Modulate the B String to Help Make the Melody Stand Out

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The B-string on a steel-string guitar can be loud – it is the thickest wire on the guitar, even thicker than the wire inside the wound sixth string. The inherent volume of the second string can produce unbalanced melody notes compared to notes played on the first string. Your ear is your guide in determining how hard to pick each string to balance the melody. However, when you pick the first and second strings simultaneously, it’s not easy to make one louder than the other. The volume differential between the first and second strings may obscure the actual first-string melody […]

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