Mark Bridge

Mark B.

Park Rapids, MN

About Mark B.

Background check: Last verified 05/28/2016
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Mark teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: August 1990
Last sign in: Yesterday


Mark B. has played and taught banjo and mandolin for over 30 years and has performed 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, The Headwaters School of Music and Art and at Overbeek Music in Bemidji, MN. 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 style folk, country. Autoharp and dulcimer are taught using traditional styles.

Photos and Videos

Mark Bridge presents a variety of musical genres on a variety of banjos.


Oct 2013 - Present
Headwaters School of Music and Art

Teach banjo, mandolin, dulcimer and autoharp.

Teacher - Owner
Oct 2002 - Present
Itasca School of Folk Music

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


Aug 2009 - Mar 2010
Recording Institute of Detroit
Certificate - Audio Specialist
Sep 2006 - Jan 2007
Recording Institute of Detroit

Languages Spoken

Fluent / Native Proficiency


Artist Grant
Nov 2015
Minnesota Legacy

17 Reviews on Mark B.

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Gordon L. May 9, 2017
· Mandolin · Online 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.
Gordon L. Mar 14, 2017
· Mandolin · Online 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.
Lucas Mar 6, 2017
· Banjo · Online Great teacher.
melissa Feb 20, 2017
· Banjo · Online
Jay K. Jan 23, 2017
· Banjo · Online He's very patient, and has a personality style that makes me as a student feel very comfortable.
Alex Dec 21, 2016
· Banjo · Online
Don F. Nov 10, 2016
· Banjo · Online My first lesson was very helpful. Mark is expert and patient and sextremely supportive. I would certainly recommend him.
Alla Z. Oct 20, 2016
· Banjo · Online
Levi M. Oct 19, 2016
· Banjo · Online 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!
Myron Oct 18, 2016
· Banjo · Online He is super helpful and encouraging even though I knew nothing about the banjo. Would definitely recommend.
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