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.  Tickets | Directions  

Which Fingerpicking Book Do I Start With?

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Folks write to me on occasion asking which of my fingerstyle books to start with: Contemporary Travis Picking or Beyond Basics Fingerstyle Guitar. My response: •    The Art of Contemporary Travis Picking is strictly alternating-bass (“Travis Picking”), using pretty basic chords until later in the book. It is largely about training the PICKING hand. You get two actual guitar solos amongst the 14 pieces in the book; the other 12 are accompaniments to a melody that is played/sung by a second instrument. The techniques in this book allow singer/songwriters to beautifully accompany their songs, but it also provides all […]