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Mike Pachelli started playing guitar as a youngster in his hometown of Youngstown, Ohio. His earliest influence was Wes Montgomery who Mike says, "first opened my ears to the possibilities on guitar." Pachelli studied classical guitar at YSU and then moved to New York City to study bebop with guitar luminaries Joe Pass and Pat Martino. Mike's guitar style is an amalgamation of blues, jazz, rock, and neo-classical. He has a wealth of musical experience gained thru years of night clubs, concert halls, and recording studios. He's performed all over the U.S. and Europe with some of the most eclectic jazz, blues, pop and rock musicians including Brother Jack McDuff, Albert King, Les & Larry Elgart, Michael Sembello, Crystal Gayle, Barbara Mandrell, Jeanne Mas, Phil Keaggy, Frank Stallone (to name a few) and has done classical symphony concerts touring with Ferrante and Teicher.
Guitarists all over the world are well aware of Pachelli's technical prowess and understanding of complex musical theories & harmonic juxtapositioning. Mike's instructional book "Modal Mastery For Guitar Improvisation" and instructional DVD "Electric Guitar Method" are a must for all serious students. Pachelli has received multiple awards for his guitar expertise and he is a teacher online at Gibson.com.
In the 80's and 90's, besides having an active touring schedule, Mike hosted his own TV show in Florida on the WB affiliate. He was seen with his group every Friday and Saturday nights and boasted a 14 million cumulative audience. On TV Mike got to jam with and/or interview stars such as Paul McCartney, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Robert Plant, Dennis Hopper, Zakk Wylde, Allan Holdsworth, Jennifer Connelly, Joe Satriani, and many, many others. Mike is the recipient of ten gold and platinum RIAA awards for his promotional work with artists Mariah Carey, Green Day & Eric Johnson (to name a few).
Pachelli has had 16 CDís released as a band leader in a variety of styles and has appeared on dozens of others. His newest, MEETING POINT, is a blues CD that features The BluesMasters - Mike's band that's comprised of the top L.A. sidemen and a special guest appearance by Brother Jack McDuff. Other notable CD's include a 'Miles Davis influenced' quartet CD - ELECTRICITE' that features Andrew W.K. on piano - the critically acclaimed acoustic guitar duet CD TWO OF US with long time friend and mentor Phil Keaggy and A JAZZY GUITAR CHRISTMAS - both released on the prestigious Solid Air Records label.
Mike Pachelli has done countless recording sessions, was nominated for Grammy's, composed music for TV & films, recorded VO's for animated films with academy award winner Bill Plympton, appeared in a variety of indie movies, guest starred on many TV shows (see him now on HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm"), and composed, produced and recorded tracks for hundreds of commercial jingles.
Mike currently resides in Nashville where he is an integral part of the recording and performing scene. Mike's studio FULLBLAST RECORDINGS has produced some of the most eclectic artists on the planet! Pachelli performs regularly with his blues band, as sideman for many prominent artists and teaches on the Gibson.com website.