Mike Ehlers online lessons available GuitarMike's Website
Sunday, Monday and Thursday
I have been playing guitar for nearly 30 years, and performing for the past two decades. I've been exposed to many styles of music over the years. I'm an experienced rhythm and lead guitar player who has backed up many other musicians over the years in addition to fronting my own bands. I have played on various recordings for other artists and did all the guitar work on my own albums. I started playing guitar at 12 and my young adult life was filled with music and countless jam sessions with players at every level. I have given guitar lessons for many years as a private teacher and in school environments. In addition to private students, I currently teach for the StrikeAChord program at East Bay schools.
I have been told that I have a special ability to create successful experiences for students. I have a great deal of experience breaking complex chords, advanced strumming patterns and lead playing into easily digestible pieces. My goal is to teach you as much as you want to learn, in the shortest amount of time.
In addition to music, I spent several years with young people as a youth worker. I am also a yoga instructor, have a degree in Computer Network Engineering, and spent several years in the corporate world before moving into music as a full-time occupation. Along the way I've picked up some songwriting awards, and continue to perform regularly in the Bay Area and beyond as a folk/acoustic artistMIKE EHLERS BIO:
Acoustic music that covers alot of territory, Mike Ehlers moves from eco-folk-rap to pop, from alt-country to mellow grooves, from story-folk-with-a-punch to ballads born in the depths of a quieted gratitude. A multiple first-round winner of WCS (West Coast Songwriters) competitions in Northern California, he won "Song of the Year" in the Sebastopol division for 2010. Originally hailing from Northern California, Mike returned in 2009 after spending the five years in Canada, where he gained a faithful local following.
Recent performances in Northern California include The Freight and Salvage in Berkeley, The Mystic Theatre in Petaluma, The Hopmonk in Sebastopol, The Union Room in San Francisco, Napa City Nights, Casparfest, and several appearances in the Mendocino Stories concert series.
Past shows in Edmonton include City TV, several appearances on Radio CBC's Center Stage, the Jubilee Auditorium, 'Night of Artists', the 'Heart of the City Festival', 'Winterfest', the Arden Theatre, the Northern Lights Folk Club and a variety of other venues throughout Edmonton.
Glad to be back in his native land, Mike continues to write, record and perform, touring Northern California and beyond.