Mark MacDonald

Mark M.

Leander, TX
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The most important thing about playing guitar is having fun. Knowing how to play popular songs, jam with other musicians, and create your own songs helps you have the most fun possible.
Learning the guitar can be a lifetime journey of exploration.
Choosing a teacher is very important.
I like to start with learning about the student to get an idea of their abilities and interests.
When you really want to learn something, you need to approach an expert in that field.
I like to say I've been learning to play the guitar for over 40 years now. No matter how much you've learned there's always more. How far you go on that journey is up to you, but I can help give you a start and the tools to go as far as you'd like. Even great guitarists have mentors that help push them to be better players.
I still remember that first time I heard an electric guitar, a Fender Telecaster on a Twin Reverb, way back in 1978. I had been playing clarinet for 5 years before picking up a guitar. This gave me a great foundation in music and discipline.
Besides playing guitar, I've run a recording studio, record label, and publishing business. I've played on TV and radio as well as a wide variety of live gigs.
I was originally inspired by listening to blues by Mance Lipscomb and Muddy Waters with a desire to play guitar, but I quickly fell in love with Rock'n Roll and the electric guitar. I was lucky enough to hear the classic song's of the '70s before they were classics and had them imprinted in my receptive ears. I was their student and they were my teacher.
I was living near Santa Cruz and doing a lot of coffee shop gigs when I met Bob Brozman, considered the master of National resonators, and became inspired to learn more about finger picking and slide from him.
When I started my record label I worked with an old blues artist, Robert Lowery, that further deepened my knowledge of country blues.
Before the digital era, when you made a copy of something, the quality was never the same as the original, though it may be good. By the time you copied the copy of a copy, it got completely lost. The same can be said about music: the energy of the original songs that inspired covers and variations gets diluted. You've got to connect the roots with the leaves to make them alive.
There are hordes of guitarists that can dutifully copy other music they hear and present it nicely. Those that can also create original music and play their instrument in an original style are much rarer.
Beginner or experienced, let me help you get more out of your journey learning the guitar.

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  • Background Checked
  • Speaks Spanish
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate

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Lamar May 1, 2019
Blues Guitar · In studio

Enjoying my Guitar Lessons with Mark. My strumming and rhythm has improved dramatically after just a couple lessons. Mark is a patient instructor and I am looking forward to my next session


Lesson Details

Acoustic Guitar

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Guitar has been a passion of mine since I was 15, and I've played in numerous bands. My first guitar teacher was Michael Knust (Fever Tree guitarist) at the Dale Mullins studio in Houston TX. I've also had the opportunity to study with legends such as Bob Brozman. Passing on the lessons I've learned to new students is my way of honoring my teachers.
My emphasis is on technique and theory while keeping the "play" aspect in mind. I'll teach you how to express yourself musically while learning song structure and playing by ear.
I've extensively studied blues guitar as well as classic rock, and I'm equally comfortable with acoustic, electric, rhythm, lead, finger picking, and slide playing. In addition to playing, I can also help you get the tone you want from your instrument with a combination of technique and equipment settings.

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Experience

Teacher
Aug 2003 - Dec 2004

Chuck's Music Store

Scotts Valley, CA Guitar shop, nice little store, sadly it didn't last too long. I regularly taught up to 12 students per week, all levels.

Guitarist
Mar 1995 - Dec 1996

Chef of the Future

Played acoustic rhythm and lead for an Americana band based in Santa Cruz, CA area. Appearances on KPIG and local cable TV shows. Opened for Joe Ely and Robert Earl Keen.


Education

Undergraduate Physics Fellowship
Jan 1982 - Aug 1985

University of Texas


Languages

Spanish

Limited Proficiency


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