Mike's Master Classes was created by the guitarist Mike Gellar in 2006 as a way to bring Masters and Students together. Originally, it was conceptualized as a virtual classroom, and for the first three and a half years, live, online interactive classes were held. Shortly after the live classes were started, recordings of the classes were captured, archived and made available for download. While the initial idea of the live, interactive classes was expected to be the main appeal of the site, the majority of students have been choosing to download and view the classes at their leisure. Many students mentioned that the classes are so thorough, that they didn’t have any questions and just preferred downloading the recordings. So, in November 2009, the live sessions were discontinued. However, Masters continue to create and record new classes which are added to the substantial library.