Guitar lessons with Mark are a fun activity for students of all ages and levels. Mark is an encouraging, energetic, and patient teacher. Mark teaches at the Magic Flute several days a week with students ranging from 6 yrs old to 65 yrs old. Lessons are 45 minutes or one hour per week.
For beginners, the focus is on strum patterns, rhythm, finger-picking, easy songs, how to read guitar tabulature, and learning how to read music ( Optional) using Hal Leonard Guitar method book one.
For the intermediate/advanced level the focus is on the interest and goals of the student.
Mark encourages all students to bring songs of their favorite band/guitarist to the lessons as a way to learn while having FUN. Lessons are taught on electric, steel string acoustic, and nylon classical guitar. Mark also teaches Bass, Mandolin, Ukulele and Banjo. Although optional, Mark hosts 3 recitals a year for students as a motivational and inspirational tool.
Styles include Rock, Metal, Blues, Folk, Country, Celtic, Flamenco, Classical, Jazz, Brazilian, RnB and Funk.
Emphasis is on right/left hand technique Rhythm playing, chord voicings, scales, soloing and improvising, fingerpicking, composing your own songs, alternate tunings, blues licks and how to use a slide. Whether it is Hard Rock “shredding” or “fingerstyle” acoustic, Mark teaches it all. Mark says, ” I am amazed at the possibilities of the guitar. What other instrument can produce everything from the beauty of Bach to the raunch of Jimi Hendrix?”
Please contact me for available days, times and rates. I would be happy to hear what your goals are and answer any questions. Call and/or visit my website: www.starguitarlessons.com
Teaching- Mark has been teaching the Magic Flute since 2010. Mark has been playing guitar since he was 13 and by 16 was teaching his teacher and has been instructing, performing in nightclubs and recording cds ever since. He teaches 5 days a week a diverse variety of ages, and personalities acoustic and electric guitar. Mark’s enduring success as a teacher is due to the fact that he actually likes teaching and his students enjoy coming to the lessons. During a 2 year hiatus Mark tutored Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett at S.F.S.U. in the Jazz department.
Recording- He has worked with Ronnie Montrose, Faith no More, Members of Metalica and Green Day as well as many others. Listen to sound samples on his website www.starguitarlessons.com
Performing/Touring- Although he is a brilliant and sought after Electric Guitarist , he has toured Europe every August since 2000 and is featured at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival as well as the Riga (Latvia) festival performing Flamenco, Celtic and Classical styles.
Education- Mark holds a bachelors degree in music from San Francisco State University, A.A. degree from College of San Mateo as well as a degree from the Guitar Institute in Hollywood.
Performing – While not teaching Mark holds a busy schedule performing with his rock band at clubs from San Francisco to L.A. and San Diego as well as flamenco, acoustic and classical guitar at wineries, cafes, corporate events, private parties, and festivals. Some of Marks clients are Grace Cathedral, Domaine Carneros, V Sattui, Solage and Peju wineries to name a few.