Don’t read this page unless you feel
Embarrassed about your guitar playing
And unless you really wish you could do something about it... NOW.
Dear Guitar Player,
Let me tell you a story.
Some day in summer I received an E-mail.
It came from Lasse.
Lasse, 34, contacted me when he went to a music shop during his search for a teacher who could help him.
Lasse’s story in a nutshell?
He has struggled for many years to take his guitar playing to the next level.
- He lacked coordination between his hands
- His timing was off
- His solos did not sound good
- He stagnated on the same level for years
And it bothered him deeply because he is already playing in a band but lacked in all these areas and was nearly feeling embarrassed about it!
So, he decided:
He was going to find the best in town to help him getting his technique and his music writing and learning ability finally on the fast track and make up for all the years of wasted guitar practice time and no longer feel as an inferior guitar player.
And even though he already had quite a lot of experience and he clearly wanted help, he still was not very confident in his potential.
In his own words:
“I think I am stagnating and only sticking to the pentatonic even though I know a lot of music theory
and scales but I don’t feel that I can apply them in a technical sense and how to make my solos sound
good and fitting to the context. I think that is where I am not feeling very confident.
If I could do all that I would conquer the world.
I would compose more of my own music and play more with my band and make them sound better
and write awesome solos.
I tried some of the guitar tutorials from the internet, but I think it is not the best way to advance. I
really need someone to show me how to do it all.”
Lasse (34), Electrician
So, I suggested Lasse meet me for a no-obligation consultation so I could give him a proper diagnosis I give to all my students.
And when we met, I noticed right away Lasse spent a long time teaching himself, because:
Lasse played guitar like a classical guitarist stuck in the 18th century and his approach to his technique would never allow him to reach the super-insane-guitar- shredder level that he aspired to reach.
His fretting hand went all over the place in an uncoordinated MESS on the fretboard.
On top of that his picking hand was behaving in a way that I can only describe as weak and uncontrolled – Which was the #1 reason why he would not ever learn sweep picking and make it sound good at the same time.
And I gave it to him straight and I told him:
“This will take some time to fix and drive these bad habits out. This will not disappear in 2 or 3 months especially not with all the other goals you have for your guitar playing.
That’s the bad news.
The good news is: if you are as motivated as you say you are and you promise me you’ll do exactly what I tell you – I know how to help you.
And if you continue practicing 30 minutes per day, I bet by this time next year you won’t even recognize the guitar player you have become.”
He decided to give it a shot… and we got busy.
But let’s hear what he himself has got to say:
"I had many areas where I struggled, lot of room to improve in various areas in my guitar playing and composing and understanding music in general.
I decided to start lessons because I was feeling I was not making progress.
I was feeling like every step I took to improve my guitar playing was harder, I didn’t see where it was taking me to.
So, Miika got a vision of where to go and how to go and that makes the journey of becoming a better guitarist and musician much more enjoyable.
I decided to come to Kitaristi Tampere because I felt like Miika has a good vision and good understanding of what I need. And the way the lessons are put together, they have a good red line and there was a plot where it was taking me and I could see the plot. And the whole feeling that I got from Miika was that he is really interested in getting ME better.
I searched for many different guitar teachers and the feeling and the confidence that I got from meeting with Miika was way different than with the other ones. That was the reason why I decided to come here.
The lessons have improved my Practicing. I know WHAT to practice and how to progress with my practicing and not to stagnate on something but to work on it from different angles and in different ways.
I also gained a lot of new ways to make my own music, how to express how I feel through music.
The first thing I noticed when I visited here was the overall feeling. It was like a cozy home.
It felt like you are not interacting with an authority, you’re interacting with a peer.
Search no longer because… pick the easy way, not the hard way.
I took the hard way for many years and I am here and this is a lot more enjoyable than the hard way.
There is no competition."
Here is why I tell you this story:
My name is Michael Korte (I came to Tampere from Germany and most Finnish people just call me Miika and so can you) and when it comes to teaching guitar:
I solve the problems of guitar players like Lasse FOR GOOD.
In fact, I spent the last years sharpening my guitar teaching skills inside the Elite Guitar Teachers Inner Circle and I'm the only guitar teacher in all of Tampere who holds the Guitar Teaching Mastery certificate.
And I made it my personal goal to produce at least 500 more cases like Lasse that I have helped reach new heights in their guitar playing before I retire.
But of course, none of this matters if I cannot help you play guitar better. So, let me tell you what I discovered from the last years of teaching guitar. It’s about:
The #1 Reason Guitar Players Like Lasse Get Stuck And Never Learn To Play Guitar The Way They Want And Deserve:
They try for waaaay too long to learn guitar on their own.
And full disclosure: I MYSELF was like that and I regret deeply to not start lessons earlier with a PROVEN master guitar teacher who just knows how to throw my guitar playing forward like a rock in a sling shot.
But AS SOON AS I found and committed to a PROVEN master guitar teacher, EVERYTHING started to fall into place and I finally reached the heights of guitar playing technique and creativity that I was thirsting for, for a long time.