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 (1:00 PM – 3:00 PM) Mark […]

Acoustic Guitar Summit Concert in Hillsboro, Oregon

We’re thrilled that Walters Cultural Art Center has included us once again, this time in their 2018-19 concert series. Doug Smith is in New York and Chicago till June as part of the cast of the new stage version of August Rush, so Terry Robb and I have invited exciting Hawaiian virtuoso Jeff Peterson to join us. Jeff taught with Terry and me at the our 2015 Guitar Seminar. What a great player and great soul!  Tickets | Directions  

Free Notation/TAB/Audio of Italian Classic “Return to Sorrento”

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Mark was contracted to provide guitar solos for a 70th Anniversary (!) party in Portland in March, 2019. The husband, a  native of Italy near Naples, requested the time-honored song “Return to Sorrento” (“Torna a Surriento”) in celebration of their lives together. Mark arranged a fingerstyle version, which is published here along with audio of Mark playing it. On YouTube you can watch Pavarotti, the Three Tenors and Dean Martin, among others, singing this famous melody. It was written in 1902 by the brothers DeCurtis. Here is a WikiPedia history of the song, listed by its Italian title “Torna a Surriento”.