Michael Pitts

Michael has been a part of the Raleigh, NC music scene for the past 30 years. His beginnings were in Rock-n-Roll & Fusion and evolved into Classical music, Soul & Funk, Reggae, Folk, Blues and Jazz. During that time, he has been educating aspiring guitarists, having taught over 1,000 students privately. For 9 years, Michael was at the Community Music School-Raleigh as the guitar teacher and counselor.

Many of his students have gone on to secondary education and degrees in music. Some have gone on to careers in the recording industry and have performed around the world.

Michael has jammed, played, recorded and/or performed with countless musicians. These include: Stax Records artist Luther Ingram, sideman and Nashville Session Artist Audley Freed (The Black Crowes, The Dixie Chicks, Peter Frampton & Jakob Dylan), Mike Gardner & PeeWee Watson (PKM), Tommy Redd & Kenny Soule (Nantucket), guitarist Scott Sawyer, singer/songwriter Peter Rowan (Old & In the Way), guitarist Jimmy Herring (Widespread Panic, Col. Bruce Hampton & the Aquarium Rescue Unit), drummer Jeff Sipe (Col. Bruce Hampton & the Aquarium Rescue Unit, Leftover Salmon), Robert Kearns (Lynyrd Skynyrd), Steve Kimock (Bob Weir & the Grateful Dead), producer Dick Hodgin and regional Blues/Gospel legend Calvin "Skeeter" Brandon, to name a few.

Michael also studied with and engraved transcriptions for fingerstyle jazz guitar icon Howard Morgen.

Michael is in the process of writing a new and original guitar method book, as well as a book of transcriptions of jazz guitar legend Johnny Smith's original pieces and arrangements of jazz standards.

His influences include: Andres Segovia, Mississippi John Hurt, Elizabeth Cotten, Mance Lipscomb, Doc Watson, Johnny Smith, Pat Martino, Steve Morse, John McLaughlin, Al DiMeola, Billy Gibbons, The Allman Brothers Band, Joe Walsh, Jimmy Page, B.B. King, Col. Bruce Hampton, Frank Zappa, Michael Hedges and Stax & Motown Records artists, et. al.

Michael is now offering Ukulele Lessons. Specialties

  • Flat picking & fingerstyle guitar.
  • Beginning to intermediate Classical & Jazz.
  • All levels of any other style.
  • Music Engraving-Guitar Transcriptions.
About me: 

I don't exactly give guitar/ukulele lesssons, I give music lessons that happen to be on guitar/ukulele. My goal is to bring my students to an understanding of how music works on the instrument, regardless of stylistic preferences. It is my hope that my students will grow into independent musicians and have a happy, lifelong musical experience.