Lessons

Mark teaches private lessons on guitar, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, and bass at his studio in Silver Spring, MD, and at Opal Music Studio in Old Town Alexandria, VA.

Drawing on his broad performance and compositional background in folk, classical, jazz, rock, bluegrass, soul, blues, and musical theater, Mark offers his students a wide musical perspective and tailors lessons to match student interests. Mark works with students on music of their choosing to improve technique and develop an understanding of music theory, improvisation, and composition.

For classical guitar students who would like to pursue the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) graded exams, Mark offers coaching in preparation for all aspects of the practical exams.

Workshops

Mark is available to teach group workshops and classes. Here are a few that Mark has recently taught.

- Intro. to Improv. Guitar workshop
- Fingerstyle Guitar Workshop
- DADGAD Guitar Workshop
- Intermediate/Advanced Guitar Strumming Workshop
- Playing (Well) with Others (open to all instruments)

Recommended Books


Guitar
Classic Guitar Technique, volume 1 by Aaron Shearer (new edition with CD)
Classic Guitar Technique, volume 1 by Aaron Shearer (original edition)
Easy Folk Songs for Kids by Howard Wallach
Travis-Style Guitar from Scratch by Bruce Emery
Easy Classical Guitar Gig Book by Jerry Willard
Basix: J.S. Bach Guitar TAB Classics
Classical for Guitar in TAB arranged by Jerry Snyder

Banjo
How to Play the 5-String Banjo by Pete Seeger
Clawhammer Style Banjo by Ken Perlman
The How and the Tao of Old Time Banjo by Patrick Costello
    download PDF (Creative Commons license)

Mandolin
Mandolin Classics in Tablature by Robert Bancalari
50 Tunes for Mandolin: Traditional, Old Time, Bluegrass & Celtic Solos By Mark Geslison

Bass
The Jazz Bass Book by John Goldsby

Online Resources

Music Theory Lessons
Jazz Theory Lessons
Free Scores
Classical Guitar Tablature
Banjo Playing Tips, by Deering
Banjo Hangout
Mandolin Cafe
Harmony Central (instrument reviews)