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Mark B.
Park Rapids, Minnesota
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Lessons cover strum patterns, basic theory, chord structure and inversions, boxing the neck, style variations and more.
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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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 13, 2018
Teaches Online

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 26, 2017
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Mark is a great teacher, especially for a beginner adult like me.

Posted May 25, 2017
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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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