Mark Frisbie

Mark F.

Chanhassen, MN
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
I can help you get started on the fundamentals of classical guitar playing which would include the following:
- Learning to read music from beginning concepts to contemporary music notation.
- Left and right hand techniques for classical guitar playing which also carry over to acoustic steel-string fingerstyle guitar playing.
- Learning beginning to intermediate classical guitar repertoire from classical composers of the 18th and 19th centuries to contemporary 20th century composers

About Mark F.

Dear Students and Parents,
You have come to the right guitar teacher if you are looking to start playing guitar, if you are giving a gift to someone to start lessons, or if you have played for a while and are looking to take your playing to the next level. I am an accomplished guitarist with a Performance Degree from Southern Methodist University with a passion for helping others learn and grow. I am a very calm, patient and encouraging teacher. I have the gift of taking someone with either no experience or a lot of experience and help them to realize their dream of playing better, either just for fun or for playing in front of an audience. I make lessons fun and enjoyable and at the same time challenging so that my students can see---and hear---their playing improve.
Making music makes me happy and I want to share that experience with you or your child on the guitar. The guitar is a great instrument for sharing the joy of making music.

Thanks for taking the time to check out my page and I hope to see you soon!

Mark F.

*** Lesson Details ***
I've had some great guitar teachers in my life and I've learned a lot from them about music and playing the guitar. I will use what my teachers taught me to help you or your child learn how to play the guitar. I teach beginning to advanced players (except for classical guitar which I teach beginning to intermediate levels), kids and adults, and will work with you in a fun and challenging environment to make sure you are getting the most out of your investment. I am a very calm and friendly teacher who will make our lessons fun while also encouraging you to make progress. I will strive to keep you motivated to improve and will document your progress with the use of technology like audio recordings and video so you can see and hear your progress. I like to work from guitar method books so we can establish specific and measurable goals, but I do respect and accommodate different learning styles. And, of course, we will work progressively on any songs that you have your heart set on learning so that you can soon be playing the music that you love!
I believe that there is always room for improvement. I continue to look for new ways to improve my own playing. I am sure that I will be learning some things from you, too, so let's get started!

*** Studio Equipment ***
I currently teach in the living room of my home while my basement music room is being remodeled. I provide a music stand, a metronome, a tuner and recording capability so students can see and hear themselves play. I expect the student to bring his or her own instrument and to purchase the book(s) that we'll be working from.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide a small amp for electric guitar if the student doesn't have one. I expect the
student to provide his or her own instrument, a music stand, and to
purchase the book(s) that we'll be working from.

*** Specialties ***
I can teach you to play guitar in any style of music that you want to play, from folk to rock, country to classical and bluegrass to contemporary Christian. I specialize in fingerstyle acoustic guitar that I have adapted from my many years of classical guitar training, but I also love to play the electric guitar, too.


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16 Reviews
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Great patience and pace.

Posted Feb 8, 2021
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Outstanding, I don't think I could learn proper form without a pros help.
Dave N.

Posted Jun 28, 2019
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Mark has been great to work with. He is working with my two young boys and they really enjoy their lessons.

Posted Feb 15, 2019
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First lesson with Mark was great, our daughter is very excited.

Posted Jan 4, 2019
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Mark is very kind and encouraging. My son looks forward to his lesson every week.

Posted Oct 27, 2017
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Mark is patient and encouraging. Perfect for a new guitarist.

Posted Sep 28, 2017

Mark is a very great teacher for my son. He has a very calm and patient teaching style and is always very encouraging. We really appreciate him!

Posted Sep 18, 2017
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A very good experience, my child learned a lot as a beginner student. Lessons were fun and very helpful!

Posted Sep 13, 2017
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I had never played guitar before and knew nothing about the music theory. Mark is my first classical guitar teacher. He is very patient answering my questions and he can always find a way to deal with them. Also He encouraged me a lot when I got a little progress. That makes me feel more confident and more happy playing guitar.

Posted Aug 16, 2016
Jessica I.
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Mark was great. Very knowledgeable. Has a calm approach. Nice guy.

Posted Jun 29, 2016
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Great technical tips!

Posted Apr 5, 2016
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Mark has been a great instructor for my 12 year old son who just started learning to play the guitar this year. Mark has done a great job of building good techniques for the guitar and reading music and also is great at giving good goals to work toward. My son is always looking forward to his next lesson.

Posted Nov 23, 2015
Sonia N.
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Mark has been a best guitar teacher for our daughter, he is always prepared and enthusiastic to teach, Eesha always look forward for her lesson!!

Posted Nov 22, 2015
Lonna M.
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Mark was very patient and helpful. Super first lesson

Posted Jun 23, 2015
Jipson V.

Mark is an excellent Guitar teacher!

My 10 year old son is learning guitar from Mark since last 6 months.
I can see the progress in my son playing guitar.
Mark is an excellent guitar teacher.
He is very patient and can help you whatever the guitar level you are at.
He is also committed to his lessons because he truly loves teaching.
I would surely recommend him to anyone.

Posted Jan 15, 2014
Bob K.

Mark is a fantastic instructor!!!

Mark is a fantastic guitar instructor!!! He is very knowledgable and patient, two very key qualities for an instructor. Mark spent time getting know me and my goals when we started. With this information, he has worked very hard to customize my lessons to meet my needs and goals.

I have really enjoyed each and every lesson I have had with Mark!!!

Posted Dec 2, 2013

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Jan 1980 - Jun 1985

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