My name is Micah Lipsmeyer, and I’m the founder of the 90 Day Guitar program.
This page will tell you a little bit about me. In fact, let’s start right at the beginning.
Interestingly enough, I couldn’t play a note at the age of 18. When my younger brother started picking up a guitar that my sister had borrowed from some dude who was trying to impress her, I couldn’t let him become a musician without me at least trying it out!
I bought a $100 guitar on Ebay and started fiddling around with it. I liked it! I decided I wanted to get better, faster. I paid for my own lessons and spent all the time I could muster up, after working 12-15 hour days doing construction work (much of the time out of town), exercising my new found love of the guitar.
I found so much freedom in making my guitar sound similar to the songs I tried to mimic. The love grew with every small success. It intensified with every extra piece of freedom my fingers began to find. I cherished every ounce of that freedom as my hands grew more and more capable of doing what I wanted them to. It didn’t come as natural for me as it did for others. I didn’t get as good as quickly as my brother did, even with him not taking lessons. It was work… lots of it. Hours upon hours of playing, learning, and practicing.
I remember being embarrassed when I walked into the music store..afraid to play in front of anyone for fear they would hear how terrible I was. I found myself intimidated by the younger kids who were so much better and faster than I was. But it wasn’t the jealousy of their skill that drove me forward. It was purely a love of playing the instrument.
I loved making music.
There was some kind of freedom I felt that I couldn’t find anywhere else. Music was the art I was missing in my life. It was the invisible, nonexistent thing I wanted to create out of nothing but the thoughts in my head and release it to the outside world.
Though I did not grow as quickly as most of my idol players, I wouldn’t stop. I couldn’t. There was no way I would fail. If worse came to worse I would die trying. Music was the only thing I could see myself doing for the rest of my life. Everything else would come and go except my pursuit of a career in this foreign industry.
A few years pass and I had developed enough skill to play with a few other guys. I played in a couple start-up bands that didn’t really do anything as far as playing out anywhere, but we did have a lot of fun drinking beer and jamming on our favorite tunes as a full band in my buddy’s livingroom.
A few years after that I started my own band. This is where I realized how much work an actual career in music would be. Playing music was fun, but songwriting, keeping a bunch of guys working as a team in a common direction, booking shows, recording, promoting your music and album, promoting your shows, making music videos, developing relationships that would take you higher. This was tough.
I realized it wasn’t just about being good. Everyone has to share a common goal. Everyone has to have it in them to give everything they’ve got all the time. There was no personal time. You were always working. Even when you appeared to be out and about hanging out in bars and music venues…there was always an ulterior motive for being there. Always looking for another contact. Always trying to find another door then figuring out how to unlock it. But we did. We worked hard.
Over the next few years my band would begin to grow and gain some recognition, enough that we ended up signing onto an indie record label. We played with some great bands, even some pretty big names like 12 Stones and Andy Grammer. Playing at big places like The Hard Rock Cafe and The House Of Blues. But the amount of work and capital it took to push a band forward was heavy, and one by one, band members began to flake.
I found myself doing all I could, but it still not being enough to produce the revenue needed to survive, much less grow.
At the same time I began teaching a couple beginners on the side for some extra money. I realized I had a knack for this. I began to focus more on teaching guitar and found it much easier..even very natural. I remembered how hard it was for me when I first started, and I knew it was very hard for my students as well. I dug in to help them find more things that were close to their ability, but that would push them just a little further, giving them manageable steps.
When they had a problem, I had a natural ability for breaking things down to something more simple, then breaking them down again and again to be more and more simple if necessary. At this point in the game, I had already played so much, that I could easily figure things out that were difficult. However, I wasn’t so far beyond that level that I didn’t remember how I had got there. I could still track something back to the roots and show a student exactly where they should focus in order to get them from exactly where they are to the next step beyond.
At this point I was still working construction full time, I was working with my band, and teaching guitar. I hit a rough patch with my boss, who was also my dad, who was going through a divorce and decided that his employees were all worthless. Well I didn’t see it that way.
When I’m the guy showing up and doing a job that the boss doesn’t show up for..and finishing it for him like a good employee should…I don’t think taking your anger out on the guys keeping your business afloat is something you should do. I decided that it was now time to move on.
With the help of my brother, I went full force into pushing my guitar teaching business. My teaching began to flourish. I found myself paying all my bills well enough within 6 months. I became so busy teaching that I didn’t have time for the band. And since I was able to make money and pay my bills much more easily with teaching versus the band, I dropped off the indie record label and teaching guitar became my new priority.
I taught private lessons, I taught group lessons, I taught online lessons… I began to create different programs that would help people on specific topics like being creative with open chords, learning songs, getting better with barre chords, music theory, scales, etc. It was work, but it wasn’t hard for me to see what people needed. The more I talked to students and other teachers, the more new ideas I had.
As time went by, I was no longer in as much of a bind financially and I began to play out again. But this time I did it, not to start a band and become famous, but to enjoy playing music again. This was the most incredible feeling!
Playing music, no pressure, not trying to be perfect, but just having fun playing the songs that I liked..like in the beginning when I was first learning guitar. But my skills were much higher now. And as with anything, the better you are at something, the more fun it becomes!
Well, long story short. I now play with many musicians all over the place. I meet killer musicians all the time and play big shows, small shows, medium shows… you name it. Some pay great, some I play for free. The best part is, I have a blast doing it!
Now, between all of my students and gigging all the time, my time is limited. Unfortunately, I don’t have the time to teach every single person who asks me to teach them. But new students continue to come looking for help.
This pushed me to create an online program for guitar players to learn that is as close to me being right there with them as possible without me actually being there. Showing them every single little exercise that will get them from one point to the next, then helping them do it… playing it along with them! This is the best thing about my program. You can play along with me every single day and have me pushing you a little further every day. It’s as if you had a workout coach pushing you just a little more, and a little more. This is how we make big progress over short periods of time.
I’m a guitar teacher, a guitar player, and also a guitar student.
Yes, I continue learning everyday. I know what people offer as online lessons, and I know what they offer in private lessons. I know how the majority of teachers teach, and I also know how the majority of students learn. If you’ve got online and tried to figure it out alone, you know it’s not like having someone right there with you.
There’s so much information thrown at a guitar student online that they don’t have a clue where they should focus. And there’s not even half as much actual playing application online as there should be. And if you have had private lessons, you probably know how expensive they tend to be, but also that when you go home, you’re on your own again until next week’s lesson.
I have made it my goal to make my course the only thing a new student needs to get from absolute beginner, to a competent player. It’s designed to take you from not playing, to playing your favorite songs. Stick with it. Practice and play along with the tools I provide and you will absolutely become a guitar player.