Mark Hanson’s first live, in-person concert in 17 months is broadcast this Friday, August 6, 2021!

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Mark Hanson’s first live, in-person concert in 17 months is broadcast this Friday, August 6, 2021, at this url: https://www.wilsonvillearts.org/summer-performance-series The show was presented and filmed July 16 at Meridian UCC in Wilsonville, Oregon, in front of a well-spaced ‘crowd’ of about 25 enthusiastic people. It’s (almost) all original music from a fingerstyle guitar master. Good to be onstage again!  Viewable after the Premiere, too!

Chords With Root on the Fourth String

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Earlier I wrote about my “six-chord” neck visualization method, with two chord shapes anchored on each of the three bass strings. The advantage of knowing this is to gain access to a different range of melody notes on the treble strings while fretting the root note in the bass. Let’s start with the fourth string. You all know the first-position, end-of-the neck D shape, with the root note as the open fourth string. This fingering is “in front” of the root note – meaning the fretted notes are at a higher fret position. This shape, of course, can slide all […]

Tip From Mark – Should I Learn to Read Music?

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This question came to me from an adult client. My reply follows it: Q: Do you think it’s beneficial for guitarists to learn to read standard notation and, if so, what method do you recommend for doing so? A: I think music, because it is a language I learned when I was in second and third grade and have used all of my life. That said: Sure, learn to read music and learn to understand how music “theory” works, even at an advancing age! It provides a way of thinking that tab-only guitarists generally don’t possess. But, be aware that […]