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Mark W.
Gainesville, Georgia
High level guitar lessons with a trained musician
Acoustic, Classical, Flamenco, Fingerpicking, Blues & Shred Techniques (sweeping, tapping, arpeggios, etc.), hybrid picking (chicken pickin').
About Mark W.

Study the style of music you enjoy with a knowledgeable, qualified Guitar Instructor w/an extensive background of recording, touring, & teaching experience. Learn to jam to your favorite song & artist while improving your technical skills & musical knowledge.

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Teaches all skill levels

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Teaching since 1987

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Guitar Performance

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Teaches ages 5+

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Speaks Spanish, English

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Mark W.
Gainesville, Georgia
High level guitar lessons with a trained musician
Acoustic, Classical, Flamenco, Fingerpicking, Blues & Shred Techniques (sweeping, tapping, arpeggios, etc.), hybrid picking (chicken pickin').
About Mark W.

Study the style of music you enjoy with a knowledgeable, qualified Guitar Instructor w/an extensive background of recording, touring, & teaching experience. Learn to jam to your favorite song & artist while improving your technical skills & musical knowledge.

Levels taught

Teaches all skill levels

Teaching since

Teaching since 1987

Education

Guitar Performance

Teaches ages +

Teaches ages 5+

Speaks

Speaks Spanish, English

Speaks

Has background check

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Felt comfortable with him from the start, very knowledgeable and knows how to teach! Will be with him a long time! Very happy!

Posted Feb 15, 2020
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So much experience and knowledge. I feel confident after first lesson. Loving it!

Posted Jan 2, 2019
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Mark is a fantastic teacher. He is very patient and positive at all times. My teenage daughter and I both take lessons and he is very comfortable with our different learning styles and speeds. I particularly appreciate his focus on teaching from real songs. His attention to detail is great and I am always impressed that he is teaching us to listen and decode the chords, the strums and subtle little moments in the music. I highly recommend Mark - even for 50-something beginners like myself.

Posted Sep 3, 2018
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Guitar Instructor
Nov 2009 - Present
Private Guitar Lessons
Mark W. Teaching Philosophy: I provide an extensive knowledge to those students serious about advancing their skills & abilities on guitar. Students will greatly benefit from my background as a touring & recording artist of over 25 years experience, as well as my years of teaching thousands of individual private lessons. All amps, cables, and music stands provided @ my teaching studio. I use a variety of standard& time proven methods such as Hal Leonard & Mel Bay (as well as custom hand-outs), while incorporating a number of new materials according to the student'™s musical direction. Carulli, Serrano, Carcassi, & Sor are used for finger/classical styles, while traditional jazz literature such as Berklee & Mickey Baker books are used for Jazz. Pieces and compositions are introduced to motivate and inspire one's study of the guitar, while also introducing vital musical concepts and techniques. Music Education: Private studies Richard Zerby 1981-83. Private studies Bill Schultz 1983-86. Private studies Glenn Lyons/David Cullen 1986-89, 93-95, 98-2001. B.M. Classical Guitar(West Chester University 2001). Private studies w/various instructors including Joe Stump (via correspondence), Alex Skolnick (American Institute of Guitar, Manhattan NYC), Adam Del Monte (correspondence), Muriel Anderson (2016-present) Teaching Experience: 1987-89 Beginning/Rock Guitar at Donohues Music ( Thorndale , PA ) 1989-90 Beginning/Rock Guitar at Gwinnett Music (Gwinnet,GA) 1990-91 Beginning/Rock Guitar at Georges Music ( Spring City , PA ) 1990-92 Rock/Shred Guitar at Beams Music (Malvern,PA) 1992-96 Rock, fingerstyle, shred styles (home studio at Skippack, PA) 1996-99 Music/music therapy at Devereux Foundation for disadvantaged youths (Berwyn,PA) 2000-01 Rock, fingerstyle/classical, shred styles (home studio at NYC) 2001-2002 Beginning/Rock Guitar at Gwinnett Music (Gwinnet,GA) 2001-2002 Rock,country Guitar at Teds' Pro Music (Gainesville,GA) 2001-2007 Rock, fingerstyle/classical, country, metal/shred styles (home studio at Gainesville,GA). 2002-07 Rock, fingerstyle/classical, country & blues, shred styles at Ponce De Leon music Studios (Cumming GA). 2007-2008 Rustic Music (Metal, rock, blues, fingerstyle) Staten Island ,NYC 2007-2008 Richmond Music (Classical, country, rock, fingerstyle) . Prepared students for recitals at Carnegie Hall ( Manhattan ). 2007-2009 Victory Music Studios (Classical, fingerstyle, country, pop, rock). 2007-2009 Rock, blues/jazz, classical at Julias' Performing Arts School and Little Shop Studios (NYC) 2007-2010 Rock/metal, fingerpicking, country, classical at home studio (NYC) Nov. 2009-Oct. 2010 Ponce De Leon Music Center (Gainesville, GA) classical, country, blues, shred, rock Jan 2010- Jan 2011 Teaching Classical Guitar at Atlanta Academy of Music Nov. 2009-Present: Home studio (Gainesville); substitute music teacher for Chestatee Middle & High School, as well as North Hall High School (Hall County,GA). Professional Credits: On National Guitar Teachers Registry of such notable sites as: Mel Bay, Whole Note, NYC & Philadelphia Guitar Teachers registry. Wrote, recorded, and performed all music for the gothic metal band "Wykked Wytch" the internationally acclaimed debut album "Something Wykked This Way Comes", best-selling album for Demolition (UK) records. Wrote, recorded, and performed all music for the extreme metal band "Carnivean" debut album "In Todes Banden". Wrote and contributed music for the soundtrack to Wave Productions' movie "Psycho Sisters". Wrote and recorded the music for Hash Productions demo (video game company based out of Washington, DC). Wrote and contributed music for the soundtrack to Wave Productions' movie "Dead Kids Society". Toured/Appeared on bills with over 120 international acts worldwide and in clubs as diverse as CBGB's ( Manhattan , NY ) to the Whiskey ( Los Angeles , CA ). Selected by Savatage (Trans-Siberian Orchestra) to open for them at The Birch Hill (NJ)for their only east coast gig in 1997. Music has been featured and also reviewed favorably in many notable international music publications. Music has been featured on regional, national, and international radio broadcasts. Featured on Front Page Cover Story in Wall Street Journal (musicians & copyright legalities) 1999. Performed solo, duets, trios, quartets, quintets at West Chester University Guitar Ensembles. Performed for "Ponce De Leon Music Studios" TV commercials throughout the southeastern U.S. on various cable networks (MTV, Lifetime, Nickelodeon, Weather Channel, CTV, etc). Soloist at various religious/educational/wedding functions in the Atlanta & surrounding areas July 2010-present. Duties include: classical guitar pieces/solos performed for church services, weddings, school events/functions, and assisted living entertainment. Taught and conducted Band & Choral Students at North Hall & Chestatee Middle Schools, as well as Chestatee High Schools. Past students have been accepted, received scholarships, performed at Carnegie Hall, graduated from music schools and conservatories such as La Guardia Performing Arts School (NYC), Musicians Institute Technology (Los Angeles), University of Georgia, Berklee (Boston ,MA), AIM (Atlanta School of Music), North Georgia State College, and West Chester University.
Guitar Teacher
Aug 2007 - Nov 2009
Julia's Music (NYC)
Taught and instructed students from various boroughs in NYC. Assembled year end concerts where each student would perform various pieces and compositions at the school year recital.
Guitar Performance
Sep 1996 - May 2001
West Chester University
B.M. Music
Sep 1996 - May 2001
West Chester University
English
Professional Proficiency
Spanish
Limited Proficiency
Guitar Playing Proficiency
May 1999
West Chester University
Pennsylvania State Certification Guitar Playing Proficiency Pennsylvania State Certification Piano Playing Proficiency
Best of 2016
Mar 2016
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Instructor details
Guitar
Teacher's Studio
Teacher's Studio
SEE MAP
red oak drive
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
$30
60 minutes
$60
New Student Special
First 3 lessons
$30