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Lesson Testimonials

Brian McGarvey – The Clay People, Outlaw Mystic, Sleep Maps, Wetwerks

“I remember being blown away by Mike’s playing the first time I heard him in Hilton Music. We were both teenagers and he was way ahead of me and just about everyone else I knew. Frankly I was somewhat intimidated by his skill but his easygoing, friendly nature allowed me to get past that and I signed up for some lessons. Mike’s command of the instrument is staggering as is his ability to graciously share his knowledge as a teacher. I consider my lessons with Mike to be an important step in my musical journey. I have since gone on to record albums in NY, LA, Chicago, El Paso, and Baltimore. I have worked with many producers including Grammy-winner Neil Kernon and played sold out shows to thousands of people on multiple tours. I am currently working on my tenth record of original.”

Kristy Rama

“I first started taking guitar lessons with Mike a little over two years ago. I had gone to Guitar Center to ask about lessons and the guy I spoke with gave me a few names in the Albany area, but he specifically recommended Mike Campese and told me I wouldn’t be sorry. So, I took a chance and chose Mike as a guitar instructor and I couldn’t be happier that I did. When I had my fist lesson with him, I could barely play a simple chord. He was patient and helpful and has helped me come so far as a guitar player. He was always more than willing to teach me any kind of song I brought to him. Not only have I learned how to play guitar but I’ve also learned so much about music in general, from reading it to writing it. Even after moving out of the Albany area, Mike offered to give me lessons over Skype and it’s been going great. When I have my lessons with him it honestly just feels like I’m playing music with a friend. He’s one of the most talented musicians I’ve ever met and I’m so glad I chose him as a teacher.”

Clark Smith

If you’r looking for a guitar teacher who can teach any age, any style, any ability of guitar playing I would recommend Mike Campese. In the past two years of seriously dedicating myself to learn how to play guitar, Mike has taken me from a very entry level player to playing some of my favorite riffs, chops and melodies. Mike is a dedicated, professional teacher who will take the time to show you how to transform your playing. From blues to rock to all out shredding Mike can teach and play it. Mikes latest CD Chameleon is an awesome example of Mikes playing and knowledge of music. I am looking forward to learning everything I can from Mike and continuing to grow as a guitar player.

Ken Clark – Guilderland, NY

“My name is Ken and I have trained with Mike Campese since 2013. The store of knowledge Mike possesses is incredible. The combination of music theory with real world experience sets him apart from other instructors I have worked with. He is remarkable.”

JJ Savage

” have been a student of Mike Campese for 5 years now and I have to say, before my first lesson with Mike I couldn’t solo or pick accurate at all. When I walked out of my first lesson I felt like a rockstar. Mike has transformed my guitar playing from slow melodic leads to ripping fast solos. I could not ask for a better guitar teacher, he’s not only my guitar teacher, he is my friend and he has an amazing way of teaching!!”

Gary Beadnell

“I am 65 years old and have played musical instruments since my teenage years.  I have been playing rhythm guitar for all of that time and was really at the point that I didn’t know how much I didn’t know about guitar.  Since starting with Mike, almost 2 years ago, I am now aware of how much knowledge there is to be learned, and have increased my skills (and knowledge level) at least 100%.  Mike is not only an excellent guitarist, but an outstanding teacher as well. (I should be able to spot a good teacher since I am a retired principal/teacher for 40 years.)  I can’t think of anyone more qualified to teach any student at any level of experience.”

Pat Fennelly

Thank you so much for your instruction and encouragement over the last year. You have helped me achieve a long term goal of learning guitar. I had zero musical ability and thought it would be impossible for an adult to learn from scratch. I’m proud to say, I can play along with a few of my favorite songs and even nailed a couple solos with your help. You’re teaching style is so laid back and unintimidating despite your ability. Thanks again.”