I have been a recording artist since age 13 and have been successfully teaching music lessons for well over 30 years. Some of my students have become professional guitarists and are writing articles in guitar magazines! I show my students the quickest and most productive way to reach their musical goals, while making it all very fun, in a relaxed & friendly environment. I am very friendly and patient. I will show you to learn good habits and technique on your instrument.
I live and breathe music. I love to share my knowledge and my gift for others to enjoy. It really blesses me to see my students get better on their instrument. It brings great joy to my students and myself alike!
I started taking guitar lessons from Mark Banning a few years ago. I do not read music, but wanted to just learn songs I could play. While learning each song my understanding of tabs, bar chords, strumming, and timing was increasing. Now, I have gained the confidence to play the lead guitar, and have formed a band, which meets weekly. I give Mark a lot of credit for keeping me interested in playing and learning. He has a way of adjusting his methods of teaching based on each individual needs. His easy going style of teaching, and knowledgeable techniques, have made me feel relaxed while playing and has boosted my confidence. Mark your an exceptional guitarist, musician, and teacher. Thank you, Mark, for keeping me inspired!
First, I find out how much experience the student has (if any) on their instrument and any other instruments they have played before. Then I find out what their musical goals are and what kind of music they like. I keep my students motivated by teaching them music that they enjoy. I also make time for answering any questions about music.
I was a music major in high school. At age 19, I started playing professionally (6 nights a week) in Los Angeles, while educating myself musically in libraries. Later, I took music and music business classes at colleges and a university. I still educate myself to this day.
I first started teaching guitar lessons in a music store in North Hollywood in 1978.
Boys, girls, men & women from age 7 to 75.
I recently recorded a few songs in my home studio that are getting major radio airplay in Europe! One of them went to number 1!
Hire me! That's good advice! Seriously, a student should hire a teacher who has many years teaching experience along with constant live performance experience. There are many "teachers" out there that will just teach you the same thing they teach everybody, regardless of your personal needs and preferences. If you hire someone else and are not having fun, hire me. Life is too short for sticking with bad teachers.
Think about what excites you about the instrument you want to learn. Think about how you would like to develop musically, and how far you would like to take your musical knowledge. Some students want to "play by the campfire" while others want to play with other friends. Some want to get into a band. In other words, think about your musical goals. Many people just want to start lessons and then develop their goals. That's OK too!