My teaching approach:Mark Deffenbaugh is the founder and operator of The Deffenbaughn House of Music In addition to his work at The Deffenbaugh House of Music, Mark is an active music educator, pianist, keyboardist, drummer, guitarist, composer and producer. Mark started making music at the age of six. At sixteen, he was playing the vibes, drums and guitar and started playing gigs in D.C. Within a few short years, he had numerous live and television performances to his credit. Mark attended The Berklee College of Music, where he studied with Gary Burton. Gary took Mark under his wing and became an important in My influences are:Bill Evans Jim Hall Jimi Hendrix Jimi Page so many more....Guitar Lessons with me take place in the following areas:All styles of GuitarGuitar lessons typically take place on these days and hours:Tuesday, Thursday and FridayGuitar Techniques:Lead guitar, Rhythm guitar, Open tuning, Fingerstyle, Slide Guitar, Vocal Accompaniment, Performance, Improvisation, Jamming Skills, Reading Music, Music Theory, Scales and Exercises, Song Writing, Recording and Production, Guidance In Equipment SelectionYour first guitar lesson with me might include the following:The first thing is to let them play anything that they feel comfortable playing. I try to get them as comfortable as possible. When they are relaxed and playing you can see where they need work and where they\'re strong points are. From there it all depends on what they need and what direction they are interested in.A guitar lesson with me might entail the following:I teach to the individual needs of each student. Over the last ten years or so I have been developing a guitar method designed help the student see very clearly the relationship between chords, arpeggios and scales. Of course I use the standard scale form and string sets to help accomplish this as well as a deep understanding of arpeggios and how they can be formed into voicings. This frees the student from the standard \'GRIP\' style of memorizing and series if stock, and static voicing s freeing the player to use the entire instrument at will.The qualities I look for in an ideal guitar student might include the following:Any one who is truly interested in the guitar and truly wants to learn.