All, Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Guitar, Bass Guitar, Jazz Improvisation
Rock, Metal, Jazz, Country, Lead Guitar, Bass
Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar
About Michael Zimmerman
I have been playing guitar since age 14. I graduated from the Guitar Institute of Technology in Hollywood, California. Prior to that, I attended Pima Community College as a music major and I studied classical guitar from the founding University of Arizona guitar program professor Norman Sholin (M.A.).
After working full time in the civil engineering field for over 25 years, I returned my focus on being a guitar performer and teacher. As a performer, I've played at various venues locally with rock (classic/alternative) and R&B bands. I've also entertained as a solo instrumental guitarist as well as with a jazz standards music group.
My major guitar influences include: Larry Carlton, Hendrix, Clapton, Van Halen, Wes Montgomery, Christopher Parkening, Andres Segovia amongst many others. I have 10 years teaching experience in rock, blues, country, jazz, funk and fingerpicking/classical styles. I have taught, and continue to teach, students of all levels and ages from 6 to 76.
I incorporate versatile facets in my teaching style including chord progressions, proper technique, music theory (fretboard knowledge), tablature, ear training AND... learning to play the songs that YOU want to play!
Remember: Music study can improve analytical skills and academics.
I look forward to helping you accomplish your goals in playing the guitar here at Music & Arts!