Meet The Tutors

Michael Clarke began his teaching career in 1983 after leaving the rock band Tokyo. He soon realised that there was a huge demand for quality guitar and bass tuition which was not being catered for in the area and decided to set up a studio to address this. One of the earlier students Michael taught was Stove, bass player for the critically acclaimed, top 40 band Mansun. This lead to working with other bands and management companies both large and small, preparing them for live tours and studio work. Between teaching sessions, Michael has recorded many original pieces for adverts, films and jingles as well as self penned albums. Michael soon found himself in demand for session work in studios across the UK.

Michael Clarke

Michael Clarke

During 40 plus year playing career, Michael has been involved in a huge range of live performances in venues ranging from arenas to pubs and clubs. In addition to this, Michael worked in Rushworth Music House in the town of Chester as a salesman and setup/repairman for guitars and basses. Michael continues to enjoy all avenues of involvement and looks forward to many more years of tutoring in he studio.

 

 

Local to Connah's Quay, Jazz Eliott is currently continuing his 12 year musical career by teaching at Michael Clarke Studio. The studio took Jazz on due to the massive increase in demand for quality guitar and bass tuition in the area in 2014. Jazz was also taught and trained by Michael since he first picked up the guitar and has since gone on to be part of several recording projects as well as teaching. Over the last 7 years Jazz has been involved in various live performances and studio recordings which have allowed him to become acquainted with both live and studio techniques. Jazz is RGT registered through the studio and has been taking students up to grade 7 with superb results.

Jazz Elliot

Jazz Elliot

Between teaching sessions, Jazz is using the studios recording setup to record and track two of his current band projects. Given his extensive experience with live performing and recording, Michael has used Jazz to assist him with various tuition seminars as well as demonstrations for many guitar and bass brands. Due to the many experiences Jazz enjoyed whilst learning at the studio where he first picked up the guitar, the opportunity to become a full time member of the studio as a teacher has been a huge turning point in his career, as well as enabling him to be a prime example of how the studio can be a pathway to many enjoyable careers.

 

Why learn to play guitar?

Lots of us consider learning to play the guitar, but never quite get around to it. Often we buy a guitar with the best of intentions, only for it to end up sitting ignored in the corner of the room. If you have struggled to get passed this stage, here are some reasons to pick up that guitar again and learn to play it! Here are five great reasons to stop thinking about it and start doing it. Book a free guitar lesson with Mike Clarke Studio today.

 

It's fun!

When you very first pick up a guitar you may feel a bit disappointed and frustrated that you cannot make it sound as good as your favourite musicians. However, you only need to learn a few simple chords to be on your way to being able to play a number of songs. The joy and sense of accomplishment of being able to do this is actually measurable. Research as been done which shows that playing music triggers the brain to release dopamine, which gives us a sense of reward and pleasure.

Impress your friends

In these days of online entertainment and console games, taking the time to learn an instrument is becoming rarer. When your friends boasts of being able to play a Dave Mustaine guitar solo in Guitar Hero, wipe the smile off their faces by plying one on a real guitar.

Reduce stress

It has also been found that playing an instrument can help to fight stress. Picking up your guitar after a hard day at work can help you relax and de-stress. One study even found that test subjects who play music for around one hundred minutes a day showed a significant drop in blood pressure.

Sharpen your mind

It has been established that learning to play the guitar, or any other musical instrument, can improve brain function. This can be especially beneficial to children, and the older generation who wish to guard against mental decline. 

Join a band

The ability to play guitar or bass guitar can lead to opportunities to join a band. Playing with other musicians is a fun thing to do in it's own right, but once you get out and start gigging, even if you never get beyond playing your local town, you will have experiences which you and you friends will reminisce about for a lifetime. If you do wish to join a band, bass players will have an advantage over guitar players as there always seems to be about ten guitarists to every bass player. Learn to play both, and you'll be quids in!

You have nothing to lose

Get in touch with Michael Clarke Studio today and book yourself a lesson. Your first guitar lesson or bass guitar lesson is always FREE, so there is really nothing to lose and everything to gain. Take the first step to having more fun in your life - learn to play the guitar!

Michael Clarke Studio Services 

  • Guitar / Bass Lessons - All ages, all abilities
  • Instrument Sales - part exchange welcome 
  • Guitar set ups - get the very best sound and playing action from your guitar - 30 years experience 

 

  • Tone School
  • Live / Studio Sound Engineering Courses
  • Songwriting / Artist development Days
  • Multitrack Recording
  • On Location Recording
  • Mixing / Mastering

 

  • Star for a day Karaoke Experience
  • Custom made jam backing tracks in a variety of styles
  • Publishing / Distribution
  • Guitar backing tracks library for jamming / improvising across a bunch of different genres

 

Reviews

We are extremely proud of the wonderful reviews we receive. Here are just some of them. Read more at the independent reviews site www.freeindex.co.uk.

 

Rating 5/5 - 13 Nov 2015
My grandson Joe age 11 has been having guitar lessons with Mike for just over a year now and loves every minute of it. Mike has proved to be an excellent teacher and seems to know instinctively how to get the best out of his pupils. Hope Joe will be having lessons with Mike for many years to come!
— Geoff Millington Holywell
Rating: 5/5 - 10 Nov 2014
First guitar lesson ever tonight was fun interesting and a little addictive, mike is very easy going (yet instructive), already booked for next week will be having lessons for quite some time.
— Shaun Williams, Llangollen
Rating: 5/5 - 10 Jul 2014
I thought about guitar lessons for 2 years before finding Mike. I’ve now had 5 lessons and I’ve enjoyed every minute of lessons and practicing. Mike’s lessons are informal but so helpful and Mike has the patience of a saint and gives advice and tips to help improve technique. A 5 star rating for a 5 star service.
— Jacqui Cross, Wirral
Rating: 5/5 - 26 Mar 2014
I am a couple of months into having lessons with Mike, and I can honestly say that I have got more out of the last 2 months than I have out of several years of teaching myself and dabbling with on-line lessons. Mike is a talented teacher with a knack of picking up and correcting mistakes which sometimes you don’t even realise that you’re making. He has a great sense of humour too - which he needs with my playing!

I’ve also now had all 3 of my guitars set up by Mike – a Strat, a Les Paul and a Steinberger – and what a difference it has made! All 3 guitars are now easier and more enjoyable to play. A great improvement for a minimal investment – highly recommended!
— John McD, Chester

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