Hello!! My name is Mark and I am YOUR teacher! (YOU just don’t know it yet)
Simply put, I love music… every facet of it, in fact! Music has been a huge part of my life! From starting on alto and tenor saxophones as a kid and then learning acoustic and electric guitars, to ripping scorching solos on stage with Chris Cagle and singing background vocals with Reba McEntire, music has always inspired me! Now I hope to inspire you with creative, challenging, and fun lessons!!
Long story short, (too late) ☺ at a young age I dove head first into music, but more importantly, the electric gui
tar! I learned everything about them from how they are constructed to how magnetic pickups make sound come out of an amplifier. Then came the true challenge… I started meeting others like me and before too long I was playing in bands and making music! (which is the ULTIMATE GOAL of playing any instrument when you get down to it)
After many years of self study and private lessons, I took the initiative to move from Texas to Los Angeles, California to go to Musicians Institute’s Guitar program. I honed my chops as I studied with Paul Gilbert, Scott Henderson, George Lynch, Raphael Moreira, and Robben Ford just to name a few. I graduated with honors and received my AA degree in September 2001. (3 days after 9/11) Learning is great, but I NEEDED to make music… so I played in many bands (heavy metal, reggae, pop, country, blues rock) and shared the stage with many amazing musicians along the way including members of Black Label Society, Dakota Moon, Korn, and many others.
I STILL wasn’t satisfied, so I decided to learn how to make commercial music and spent 7 years learning the craft of recording, mixing, and producing music. I went back to school eventually and graduated with honors (again) from LA’s Recording Institute of Technology in 2009. I also received outstanding mix and got my ProTools HD Operators Certifications.
WHERE IS ALL THIS LEADING? Well, I’m glad you asked! ☺ I have the unique ability to help sculpt your goals and tailor your training because of the vast wealth of experience I possess. Notice I didn’t say “knowledge?” I’m still learning! As I hope you will be for the rest of your life! Any truly great musician knows that they’ll never know it all!
My wife and I moved to Nashville in November of 2012 to continue our musical adventures! She’s a touring background singer and songwriter and one of my biggest inspirations…. Hope I can become one of yours!
Can’t wait to meet you!
*** Lesson Details *** I am a very easy going, friendly, patient guy (And I'm quite funny.. I think) who believes that learning music is built upon a strong relationship between teacher and student. This relationship involves good communication, honesty, open mindedness, and most importantly the desire to LEARN and have FUN. I approach teaching music by knowing and understanding the student's musical goals, and teaching fundamentals, theory, and technique through the style(s) of music that the student wants to learn. For beginners, I tend to teach basic techniques and chords through simple songs to get the student playing music as quickly as possible.
My three promises to you as a student:
1) I guarantee that you will have fun during the time you're with me! I know lessons can be intimidating and stressful, but they have to be fun and that's part of my job.
2) I promise that I will gently push you to be the best you can be but never ask you to do something that I think you won't be able to achieve with practice.
3) I stand behind my education and experiences: I've learned music from the best in the field and you will get nothing less than that from me during a lesson.
My three expectations of you:
1) Come willing to try new and different things in a low pressure environment. I don't bite...I swear.
2) Come prepared to play. Why? If you want to play guitar, you have to play. Relatively simple, right?
3) Come prepared to make mistakes. No lesson is perfect and no lesson should be. Lessons are your opportunity to make mistakes without being judged, so make mistakes, commit to not making the same ones the next time and enjoy and appreciate the praise and feedback you get along the way. Music is a journey that cannot be completed in a few one hour sessions, so I hope and expect that you won't treat it that way.
Now let's make music together!
*** Studio Equipment *** Bill Nash, PRS, Suhr, Daion, Lance Alonzo Customs, Ovation, and Yamaha guitars. Marshall, Ceriatone, and Mojo amps. NinjaTone, Xotic, CAE, Strymon, Tech 21, Nobels, and Voodoo Labs pedals. Mac Pro, Apogee, Dangerous Audio, Genelec, Sterling Audio, Blue, Shure, Pro Tools 10, Logic Studio 9 recording gear.
*** Specialties *** I am well versed in rock, blues, & country guitar styles as well as some metal, jazz, reggae,and funk/R&B guitar. I also have extensive curriculum to draw from as the previous curriculum supervisor at Musicians Institute in LA.
Cheyenne August 2, 2015
Hi i never got lessons from Mark but was interested in getting some song writing lessons does anyone know if Mark has a fb age or phone number where i could get in touch with him if anyone could get back to me would be great thanks! :)
Theresa P. April 16, 2014
Songwriting Verified Student
Learned and improved my writing
I took songwriting lessons with Mark. I was looking to get to know the form and tools of songwriting to know what people were looking for and to make my songs better. He helped me out so much with music theory as you need that behind all songs and with helping me create some great songs. As i look back at my songs from when I started to now, they have grown and adapted so much for the better. My lyrics flow so much better and I know what people are looking for in the music industry as I have some great songs to show from these lessons. Mark is very smart guy in all music aspects, if your looking for lessons from guitar to songwriting to music theory, I would definitely recommend him. If you are willing to put in the time to learn and get better he will make sure of it!!!
Charissa T. September 2, 2013
I learned A LOT from Mark!!
Mark is a really knowledgable teacher who cares about your goals and progress. He is also a very patient and laid back person, (which made me feel better about trying new techniques since I was an absolute beginner when we started) and he REALLY took my guitar playing far. Now I understand music theory and how to apply it to my songwriting AND how to improvise over the chord changes in my songs. I'd also have to say he is very humble for how good of a guitar player he really is. You can learn a lot from Mark, and I still use and go through his curriculum. I would definitely recommend him to other students.
I have a number 1 rock single, 3 top 40 rock singles and have charted in the top 40 of pop. My songs are often used on CBS sports, WWE and Film.
Hi I'm Sergio a Songwriter, Vocal Coach and Guitar Instructor in Nashville Tn formerly on Sony Records and a Working group management songwriter. I'm an experienced touring singer/musician in an internationally recognized Rock band Atom Smash. I've had several top 40 singles and #1 Sirius/Xm single. I write for both WWE & CBS. My mentor is Greg Drew vocal coach to the stars (Avril lavigne, Lenny Kravitz etc.) My students have gone on to be finalist on "amercian idol", "The voice" and have signed record deals. I can handle very advanced vocalist and have a fun lesson plan for kids. All ages
and levels welcomed. Lets take you to the next level!
*** Lesson Details *** My lessons plan Is detailed and I use affective methods such as recording. At the end of every lesson a we video your what you need to work on. It doesn't stop with teqnique you will learn performance and songwriting as well. A singer will have the tools to create there own custom warmup routines. Music is supposed to be fun and expressive let me help you do this at the best level you can.
*** Studio Equipment *** Studio room. Guitar. Recording equipment. Seating for parents.
*** Travel Equipment *** I provide a guitar
*** Specialties *** Hard rock, blues, country, metal, and R&B. Ive played over 1000 shows and using the skills I've both learned and developed I've only had to cancel 2 because of voice loss.
Cheyenne August 2, 2015
Hi i am looking for a song writer teacher and music lesson teacher and read Sergio's profile and was interested in getting some lessons from him does anyone know if Sergio has a fb page or phone number where i could get in contact with if anyone could get back to me would be great thanks! :)
I began singing when I was three years old, started piano lessons at age ten and have been singing, playing, writing and teaching for more than ten years. I graduated from California State University, Northridge with a Bachelor's degree in Music Industry Studies. While my focus was vocal performance, I never stopped playing, writing or listening to music. I continued my own studies of piano, world music, music theory and music history. I began teaching private piano lessons in 2002 and added voice lessons to my services several years later.
During my studies at Cal State, I worked on two
projects for the CTVA (Cinema and Television Arts) department. One was as the music coordinator for a video documentary and the other was recording my first music video. Since then, I have recorded two CDs of original music and made a second music video for one of my songs. Interspersed between all of these projects was teaching private lessons, writing, gigging and taking side jobs, including one as the musical director for a Nashville area performance studio and one as a voice teacher at a Nashville area dance studio.
*** Lesson Details *** I believe that music education is crucial to education in general. While I think that music is a form of expression, I also believe that practice and devotion is important. I expect my students to practice and hold them accountable. At the same time, I am patient and encouraging and do not use negative verbiage during my lessons. I want my students to realize their full potential and strive to be the best they can be!
*** Studio Equipment *** I have an 88 key digital keyboard that I use for all voice and piano lessons. I also have a large selection of music but may require my students to purchase additional items as needed.
*** Travel Equipment *** I do not provide any equipment for lessons done at the student's home. I expect them to have the instruments/books needed for the lessons.
*** Specialties *** I also do private music tutoring in classical, jazz and world music
Learn the art of songwriting by analyzing songs and how basic music theory plays a part in song structures. Understanding the harmonized major and minor scales and the Nashville Number System is required.
Nashville guitarist Steve F. has 30 plus years playing and teaching experience. Having relocated from Ohio in 1999, Steve has played and toured with major recording artist's Blackhawk, David Lee Murphy, Rebecca Lynn Howard, 2005 Nashville Star Winner Erika Jo, and is currently touring with MCA recording artist Andy Childs, Robin Meade, host of HLN's Morning Express, and Eagles Tribute 7 Bridges, Rod Stewart Tribute featuring Rob Caudill, and American Floyd, a tribute to Pink Floyd. Steve also teaches privately in the Nashville area and maintains Grand Staff Music in Franklin, TN.
*** Lesson D
etails *** Lessons will be tailored to the students needs and interests. I cover anything from rock, jazz, country, blues, music theory, songwriting, and more. I will teach songs, lead guitar techniques, solos, riff's, all while explaining the theory and concepts behind the subject matter being studied! I feel that taking lessons should be an enjoyable experience and I try to make learning fun and rewarding at the same time.
*** Studio Equipment *** Fender electric guitars, Fender Deville amp, VHT Pitbull amp, a wide array of effects, Taylor Model 810 Acoustic, and everything needed to effectively teach a wide variety of subject matter. Online lessons will include written communication via email, text, or fax, depending on availability.
*** Travel Equipment *** I will provide my own needs, a guitar and small amp, music stand and paper, metronome, capo, etc. I expect the student to have a guitar and amp (if needed), and books we would be working out of, and basic accessories.
*** Specialties *** Electric Lead and Rhythm Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Rock, Blues, Jazz and Country guitar styles, Nashville Number System, Songwriting, and more........
tijana H. March 3, 2014
I have been taking lessons with Steve for almost 2 years now and have improved greatly in that time period, both in my skill and my love for music.I enjoy taking lessons with Steve and look forward to doing so in the future.
David T. February 21, 2014
Great teacher and loads of fun!
I've been taking lessons from Steve for almost 8 years (that in itself should say much about his instruction!). He is able to teach whatever category of music to any person at any level be it acoustic, electric, or theory. I would highly recommend Steve for any age group and for the novice or experienced player wanting to improve. After the many years learning from Steve I wouldn't think of taking lessons from anyone else!
Bruce D. February 21, 2014
I tried to play guitar on my own for years, but until I started taking lessons from Steve, I never really made any progress. Steve is a great teacher that has both the natural ability to teach and play, which rare in the music lesson world. Don't waste your time and money taking lessons from someone that can't deliver what you are looking to accomplish. I believe you will be very pleased with your guitar progress if you decide to take lessons from Steve; I have personal knowledge of at least five persons of all ages taking lessons with him now and many others he has helped with various playing issues. If you need guitar lesson, Steve's your guy.
I am a christian songwriter and part of the Christian Music Industry Academy. I help students with their calling in ministry and one of those things is to help them write better songs for the church.
I am a former worship Pastor (11 years) who raised up worship leaders and musicians through the church. I am currently in Tennessee to be close to family, my wife's health and for relationships in the Christian Music Industry. I have released several songs nationally that can be viewed here: soundcloud.com/shawnstarbuck I am a part of the Christian Music Industry Academy and lead worship locally as well as out of state. My wife and I have a desire to raise up musicians. I mainly help people become better worship leaders but I am able to teach basic guitar, drums, songwriting and keyboard les
Cheyenne August 2, 2015
Hi i don't get lessons from Shawn but i am looking for a song writer to help teach me write songs i also saw on Shawns profile that he gives drum lessons i am interested in getting drum lessons as well does anyone know if Shaen has a fb page or phone number where i could get in contact with him if anyone could get back to me it would be great thanks! :)
Jeffery July 24, 2015
Shawn is a very gifted songwriter! His attention to melody and theology within his music is amazing. He has helped me greatly!
Geoff July 22, 2015
Shawn has the innate ability to help you extract the music and musical ability inside of you. He's got great feel, timing and loves teaching and playing drums. He's got the bigger picture in mind when it comes to the song(s) you might want to learn or play and helps you get to the spot where the song becomes a part of you.
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