Acoustic Guitar Summit in Shingle Springs, California

SSOH (Shingle Springs Opera House) once again hosts AGS for a scintillating holiday show of outstanding fingerstyle guitar. Limited seating! To reserve a space and for directions, please contact David at dcthomas5256 @ gmail.com. (Delete the spaces when emailing him!) With a sell-out of this matinee show, a second show will be added that evening. Tickets at the door.

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

STOP READING THE MUSIC!

Posted on 1 CommentPosted in Announcements, Stories, Tips from Mark, Uncategorized

Great musicians are able to think ahead, hear the music in their heads as it approaches, and anticipate what their hands need to do in the moments to come. To do this best, I highly recommend you MEMORIZE your music. To memorize your music: STOP READING IT.  My suggestion for memorizing: play each passage of a tune you are working on copious times while reading it, but then CLOSE THE BOOK, or turn the music over so you CAN’T read it. Now play it without looking. If you stumble, go back to the notation/tab to ensure you are playing it correctly. […]

Mark in a Fretboard Journal Video!

Posted on Leave a commentPosted in Announcements, Press, Stories, Uncategorized

I visited Jason Verlinde and his cohorts at Fretboard Journal‘s office in Seattle a few months back. They filmed me playing my arrangement of “Water Is Wide” and  my alternating-bass warhorse “Key to the Kingdom.” Although I brought my own guitars along, they requested that I play a guitar that the magazine had commissioned from local luthier T. Drew Heinonen. Below is the “Water Is Wide” video. The “Water Is Wide” notation and TAB are available three ways in hardcopy from us: 1) as a stand-alone piece  2) in my publication Great American Tablature Songbook (57 tunes in all), and 3) […]

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

Posted on Leave a commentPosted in Free tabs, Tips from Mark

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