Mike Karnes Guitar Instruction


I have been giving guitar lessons and bass guitar lessons in the Silverdale* area for 40+ years. In this time I have developed and perfected a unique, highly successful method of teaching guitar. Let me explain.

If you learn music in school, i.e. piano or school band instruments, there are established methods that work the student through a graduated system of exercises to learn the instrument. There isn’t a universally used method for learning guitar, and this is what makes every guitar teacher different. My system is different because of my approach. Again, let me explain.

People who want to play guitar or bass have a very specific idea of what they want to do. I work with each student on an individual basis, fitting the lessons to their personal needs. Rather than me telling the student what to do, I show them what to do. Here is the difference:

Rather than me telling them what to learn, I ask them what they want to learn, then I show them how to do it. I have the student suggest some songs they want to learn. I am able to listen to the song and show them exactly how to play it.

This makes learning guitar fun and exciting because it motivates the student to practice, thereby producing immediate results. As we learn their music, I explain to them in technical terms what they are learning. Each piece of music they learn develops their finger skills and musical vocabulary.

Learning guitar or bass should be fun, that’s why they call it “playing” the guitar, not “working” the guitar.

Give me a call and let’s get started!    (360) 509-7659

Mike Karnes, Guitar Instructor / Guru

Guitar Lessons are available on a first come, first served basis.

Please contact Mike for current openings:

(360) 509-7659


*Students also travel from Bainbridge Island, Bremerton, Gig Harbor,  Kingston, Kitsap, Port Orchard, Poulsbo, Seabeck  and Seattle, Washington to take guitar lessons with Mike Karnes!

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