Mike Christiansen is an extremely versatile guitarist and feels comfortable playing in any musical situation. He is experienced in playing solo guitar and with orchestras and ensembles. He has been a backup musician for a variety of artists. His solo playing can be heard in restaurants, at weddings, at corporate events, receptions, and in concerts. He is a member of the Lightwood Duo (, a guitar/clarinet duo that has released several recordings and does regular performances at events ranging from casuals to concerts. Mike’s sound has been described as “the most beautiful guitar playing I have ever heard” and “so exciting…I would have sworn there were two guitarists playing.” A common review of Mike’s guitar work is, “Mike exceeded our expectations…our guests loved his playing.” As well as playing solo guitar, Mike is at home playing with jazz groups, rock bands (Mirage), and Brazilian ensembles (An Evening in Brazil).

Mike is in high demand as a clinician. He is a leading authority in guitar pedagogy, and has authored and/or co-authored over 40 guitar books. His methods are used worldwide. Mike is a clinician and Director of Curriculum for Consonus Music ( and

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