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If you love to scream when you hear Vai, Satriani and Yngwie, it's time to be thrilled by a new scary guitar monster

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About


Michael Fath

Michael Fath has established himself as a truly international phenomenon with a staggering range of instrumental recordings that have featured unparalleled versatility with both acoustic and electric guitar.

Mesmerized audiences and critics alike have taken note of the seemingly impossible manner with which one artist can freely blend the classical, roots, and jazz idioms, and be so vastly encompassing in his mastery of an instrument.

In his junior high school years, Michael's evolving musical genius led him to quickly become an outstanding classical trumpet player later in high school, having also participated in classical piano studies.

Michael's brilliant career is solidly anchored in the practical realities of the music industry. Yet, he continues to shine at the top of his field in his own terms, without compromising his genius and musical vision.

Reviews


Michael Fath

  • “Dazzling command of the fretboard” - The Washington Post
  • “Consistently compelling arrangements and compositions... authentic jazz chops... a true sense of swing. Michael is capable of playing at the highest level in virtually any genre of music.” - Just Jazz Guitar Magazine
  • “His albums are fantastic, but he’s best live... the real proof is watching this American axe man performing in the flesh” - London Music Show
  • “He will simply astonish you” - Country Plus Magazine
  • “Virtuoso speed with an imaginative touch” - Evening Times Glasgow
  • “The toast of the East Coast” - Guitarist Magazine UK
  • “A musician’s musician ... instrumentalist extraordinaire” - BAM Magazine Los Angeles
  • “Michael Fath has taken the art of solo guitar to a new level of virtuosity” - Jimmy Bruno
  • “If you love to scream when you hear Vai, Satriani and Yngwie, it’s time to be thrilled by a new scary guitar monster” - Guitar World Magazine
  • “Michael has it all, blazing chops, and a natural sense of impeccable timing... Michael is right up there with Pass and all the greats” - Jazz Improv Magazine
  • “Michael Fath is quite possibly the most versatile guitarist on the planet” - Michael Angelo Batio
All photography by: Big Bob Blair, Diane Williams, Lynn Theisman, Ed Solomon, David Sharpe, and Paul Natkin

Lessons


Michael Fath

Having taught guitar for more than 30 years, Michael has established himself as a truly unique instructor, covering the genres of straight-ahead jazz, fusion, classical, progressive rock, blues, hot-country, and roots rockabilly!

With a reputation well established in higher education circles, he has taught, guest lectured, and performed at such prestigious institutions as Berklee School of Music (Boston), Duquense University (Pittsburgh), The Atlanta Institute of Music, and the Anne Arundel Community College (Annapolis, MD)

Also, Michael is a well known guitar clinician performing nearly one hundred of these in almost every state in America!

Michael's own pedagogical background encompasses private study of nearly 20 years with jazz notable Bill Beisecker, flamenco legends, Paco de Malaga, and Carlos Ramos, and the world renown classical guitarist Jeffrey Meyerriecks.

Published by the finest names in music education such as Warner Brothers, Hal Leonard, Cherry Lane, etc., Michael has recorded and authored nine CD books to date; and filmed three videos by the prestigious Hot Licks; and, wrote and recorded the internationally acclaimed CDI "Rock Guitar" project by the Phillips Corporation, with their investment of nearly one million dollars!

What kind of lessons best fit you?
  • Ambitious Student
  • I have instructed and guided several high school players to obtain full and partial university scholarships; either with jazz or classical majors (rock/roots studies are just now becoming yet another option). 
  • Having taught at several colleges, I fully understand what it is they are looking for in a young and promising player.  As in life, though, there are no guarantees, of course; however, I can guarantee you dramatically better odds in what has become a highly competitive field. 
  • One of my more promising students, immediately after auditioning, was awarded a full scholarship on the spot, with one of the attending faculty members calling me and saying "...whatever it is you are doing, please keep sending your best to us...!"
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  • Weekend Warrior
  • This category represents the largest demographic of my private students:
  • 1) the business professional that has an absolute passion for playing acoustic and electric guitar, simply wanting to improve his or her skills for the solo or small group environment;
  • 2) the student who has other designs on a career, but loves to play; and, 3) the weekend warrior, performing either solo, duo or in a band, that wants to show their audience that they are indeed a great player.
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  • Working Pro
  • A career as a guitarist can encompass the following: club performance and concert touring and recording, studio performance for hire, record production and engineering, seminars, magazine columnist, private teaching, college guest performance and teaching, TV, record label contracts, video contracts, radio appearances, instructional writing, etc; and, requires a level of expertise that is above ALL other players, coupled with the business sense to facilitate this.
  • The list of those I have taught here is quite extensive. Being a very successful career guitarist, I've learned aspects of the music business that one simply cannot find with most teachers, and having the experience with ALL of the aforementioned career avenues, I can effectively guide one to higher plateaus.
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Past


Michael Fath

Discography

  • Profile - Platinum Records (1985)
  • Flick of the Wrist - R.E.D. Inc. Records (1988)
  • Shake - R.E.D. Inc. Records (1989)
  • Sonic Tapestries - R.E.D. Inc. Records (1990)
  • Suspended Animation - Music Maker Records UK (1992) CUE Records (1994)
  • Country Squire - CUE Records (1995)
  • Baptism by Desire - Independent (1997)
  • The Early Years 1978-1986 - Independent (1998)
  • Songs for Marie - Independent (2000)
  • Yesterday's Child - M.A.C.E. Records (2001) Shenandoah Records (2005)
  • All of Me - Shenandoah Records (2002)
  • In My Life - Shenandoah Records (2003)
  • The Chase Is On (LeJazz) - Shenandoah Records (2004)

Publications

  • Michael Fath Acoustic Artistry (Acoustic Instrumental) - Warner Bros.
  • Michael Fath Showcase Solos for the Rock Guitarist (Unaccompanied Concert Electric Guitar Solos) - Cherry Lane Music
  • Michael Fath Caprice #24 by Niccolo Paganini (Concert Solo) - Hal Leonard Publishing
  • Michael Fath Bouree and Gigue by J.S. Bach (Concert Solo) - Hal Leonard Publishing
  • Michael Fath Hard Rock Studies/Scales (Solo Etudes) - Hal Leonard Publishing
  • Michael Fath Hard Rock Studies/Arpeggios (Solo Etudes) - Hal Leonard Publishing
  • Michael Fath Hard Rock Studies/Tapping (Solo Etudes) - Hal Leonard Publishing
  • Michael Fath Hard Rock Studies/Combinations (Solo Etudes) - Hal Leonard Publishing
  • Essential Country Guitar Technique - Cherry Lane Music

Production
Biography

  • Michael Fath Vanguard (Progressive Rock Instrumental) - Shenandoah Records
  • Michael Fath Christmas CD Single (Instrumental/Vocal Rock) - Shenandoah Records
  • Peter Douskalis (Solo Jazz Guitar) - Shenandoah Records
  • Prescott Engle The Pursuit of Meaning (Vocal Roots/Rock)
  • Peter and Alex Midnight in Madrid (Acoustic Guitar Duo) - Independent
  • Michael Fath Essential Country Guitar Technique (Hot Country Solos) - Cherry Lane
  • Michael Fath's Le Jazz The Chase Is On (Horn Band Fusion Instrumental) - Shenandoah Records
  • Michael Fath in My Life (Solo Jazz Guitar) - Shenandoah Records
  • Michael Fath All of Me (Solo Jazz Guitar) - Shenandoah Records
  • Michael Fath Yesterday's Child (Progressive Rock Instrumental) - Shenandoah Records
  • Michael Fath Songs for Marie (Acoustic Instrumental) - Shenandoah Records
  • Michael Fath Baptism by Desire (Acoustic Instrumental) - Shenandoah Records
  • The Virginia Rangers Country Squire (Instrumental Country/Jazz/RockFusion) - Cue
  • Will Landrum Will Landrum (Rock Instrumental) - Independent
  • Frank Irven's Wyzard Tangerine (Vocal/ Metal) - Independent
  • Colleen Shanley Let's Go For That Ride (Vocal/ Blues-Country-Swing) - Independent
  • Michael Fath Caprice #24 by Niccolo Paganini (Concert Solo) - Hal Leonard
  • Michael Fath Bouree and Gigue by J.S. Bach (Concert Solos) - Hal Leonard
  • Michael Fath Acoustic Artistry (Acoustic Instrumental) - Warner Brothers
  • Michael Fath Showcase Solos (Unaccompanied Concert Solos) - Cherry Lane Music
  • Michael Fath Suspended Animation (Instrumental Rock) - Cue & Music Maker Records (UK)
  • Michael Fath Hard Rock Studies/Arpeggios (Solo Etudes) - Hal Leonard Publishing
  • Michael Fath Hard Rock Studies/Scales (Solo Etudes) - Hal Leonard Publishing
  • Michael Fath Hard Rock Studies/Tapping (Solo Etudes) - Hal Leonard Publishing
  • Michael Fath Hard Rock Studies/Combinations (Solo Etudes) - Hal Leonard Publishing
  • Quattro When the Dreaming Ends (Vocal/ Pop-Rock) - Independent
  • Michael Fath Sonic Tapestries (Instrumental Rock) - R.E.D. Ink Records
  • Michael Fath Shake (Instrumental Rock) - R.E.D. Ink Records
  • Escape Running in the Night (Vocal Pop/Rock) - Independent
  • Michael Fath Flick of the Wrist (Instrumental Rock) - R.E.D. Ink Records
  • Michael Fath Profile (Various Instrumental) - Platinum Records
  • Michael Fath the Early Years (Vocal Rock) - Shenandoah Records

Contact


Michael Fath

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“A musician's musician ... instrumentalist extraordinaire”