GRAMMY-Nominated Music Educator Mike Overly easily combines the worlds of deeply-rooted academic study with a well-textured performance resume. His unmatched perspective on fretboard education has something for everyone ~ from the amateur hobbyist to the serious professional player ~ as well as any music enthusiast who wants to come along for the ride.

Mike Overly began performing on stage at the age of six. At age thirteen he started taking classical and popular guitar lessons with two different teachers. By age fifteen he was teaching guitar at the local music store. Mike still teaches today.

Mike graduated with Honors from the University of Hawaii with a degree in Music Composition. He studied guitar with Joe Pass and Howard Roberts, recorded with Tommy Boyce and Carol King, and performed in the movie Tunnel Vision with Chevy Chase and John Candy. Mike also produces a popular cable TV show, Guitar Forum 2.0 and currently writes for Guitar Digest Magazine. Mike travels regularly, performing and presenting workshops, seminars and clinics across America. He also endorses his signature series “Mike Overly Custom” Ed Schaefer guitar.

Mike’s 12 Tone Music Publishing catalog, including the recently released  Tone Note® Music Method Vol 1 for guitar and bass, presents a fascinating look at his revolutionary clarification of traditional guitar and bass methods. Each path-breaking  product provides many valuable and illuminating insights designed to simplify the learning process by solving the inherent problems of modern musical notation as they are applied to the fretboard. Be sure to visit the 12tonemusic.com channel on Youtube. <https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkunaz-0Yx4PDZNWxKtnDhg>

Please visit <www.12tonemusic.com> to explore and expand your knowledge of guitar and bass through a variety of reviews and interviews, tips and tricks and free lessons of remarkable originality, all presented in a family-friendly forum. Plus, as an added bonus, you’ll get to follow Mr. and Ms. Pick as they introduces you to fun fretboard games, jokes, riddles, quotes and more. And be sure to read Mike’s monthly blog where he offers a behind-the-scenes look at the development of his unique approach. <https://12tonemusic.wordpress.com/>

And don’t forget to like Mike’s 12tonemusic page on Facebook: <https://www.facebook.com/pages/12tonemusiccom/149301975111384?ref=hl>

Mike Overly is a member of NAfMA: National Association for Music Education, RPMDA: Retail Print Music Dealers Association and MTNA: Music Teachers National Association. His methods and products are taught around the world.

6 Responses to About

  1. sheet music says:

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  2. Mike Overly says:

    Sure, no problem. Do your visitors read English?


  3. vishalicious says:

    Hi Mike, Its Vish from the Ugly Bass Face blog.

    I’m starting a group on Facebook dedicated to bass & music theory blogs and wanted to invite you to join. You can post links to your blog (especially to individual entries, even historical ones) on it to both generate traffic to your site and to share information with the world-at-large (at least as it exists on FB).

    If you’re interested in joining it, its a public group. You can find it by searching for “Bass blogs” on Facebook or by using this link:


    I’ll begin advertising it in the next few days, after I’ve invited more bass & music bloggers to join it.

    Take care!


    • Mike Overly says:

      Hey Vish, thanx for the invite… meet ya tHere! Mike

      On Tue, Aug 18, 2015 at 2:27 AM, 12tonemusic wrote:


      Liked by 1 person

      • vishalicious says:

        Thanks for joining! Feel free to post anything bass or music related that you’d like to share. You can even share old posts that you wrote.

        See you on the other side!


  4. Ralph Harmon says:

    I met you and your wife in Bodega. We talked about country music.
    Vince Gill. After you left i realize i had t mentioned Jamey Johnson. Especially his song In Color. Always makes me cry.
    And his tribute to Hank Cochran album. Classic stuff.
    And the Ken Burns Country Music Documentary coming out soon.
    I just now looked T your website. Hope upgrade my bass playingg l
    Take care


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