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Mark B.
Castro Valley, California
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Many people want to be able to play their musical instrument by ear training. An important part of ear training is learning the intervals (musical distance) between notes you hear. This is something that got touched on when I was a music major in school & college. I taught myself intervals related to common songs I've heard. By applying this knowledge to the guitar, my fingers will automatically go to the right notes I am "hearing in my head" without really thinking about it...it bypasses my intellect. This can really help decide which position to play a certain musical phrase on a guitar, for example. On an intermediate level, I can train your ear to tell the difference between major chords, minor chords & more complex chords. I can show you how to find the first note or chord of a song. Then you can learn how to tell what the next chords are in a song, based on its relationship with the first chord. Also whether your instrument is in tune with other instruments or recordings. Advanced lessons would include evaluating complex chords by ear, chord inversions, chord progressions, "exotic" scales, microtonal bending of notes & how they effect the listener, how psychoacoustics can play a part in instrumental soloing & note choice, and other subjects.
About Mark B.

I have played on tour with several professional bands, playing rock, pop, blues, African, metal, and country. Now I am a bandleader and perform live in various bands and record original music as often as possible. My music has gotten airplay in many countries. I started taking guitar lessons at age 9, and recorded 2 singles in the LA area by age 14. I was a music major throughout High School and College. I also learned a lot by educating myself at the Brand Library in the Los Angeles Area, which specializes in the arts. I specialized in advanced music theory applications and improvisational techniques. I have enjoyed teaching music lessons since 1978. I custom tailor a lesson plan to fit your individual needs and goals! I can teach you songs you'd like to learn instantly when I hear them on your iPod, mobile phone, cassette or CD that you bring in. I can explain musical theory and concepts many different ways, to make sure you understand them. I am very friendly and patient. Sometimes I might inject humor into the learning process to make it an enjoyable learning experience, and to help you remember the important things. I love the satisfaction of seeing my students grow musically proficient and and seeing the JOY that it brings them. Many of my students have gone on to become professional. I am well-versed and well-equipped to teach many styles: Rock (including all sub-genres...Tribal Ambient neo Punk, etc), Pop, Blues, Jazz, Alternative, Country, R&B, New Age, Ambient, Electronic, Metal (and a few plastics and wood as well). *** Lesson Details *** I will develop a personal lesson plan for each individual student. During your lessons, I might cover topics ranging from learning how to play, starting from the basics (if you are a beginner), to choosing music that will inspire you on your level, to improving your technique, ear-training, music reading (if that's what you'd like), reading and understanding tabs (if that's what you'd like), knowing what it is that makes certain chords and notes sound good together for writing your own music, as well as guitar maintenance and adjustments, getting a good tone, amplifier settings, effect pedals (settings & placing them in the most effective order), recording tips, and where to get a decent pizza. Haha. *** Studio Equipment *** I have a home studio which is very comfortable. Amplifiers, guitars, effects pedals, bass, ukulele, balalaika, drum set, PA system and recording equipment. This is a very serene and peaceful environment with no distractions like nearby lessons in a music store. *** Travel Equipment *** I provide guitar, bass, or ukulele and amplifier when necessary, teaching tools. The student provides their guitar and paperwork I give them. *** Specialties *** Teach note reading using Alfred's New Guitar course. Ear Training, Genres: Rock, Pop, Blues, Jazz, Alternative, Punk, Metal, Folk, Country, Hip Hop, Funk, R& B, New Age, Ambient. What ever your musical preferences are, I will enjoy teaching the kind of music you are interested in. This helps in keeping you motivated to learn more and practice often. I currently have 6 albums out under my name. A song of mine is on a major new age compilation, and several of my songs have gotten radio airplay in several countries, and several internet radio programs throughout the world. I have played on other people's albums...some of which have received major radio airplay in Europe, and gone to #1!

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Dream instructor. It was like taking a lesson from my higher self.

Posted Jul 22, 2022
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Mark has played for almost 60 years. He is fluent in almost all aspects of guitar. He is patient and has a great sense of humor. I recommend him unreservedly. Borlase, MD

Posted Jul 13, 2022
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If you want to have fun learning guitar look no further.

Posted Apr 14, 2022
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Music teacher
Jan 1978 - Present
Self employed
I have been successfully teaching music lessons since 1978. It is my passion, along with recording and live performance. Several of my students have become professional musicians and/or columnists for a guitar magazine.
No degree
Sep 1982 - Jun 1986
University Of The Pacific
English
Native Proficiency
Judge
Feb 2008
Hayward Battle Of The Bands
I was a judge at the world's longest running battle of the bands.
King Of The Blues
Oct 2009
Guitar Center

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Instructor details
Ear Training
Teaches 8 subjects. Different subject may have different prices.
Teacher's Studio
Teacher's Studio
SEE MAP
Carlton Ave.
Teaches Online
Teaches Online
Work hours
M
T
W
T
F
S
S
Times are shown in your local timezone (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Pricing
30 minutes
$40
45 minutes
$55
60 minutes
$70
New Student Special
First 3 lessons
$30
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