Lakewood Guitar Studio to become Motivique Studio

Changes are definitely coming. Lakewood Guitar Studio will become Motivique Studio. It may not be as pastoral a name, but it’s on the other hand, it’s French! We are already stretching it to think of Mockingbird and 75 as Lakewood.
So why Motovique? The primary word here is “motive”, which is a musical term some of you know. You may also know it as “motif” from French. Motivique in French means “related to a motif.” Unsurprisingly, Motive and Motif Studios both exist.
A motif, in music, is the smallest musical idea that can be considered complete. You may have picked up on this from the way I teach, but I try to get you as the musician to be aware of as many possible “motivic” ideas as possible, so that you can incorporate them in your own playing, or will have a logical way to break down music when you are learning repertoire by others.
Other changes: I’ve wanted to remove “guitar” from the business name for a while. I have begun teaching voice, and the students have responded positively. Of course, I also teach bass in addition to guitar, and I have begun helping people learn to self-accompany on piano (though I don’t consider myself a piano instructor – this is specifically for voice students.)
Also, the big change: As the year progress, I will begin offering recording services. I have already done this for some students, but I ultimately want to offer this to the general public. We will install a soundbooth, and also fit out the studio room (because we will actually have a studio room now) for a larger room sound.
So, a name change is beneficial. I am proud to be moving towards offering other services, and to have had such a supportive and engaged studio of students these past 5 (Five!) years.
Love to all of you today.
– Michael Tillman

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House concert in Lubbock, upcoming concert in Dallas.

Good evening everyone. I had a successful concert at the Kessler last weekend and this weekend head up to Lubbock for my first ticketed house concert. I have also started laying groundwork for one in Dallas, but we have to pick a date as of yet. If you want a home concert for your group, friends or family, please get in touch! (Either click the contact tab on the webpage or email me at

“But Michael, what does it sound like?”

Exactly like this –

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Vlog started, plus some other recordings.

I have finally gotten my Youtube channel updated after so many years of not paying attention to it.

Please listen to my recording of Classical Gas here:

Please check out my vlog here:

Please check out some other duet recordings on my Radio Star series here:

Cheers everyone!

– Michael


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“Lakewood Guitar Studio” awarded “Best of 2015” badge by Thumbtack!

Thank you Dallas! Here is my  Thumbtack Best Pro of 2015 badge from Thumbtack for being one of their best teachers. I’m honored and grateful to my students and the city in which we live. I made #4 on their list of “best lessons in Dallas.”

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House Concert announced in Lubbock October 3rd – Vlog, September 3 2015

New House Concert announced in Lubbock on October 3rd, Saturday. Also, opening for Strunz and Farah at the Kessler Theater on September 27, Sunday. Also, some scale practice.

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