Mark at Luthier Events in 2017

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I’ve had fun attending and performing at several Luthier events this summer. I was the steel-string demonstrator at the GAL (Guild of American Luthiers) convention in Tacoma in July; and a performer, teacher and demonstrator at August’s SBAIC.com in Santa Barbara. At GAL I performed 40 seconds of my arrangement of “Water Is Wide” 33 times in a row – on 33 different guitars! The luthiers wanted to compare apples to apples, hearing the same player play the same piece on all the guitars. Next time maybe I’ll play O.C. Smith’s “Little Green Apples”… In Santa Barbara I had a […]

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 & Greta Concertize in Roseville, California

For the first time, Mark and Greta sing and play at the cool Acoustic Den Café in Roseville, California. It’s a small place, so come early for a seat! 10271 Fairway Dr, Ste 120, Roseville (916) 412-8739. Venue Website | Directions

Acoustic Guitar Summit Concertizes in Lake Oswego, Oregon

Every time that Mark, Doug and Terry have played at the Lake Theater Café in Lake Oswego it has sold out! It’s an intimate venue, so make sure to get your tickets in advance! Address: 106 No. State Street. (503) 387-3236. Venue Website | Directions

Acoustic Guitar Summit Performs in Sacramento

Mark, Doug and Terry present their ‘Holiday Show Plus’ in an intimate house concert in Sacramento, not far from the state capitol. The venue is a newly restored downtown mansion built in 1897. For details and/or reservations, please contact Carolyn at: carolynbecker2 @ gmail.com, or call (916) 769-7976.

My Amplifier Settings

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My Amp Settings April, 2016 As I wrote recently, I am very happy with the current amplified sound I am getting. I use a Fishman Loudbox amp, running a Sunrise pickup through Channel 1 and a K&K Pure passive pickup through Channel 2. That stereo pickup system is mounted in both my mahogany Collings SJ and Indian rosewood Goodall CJ. The K&K has more output than either Sunrise I own, so the Channel 2 volume rheostat is lower than Channel 1. One Sunrise pickup has a slightly different output than the other, so I balance the two channels by ear. How […]

Getting A Great Amplified Acoustic Guitar Sound

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Getting A Great Amplified Acoustic Guitar Sound I have always created the tone and balance of my acoustic guitar with my hands, rather than with equipment. For instance, I always record through good microphones. But these days when I play smaller gigs and can’t use microphones, I have come up with the best, most natural sound I’ve ever gotten out of pickups and an acoustic amp. It’s a stereo setup, using two pickups. My setup is: • Fishman Loudbox Artist two-channel amp • K&K Pure-Mini pickup • Sunrise magnetic pickup • stereo endpin jack • stereo guitar cable (stereo jack […]