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Group Lessons from Mark Hanson

I have been teaching since the age of 20, and have considerable experience teaching group classes. I taught group lessons for years in the California Community College system, for a period of time at Stanford, and for decades at various guitar stores and schools around the country. I have even given workshops in Germany auf Deutsch (but I have a larger vocabulary in English!!). In my workshops I try to balance demonstration, explanation, and student participation. The workshops are hands-on, so bring your guitar!

Available Formats

Guitar Seminar
Each year Greta Pederesen and I host the Accent On Music Fingerstyle Guitar Seminar in Portland, Oregon. I hire two of my high-level cohorts (for instance, John Renbourn, Tommy Emmanuel, Laurence Juber, and Ed Gerhard have taught with me) to join me for a four-day intensive seminar. We have a maximum of 35 students, so everyone gets close attention.

Stores and Schools
These days I often teach a workshop or two (or four!) at a guitar store or in a community school in or near a town where I am performing. As I stated above, the format is a balance of demonstration, explanation, and student participation. If you know of a school or store - or a house/home owner, for that matter! - that you think would consider hosting me, please contact us at 503-699-1814 or by e-mail. A list of recent workshop locations is listed at the bottom of this page.

Workshop Topics

I have well over two dozen workshop topics that I have developed - each with a unique repertoire. This allows me to continue to visit the same locales annually without boring anyone! A sample list is included here. For a more complete list, please contact us.

  • Alternating Bass Fingerpicking (Travis Picking from bottom to top!)
  • Fingerstyle Arranging 
  • Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar
  • Triad Power - Fretboard Visualization Made Easy (or Easier!)
  • Make the Uke Sing!
  • Celtic Guitar and DADGAD
  • Jazz Chords Made Easy
  • Chord Substitutions and How to Use Them
  • Christmas Guitar

Recent Workshop Locations

The following is a list of venues where I have taught group lessons in the past few years:

  • Boulevard Music - Culver City, California
  • Chicago Old Town School of Folk Music - Chicago, Illinois
  • Chicago Music Exchange - Chicago, Illinois
  • Community Conservatory - Doylestown, Pennsylvania
  • Dusty Strings - Seattle, Washington
  • Gryphon Stringed Instruments - Palo Alto, California
  • Minnesota Guitar Society - St. Paul, Minnesota
  • McCabe's Guitar Shop - Santa Monica, California
  • The Music Emporium- Lexington, Massachusetts
  • The Music Workshop - Berwyn, Pennsylvania
  • Swannanoa Gathering - Asheville, North Carolina
  • Union Music - Worcester, Massachusetts

For more information, or to host Mark, please contact us at 503-699-1814 or by e-mail.