and can guide you
in any direction you want to go.
- Lynn V.
started with Michael a few months ago and have been very happy with the
progress I have been making so far. Michael is a fantastic teacher for
both adults and kids and in the group lessons I see his uncanny ability
to keep kids focused, on track, and motivated to play. He's got some
serious budding guitarists with him. With me he's been able to zoom in
on certain issues I've had over the years (I'm no beginner, been
playing off an on for a long time), and is giving me the confidence to
grow as a musician. He's surprised me more than a few times on the
depth of his musical knowledge, and always keeps the classes fun and
interesting. I know he does private lessons but I highly recommend the
mix of group and private because we all learn from each other. I've
suffered the doldrums with guitar over my life and Michael has
definitely broken me out of them.
- George E.
recently purchased an acoustic guitar and wanted to take lessons. The
store I purchased the guitar from offered a free group lesson. This
lesson is where I met Michael. After taking the lesson and watching how
he handled a group of adults and children, I knew he was the instructor
for me. He should a large amount of patience and a lot of encouragement
for everyone. I started taking group/private lessons with him and have
learned a lot in a short time. I like how he teaches the basics and has
you pick a song you want to learn and includes that in your lesson. His
rates are reasonable and I am loving my lessons. I would recommend him
to students of any age. His encouragement has shown me that you are
never to old to learn to play as long as you play from your heart!
- Laura B.
started taking lessons with Michal Chodosh to learn music theory and
reading music. In the time I have worked with Michael, I have learned a
lot. When I began lessons, I didn't know scales or modes, knew only
basic chords and wasn't able to read sheet music. In addition to that,
I was barely able to follow tablature. Michael has taught me about all
of those items and more. Lessons with Michael are a lot of fun. There
is always great interaction between students so that newer students can
learn from both Michael and from other students while becoming
comfortable with learning about the guitar. Deciding to take lessons
from Michael was a great decision. I've thoroughly enjoyed learning how
to play the guitar.
introduction to Michael came when he sat in with a band I was playing
with....I was so blown away by his playing, I ended up taking lessons
Micheal has helped open up new frontiers in playing and theory for me
without ever making me feel like a dummy for not knowing things. One of
the best things about him is that his teaching style makes students
feel comfortable, but also challenged.
Michael has the experience, patience, and knowledge to help everybody
from beginners to working professionals learn and improve. Heck, he
even taught me to sing my first legitimate vocal harmony.
Time with Michael Chodosh is time well spent!
- David F.
is the best resource for any professional musician. His grasp of theory
and approach to composition are phenomenal. I have never stumped him
with a question, and I come up with some doozies, like "How do I
approach the flat 2 chord of a G phrygian major and how does it relate
to the harmonic minor scale. I think you get the point. Michael keeps
me focused and has shown me many ways to keep my playing fresh and fun.
- Greg Ashby.
I am Joe Mott’s little sister.I have to
say that you did an excellent job on telling how my
brother proceeded from you onto Berklee.When
I read the article it made me cry, just thinking about him and all the
so. . . . INSPIRING!I only wish that I
had half the talent he has.Joe always
believed in me and what I wanted to
do.I have had a secret passion to play
for a while now, and Joe is
the only one I ever really told and came to for help with trying to
learn how to
play.Joe says, “the one thing you need to
know in order to play
an instrument, is how to read music.The
one thing you need to have in order to play an instrument is passion!”Passion is something he had for music, and
still has it.He learned a lot from you.I
just wanted to tell you how I felt about your article and how I thought
Joe when I read it!
student's younger sister. Drawn while we were in
a lesson at "Whole Life Center" in Fort Collins. This is
absolutely one of my favorite drawings. - M.C.
Thank you, Ryan. - M.C.
Hi micheal it's
nicole! I was just
looking at your site and I wanted to say you should take some more
pictures at your new studio and post them up there. Otherwise your site
looks great. You're the best guitar teacher EVER! sincerely, Nicole
YOU HELPED ME
I don’t know whether this an article or
but I just thought that maybe if I wrote something, then maybe It could
help some other guitar player who has maybe given up hope.
Well I am a Ugandan who attended Michael’s guitar workshop when he came
to Uganda in Africa at the Jinja cultural center
Oh boy I had never seen anyone so fast on the guitar, at first I
thought that let me just check out this guy maybe to waste some time
but I assure you there was no time wasted, I just felt like I was
playing guitar for the first time,
I rediscovered my potential and now I practice at least 2 hours a
day, thanks to Michael Chodosh
Sincerely Tom, from Jinja Uganda East
this is J.T. Hi how are you? is there anything new? my guitar class is
weird we're sposed to be learning classical but all we've done is go
over notes. I still havent forgoten the C-scale and I always practice
it when I get a chance. I miss colorado lots Its really hot down here
in arizona. well say hi to everyone for me k? thanx!"
I asked JT how his guitar classes were going, mentioning that a school
class might not learn at the rate he was used to and suggested that he
at least continue on 1/2 page of his method book each week too.
"Yeah it does seem to go really slow
are a few good things that come out of it. I taught a little
freshie "pretty woman". Okies I'll do 1/2 a page a week sound easy
enough.. . ."
Finally I asked him, now that he
student here anymore if he had any comments on what it was like
studying at Chodosh Guitar. He answered:
"I loved being at Chodosh Guitar it was
a scale of one to 10 and ten is the highest I give Chodosh Guitar a 20
it rocks! I still need to tap my foot more lol but its been a great experience
and I will always remember the name Michael Chodosh as the best
guitar teacher in the world!"
Thanks JT! By the way, I told
your old group that you said "Hi," and they said to say, "Hi JT". -M.C.
Let me introduce
myself, my name is Katie and I am a volunteer at an after school youth
center. Every day we give the children an option on what they would
like to learn about / do and most of the time the kids choose music. It
doesn't matter if they sing songs, play instruments, or just listen to
music... they love it all! I just have a musical group on my hands!
Lately I've been running out of ideas so I've ben looking for somenew
resouces to help me and I came across your web page... it has been so
useful! We've even bookmarked your page as our top resource http://www.chodoshguitar.com/links/index.html
one of the most musically inclined kids in our group, came to me with
an article that he found really helpful and exciting.
I told the kids if
the article was added to your page I'd bring in some ice cream to the
Thanks and we hope
to hear from you soon!! :)
Fyock. I just wanted to let you know that I greatly appreciate
EVERYTHING that you have ever taught me on bass. Because of you,
this year I started out in Jazz Band, quickly moved on to
Orchestra, and eventually won the award for jazz musician of the year
at my school. I don’t know why I chose 12:48 a.m. to tell you
this, especially after I have been out of school
2nd, but I
felt compelled to. In January I am leaving for 6 months in
Australia on a foreign exchange, I would join you earlier but I have an
exchange student coming to live with us on July 16th so this will take
up all the time from now until January. Anyways, when I return
home next July I will hopefully be coming back to you if you are still
here to take some very advanced bass work. I want to thank you
for everything you have taught me because I will hopefully be receiving
scholarships from that award that you helped me to achieve.
Thanks for everything, Michael. - Mitchell"
Fyock was a student and a group teacher at CHODOSH GUITAR. He has
a definite flair for funk and jazz on bass and I expect to hear a great
about him in the future. Congratulations Mitchell! I'm very
excited and proud to hear about
your Jazz Musician of the Year award. - M.C.)
Michael, its Joe
Mott. Things have been going great at Berklee. However no
much you told me that the workload was going to be intense nothing you
could have said could have prepared me for what was going to happen
when i got here. Its insanity how much work I have to do.When i first
got here we had to do
a placement audition where you are rated in technical ability, reading,
improv, and rhythmic interpetation. They rate you on a scale of 1-8 and
i got a 4 in rhythmic interpretaion and reading and 3 in the other two
categories. I was pretty discouraged but the head of the guitar
department told me it was actually really good so i felt a little
better about it after that.
enjoying all of my classes except for ear training 1. We do
alot of sight singing and conducting the solfege syllables and the
conducting are not a problem for me its just matching pitch with my
voice so i had to get a private tutor. I also have a harmony class
which is basically music theory. . . . . . . Tomorrow I have a test and i
be able to write all of the major scales in under 11 minutes and each
week he is going to lower the time by one minute until we can do it in
6 minutes or less. And we are doing the same with all of the minors. My
writing skills class is really cool we learn about writing parts for
the other instruments and this week we have been focusing on the drum
set and writing parts for that. My project is to write out parts for
guitar, bass, drums and keys and have it played in class. My music tech
class is really neat. We are learning about MIDI and we have to record
a song using the prodction software on our computers using MIDI this
week. We also learn how to work the software on our computers like
Garage Band, Reason, Finale, and Smart Music Studio. I also have a
private lesson once a week which ironically is the same time i had my
lesson with you, Tuesdays at 5. My teacher is Sheryl Bailey and she is
an amazing player. We have been working on Drop 3 and 2 voicings in
every key and adding walking bass lines to chord progressions. She also
has had me transcribing Charlie Christian songs for guitar and i have
to perform them for her. I have a guitar lab which is like a group
lesson where we work on stuff from the private lesson with like 4 other
people who have the same teacher. My ensemble is really cool. My
director is Chris Buono and he is amazing at guitar. We have been doing
mostly James Brown, John Scofield, and Muddy Waters and i think this
week we are adding a Chuck Loeb song.
To keep up with my lesson and everything i would say i need to practice
a minimum of 30 hours a week and then another 6-7 so i don't look like
an idiot in my ensemble. I have also been working with a funk/blues
band as the rhythm guitarist because the other guys are 3rd and 5th
semester students so they pretty much rock my world with their ability
but its cool that they thought enough of me to ask me to join. I also
have been writing songs with another guy and we performed at Virgin
Records last thursday. . . .
. . . The competition out here is pretty crazy. . . .
Otherwise i have been having the time of my life. I have been getting
to do what i love 24 hours a day when back home i struggled to do it
for 2 hours a day, it is really intense, you just get lost in
everything you are doing. I can definitely see why there is such a high
drop out rate though. You can really tell the people that are taking
this seriously and the people that think they are going to be rock
stars and think coming here is going to make them a rock star. I got to
do something really cool on Friday, John Mayer's tour came through and
he went to berklee for a while so he came and did a private question
and answer session for berklee students and did a concert and it was
completely free. It was really awesome. But thats all that has been
going on here. I hope everything is going well there and i wish
everyone the best. - Joe"
This above link goes to the story about Joe Mott.
a goal to get into Berklee and worked dilligently to achieve that
Below is Joe's acceptance
letter from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA.
He was also awarded a
scholarship toward that end.
Richard Maldonado, I'm in the US Army currently in S Korea. Let
me say first that I love your webpage, I'm pretty optimistic that I'll
get the help I need from your lessons. I bought an Ibanez the
month before I got orders to come to Korea but I've never had any way
to learn how to play other than pausing Social Distortions DVD and
learning the Chords of off Mike Ness' hands. I checked out other
online lessons but you can't be sure that you're not practicing poorly
and will end up with bad habits that can't be broken.
Being in the
been abroad more than I've been in America, but I've been spending a
lot of time on your lessons section since I found your webpage, and in
just a month I was able to strum between a few chords and make a
I finally have
some stability here and my goal is to start another band and play some
punk and rockabilly covers at local venues here.
to ask you for some guidance on what to focus on learning and
really in whats a priority for learning. I don't want to end up
being the guy who only knows a hundred different riffs but can't play a
Sergeant US Army"
"Hey Michael –
I just wanted to drop you a line, see how you were doing and what
not. I’m at CU Boulder now. I’m taking some interesting
classes. I’m taking Appreciation of Music, which is really
interesting. We just finished Gregorian Chants and are in Baroque
right now. Next semester I plan to take guitar lessons through
the university and music theory. If I can get good enough I hope
to apply to the music school here and major in music as well as
I hope all is going well with you. Tell Craig I said I if you get
a chance. I need to go. Keep in touch.Later, - Ryan Tharp"
you to know that I really appreciated my first lesson in countless
years." . . . "To go into a little more detail in why I want to take
lessons and increase my abilities as guitar player, I am currently the
worship leader at a small start up church in Frederick. I had
played guitar in other worship teams when I lived in California but
since moving here my wife and I got involved with a small church in
Frederick and the next thing I know the pastor of the church wanted me
to lead worship. Mostly I think he felt I was a better guitar
player than himself. At this time I'm the only musician on the
platform other than the two ladies I have singing with me. I do
all my own backing tracks from home with the help of midi and sound
modules but there is so much more I could be doing with just the guitar
if only I knew how to play better. Hence the reason for coming to
you. I know nothing of you other than the flyer
that I picked up at guitar center but your students speak volumes
of your capabilities in teaching. I have always held to the idea
that the student is a direct reflection of the teacher.
After being there for the one lesson and witnessing the abilities and
talents of your other students, I would be honored to be a
Michael - Bill
"Hey I want to
for being an awsome teacher.
I pick up my
cant stop playing (yes some of it is practice)
Oh I was
there was and web sight where you can type in guitar notes and chords
and make a song and see how it sounds?By the way when can i start
chords? Well i gtg play my guitar
Later- Kyle Augustin"
After plugging in 'Guitarmageddon' into my Yahoo search engine, I was
pleased to come across your site! Guitarmageddon
Thank you so much for supporting our event and supporting your students
participation in Guitarmageddon.
Now for 2003! Sign ups will begin January 2 and store level
begin Tuesday February 18. We are solidifying prizing and
now. But this year's competitions should be fantastic. Greater prizes,
venues and a great Grand Finals destination! If there is anything
can do for you and your students to help them prepare for
year's battles, please do not hesitate to ask!
. . . We will be using the LINE 6 Guitar Port backing
again for 2003. Also, we have secured more tracks from which to
from. . . .
All the best,
Guitar Center Stores Inc."
Thanks for your infinite patience in teaching me the guitar - your
great and I'm
having a ball. My wife says that there are actually some good sounds
every once in a while. - Dave Siems"
by Jack Riemer on Itzhak Perlman playing a concert with only 3
strings (Itzhah) was a wonderful
review - to the point, concise, simply written
but from the heart. Thank you. - Don Lechman"
answered a question via email)
"hey thanks man. that hopo thingy
really worked. Also i went to the cyberfret website ( Cyberfret.com)
and noticed you were there too with the appregios. those are cool too.
your site via the Jason
Newstead/Mike Lansing conspiracy link (Coincidence) .
I found your site and your enthusiasm for helping students achieve
their musical goals inspiring.
I used to play in High School . . . Thank you for your time and
congratulations on your wonderful school/studio. - Margie Owen"
Thank you for doing such a phenomenal job teaching Kris guitar.
enjoys it and tells me his goal is to be a 'really good guitar
player.' . . . - Carolyn" Meehan
I realize you must be very busy and to take the time to help me tells
something about your character.
My father is a lifetime musician and my grandfather started the first
store in (censored town) so I have been around music for my entire life
. Thank you again. - Tony Giancola"
Ricky Nelson on your died by plane crash list. (March)
- Leslie Stephens"
(We requested suggestions and have ammended the page. Thanks
Leslie for sending one in.)
"Nice Web site. - Chuck
last night and found your site through a link on Cyberfret.com.
Since I am a BRAND SPANKING NEW guitarist, I was happy to see the nice
of lessons. I will definitely use the Gymnastics
I just wanted to give you some ideas for your 12
What's new board. How about 'Crooners and Divas' and 'Great
Licks'. Also, what is the difference between 'Strange' and
Thanks for the resource, - Dan Halberg"
(We requested suggestions and thank Dan for sending one in.)
. . . thank you so much for giving my dad such encouragement. -
Kristen Schairer" (regarding her father David who is a student at
To answer your first question, yes I've just bought a new guitar
a Cort. I really like it. 100% jazz.
And for the other questions, I am from Québec and I've been playing
one year. I've won a few contests and I think I'm doing fine with my
guitar. I love jazz, that is what I want to play and I would like
the best. My favorite guitarist is Django Reinharts. I am the
musician of the family and I think that the only way to play good
guitar is to
play your style." . . .
"Say Hi to all of your students and always remember that practicing is
only key to success. - Daniel Valois "
really improving . . . he really loves playing. He has numerous
books and has learned quite a few riffs from Van Halen to Led
I'm really impressed. You have done a great job with him . .
taking lessons with Michael Chodosh for a little while.
I like the way he has been teaching me and I hope to keep taking
him, because he makes it fun and I have learned a lot in this short
- Carlos Garcia.
For Christmas I would like a water pic. I would also like a kid's
size guitar. I woud also love to have a kid's not guitar
book. I would also like a lap top. I would also love good
exciting books and a doll house. I also wanted some play clothes
and play shoes.
Would you get my dad a Michael Chodosh CD and some perfume for my mom.
full of interesting information and looks like a lot of
fun. - Todd Thalimer"
love being on your email list . . . - Andrew Johnston"
"Michael Chodosh's abilities as a
only be matched by his masterful skills as a guitarist. He alters
his teaching method according to the needs of each individual student
and with him there are no boundaries.
Plus he can play black
metal, and to me
that's a great thing. - Alex Vargas"
the new page of tabs you put on your web site. - Carlos Garcia"
" . . .as a
one of Michael's students I want to say he has given my son a chance to
discover a world that he could not live without these days and that is
the world of music. Craig also has discovered a friendship with which
he will surely never let go. Being a part of Chodosh Guitar has given
him a direction in life which has helped with his school work and
finding many friends . Craig always looks forward to being at
Chodosh Guitar and assisting Michael with his students keep up the good work and good luck to all the students
many once punk bands, or bands that call themselves punk, have turned
into "pop punk", which seems entirely contradictory to me. you're right
about that. however, i think if you look deep into the punk scene,
too, you'll find an entirely new culture of punk. not just punk
but old school punk too, the real stuff that started everything. punk
never die, at least not in this generation. disco is a different story.
it most likely died due to a combination of lack of interest and the
popularity of rock and roll. from what i see when i go to punk shows,
people really into the scene (and there are many) know what real punk
about. when asked what a punk band is, they'll answer with increasing
'old blink 182'. it's not only the music they listen to, but their way
life-the way they dress, the focus of who they are. for the most part.
it is sad
though, that there has been a decline in good punk. so, here we
trying to start a new punk revolution. the definition it had in the
70's and 80's
is gone, but only because that was the beginning, and all things
there are bands though, and not just a few, who base their music on
adrenaline rushing punk and because of them the scene will never
Paul Gill's article, "Punk To Have The Fate of Disco?")
. . . I want my pin too! . .
. Great Going Louisa!"
- Richard Pearce
First GP3" feature)
the most innovative cyber-tech guitar work on the web...I am
very inspired by what you do & how well you are doing it!!! (of
course now I will have to get my guitar out to try
the hy-peggio)...take care & continued success . . . "- Cathie
Quigley, Director World Hope Foundation
"IPDP Rules!! - Rick Virine"
of your students won??!?" - Devin
(Regarding the Guitarmageddon
winners in 2001)
to not only your students,
but to you as well. I have always believed you to be a great
instructor and a terrific person.
regarding the Guitarmageddon winners)
"Your website is
soooooooooo cool! I love it! I
haven't finished reading it all, but what I have read, it's amazing!
have been with Michael for almost one year now and I have learned a lot
year, and he will teach the music you want to learn, and if you don't
something he will explain it to you so you understand. - Dan
first became connected with Chodosh Guitar in May of 2000. Since then
watched it grow, and observed how hard Michael works to make it a fun
exciting learning experience for his students. That big bald guy really
his stuff! Actually though, I'm still just holding out for the dog. -
is always so patient with me when I don't understand something and I
how he has me play something that he knows I want to play and something
I need to play, that way it's still really fun! - Minda Morris"
has one of the best
teaching styles that I have seen, the lessons
are fun and he is an all around good guy. - Jared
though I didn't enter anything in
the contest I think I should still win
something. - Mark Carstairs"
(If you know Mark you
understand that he's kidding - M.C.)
Michael is a wise choice because he makes learning guitar fun and even
though it's not always easy he helps your through it." - Justin
send us your
comments or questions. - Michael Chodosh