About Mike's Master Classes

  1. Mike’s Master Classes’ courses cover a range of topics related to guitar and bass playing, focusing on different aspects of music theory, technique, improvisation, and performance.
  2. The courses are categorized into three skill levels: Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced, allowing learners to choose classes based on their proficiency.
  3. Some of the topics covered include chord voicings, comping concepts, solo guitar playing, improvisation techniques, chord construction, harmonics, melody playing, reharmonization, and jazz theory.
  4. The instructors in the courses are experienced musicians and educators who provide valuable insights, techniques, and guidance to help learners improve their playing skills.
  5. The classes are offered in a variety of formats, including workshops, masterclasses, and private lessons.
  6. The classes cater to different musical interests, such as jazz, blues, fingerstyle, and various genres within the realm of guitar and bass playing.
  7. Each course has an associated price, reflecting the duration and complexity of the class.

Overall, the courses provide a comprehensive learning experience for guitarists and bassists of different skill levels, offering valuable techniques, theory, and practical knowledge to enhance their musical abilities.

How We Got Started

Mike’s Master Classes was created by the guitarist Mike Gellar in 2006 as a way to bring Masters and Students together. Originally, it was conceptualized as a virtual classroom, and for the first three and a half years, live, online interactive classes were held. Shortly after the live classes were started, recordings of the classes were captured, archived and made available for download. While the initial idea of the live, interactive classes was expected to be the main appeal of the site, the majority of students have been choosing to download and view the classes at their leisure. Many students mentioned that the classes are so thorough, that they didn’t have any questions and just preferred downloading the recordings. So, in November 2009, the live sessions were discontinued. However, Masters continue to create and record new classes which are added to the substantial library.

When you purchase a Master Class, you will receive access to instant streaming, a downloadable recording of the Master Class, and any related Class Materials.

Contact Support at support@mikesmasterclasses.com with any questions.

The Team

Mike Gellar

Mike Gellar – Founder

Mike saw The Beatles on Ed Sullivan and he’s wanted to play guitar since then. He started at the age of 9 and played in Rock and Top 40 groups as a teenager. In college, Mike was introduced to jazz and has been loving listening to and playing it since then. He first studied with Frostburg guitarist Bill Bitner, and later with Larry Wooldridge in Baltimore. Most of Mike’s development has occurred while gigging with some of the finest DC area musicians.

In parallel with Mike’s interest in music, he worked as a CPA for several years and then for decades was a Functional Financial Consultant assisting clients implementing ERP, or large business systems. Mike has also been an avid sailor and has been racing a Flying Scot at Deep Creek Lake, MD for years.

In 2006, Mike started Mike’s Master Classes with a network of world-class guitarists he had known and with many more after that, and the business has grown steadily since then.

In 2008, Mike partnered with Jeremy Oms to expand the offerings of Mike’s Master Classes. Jeremy created the new web site and has implemented many new features for Mike’s Master Classes Students as well as expanded the reach of Mike’s Master Classes to many new students.

Jeremy Oms

Jeremy Oms – Owner

Jeremy has been creating and managing web sites for over 15 years.  His musical background is as a keyboardist often found leading out his local church.

“A website is meant to serve people…whether the website helps to expand their knowledge, offer teaching and training, or simply equipping individuals with tools that may not be able accessible anywhere else.” – Jeremy Oms

Jeremy’s side passions include videography, photography, and enjoying the youthful times with his kids.

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