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 presents two workshops on fingerstyle repertoire (easy solos to more advanced).
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.
AGS plays for the second night in a row at the Lake Theater Music Mondays series. AGS has sold out its shows at the Lake Theater every time we’ve played here, so Dean has booked us on consecutive nights. Tickets. Directions.
Acoustic Guitar Summit brings scintillating fingerstyle guitar chops and great trio arrangements to Boulevard Music for the first time!
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.
Mark teaches Fingerstyle Blues – all levels!
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. […]
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) […]
AGS returns to Walters Cultural Art Center in Hillsboro, Oregon!