Michael George delivers a fresh sound with a classic quality that pays homage to the legacy of American music. His sultry voice and prolific guitar playing engage the ear with creative phrasing and thoughtful dynamics.

Music Theory with Michael George

Music Anatomy | chords, scales, and keys

Feel unsure or intimidated by keys, chords, or scales? Wish you knew which scale to play and when? Want to learn songs by ear? Need a better sense of how to write songs? Learn music theory fundamentals from an experienced musician and teacher. I understand how music works…but more importantly I know how to explain it in simple terms. I… Read more →

Ukulele Teacher | Michael George Gonzalez

Ukulele Lessons in the Finger Lakes

Ukulele lessons in the Finger Lakes with Michael George. Michael has been performing and studying music since he was eight years old. As a youth he started with voice and trumpet playing in various bands and choirs during his school years. In his early twenties he picked up the acoustic guitar and began to write songs and build chord progressions.… Read more →

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Female Singer Sought [Finger Lakes]

Thanks for taking a moment to read this post. Please feel free to share with your friends or refer me to potential singers and musicians you know. I am searching for a female vocalist for a new recording/performance project. She should be comfortable singing both smooth and powerful on music that draws from styles including (in no particular order): soul,… Read more →

Happy Solstice Season

Happy Solstice!

Today, December 21, 2014 is one of my favorite times of year. The Winter Solstice marks when the fewest hours of daylight fall in the Northern Hemisphere, while the most hours of daylight occur in the Southern Hemisphere. Earth Sky does a good job of explaining the science behind the solstice in this article. For me the solstice illustrates the… Read more →

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Travis Picking

After learning the common cowboy chords and strumming patterns many guitar players are unsure how to develop their rhythmic approach to get variety in their sound. One option is fingerstyle guitar. Playing with a pick is an essential skill, but learning fingerstyle techniques will add depth and sophistication to your sound. Sell your beats online at ReverbNation.com Travis Picking One… Read more →

Sonny Rollins

Sonny Rollins

“When I play, what I try to do is to reach my subconscious level. I don’t want to overtly think about anything, because you can’t think and play at the same time — believe me, I’ve tried it (laughs).” ~Sonny Rollins Original Post from Sonny Rollins interview on NPR Post by Michael George Music. Read more →

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New Student Openings

I’m happy to announce openings in my schedule for private students in the Geneva area. This includes parts of Monroe, Wayne, and Ontario counties. All ages and skill levels are welcome to sign-up. Receive a discount when you pay by the month. Special rates for seniors. All lesson programs are tailored to the individual. The “one-size-fits-all” approach that’s common, does… Read more →

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Art is Work

For creative people of all disciplines there are parallels in the pursuit of craft and expression. Whether you push pixels or paint brushes, write a codes or melodies…we focus energy to trigger ingenuity. There are times when the ideas flow through us with little effort. But more often it requires diligence, method, and patience. In this TED talk, vobraphonist and… Read more →

Michael George Gonzalez

New Album Bundle

Thank you for viewing my new 3 Album Bundle! I’ve written lots of new material for an album to begin production later this year. As an independent artist I handle everything myself without a record label, booking agent, or manager. Funding for my projects comes out of my own pocket, plus the support of fans, friends, and family. Your purchase… Read more →

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Newshade [album]

Newshade is the latest studio album from Michael George. This recording demonstrates his versatility and the diversity of Michael's musical influences. Newshade explores interpretations of jazz, roots, blues, and bossa nova music… …After a decade living, studying and performing in the Pacific Northwest Michael returned home to upstate New York in 2006. This brought him full-circle combining his travel, education,… Read more →

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New Website

Goodbye GonzoGuitar.com! I’m in the midst of a new website design by Stargroove Collective. Over the past twenty years my experience as a musician, designer, teacher, and consultant have given me unique perspectives and insights. My new website aims to introduce new aspects of my capabilities and experience. So I have chosen to retire gonzoguitar.com during the redesign process. For… Read more →

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Mandolin Lessons

Michael has been performing and studying music since he was eight years old. As a youth he started with voice and trumpet playing in various bands and choirs during his school years. In his early twenties he picked up the acoustic guitar and began to write songs and study music theory. For the past fifteen years Michael has performed and… Read more →

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Blues Guitar Lessons

Michael has been performing and studying music since he was eight years old. As a youth he started with voice and trumpet playing in various bands and choirs during his school years. In his early twenties he picked up the acoustic guitar and began to write songs and compose chord progressions. For the past fifteen years Michael has performed and… Read more →

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Guitar Triads: Three Note Chords

What is a chord? A Chord is a group of three or more notes played together. Three note chords are called Triads. These basic triads are fundamental building blocks of harmony. The first note of the triad is called the Root Note (1). The root note is also what gives the chord its name. The middle note of the triad… Read more →

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Solo Acoustic [playlist]

Acoustic guitarist Michael George began as a singer. Since he was a child has sung songs of all styles. During his school years he participated in many choirs and vocal ensembles. He receive private voice lessons throughout his youth and won top honors and solo competitions. All these years of lyrics and melodies had an impact on Michael. He started… Read more →

Lyons LEAP Program

Lyons LEAP Program Guitar Class

Group Guitar Class I will be teaching a five week group class as part of the Summer LEAP Program. The classes are Tuesdays and Wednesdays and option to students in grades 6-12. There are three different hour long time slots each day and students can sign up when they arrive in the morning. About the 21st Century Community Learning Centers… Read more →

Orient Express Band

Orient Express Band

New Stage Manager I have been hired as Stage Manager for the Orient Express Band. The Geneva based group performs more than forty-five weeks per year at the most prestigious events and venues around. This new opportunity allows me to work with some of the areas most experienced musicians. Their state-of-the-art equipment allows me to showcase my capabilities as a… Read more →

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Ukulele Harmonized Scales

Major Scale The Major Scale is a system used to organize music notes into a group. With this “music alphabet” we can create melodies, harmonies, and chords. Each group of notes is commonly referred to as a Key. For example, here is the Major Scale for the Key of C: The Numbers Sometimes musicians use numbers instead of letters to… Read more →

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Should You Convert Your Music To 432 Hertz?

Most tuners are based on an A=440 international standard of measure. Here is an interesting story about frequencies in the universe and their potential effects on us. “Tesla said it. Einstein Agreed. Science proved it. It is a known fact that everything—including our own bodies—is made up of energy vibrating at different frequencies. That being said, can sound frequencies affect… Read more →