started playing guitar at 15. "I wanted a motorcycle but got
a guitar instead, little did my folks know what they had started."
From the start, lessons were important to learning as quickly as
he could and after 3 years of lessons from various teachers, he
began to teach others out of his family's home. After going to Valley
College Mike then began teaching at "Liers Music" in San
Bernardino, CA. Then went to Musicians Institute in Hollywood and
graduated in the top 20 of over 800 in his class.
In 1997, Mike Freeland and David
Bown started their own Music School - "Music Lessons Central".
Mike teaches in various styles from rock
to classical. The school has been going strong for over 12 years
at the San Bernardino Location on Hospitality lane, and since December 2009
in Redlands (6 teachers: Guitar - Bass - Drums - Vocal and Piano).
are your early musical influences?
Judas Priest - Black
Sabbath - Ted Nugent -
Boston - Rush
- those are a few but there are so many more.
bands do you like now?
3 Doors Down - Disturbed
- Korn's newer stuff - Godsmack
- I like the guitar riffs from bands like As
I Lay Dying - Still Standing
- just not into the vocals from them - Joe
Satriani and Steve Vai. Always
once again too many to name - that's just the rock ones - I play
Spanish and classical guitar also like Peppino
D'agostino so there are all those guys also.
in your CD player right now?
My bands C. D. Hindsight 20/20. Disturbeds last one, a couple of
cover ones for shows
equipment do you use?
Mesa Boogie amps and Ibanez
and Fender and Baker
was your worst gig ever?
There's this guy locally that books some "slum lord gigs".
Bad P.A. his gigs are never on time
- no lights - toilets overflow all the time - really sick place
to play - but the audience was great.
Opening for the Lynch Mob
- or playing on Maui - that was fun. :)
are your hobbies?
Finding great places to practice guitar and Reading -
Way way too many - love the Wheel of Time series from Robert
Jordan and Tad Williams'
stuff - Tolkien
- and King.
is your musical education?
2 yrs in college and a degree from M. I. (Musicians
Institute). I've had private lessons from a lot of teachers
(Jody Fisher being the
most memorable). Also Lots of books and friends that have helped
along the way.