Mark Performs in Dundee, Oregon

The day after Thanksgiving Mark returns to the Holloran Winery in the Willamette Valley’s lovely rolling hills for three hours of guitar solos in the tasting room. Come enjoy Bill’s great wines (Tempranillo is a specialty) and listen to me play my decades-long list of guitar solos.

Mark & Greta Perform in Silverton, Oregon

Free Concert at the Silver Falls Library! Mark and Greta bring their fun show of guitars, ukes, percussion and vocals to the historic town of Silverton, just a short drive south of Portland. Come see us! Thursday, October 26, 7:00-8:00 PM 410 S. Water St. Silverton, Oregon 503-873-7633 Cost: Free

“Tri-Tone Substitutions” Made Easy!

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Understanding “Tri-tone Substitution” Note: This article references my bluesy rave-up fingerstyle arrangement of “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.” A video of me playing it in Santa Barbara in August, 2017, has been posted here on YouTube: The actual music starts at about 0:35. Perhaps you have come across the term “Tri-tone substitution” in your studies, and had a hard time understanding it. Here’s an easy way to understand tri-tone substitutions: Think of them simply as dominant-seventh chords resolving down a half step – F7, instead of B7, going to E, for example. Most of you use B7 to resolve […]

Mark & Greta Perform in West Linn, Oregon

Mark and Greta for the second time in August will bring their guitar/vocals/uke/percussson act to the “503 Restaurant” just two miles south of their home in West Linn, Oregon. For reservations, call (503) 607-0960. As you see, 503 is our area code. Directions

Mark & Greta Perform in West Linn, Oregon

Mark and Greta will bring their guitar/vocals/uke/percussson act to the “503 Restaurant” just two miles south of their home in West Linn, Oregon. For reservations, call (503) 607-0960. As you see, 503 is our area code. Directions

Mark Teaches Workshops at Gryphon in Palo Alto, California

Mark visits his own stomping grounds again for two guitar workshops at Gryphon Stringed Instruments, 211 Lambert in Palo Alto. #1) 10:30-12:30; A New Approach To Travis Picking, for Beginning to Intermediate fingerpickers. Learn this ubiquitous style from the ground up. Mark will have you picking beautifully in no time. All new material! #2) 1:30-3:30; Intermediate to advanced fingerpicking. Mark will teach you the techniques to improve your playing and interpretation. He will also teach his stunning versions of “Don’t Know Why” (Love Songs CD) and “You Don’t Know Me” (Author’s Notes CD). $40 each, $75 for both. To reserve […]