Michael Papenburg is a Bay Area native with extensive performing and teaching experience. He has played with many local artists including Matadore, The Jerry Hannan Band, Matt Nathanson, Brittany Shane, Orange, Penelope Houston, Lilyvolt, The Mad Cattle Ensemble, and Missile Harmony. He currently plays lead guitar for Petty Theft, a tribute to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
Michael specializes in rock, alternative, slide guitar, blues, funk, country, and folk. His influences include Jimmy Page, David Gilmour, Jeff Beck, Bill Frisell, Robin Guthrie, Daniel Ash, Mike Campbell, and many others.
He is a very patient teacher with students ranging from beginning to advanced players. His teaching has a focus on playing technique, chords, scales, music theory, musicianship, and transcriptions of songs and solos in either tablature or standard notation.
Michael currently teaches at School of Rock in Santa Rosa which is a combination of private lessons and group performance. Please call them at 707-710-7625 for scheduling.
He also teaches private lessons via zoom or in person at Banana's At Large in Santa Rosa. Please use the following link for scheduling: