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 sound quality).
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.
I thought learning guitar would be a bit of “fun”. I was wrong, it wasn’t just “fun”, it was inspiring and addictive.
I’m older and wiser now, and I certainly don’t approach the guitar in the same way as I did when I was 14. And it’s been a long time since I’ve played any Green Day.
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 acoustic 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.
Through this site, I want to share my knowledge so that you can enjoy playing the guitar more.