Play the Bass Lines of 20 Pop and Rock Songs (Bass Method)
This songbook is a great resource for beginning bass players. It includes your favorite hits from The Beatles, Nirvana, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Garth Brooks, Eric Clapton and more.
This incredible guitar amplifier made by Line 6 packs a lot of power in a small format. At only 15 watts, it is still loud enough to be heard over a block away.
Now guitarists can have all three volumes of this classic guitar method in one convenient book! Created by popular demand, this new edition of the method used as the basic text for the renowned Berklee College of Music guitar program is a complete compilation of the original Volumes 1, 2, and 3. Innovative solos, duets and exercises progressively teach melody, harmony and rhythm. Perfect for the serious guitar student and instructor alike.
This Berklee Workshop, featuring over 20 solos and duets by Bach, Carcassi, Paganini, Sor and other renowned composers, is designed to acquaint intermediate to advanced pick-style guitarists with some of the excellent classical music that is adaptable to pick-style guitar. With study and practice, this workshop will increase a player’s knowledge and proficiency on this formidable instrument.
Whether it’s just a dream or fantasy for beginning or mid-level guitar students, becoming the next rock star is possible. Rock stars come from every corner of the world, so Dublin, San Ramon and Pleasanton CA can definitely produce the next mega-hit rock band.
Becoming a rock star involves a lot more than just great guitar lessons like the ones Mark provides. Learning from a pro guitar player who has been on tour with many famous performers provides future rock stars with the opportunity to learn what life on the road is like for a band – the good and the bad.
A great way to gain some insight into the music industry and some of the challenges that every rock star seems to encounter on the road to fame and fortune is to watch some documentary videos on various performers, bands or music styles.
Here are a few videos recommended by Mark that future San Ramon, Dublin & Pleasanton guitar rock stars may enjoy:
Rock Star Guitar Lessons Special available now through December 25th. Gift certificates now available for stocking-stuffers for that special guitar player or banjo, bass guitar, ukulele or Mandolin student.
That’s 3 private one hour lessons in your home for $150, plus a free method book, a $75 savings to you!
Through December 25th you can buy unlimited packages, but on December 26th only one package per customer. This also includes unlimited family members for each lesson. Which can be a parent and 2 children at same time
You can gift wrap the book – when it’s opened, the recipient will find gift envelope with 3 sixty minute guitar lesson gift certificates inside.
Let’s talk about black music on Black Friday, but first where did the term Black Friday come from?
‘Black Friday‘originated in Philadelphia in the 50s or earlier and wasn’t in common use in the rest of the country until decades later. And it did indeed refer to something unpleasant: the gigantic Army-Navy-post-Thanksgiving day crowds and traffic jams, which both retail workers and police officers dreaded.
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Lately, I’ve been stacked with work and obligations that I’ve barely been having time to breathe! Days with back-to-back school, work, side jobs, charity projects, and personal stuff is making me feel like a machine. Nonetheless, I’m working on downsizing to make my life a little easier. In doing so, I’ve had to cut out time from guitar lessons since my lunch breaks for work have been cut short – I’ve had to do 30 minute lessons at a time, and sometimes skip them.
Fortunately, I have a guitar teacher who focuses on his students’ successes – Mark pointed out that lessons should be 1 hour long rather than 30 minutes to be getting what I initially signed up for. I feel the average guitar instructor would probably think why not get paid in full for half-time sessions? If the student doesn’t know or care, why should I? Not Mark! In fact, I had my first Skype guitar lesson to accommodate for my random availability. It went just as well as a live lesson!
Being the lazy and exhausted person I can sometimes be, it was most convenient for me since I didn’t even have to roll out of bed – I just propped up my iPad and pulled out my guitar while continuing to be warm and cozy in all my makeshift snuggie blankets (well I wouldn’t be caught dead wearing one of those, but after trying to make a functional jacket-like garb, I see the benefits of having an actual snuggie – or wearing a jacket or robe backwards).
Although it was online, Mark was able to catch and correct my mistakes such as improperly arching my fingers and not doing the finger stretches correctly. He told me he teaches students all over the world via webcam, which is great because that means you have an excellent, accessible guitar teacher no matter where in the world you are, so long as you have a WiFi connection and webcam.
To take online lessons, you follow the same protocol – simply go to his calendar, see what availability works for you, and sign up for a lesson. Try it out, it will be worth your time!
One of the most important things when selecting a music teacher is selecting the right music teacher. Getting along with your music instructor is one thing, but the quality of the lesson they deliver is equally important – not anyone can arm you with the tools for success in the music world. From my experience, I have found a private teacher is much better than music teachers found at stores such as the Music Exchange. There is more consistency – instructors at stores can be there today and gone tomorrow, leaving you frazzled and confused. Whether you’re looking for a music teacher for yourself or for your child, there are some imperative things to consider in the process. Here are some tips – time to get picky:
Fortunately, I did not have to search too long and far before I found Mark in the Tri-Valley. If you’re interested, check out his availability online, at your convenience, to set up a lesson and see if he’s the right teacher for you. Like they always say, different strokes for different folks – good luck with your search!