Existential Banjo


Episode 1
Little Pink America
with Corky Siegel &
Sons of the Never Wrong

Episode 2
People Get Ready
with Sue Demel, vocals

Episode 3
MTA (Poor Ol' Charlie)
with Tony Trischka

Episode 4
Suite for Americas:  Dorian
with Nora Barton, cello

Episode 5
Midnight Rider
with Darol Anger. violin

Episode 6
Vincent Black Lightning
@ Chicago City Winery

Episode 7
Hasna ya Layla
with Aziz Samaoui, ngoni

Episode 8
Opus 821
with Geraldo de Oliveira

Episode 9
Gaudete & Sleepers Awake
with David Jennings, vibes

Episode 10
Corrina, Corrina
with Aziz Samaoui, ngoni 

Episode 11
with Erkan Ogur
(Concert in Istanbul)

Episode 12
Last Thing On My Mind
with Tom Paxton, songwriter

New Releases

A-sides CD

Fingerstyle guitar with Darol Anger on violin 


Two New Hal Leonard books



To Play on the Banjo 
(co-written with Greg Cahill)


About Michael J. Miles



When Pete Seeger first heard Michael Miles, he sent a letter to Michael saying that "in all my 70 years this is among the most beautiful recordings I’ve ever is enough to make me want to learn the banjo all over again.”

Michael Miles is one of America’s most inventive clawhammer banjo players. Add guitar, vocals, jazz instruments, orchestras and complex historically-themed theatrical presentations to the mix and, two decades later, Michael has a critically acclaimed catalog of original compositions, stage performances, music CD’s and music instruction books.

Michael's performance credits include the Kennedy Center, Smithsonian Institution, Ravinia Festival, Harris Theatre in Chicago, American University in Beirut, Johnny Keenan Banjo Festival in Ireland, MIAM Graduate Conservatory of Music in Istanbul,  and the Royal Opera Theatre in Marrakesh.





School Guitar Programs

“I learned how to play the guitar!   I never would have thought I could.”  Jenny, age 13 

"You have made me a better jazz artist…I was inspired by you."   William, age 14 

“The thing I liked about Michael Miles is that I’ve never been able to play a guitar, and he started my foundation ... I can’t wait to learn more when he comes back for 8th grade.   Jack, age 13  

Miles has taught hundreds of professional music teachers how to use the guitar in the classroom. His university classes always fill and his methodologies have been met with grand enthusiasm. To supplement guitar programs in schools, Miles also will come to schools to work as guest instructor, for single day workshops or for extended residencies addressing all skill levels as needed.

Fingerstyle Guitar Techniques
The Great American Songbook
Beatles, Bob Dylan etc
American Blues and Jazz
Blues Improvisation
Swing Guitar

Changing Chords Successfully
How To Get A Good Sound
How To Play Melodies
How To Read Tablature
Lead Guitar Ideas
The CAGED System

Guitar students in Lincolnwood, Illinois have also been introduced to banjos, ukuleles, and mandolins.

“Michael Miles has a very thorough knowledge of his instrument, and imparts it in an efficient, engaging, and lasting manner."
  - J.K

"Michael Miles was seemingly very low key, but underneath was very encouraging and powerful. In my wildest dreams, I never imagined being able to do all the things we did. This class far exceeded my expectations."  - J.D.

"Michael is a great representative for music education and why we teach."   - L.C.

5th Grade students from Lincolnwood, IL perform their composition, "If Abraham Lincoln Were Alive Today."