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Mark Teaches Workshops at Gryphon In Palo Alto, California
April 21, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 3:30 pm
On Saturday, April 21, Mark brings his wealth of experience and information to his old haunts at Gryphon Stringed Instruments in Palo Alto, California. The first class starts at 11:00 a.m.!
Topics: Workshop #1 (11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)
Get Started Fingerpicking! Grammy-Award winner Mark has written two best-selling books on this topic, and has a wealth of information, material, and insight for beginners to intermediates. Mark will discuss hand position, tone production, relaxation and musicality, as well as teach a variety of fingerpicking patterns that will allow you to quickly play tunes like his YouTube hit “Canyon Canon.” Notation/tab handouts included!
Workshop #2 (1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.)
Get Started with Solo Fingerpicking! Take your fingerpicking to another level by adding the melody in the top voice! Mark has decades of experience successfully training people to do this, as evidenced by his book Art of Solo Fingerpicking, which is included in the recent publication 50 Greatest Guitar Books. Mark teaches the picking fingers to work independently of the thumb, allowing melodies with any rhythmic requirement to stand out above the accompanying chord tones. He will discuss hand position, use of picks (Mark himself doesn’t use picks, but has in the past), balancing volume of voices, melodic flow, and musicality. Plus, he will hand out picking exercises in notation/tab, along with several cool tunes of his to play. This class is fun!