Mark & Greta in Los Altos, California

Mark and Greta join Mark’s early “Waterwheel” partner Fred Cummins for music on Cinco de Mayo during the morning service at Foothills Congregational Church in Los Altos. Directions.

Mark Presents Beginning and Intermediate Fingerstyle Workshops at Gryphon in Palo Alto

Mark presents two workshops on fingerstyle playing at famed Gryphon Stringed Instruments in Palo Alto, California. Mark has had great success at teaching fundamentals of fingerstyle guitar through his books, DVDs, and in-person instruction. He will get beginners going in the right direction with fun patterns that turn into tuneful guitar solos; and successfully expand the understanding, technique and repertoire of intermediates. Mark Hanson uses enjoyable arrangements and compositions of his own, which he will explain and teach to you. To register, please call Gryphon directly at (650) 493-2131.  Directions. Workshop Descriptions 1) Beginning Fingerpicking (11:00 AM – 1:00 PM) Mark […]

Mark Plays for the Portland Guitar Society

The Portland Guitar Society features a local performer at its monthly meetings, which occur on the first Monday of each month. I will play for them on November 5. (Get out and vote the next day!!) To become a PGS member–a worthy organization of classical and fingerstyle players– costs only $20 for an annual membership. Find them online here.

Guitar Workshop with English Fingerstyle Virtuoso Clive Carroll in West Linn, Oregon

British fingerstyle guitar virtuoso Clive Carroll – who tours with Tommy Emmanuel – presents a fingerstyle guitar workshop in West Linn, Oregon. Not to be missed! For fingerstyle guitarists of all levels. Clive is a fun, engaging personality, and a wonderful teacher. Location provided with ticket sale. Info: (503) 699-1814. Tickets

Mark & Greta in Los Altos, California

Mark and Greta join Mark’s early “Waterwheel” partner Fred Cummins for music during the morning service at Foothills Congregational Church in Los Altos, California. Directions

Bach’s “Sheep May Safely Graze” Main Theme – Playable Version

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Here is a my relatively easy fingerstyle arrangement of the main theme of J.S. Bach’s beautiful melody “Sheep May Safely Graze.” It is set in the key of G, standard tuning. To play it in the original key of B-flat, capo it at III.   One challenging “stretch” fingering occurs in measure 3: an F#dim chord over a droning G in the bass. (You can think of this as a D7 chord with G in the bass.) Finger the sixth string in that passage with your ring finger, and the fourth-fret note with your little finger. SheepMaySafelyGrazeMainTheme