Mark Bridge
Park Rapids, MN
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Mark B.

Park Rapids, MN
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I teach beginning to advanced students in Scruggs or 3 finger style, melodic style, Reno style and Minstrel or stroke style. Other areas covered are basic music theory, chord inversions, back up techniques, creating leads and many other valuable subjects.

About Mark B.

Mark B. is a Legacy Artist with the state of Minnesota on Banjo and has played and taught banjo and mandolin for over 30 years. He has performed as a solo artist with the program "Historical Notes" and with the Circle B Cowboys, The Blue Bell Lodge Wranglers, The Smokey Hills Wranglers, and has performed at venues at Disney World, the National Festival of the West, Medora Cowboy Poetry Gathering, The Journey Museum, and many more. Mark currently teaches at the Itasca School of Folk Music. Classes are also taught through community education in a number of towns as well as online.

The internet is loaded with free video lessons for banjo, guitar, mandolin, fiddle and every kind of instrument under the sun. But even videos can be a static method of learning when compared to personal lessons taken in real time. Nothing can replace having a teacher to guide you step by step as you learn to play your favorite instrument. Interactive online lessons will help you to avoid the stumbling blocks and hang ups that occur while using books and videos – nothing can replace live lessons with a caring teacher. Now, no matter where you live, you can take lessons in real time with a qualified instructor – it’s almost like taking lessons at the local music store.

Lessons are structured for each individual student to provide the personal attention needed for effective learning.

*** Lesson Details ***
Through my in person and online lessons, a music student will not only learn to play a stringed instrument he or she will also learn important elements of basic music theory. The student will be taught timing, notation, improvisation, chords, tablature, playing in group situations and more. With this knowledge, an aspiring musician will be prepared to enjoy a lifetime of playing music. Basic music theory can be taught using popular fretted stringed instruments like guitar, banjo, mandolin, and mountain dulcimer that can be played and enjoyed for an entire lifetime. Here is some of what will be covered in your online music lessons. The fundamentals of music covered are Note Values and Rhythm, Time Signatures, Sharps and Flats, Common Scales, Chord Structure, Chord Inversions and more of the elements of music. Lessons will also cover improvisation, playing with other people, music styles and other skills that will help students of any age to open doors to the world of music. *You will be up and playing quickly with painless and fun lessons.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Deering Banjos, Boucher Minstrel Banjo for early playing styles, mandolin, mountain dulcimer, autoharp.
High defination webcam.
Full recording studio.
Cubase DAW.

*** Specialties ***
Banjo styles include Scruggs or 3 finger, Reno, melodic, early minstrel style. Mandolin styles include folk, country. Autoharp and dulcimer are taught using traditional styles.


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20 Reviews
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Mark has been wonderful! He has the knowledge of music theory and a lifetime of experience playing the banjo as a professional musician. He understands the importance of that feeling of accomplishment for a beginner, all while maintaining appropriate challenges for the student to aim for. He is easy to talk to and is always encouraging, which makes me feel comfortable to make mistakes as I learn more techniques at faster tempos. I would highly recommend Mark to anyone who is remotely interested in the banjo!

Posted Mar 12, 2018
Ze D.
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Mark is a great teacher. He is patient, flexible and quick at spotting what you are doing wrong and how you can improve it. I am a novice banjo player, and have been struggling for the longest time with some basic issues. Mark has been helping me move past these fundamental difficulties, and it has been fun too.

Posted May 25, 2017
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Mark is a great teacher, especially for a beginner adult like me.

Posted May 24, 2017
Gordon S.
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Mark is an excellent teacher. He is well versed in Banjo and Mandolin techniques and music theory. He also teaches mountain Dulcimer, I believe. He brings forth the information in an interesting fashion as well as fun. His sense of humor is a delight which helps in the learning process. All in all, he is a teacher worth learning from.

Posted May 9, 2017
Gordon S.
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Mark seems to know the instruments well. He appears to have a lot of patience with me and is able to explain the nuances of playing both the banjo and mandolin.

Posted Mar 14, 2017
Profile-location-online Online

Great teacher.

Posted Mar 6, 2017
Jay K.
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He's very patient, and has a personality style that makes me as a student feel very comfortable.

Posted Jan 23, 2017
Don F.
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My first lesson was very helpful. Mark is expert and patient and sextremely supportive. I would certainly recommend him.

Posted Nov 10, 2016
Levi M.
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I had a lot of fun and enjoyed him a lot. He made things very clear for me. I think he has a cool mustache!

Posted Oct 19, 2016
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He is super helpful and encouraging even though I knew nothing about the banjo. Would definitely recommend.

Posted Oct 18, 2016
Joel A.
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Great instructor. Looking forward to many more lessons.

Posted Sep 13, 2016
Luke T.
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If you're wondering, "I want to learn banjo, but who should I take lessons from? There are so many teachers!!" Well I'm writing this review to tell you Mark is one of the best! Mark has been playing Banjo for at least 30 years and continues to play on summer banjo tours. His knowledge of many different banjo playing styles can be modified to your liking and skill level. Whether you're an expert or just a first starter, Mark will work with you and your schedule to maximize your banjo experience. I was a little nervous at first about playing banjo over Skype since he wouldn't actually be there with me, but Mark did a fantastic job online. 5/5, 10/10 would do it again. I would recommend Mark to any banjo player.

Posted May 27, 2016
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I have really enjoyed my lessons with Mark. As a new student who has never before played banjo, I learned much in my first month and recently signed up for more. He is very patient and personable and has always answered my many questions. For those of us who live in remote small towns, these online lessons have been very convenient.

Posted Apr 21, 2016
Graham R.
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Mark was a great teacher. He was entertaining as well as insightful, and could play some mighty good bluegrass. Being online lessons it was certainly created its challenges, but Mark did a good job explaining ideas and I learned a few songs over the course of just a few lessons.

Posted Apr 28, 2015
Wayne B.
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Superb experience! Mark and I have worked together once a week now for a couple of months, and my banjo playing has improved leaps and bounds as a result of his technical knowledge, sensitivity to my situation, and great ability to communicate some fairly difficult concepts. He's provided me with material aimed at expanding my ability for me to work on during the week, I work on that and then play it for him during our lessons and he provides feedback to get me through the parts I'm having trouble with and set the stage for future work. I've been trying to play the banjo for some time, but I've never made the kind of progress that I've made while working with Mark. We're going to continue for another 12 lessons and I'm certain that my ability and confidence level will much improve as a result. Great job, Mark--I'd recommend him to anyone who wants to get serious about their banjo skills!

Posted Mar 16, 2015
Sarah D.
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Great teacher. I began playing banjo awhile ago, but seem to only improve when taking lessons. Mark has been giving me lots of tips for improvement based on what I want to learn. He is able to pick up on where I am having trouble and provide tips to help me keep going.

Posted Mar 3, 2015
Hugh S.

Learned so Much so far

Mark has been Outstanding in just two lesson so far but as an old beginning player, I'm very impressed with Mark
! He makes we want to parctice harder!


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Teacher - Owner
Oct 2002 - Present

Itasca School of Folk Music

Teach banjo, mandolin, guitar, dulcimer, autoharp, voice, performance, recording

Oct 2013 - Apr 2015

Headwaters School of Music and Art

Teach banjo, mandolin, dulcimer and autoharp.


Aug 2009 - Mar 2010

Recording Institute of Detroit

Certificate - Audio Specialist
Sep 2006 - Jan 2007

Recording Institute of Detroit



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Artist Grant
Nov 2015

Minnesota Legacy

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