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If you haven’t already, check out my Youtube channel. I currently have five playlists, three related to my teaching materials. These three playlists include sample lessons, ear training resources, and videos of the songs currently available in my Beginner Guitar … Continue reading
Ear training is one of the fundamental skills a musician works to acquire. Recognizing intervallic relationships between different notes enables accurate sight singing, transcription, imitation, and allows the improvising musician to know what how something will sound before they even … Continue reading
It’s a little late, but one month into 2013, I’ve finally settled on some resolutions for this blog! I’m adding a couple of new running topics to the blog such as album and concert reviews, instructional book, DVD, and website … Continue reading
I’m just putting the finishing touches on my new instructional program the Mike Op Music Beginner Guitar Series! Hopefully this online guitar course will be available for purchase before Christmas. Here’s what it’s all about: This eight-part program is intended … Continue reading
Another new mandolin lesson is now available under the Sample Lessons on this site. Here we have a three part lesson dealing with melodic variation, using “Bury Me Beneath the Willow” as our model. Enjoy!
This is a mandolin lesson on the topic of melodic embellishment. The tune “Nine Pound Hammer” is used as a model through three successive variations. Tablature, notation, and analyses is provided in the pdf files. The audio examples are midi … Continue reading
A two-part lesson consisting of text and video is now available for free online! The tune being taught is James Alley Blues. The written lesson including tabs and analysis is available at wholenote.com The video lesson is available on my Youtube … Continue reading
I am currently offering private guitar, banjo, and mandolin lessons in Ko Samui, Thailand. I am also available for correspondence lessons via Skype or individualized instructional videos.