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Mark Lincoln

Guitar Basics

This lesson is all about the basics. Mark explains guitar parts, holding the guitar, and more.

Taught by Mark Lincoln in Basic Guitar with Mark Lincoln seriesLength: 13:12Difficulty: 0.5 of 5

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holleyw23holleyw23 replied

Hello, Mark i'm your new student Ezra i'm 13 and just now learning how to play the guitar. I hope by the end of your lessons i will be able to play the guitar.

TWhiskeyTWhiskey replied

This is the same as the first video.

tryingnowtryingnow replied

My real name is John and I have pretty bad eye hand coordination which makes playing a challenge - on the other hand that comes with a fair bit of stubbornness so I keep playing anyway. Hopefully Jammplay will help.

tryingnowtryingnow replied

Hi Mark my username says it all about how I feel about my own struggles with guitar. I've found I can get only so far and I'm hoping some of the detail you're going into will help me unlearn some bad habits. Thanks.

tryingnowtryingnow replied

Hi Mark my username says it all about how I feel about my own struggles with guitar. I've found I can get only so far and I'm hoping some of the detail you're going into will help me unlearn some bad habits. Thanks.

phrznhphrznh replied

Hi, Mark! It's Farzane, your new student. I really appreciate the way you explain everything clearly, and I am waiting for more lessons to learn from you.

wiserwiser replied

Hi Mark. Its your new student Carver. I really hope you can teach me tons of stuff about the acoustic guitar. I'm only 9 years old so it might take me a while to learn but its gonna be worth learning with you. P.S I only know how to fingerpick.

GavinWhelanGavinWhelan replied

hi mark your new student Gavin Whelan hope you teach me some fun and cool stuff about learning the guitar p.s I also love rock

GavinWhelanGavinWhelan replied

hi mark your new student Gavin Whelan hope you teach me some fun and cool stuff about learning the guitar p.s I also love rock

GavinWhelanGavinWhelan replied

hi mark your new student Gavin Whelan hope you teach me some fun and cool stuff about learning the guitar p.s I also love rock

GavinWhelanGavinWhelan replied

hi mark your new student Gavin Whelan hope you teach me some fun and cool stuff about learning the guitar p.s I also love rock

GavinWhelanGavinWhelan replied

hi mark your new student Gavin Whelan hope you teach me some fun and cool stuff about learning the guitar p.s I also love rock

GavinWhelanGavinWhelan replied

hi mark your new student Gavin Whelan hope you teach me some fun and cool stuff about learning the guitar p.s I also love rock

GavinWhelanGavinWhelan replied

hi mark your new student Gavin Whelan hope you teach me some fun and cool stuff about learning the guitar p.s I also love rock

GavinWhelanGavinWhelan replied

hi mark your new student Gavin Whelan hope you teach me some fun and cool stuff about learning the guitar p.s I also love rock

GavinWhelanGavinWhelan replied

hi mark your new student Gavin Whelan hope you teach me some fun and cool stuff about learning the guitar p.s I also love rock

GavinWhelanGavinWhelan replied

hi mark your new student Gavin Whelan hope you teach me some fun and cool stuff about learning the guitar p.s I also love rock

kirobakiroba replied

Thanks Mark. Little things like the size of a guitar in relation to ones body is vital. I now know it's not me (actually it is) but the guitar I have is too big since I'm a small man.

_oscaaaaaar_oscaaaaaar replied

WHat about how the left hand should be positioned when I am playing?

Rich1165Rich1165 replied

So I know that this particular series by Mark Lincoln actually was created over 5 years ago. But I gotta tell you, for you beginners, it is an excellent series. If you follow what he says and practice you will be more than a beginner by the 51st class. Stay with it. I know so much now that I finished it. Yes, he tends to repeat and sometimes you think that he is not progressing. But don't be fooled. You wake up one morning and realize that in class one you are taught where the neck is and class 51 you are already playing chords up and down the neck like a pro. Do the class!!

fizurpfizurp replied

Mr. Mark! I've been playing about 7 months, but that was the most informative intro on how to hold the guitar I've ever heard. Especially the part of how to stabilize the guitar neck by using the nook of your right arm, and how to know if it is correct by your right hand lining up with the sound-hole. I've always had trouble keeping the neck still as I played, which always makes chord changes much more difficult. Thanks again!

anotherkissfreakanotherkissfreak replied

Hi Mark, I was wondering if you have a Phase 2 lessons strumming with learning to read music? I seem to find finger picking styles I don't prefer, I am new here, was hoping to learn to "read" but with your type of style....

paynere69paynere69 replied

Hi Mark, Im new to this and have always wanted to learn. Looking forward to whats ahead.

intune2intune2 replied

I'm back. Started this lesson about 8 months back but had to stop (returned borrowed guitar to a friend). Now I have my own new guitar and ready to learn more again! I'm re-doing from Lesson One..just in case I've forgotten anything :) Thanks for the lessons Mark!

robbidoorobbidoo replied

Hi mark just joined i like the way you teach so choose you as my teacher looking forward to going through you video lesson cheers

zobeszobes replied

awesome intro but im a leftie do i hav to hold it diferent

robertvallerobertvalle replied

Mark I really enjoyed the first lesson, and you intro motivated me to really get into what you about to teach. I really like your teaching style looking forward to upcoming lessons.

1963comet1963comet replied

Hey Just signed up, wanted to say hi ... looking forward to all the lessons!!

sderienzosderienzo replied

Hey Mark, I just wanted to say that your encouraging to watch and your a great teacher. Earlier tonight I had no means of getting a subscription to a guitar site, but when i was on youtube looking up how to play Iris, i was impressed on your quality of teaching and was bummed i couldnt find more of you on Youtube.. you sucked me i get to go through all your vids for the next three months! haha Looking forward to it bud, keep up the great work! Your the reason im on here :) -Steve

nomernomer replied

Mark - I've watched most of your lessons and received some great information. Thanks for that. I have an issue I still struggle with (which brought me back here) and that's holding the guitar. I have trouble "balancing" it if you will. The head of the guitar seems to slightly heavier than the rest of it which puts be in an uncomfortable position of holding it with my left(bad bad) or trying to put the right amount of weight on it with my right arm. I don't think it's too big as it fits fine. It's a Martin D-18 (yeah I know.. I'm undeserving). Any suggestions?

fizurpfizurp replied

I've had the same problem trying to "balance" the guitar so the neck will not move as I'm trying to change chords. What helped me alot was sitting up straight and having the guitar resting on the very back of my right thigh and the back of the guitar against my stomach (Not crammed there or anything), and then really finding the right spot for the "nook" of your right arm coming around the guitar. Once you find your "sweet spot" so to speak, you should be able to let go with your left hand completely and the guitar will not move. Hope this helps, as I've only been playing 7 months, but it took me 3-4 months to really get my positioning down to where the guitar stayed still or "balanced".

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied

Hey Nomer! The only suggestion I have for that particular issue is to just keep adjusting the guitar on your lap and backwards and forwards as well until you feel more comfortable with it. You've got a great guitar, no doubt about that but you may need to work it a little. Good luck! Mark

befaribefari replied

hey mark i noticed how u were moving ur fingers in the begining as a intro i wanna know how u did that

roberto potokroberto potok replied

I've been playing for a while, but needed to adopt a more structured approach. Picked this instructor as I have similar likes and influences and he plays in the way that I want to.. Really liked the intro and style of presenting the lessons.

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied

How I was moving my strum hand or chord hand? Can you be more specific??? Mark

krispie35krispie35 replied

Hi Mark, thanks for a great first lesson; I find you great to listen too and your style of teaching is awesome. I look forward to having you teaching me this beautiful instrument. Thanks!

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied

Hey Krispie nice to hear from and thanks for the great feedback, take a care! Mark

mixonguysmixonguys replied

Awesome intro, mark! I cant wait to watch the rest of your series! Please reply soon!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied

Hey Mix! Great to hear from you and see you in my chats as well! Great having you aboard little brother! Mark

theguitarlegendtheguitarlegend replied

Hi Mark! I'm a beginner guitarist and I'm having trouble with my scales,do you have any tips? I really wanna get these down. Great intro by the way! please reply soon!

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied

Hey Legend how are you? You might want to check out some of our resident shredders including Emil, Kris Norris, David Walliman for tips on scale runs as they know more about that stuff in their sleep than I do at the top of my game lol Mark

frantovfrantov replied

HI Mark Im a begineer, 31 y.o. never played before. Lefty, but aimed to play in a "normal" guitar to simplify things. I think since Im learning from scratch it would be the same thing as learning to type letter in the computer, where there is no left or rigth keyboard... My guitar included a strip to hold it but I can not find where to attach the stip on the neck side.. any suggestions? cheers

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied

Hey FRan how are you? If you're looking for the proper place for a "strap" (I think that's what you meant) then I would take your guitar to a qualified luthier or local guitar store and get help from them. You may need to have somethiung drilled into the guitar although I couldn't be sure until I saw your particular model. Good luck, Mark

brandonroberstsonbrandonroberstson replied

Starting tonight.I have been putting off for 10 years .Glad to be here

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied

Awesome Brandon, welcome aboard! Mark

lisaj5227lisaj5227 replied

Mark so far like your teaching style. I am just beginning and was given the book Fretboard Logic along with the DVD was told these were a "must have" will this interfere with your teachings and if not in what point in your lesson plan should I begin. P.S. My Granddaughter is thrilled that nanna is learning to play. We love to sing together and this will be another layer on the cake and perhaps someday we will perform a duet Just sayn'

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied

Hi Lisa,you know I'm not familiar with that book to be honest. Usually there are some things that one instructor to another will differ in terms of style and hand positioning and so forth. If you do find things that are incompatible between our teaching styles and content, simply find the way that works best for you. I really don't belive in absolutes when it comes to playing guitar but there are some who would most certainly disagree with me. Good luck! Mark

styngcatstyngcat replied

I am learning to help my aunt (who plays electric/bass) overcome her battle with depression. She has been very ill and I know that music is what helps her get through her day. Good Luck Nanna... :)

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied

Hey Cat what's happening? I think that's totally awesome that you're so dedicated to helping your Aunt who you obviously care for a ghreat deal. Have you looked at any of my articles on the site about using music to treat different types of issues? You might find some of that interesting...good to hear from you! Mark

styngcatstyngcat replied

Just joined today. Never played guitar before but I play piano, alto sax, and the flute. Have 3 guitar players in my family. Cant wait to join them.

gdmcelroygdmcelroy replied

Mark, You did not mention how to place the chord creating hand on the back of the neck. I've heard that is extremely important. Perhaps, you are covering in upcoming lessons although I think it fits best here.

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied

GD: your thumb placement should change as you move your chord hand about and should accommodate the position of the chord. Try to avoid your chord hand being uncomfortable or in pain as that's never productive, right? Mark

gdmcelroygdmcelroy replied

Mark, Nice lesson. I would like to know the best way to manage and store a guitar. i.e. guitar stands, cases, those little packets of de-hum stuff, humidity etc.

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied

Hey GD how are you? The best way to store a guitar is to keep it in a hard case with a humidifier. But....if you live in a fairly humid climate (ask local luthiers/music stores) then usually it's okay to leave guitars on stands although this does leave them open to other types of disasters like bumping, knocking over, pets etc etc. I tend to make my decisions about how to store a particular guitar based on its relative worth i.e. more expensive guitars always stay in their cases unless I'm playing them and my "beater" guitars stay out on stands for easy access. Does that help? Mark

ndorsettndorsett replied

Hi Mark, I'm totally new to the guitar and am loving your teaching style so far. Look out for discussions from me as I progress through your series.

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied

Welcome to the site Dorsett and I look forward to your questions and comments! Mark

mazzystarlettemazzystarlette replied

Hello Mark! Your teaching style is motivating. I can't wait to learn more about Diads and Triads.

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied

Thanx Mazzy and great to see you in the chats as well.Thanks for your great feedback! Mark

benrod78benrod78 replied

great lesson

ldamascenoldamasceno replied

Hey Mark , I've been playing guitar sice I was six , and I know lots of stuff but then over these three years I started practicing less ,and less, and less.I'm only nine. Should I still take the begginer classes or should I move directly to phase two ?

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied

Hey LD how are you? I think you should most definitely at least review the beginner lessons especially in my series because I go way beyond beginner stuff into intermediate and that will most assuredly help you, okay? Thanks for writing in! Mark

larazarlarazar replied

Mark, is it all right to take your lessons on an electric guitar? I also have a classical guitar, but it's an expensive spanish one and I know it's not recommended to play with a pick on a classical guitar, so will an electric be fine? Thanks.

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied

Hey Lara, yes you can absolutely apply my lessons to any kind of guitar, the strings, scales chords should all be the same unless you're using a different tuning. Good luck! Mark

brodybrody replied

the print thing is not working ant advice

surferchild007surferchild007 replied

just joined but have played before and now getting back into it. This first lesson a little basic for me but well constructed Great Job

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied

Hey Surfer thanx for writing in...yes the lessons start out basic but get progressively more difficult as they continue. Fear not, you will be challenged! Mark

emigs73emigs73 replied

First of all I loved the intro. That is exactly what I want to be able to play in the future. I am a returning beginner. I played as a teenager and now at 36 I starting up again. I am surprised at what I remember but there is lots I never learned. I'm looking forward to watching your videos.

raucpraucp replied

Hey Mark! Just joined and watched the first video! Looking forward to getting into and learning the guitar! Thanks! Chris

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied

Hey Chris, welcome aboard and good luck on your musical journey. Mark

lespaul305lespaul305 replied

Hi Mark, your newest student here, first video looks great and can't wait to watch the rest.

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied

Hey Les welcome aboard and glad you enjoyed the first one, there's so much more to come! Rock on my friend! Mark

aaron kirkeraaron kirker replied

Good stuff, looking forward to up-coming lessons!

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied

Hi Aaron, thanks for writing in and keep on jammin'! Take care, Mark

rsettenrsetten replied

Very well constructed lessons but the constant "okays" get a little irritating after awhile XD

lintz69lintz69 replied

Good tips. Just signed up, and off to a good start.

jnc51jnc51 replied

Enjoyed the music. Presentation was put together well. Thanks

Don.SDon.S replied

Hi Mark, Maddee said it, that was a very nice intro in scene 1. Was it something you put together or is there tab available. I've been studying the song and am trying to put it together so I can repeat it, but I thought you might have something. Thanks, Don

rj surfsrj surfs replied

Great intro Mark!

mingofallsmingofalls replied

Mark, I noticed your keep your pinky finger on the guitar when picking and strumming like I do. I seem to have to have something touching the guitar to keep my hand where I need it to be. Great Intro!!!!

maddeemaddee replied

Killer intro music!

Basic Guitar with Mark Lincoln

Found in our Beginner Lesson Sets

Learning the basics of the guitar, the building blocks if you will, is an extremely important step in learning and mastering the guitar. This series is all about the basics.

Guitar BasicsLesson 1

Guitar Basics

This lesson is all about the basics. Mark explains guitar parts, holding the guitar, and more.

Length: 13:12 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Tuning, Gear, and ChordsLesson 2

Tuning, Gear, and Chords

Mark begins by discussing equipment every guitarist should own. Then, he introduces chords and proper tuning methods.

Length: 17:28 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Chords and StrummingLesson 3

Chords and Strumming

Mark finishes his discussion of the "open" chords. He applies these chords to basic rhythm and strumming concepts.

Length: 17:33 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Minor Chords and MoreLesson 4

Minor Chords and More

Mark reviews the major chords and introduces the minor chords. He also covers strumming techniques in greater depth.

Length: 25:48 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Expanding ChordsLesson 5

Expanding Chords

Mark introduces a few more minor chords. He also provides a monster chord exercise.

Length: 16:36 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Strumming ExercisesLesson 6

Strumming Exercises

Mark Lincoln continues his discussion of chords and strumming. He introduces several new exercises in this lesson.

Length: 19:30 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Music Theory and Barre ChordsLesson 7

Music Theory and Barre Chords

Mark covers several topics in this lesson. He explains scales and barre chords. He also demonstrates how to find notes on the fretboard.

Length: 21:45 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
E Shape Barre ChordsLesson 8

E Shape Barre Chords

Mark Lincoln covers E shaped barre chords in greater depth. Mark refers to these chords as "Type 1" barre chords.

Length: 15:12 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
A Shape Barre ChordsLesson 9

A Shape Barre Chords

Mark covers the A Shape / Type 2 barre chords in greater depth.

Length: 17:12 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Minor Barre ChordsLesson 10

Minor Barre Chords

Mark introduces minor barre chords that utilize the shape of the "open" Em chord.

Length: 13:10 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
A Minor Shape Barre ChordsLesson 11

A Minor Shape Barre Chords

Mark introduces minor barre chords based on the shape of the "open" Am chord. He refers to these chords as "Type 2 Minor" barre chords.

Length: 12:36 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Mini Barre ChordLesson 12

Mini Barre Chord

Mark demonstrates abbreviated versions of the "Type 1" and "Type 2" barre chords. He calls these "mini barre" chords.

Length: 17:43 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
A Shape Mini BarreLesson 13

A Shape Mini Barre

Mark teaches the "mini barre" version of the A major shaped barre chord. He also explains dissonance.

Length: 20:29 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Minor Mini Barre ChordsLesson 14

Minor Mini Barre Chords

Mark Lincoln applies mini-barre chord concepts to minor chords.

Length: 12:28 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Guitar TechniqueLesson 15

Guitar Technique

Mark Lincoln explains essential components of guitar technique.

Length: 15:59 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Guitar DynamicsLesson 16

Guitar Dynamics

Mark Lincoln explains how dynamics can enhance your playing. He covers topics such as volume, tempo, rests, and more.

Length: 27:48 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Transistion StrumsLesson 17

Transistion Strums

Mark Lincoln explains more about guitar technique. This time around he introduces "transition strums" and continues his discussion of liquid chords.

Length: 26:12 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Harmonic TechniqueLesson 18

Harmonic Technique

Mark Lincoln explains what harmonics are and how they are played.

Length: 15:31 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Expanding Liquid ChordsLesson 19

Expanding Liquid Chords

Mark Lincoln expands on the concept of liquid chords. He explains new chord variations and how they can be changed in mid-strum.

Length: 16:21 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Spicing up ChordsLesson 20

Spicing up Chords

Mark demonstrates how chord progressions can be spiced up by adding hammer-ons and pull-offs.

Length: 12:21 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Chord FingeringLesson 21

Chord Fingering

Mark explains how chord fingerings must be altered when applying "liquid chord" concepts. He also provides a few new "liquid chord" exercises.

Length: 11:10 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Precision StrummingLesson 22

Precision Strumming

Mark returns to the land of chords. This time around, he provides an exercise that contains four variations on the A chord.

Length: 14:28 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
D to D in Six StepsLesson 23

D to D in Six Steps

Mark provides a chord progression that shifts from one D chord to another in six steps.

Length: 15:20 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Chord Voicings and ConstructionLesson 24

Chord Voicings and Construction

Mark delves deeper into chord construction and alternate chord voicings.

Length: 13:36 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Quantitative and Qualitative ChangesLesson 25

Quantitative and Qualitative Changes

Mark tests your guitar knowledge with a pop quiz. Then, he discusses quantitative and qualitative changes.

Length: 22:54 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Quantitative and Qualitative ReviewLesson 26

Quantitative and Qualitative Review

In the 26th installment of his basic guitar series, Mark reviews the quantitative and qualitative changes he presented in lesson 25.

Length: 17:34 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Rhythm and GuitarLesson 27

Rhythm and Guitar

Mark provides exercises designed to make you a better rhythm player.

Length: 0:00 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Expanded Rhythm ExerciseLesson 28

Expanded Rhythm Exercise

Mark Lincoln expands on the rhythm exercise from lesson 27. This time around he incorporates several C based chords.

Length: 14:31 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Hand StructureLesson 29

Hand Structure

Mark discusses proper playing technique. He provides a few exercises that facilitate right hand mechanics.

Length: 17:02 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Cadd9 and Dsus2Lesson 30

Cadd9 and Dsus2

Mark provides an exercise that features two new chords - Cadd9 and Dsus2.

Length: 0:00 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Finger Glue and Flexibility Lesson 31

Finger Glue and Flexibility

In the 31st lesson, Mark discusses his "finger glue" technique. This technique improves speed and accuracy.

Length: 21:31 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Reviewing Chord ChangesLesson 32

Reviewing Chord Changes

Mark takes a step back in lesson 32 to explain how to make quick and accurate chord changes.

Length: 22:14 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
SlidingLesson 33


Mark explains how to use the slide technique between chords.

Length: 19:24 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Keeping Time While PlayingLesson 34

Keeping Time While Playing

Mark reviews qualitative and quantitative changes. He explains how to keep time while performing these changes.

Length: 21:17 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
A Minor ProgressionLesson 35

A Minor Progression

Mark discusses qualitative and quantitative changes within an A minor progression.

Length: 19:56 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Chord TransistionsLesson 36

Chord Transistions

Mark Lincoln discusses several techniques that can be used when transitioning between chords.

Length: 21:43 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Chord Transistions RevisitedLesson 37

Chord Transistions Revisited

In this lesson, Mark once again covers the subject of chord transitions. This time around, he focuses on barre chords and includes several helpful exercises.

Length: 23:25 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Playing Individual NotesLesson 38

Playing Individual Notes

In lesson 38, Mark discusses how playing single notes rather than chords can spice up your playing.

Length: 22:56 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Rocking OutLesson 39

Rocking Out

Lesson 39 is all about rocking out. Mark discusses some tips to take your playing to the next level.

Length: 18:08 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Slash ChordsLesson 40

Slash Chords

Lesson 40 takes a deeper look at slash chords. Mark discusses why they're called slash chords, and how they are formed.

Length: 14:42 Difficulty: 2.0 FREE
Strumming from the WristLesson 41

Strumming from the Wrist

In lesson 41, Mark reviews the warm-up section and provides new tips on playing adequately from the wrist.

Length: 22:09 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Raising the BarreLesson 42

Raising the Barre

Mark builds further on barre chord techniques and liquid chords.

Length: 17:24 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Building on Your Chord KnowledgeLesson 43

Building on Your Chord Knowledge

In lesson 43, Mark discusses additional skills related to learning and playing chords, specifically "liquification" of chords.

Length: 20:42 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Experiment With PlayingLesson 44

Experiment With Playing

Lesson 44 is all about trying new things. Mark discusses experimenting with your playing in order to take it to the next level.

Length: 17:20 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
DiversifyingLesson 45


In this lesson, Mark once again talks about changing up chord derivatives to create a more unique sound.

Length: 20:56 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Shaping the HandsLesson 46

Shaping the Hands

In lesson 46, Mark explains how to maximize your options by maintaining chord shapes while playing.

Length: 21:44 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Precision StrummingLesson 47

Precision Strumming

Today, Mark takes in depth look at strumming.

Length: 23:57 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Shine Like the SunLesson 48

Shine Like the Sun

Mark Lincoln teaches an original song entitled "Shine Like the Sun."

Length: 18:59 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Changing Chords : Accuracy and SpeedLesson 49

Changing Chords : Accuracy and Speed

Mark teaches some useful information on how to mix postures, "finger glue," and techniques to make your chord changes speedy and more effective.

Length: 30:56 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Play Along with Mulitple Chord Voicings Lesson 50

Play Along with Mulitple Chord Voicings

In this lesson, Mark guides you through the world of alternate chord voicings. He teaches several shapes and shows how they can be used to enhance your playing.

Length: 23:06 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Understanding Liquified ChordsLesson 51

Understanding Liquified Chords

Mark brings us a very appealing aspect to better understand the guitar. With his explanation of "liquified" chords, mark will explain how to move up and down the guitar to create different chord voicing.

Length: 25:32 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Mark Lincoln

About Mark Lincoln View Full Biography Mark Lincoln was born in S. California but was raised near Portland Oregon in a town called Beaverton. When he was twelve years old, he began his journey into the realm of the creative by composing poetry and was later published in a journal called "In Dappled Sunlight." He wrote for four years until his older sister blessed him with his first guitar, an old beat-up nylon stringed classical guitar. Mark played that guitar for five years, continuing to compose his own lyrics and starting the process of matching his own words with chords that he was learning on the guitar. He learned to play chords from his friends and from music books that he both bought and borrowed. Mark cited his four biggest influences, at that point at least, as The Who, Led Zeppelin, Jethro Tull, The Rolling Stones.

Mark cites his most current influences as Radiohead, U2, older music by REM, and Peter Gabriel amongst others. He performs with two acoustic guitars, one being a six-string M-36 Martin with a three-pieced back for increased bass response, and a Guild Twelve-string which is his most recent acquisition. Mark is fond of saying that the twelve-string guitar is better because you get two guitars for the price of one, but he still plays his Martin equally as much and with the same passion.

Mark ended up in Fort Collins Colorado where he currently lives, works as a Marriage and Family Therapist, and continues to write, teach and perform music. He currently performs with a group called "Black Nelson" as well as with a number of other seasoned professional musicians including his cousin David, a virtuoso lead-guitar player. Mark has performed in many of the smaller venues in Denver and Boulder, as well as some of the larger ones including the Fox Theatre, The Boulder Theatre, Herman's Hideaway, and also at The Soiled Dove where he opened for Jefferson Starship as a soloist. Some of Mark's originals are also available for your listening pleasure on MySpace.

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Pamela brings a cap to her first 13 JamPlay lessons with another original etude inspired by the great Leo Brouwer. This is...

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Trevor Gordon Hall Trevor Gordon Hall

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Randall Williams Randall Williams

In this lesson Randall introduces the partial capo (using a short-cut capo by Kyser) and talks about how it can make the...

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Mary Flower Mary Flower

In this lesson, Mary Flower introduces herself and her playing style. She also discusses essential blues listening.

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Lisa Pursell Lisa Pursell

Lisa breaks into the very basics of the electric guitar. She starts by explaining the parts of the guitar. Then, she dives...

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Joel Kosche Joel Kosche

Joel Kosche talks about creating and composing a guitar solo. He uses his original song "Sunrise" as an example.

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Tosin Abasi Tosin Abasi

Tosin explains some of the intricacies of the 8 string guitar such as his personal setup and approach to playing.

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Guthrie Trapp Guthrie Trapp

JamPlay introduces Nashville session player Guthrie Trapp! In this first segment, Guthrie talks a little about his influences,...

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Billy Sheehan Billy Sheehan

Billy starts his artist series off with a lesson on something he gets asked the most to explain: right hand 3 finger technique.

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Prashant Aswani Prashant Aswani

Do you want to play more musical sounding solos? Do you want to play solos with more emotion behind them? Maybe you're the...

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Brendan Burns Brendan Burns

Brendan demonstrates the tiny triad shapes derived from the form 1 barre chord.

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Jeff Gunn Jeff Gunn

Now that we have explored the various distances needed to sound artificial harmonics, will learn how to move between artificial...

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Irene Ketikidi Irene Ketikidi

Dynamics can be a key component to becoming expressive with your melodies. Irene applies some dynamic expressive techniques...

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Brent Mason Brent Mason

Learn Nashville style country guitar from one of the most recorded guitarists in history. Check out rhythm grooves, solos,...

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