Guitar and geometry? Shapes make music too. At GuitarAct.com

A multi-genre guitar course for a wide range of guitarists, using innovative methods of teaching guitar. Well-known musician Mike Bugala wants to present unique ways how to learn to play guitar more efficient. You can support his "one-man project" here.

Author: Michal Bugala

  • Mike & Poogie Bell

  • @Carnegie Hall w/ M. Strickland & Ali Caldwell

  • Recording session @Peter Karl Studio, Bklyn, NY

  • Mike & Martin Valihora

  • Love to act with my axe on stage!

  • w/ AnitaSoul & Rytmus

  • One of rewards (T-shirt + Poster + Download Card)

  • Another rewards (CDs: !st Touch & Y)

EUR 5,092
pledged of EUR 4,500

113%

113% completed

49 contributors pledged

Music, Education

Bratislava, Bratislavský kraj, Slovensko

Show all rewards

You feel like you're a good guitarist, but you're losing confidence on stage?

You've been playing the guitar for a long time, but feel like you're stuck?

Do you need a system? Are you just waiting for the right impulse?

Whether you are an intermediate guitarist and want to go deep in music or you are a beginner looking for a system to get to it as quickly as possible, GuitarAct.com is just for you. Everyone will find the answers to his questions.

My story

I have been teaching guitar since my high school time and after more than a hundred students who "passed through my hands", I decided to offer a comprehensive summary of my knowledge from teaching music and personal experiences from gigging or recording, to the widest possible audience of guitarists, who want to step into the next level of their playing.

These days I am already intensively preparing this project. I am creating complete audiovisual and textual content for a guitar course in the form of a "membership website" for beginners and intermediates.

The year 2020 was full of questions for us, as artists, and I want to answer one of them by creating an innovative guitar course. And so, despite countless hours of work on the project, I feel that I combine business with pleasure and, as a father of two little kids, that I will find one of the new ways of full-time work, as live concerts are still in sight.

What is GuitarAct.com and what makes it different?

The course will consist of 2 Levels, each will have 5 Stages. Each Stage contains 5-6 thematically and chronologically arranged lessons. The lessons will be grouped under 3 selected areas: Lines (melodic exercises and examples), Chords (harmonic part, voicings) and Act (practical part - interpretation). In total, there will be about 60 video lessons and more than 10 hours of video and audio material. The course will also include a detailed Workbook with music and visual attachments, as well as musical materials for the exercises.

I offer several innovative concepts that change students' view of learning the guitar, streamline the entire learning process and thus bring the desired result.

A characteristic feature of the whole course is the emphasis on the visualization of each musical component that will be the subject of the lesson (e.g. intervals, scales, chords) using geometry. By determining a certain number of shapes (fingerings of intervals, scales, arpeggios) and their cyclic repetition, a unique way of simple memorization and systematization of a seemingly incomprehensible amount of study material is created. Instead of the usual representation of a guitar fingerboard (6 strings), the shapes are anchored in universal space, on strings in tuning by fourths.​ It means:

Applying one system to almost everything related to guitar improvisation and interpretation.

Creativity, musical invention, prompt interaction, the ability to improvise are the benefits that every student receives with Guitaract.com.

There will also be the option of a private online lesson that will meet all technical requirements for the quality of video and audio streaming. In case of interest (if circumstances allow), we can meet in person after the agreement.

The entire content of the GuitarAct.com course will be in the English language.

Thank you for your support

Dear contributors, nowadays it is extremely complicated to carry out artistic and educational projects. But the idea of the project is alive, the creative process is high, and I firmly believe that thanks to websites like Hithit.com, there will be people who will be able to turn this idea into reality. By supporting this course, you have a unique opportunity to become part of a project that will help many young musicians and especially guitarists to develop their talent, step by step to improve their skills and knowledge.

Let's help guitarists grow internally and fulfil their musical dreams!

What about money?

Anyone who has worked on a long-term project just by himself knows how much time the whole setup and realization will take. However, the obtained funds will be used exclusively to reimburse the purchased technical equipment - lighting, sound, cameras, converters, stands, cables ...

... and one cheap lunch menu a day so I don't die of hunger by working hard to get the best results.

Who is Mike Bugala? 

Musician, composer and producer.

He studied guitar at the Jazz Institute Universität fur Musik und darstellende Kunst in Graz, and in addition to jazz, he feels right at home in pop music, hip-hop, rock music, etc.

During the last 20 years of his professional career, he participated in more than 40 CDs and DVDs with various artists of jazz and popular music, and also recorded music in several Slovak films. He has performed extensively at international festivals (Ottawa Jazz Festival, Jazz Festival Turcoing, Warsaw Jazz Festival, etc.) and prestigious world stages such as Carnegie Hall in New York, Musikverein in Vienna, Prague's Rudolfinum, Konzerthuas in Berlin and prestigious New York and European music clubs.

He is the founder and leader of the Michal Bugala Group and the Michal Bugala New Trio, he has released two solo albums: 1st Touch, which he recorded in New York with world-class musicians such as Kendrick Scott, Danny Grissett, Seamus Blake and the 2012 Esprit Award-winning album Y for Best Jazz Album.

He has played and collaborated with almost all major Slovak artists, as well as with the international elite, including e.g. Victor Bailey, Eric Marienthal, Gary Husband, Soweto Kinch, Mark Mondesir, Andy Middleton, Harry Sokal, Poogie Bell, Howard Curtis, Jure Pukl, Antonio Farao, Reggie Washington, Vicente Archer, Damion Reid, Reuben Rogers, Clarence Penn, Jonathan Barber, Ricky Rodriguez et al.

In his career he has been a member of music groups and projects: FuseJazz, Juraj Griglák Company and “Bass Inferno”, Martin Valihora Group, FunkPunk Project, Oskar Rózsa Partnership Unlimited, Dodo Šošoka Slovak Jazz Quartet (2003-05), Marcel Palonder & Tango Ultimo, Štefan Bartuš & JazzBrothers, Milo Suchomel Sextet, ChillPill Live Band, Eugen Botoš Finally, Hrana, Ján Berky Mrenica Gypsy Jazz Sk, Aron The Bassist a i.

He currently formed together with David Hodek and Richard Csino a new multi-genre project called TripleJump, reflecting a unique view of 21st-century work and concentrating on the fusion of several musical genres.

In the field of pop and R'nB music, he has collaborated with solo singers such as Marián Čekovský, AnitaSoul, Richard Muller, Janko Lehotský (Modus 2002), David Koller, NYC Unit, Kim Davis, Vivian Sessoms, Nicol McCloud, Rick Bailey (Delegation) and Ali. Caldwell, a finalist on the American singing show The Voice. He is the leader of the rock band ShotUp, which he founded with singer Juraj Zaujec and a member of the accompanying group of the Fragile Queen project, as well as a guest member of the Opoštáris Band, the court group Rytmusa and other hip-hop performers. As a guitarist he regularly performs in several TV shows (Legends of Pop, The Voice, Superstar…)

He also collaborated with the Slovak Chamber Orchestra in Žilina (under the direction of P. Breiner) and the Trnava Chamber Orchestra.

Michal Bugala has also been engaged in pedagogical activities for a long time. He is the head of the jazz department at HUAJA in Banská Štiavnica and regularly lectures at the Bratislava Summer Jazz Workshop. He is also setting up his own online guitar school, GuitarAct.com.

He is also active as an organizer of events, in 2016 he founded the Winter JazzFest Trnava festival and for several years he was a co-organizer of the international festival Trnavsky Jazzyk Festival.

Conclusion

If you find the idea of this project interesting, you are a guitar player and you would appreciate something similar, or you are the parent of a talented young guitarist and you want professional and original guidance for him, I will be grateful for your support and I believe you will enjoy the results of this project.

Yours truly

Mike

Comments

Choose reward for your contribution

  • 11 I want to support GuitarAct.com

    Want to support the conception of GuitarAct.com without consequence? Thank you from the bottom of my heart :)

    Reward delivery: Not specified

    EUR 5
  • 4 Signed CD !st Touch with dedication (incl. shipping to SK/CZ)

    Debut album recorded in New York together with the world class musicians (Kendrick Scott, Vicente Archer, Danny Grissett and Seamus Blake).

    Reward delivery: In a month

    EUR 13
  • 0 Signed CD Y with dedication (incl. shipping to SK/CZ)

    The second solo album won the Esprit Award for Best Jazz Album. It was created alternately in New York and Slovakia. Once again, I found myself in an elite company: Martin Valihora, Reuben Rogers, Jure Pukl, Daemon Reid and Vicente Archer.

    Reward delivery: In a month

    EUR 13
  • 1 Signed CD Y with a dedication in person (Bratislava or Trnava, Slovakia)

    I'll put my mask on, get in the car and I'll knock on your door with a CD and a marker in my hand.

    Reward delivery: In a month

    EUR 15
  • 2 Signed CD !st Touch with a dedication in person (Bratislava or Trnava, Slovakia)

    I'll put my mask on, get in the car and I'll knock on your door with a CD and a marker in my hand.

    Reward delivery: In a month

    EUR 15
  • 1 Signed CD !st Touch with dedication (incl. intl. shipping)

    Debut album recorded in New York together with the world class musicians (Kendrick Scott, Vicente Archer, Danny Grissett and Seamus Blake).
    Reward intended for sending to countries outside SK and CZ.

    Reward delivery: In a month

    EUR 17
  • 1 Signed CD Y with dedication (incl. intl. shipping)

    The second solo album won the Esprit Award for Best Jazz Album. It was created alternately in New York and Slovakia. Once again, I found myself in an elite company: Martin Valihora, Reuben Rogers, Jure Pukl, Daemon Reid and Vicente Archer.
    Reward intended for sending to countries outside SK and CZ.

    Reward delivery: In a month

    EUR 17
  • 4 T-shirt + Download Card + signed GuitarAct.com poster (incl. shipping to SK/CZ)

    As a kid, I've always been looking forward to it. when the package arrived in the mail. Now I'm looking forward to sending the package.
    This model (T-shirt with the GuitarAct.com logo) is tailor-made for you! Choose a color and let me know in a note what size it fits you.
    As a bonus, I will pack a Download Card with a code for free download of CD Y in digital form.
    Signed poster with a dedication to it.

    Reward delivery: In a month

    EUR 19
  • 17 from 20 VIP ticket for the next edition of Winter JazzFest Trnava

    Discounted ticket (with a glass of quality wine, tasty snacks and exclusive photos with performing artists) for the nearest possible "non-virtual" international jazz festival, which has been 6 years and a number of captivating concert performances by first-class artists. WJFT always brings a fantastic atmosphere in a pleasant environment. So, I'm looking forward to the meeting, friends :)

    Reward delivery: In a year

    EUR 19
  • 1 T-shirt + Download Card + signed GuitarAct.com poster (incl. intl. shipping)

    As a kid, I've always been looking forward to it. when the package arrived in the mail. Now I'm looking forward to sending the package.
    This model (T-shirt with the GuitarAct.com logo) is tailor-made for you! Choose a color and let me know in a note what size it fits you.
    As a bonus, I will pack a Download Card with a code for free download of CD Y in digital form.
    Signed poster with a dedication to it.
    Reward intended for sending to countries outside SK and CZ.

    Reward delivery: In a month

    EUR 23
  • 0 60 min (+ 30 min for free) private guitar lesson

    We will find the answers to all your questions!
    Guitar lessons for guitarists of various levels (beginners, intermediate, advanced - you are all welcome). Personally at my studio in Trnava, or at your place (Bratislava, Trnava). I have disinfection;)
    Or online, of course in the required visual and audio quality of today’s live-streams.

    A gift for you - we will sit and talk half an hour longer.

    Reward delivery: In a month

    EUR 39
  • 0 HD video greeting with an interpretation of your favorite song with personal dedication and greeting

    I will arrange and record on my guitar any of your or your loved ones favorite song or song. The video will include a greetings and personal dedication to the addressee according to your instructions. Video length up to 3 min.
    The video can also serve as a gift for your brother-in-law or a neighbor's daughter.

    Reward delivery: In a quarter

    EUR 39
  • 3 GuitarAct.com Level 2 Lifetime Access (save 15% of the official GuitarAct.com price)

    At a discounted price, you have unlimited access to individual videos (lessons) and pdf files of the second part of the emerging guitar school. You will receive a password and you will begin to discover new dimensions of guitar playing in any genre in the advanced section for advanced guitarists.

    Reward delivery: In half a year

    EUR 119
  • 4 4 x 60 min private guitar lesson (save 25% of the official GuitarAct.com price)

    A package of four lessons for guitarists of various levels (beginners and advanced - you are all welcome). Personally at my studio in Trnava (I have disinfection…) or online, of course in the required transmission video and sound quality.

    Reward delivery: In a quarter

    EUR 119
  • 1 GuitarAct.com Level 1 Lifetime Access (save 15% of the official GuitarAct.com price)

    At a discounted price, you have unlimited access to individual videos (lessons) and pdf files of the first part of the emerging guitar school. You will receive a password and you will begin to discover new dimensions of guitar playing in any genre! For beginners and intermediates.

    Reward delivery: In a quarter

    EUR 119
  • 3 8 x 60 min private guitar lesson (save 16.6% of the official GuitarAct.com price)

    This is worth it. A pack of eight hour guitar lessons. Everyone who likes systematic work, as we will see each other repeatedly and we will improve your guitar skills step by step. And that makes sense.
    You will get 10 minutes for free from each lesson.

    Reward delivery: In half a year

    EUR 199
  • 7 GuitarAct.com Complete Lifetime Access (save 16.6% of the official GuitarAct.com price)

    Unlimited access to the complete content of the GuitarAct.com course (Level 1 + Level 2)

    Reward delivery: In half a year

    EUR 199
  • 9 from 10 GuitarAct.com sponsor

    If you like the idea of this project so much that you would like to be a part of it, I offer you a big  thank you and space for you (your brand) on the GuitarAct.com website as well as on all created social networks of the project.

    Reward delivery: Not specified

    EUR 299
  • 1 All-day workshop for max. 15 students

    I hope that the situation will return to "normal" soon and we will be able to meet together.
    Those who are interested in a group guitar workshop can subscribe to it right here!
    We will meet in a room arranged by you, but I vote for a cozy wine bar;)

    Valid for the whole Czech Republic and Slovakia. I'll come anywhere!

    Reward delivery: In a year

    EUR 499
  • 1 Private concert for you and your friends

    Have pleasure with our music (Michal Bugala Group, Michal Bugala Trio or Michal Bugala Triple Jump…) directly in your living room or garden. We will come tested, with masks, we play for you, and hang together…if you want.

    Reward delivery: Not specified

    EUR 999