Hi, I’m Mark.

I hadn’t even considered a musical instrument until I was 14.  I watched my friend play Green Day’s Welcome to Paradise on guitar.  If he could play, why couldn’t I?  I begged my parents for an electric guitar.  Instead, I was subjected to 6 months of classical guitar lessons (I soon discovered it is possible to play Green Day on a classical guitar, but doesn’t quite have the same effect).

Eventually, I got an electric guitar, I was in heaven (my parent’s eardrums were not).  I played before school, after school, whenever I could, every day for hours on end,  I was hooked.

Over 15 years later, I bought a cheap ukulele.  I thought it would just be a bit of “fun”.  I was wrong, it wasn’t just “fun”, it was inspiring and it was addictive.

I’m older and wiser now, and I certainly don’t approach the ukulele or guitar in the same way as I did.

Playing with other musicians is the best education anyone can get.  This is especially true when working with musicians from different musical backgrounds.  I never knew I could learn so much about phrasing from a classical flutist.  I never knew I could learn so much about chord structure from a pianist.  I never knew I could learn anything from a drummer!  But all these things are true.  And I have incorporated many of these inspirations into my playing style.

I primarily play ukulele and solo fingerstyle guitar these days.  It turns out those 6 months of classical guitar lessons were of greater worth than I ever realized at the time.