Guitar & Bass Lessons

Professional instruction at my studio
or at your house.
Now offering acoustic
workshop classes this summer!

Corporate Events & Weddings

High-quality entertainment. Classical or Modern Music

A Little About Mike

"My guitar is an extention of my personality."

Michael Herndon offers unique and individualized guitar instruction for all ages and ability levels.

Having been an instructor for over twenty years, Michael teaches all levels of rock, classical, blues and electric guitar and bass.
Lessons are available online or at Michael's Studio in Algonquin, IL.

Michael's musical journey started at the age of eight when he began studying the violin, switching after five years to the Spanish Classical guitar. While studying guitar at Elmhurst College, he began his own teaching studio where he has taught hundreds of guitar students over the years.

Currently Michael teaches privately, has performed in many area rock bands, and does numerous solo acoustic/classical recitals throughout the Chicago area.

Mike has taught hundreds of students over the last 20 years, young and old.

Mike's classical guitar is a favorite at Chicago area weddings and corporate events.

As a member of a couple of local bands, Mike has played some of the biggest stages in Chicago.

Between lessons and local shows, Mike likes to express himself in various art mediums.

Guitar, Bass & Ukelele Lessons

Mike Herndon guitar lessons

Why learn to play an instrument?

It has long been known that children who are involved in structured study of a musical instrument or other art form develop better math and reasoning skills, have a better defined understanding of responsibility, and are generally more knowledgeable in areas of art and culture. 

With Schools continuing to cancel art and music programs, private instrument study is a great alternative to foster a child's imagination and provide a growing sense of self confidence!Lessons build responsibility, manual dexterity, and some consider it about the same as learning a foreign language.

Lessons are not just for children or teenagers, but can be enjoyed by adults who have "always wanted to play guitar".

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Lesson Info and Pricing

Introducing a new vision in music instruction! Michael is offering a unique and efficient blend of live remote online guitar & bass e-lessons with personalized private demo video instruction to follow hosted on

Each live e-lesson is completely private and hosted through a variety of available platforms.

Materials are sent via email or text message. Local clients are encouraged to take an initial 2 or 3 physical lessons in Michael's studio and then transition to remote e-lessons.

Life is busy enough. There is no need to drive around when you can get high-quality lessons in the comfort of your own home along with follow-up videos to guide you through the learning process.

My lessons are charged in groups of four lessons, roughy one 30 minute lesson a week. 

• Lessons are also available at my Studio if that is a better fit: the cost is $100.00 per four 30 minute lesson (paid monthly). Reschedules are acceptable with 24 hour notification.

• I DO NOT barter for lessons. Please understand that I am a professional teacher and do this for a living. Thank you.

Hour-long lessons and paired lessons are available upon request (sibling or parent/child). Books and materials will be discussed during initial phone consultation. Please call to learn more or to schedule a one time trial lesson - 847.204.2000. 

Thank you Mike Herndon Guitar Lessons for sharing your talent with us all this morning at the patisserie. How sweet it is!
--- Ambrosia Euro American Paterisserie

Mike is an awesome teacher! He makes you feel very comfortable and emphasizes that music should be fun. I have no background in music and Mike is teaching me the uke. I would recommend anyone to start taking lessons with Mike!
--- Matt Kemlowski

Highly experienced teacher of classical guitar. Has been teaching since the 1990s. Fun person to learn with. A+++
--- Marek Pajak

I am 46 years old and had ZERO musical background and While I wanted to learn to play the guitar I was dreading the same boring music stuff I experienced in high school and shunned. Not that case here! Mike keeps it fun and has a teaching style that has zero intimidation. Mike has taught me a hobby that is relaxing and I can keep doing the rest of my life. I hope to take lessons from him for a long time. I highly recommend going to him for lessons.
--- Hessel Verhage

My son had his first lesson with Mike and he was incredible!!! My son really connected with him! He had a great way of delivering the lesson by keeping it light, fun but direct to the point.
--- Sha Dunn

A great teacher, and very easy to work with. I have a fairly chaotic schedule from week to week, and he continues to be flexible with my lesson times to accommodate that. Highly recommended.
--- Eric Baune

Mike’s a super cool friendly and the most important- tolerant instructor! He understands your taste and teaches you whatever you want and even writes his own music and shares with me. I have a very erratic schedule but he understands my issues and accomodates the schedule changes as per my availability even with a short notice. Even after you are done with your session he’s available whenever u need him be it over the phone or skype. If you really wanna learn guitar trust Mike and I higly recommend going to him.
--- Bhargava Pendem

Mike is great! He is awesome about scheduling lessons around our busy schedule, and is always on time and ready to teach. He does a great job of tailoring lessons around music our son is interested in, but also makes sure he adds theory into the lessons to give him a good foundation. All-around great teacher!!! Highly recommend!!
--- Kathy Ober

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Amazing Lessons

All Ages And All Musical Styles in A Fun Way

Follow your dreams and learn to play guitar or bass. Watch this video and see!

Musical Styles

Classical to Rock And Everything in Between

Watch this video demo to see me play some of my favorite songs on classical, dobro and electric guitars.

Lesson For All!

Adult Lessons Make For Great Jams

Mike has special lessons geared for busy adults that end with some fun ensemble jams.

Radio Play!

Mike Performs the National Anthem on 95 WIIL Rock

Mike shreds an amazing version of our National Anthem that received airplay on local radio station 95 WIIL Rock.

Fine Art Photo Gallery

These are a few of my latest paintings that I have for sale.

Join us and start enjoying playing guitar!

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