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Mark Lincoln

Technique Applied

Mark Lincoln applies singing and playing techniques to the Doors song "Riders on the Storm."

Taught by Mark Lincoln in Guitar Performance seriesLength: 17:19Difficulty: 2.0 of 5
Chapter 1: (00:58) Welcome to the Lesson Welcome back to the Guitar Performance Lesson Series with Mark Lincoln!
Chapter 2: (04:37) Review and Rhythm Variations Review
Please review and practice the following before moving on with the lesson:
1. Warm up the body.
2. Single note hum.
3. Three note hum. 4. Hum "me-me-me-me" to "mah-mah-mah mah" to "me-ma-me-ma-me." 5. Wake up the breath with "sah-sah-sah" etc. long and sustained then five times staccato. 6. "Sah" in five-note descending scales, then five-note ascending scales.
7. Work these scales faster and faster, then louder and louder.
8. Practice singing along with rhythms that we’ve been working on in the last few lessons. Practice singing single note hums first. Then, sing / make up a melody line that works well with the chord you are strumming.
Rhythm Variations
There are a number of different ways to play rhythm and a number of different techniques that can “spice up” rhythm guitar. Some of these techniques are fairly simple while others take years to master.

Striking the Root
One technique involves striking the root note (usually the lowest note in the chord) and then strumming the chord. Striking the root gives a little bit of an accent to the chord that you are playing.

Chapter 3: (03:16) Striking the Root Exercise 1
Strike the root note and then play the rhythm: down(E) meaning strike the E note in a downward fashion. The note in parentheses is the note that should be struck and often will be an indicator of the chord that will be played immediately after. Play this strum down(E) down(E) down down first using E, then D and then A. The two upstrokes should be played as a snap strum and should be played together. Watch me demonstrate this strum in the video.

Exercise 2
Strike the root note and then play the rhythm. In this example of striking the root note, you’re going to switch back and forth between two chords. Here’s the notation for this exercise: down(E) down(E) down down(A) down(A). In this exercise you’ll switch back and forth between the E and the A. Watch me in the video to get a better idea of how this should be done.

Exercise 3
Try the two exercises explained above while singing one single note over the top of your playing. Once you feel more comfortable with single notes, try to sing melodies. Get creative!
Chapter 4: (04:37) Riders on the Storm Exercise 4
From this point on in this lesson series, I’ll pick a song that utilizes the techniques that are discussed in the lesson. The tabs for each song will also be available for you to follow along with. Today’s song is “Riders on the Storm” by the Doors.

“Riders on the Storm” has a lot of background atmospheric noise like the storm sounds and the keyboards. I want you to ignore those facets of the song and focus on the rhythm and the vocals. I will show you how the techniques that we’ve been discussing today apply to this song.

The verses for this song utilize striking the root note and then strumming the appropriate chord afterwards. In this case, the rhythm alternates between Em and A and looks like this: (E) (E) (A) (A) (E) (E) (A)(A) Then, the “break” or bridge doesn’t utilize striking the root note but just strummed chords like this: Am Bm C D Then, finally the last part of the song to learn pauses and looks like this: D C. This is a fairly simple song when you take away all of the frills and keyboard parts. But pay attention to the way dynamics play a role in this song, and how silence can contribute to the overall effect and passion of the piece. Watch me in the video for more insight on how to really make this song “sing” and how the vocals work over the top of the rhythm.

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rachelramsayrachelramsay replied on August 26th, 2011

Love it!! Jam Play needs more Doors content, severily enjoyed and took this lesson to heart! good job Mark!!

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied on August 31st, 2011

Hi Rachel, great to hear from you and thanks for the great feedback. Take care,Mark

tiffanychengtiffanycheng replied on August 11th, 2010

The singing is beautiful :)

jaysonjohnjaysonjohn replied on June 13th, 2010

Great lesson Mark, I like your voice. Why isn't this lesson in the 'song' section, Phase 3 ?! Many Thanks

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied on June 18th, 2010

I don't make those kind of decisions but I appreciate the feedback! Thanks! Mark

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied on April 16th, 2009

Thanks Billy and great to hear from you. Learning songs is definitely a great way to acquire new chords and technique as well. Keep rockin' my friend! Mark

billlynn13billlynn13 replied on April 15th, 2009

Great leson again Mark. I am in the "learn to play and sing as many songs as I can" phase of my development. This Riders on the Storm lesson is perfect.

Guitar Performance

Found in our Beginner Lesson Sets

Performing live or in a studio situation is a goal of many aspiring guitarists. Vocal training and the ability to sing and play at the same time are skills that will help in this endeavor.



Lesson 1

Introduction to Singing

Mark introduces you to the wonderful world of singing.

Length: 15:12 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 2

Vocal Exercises

Mark Lincoln guides you through stretches and vocal exercises to warm up the voice.

Length: 23:12 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 3

Vocal Vibrato

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Warming the Breath

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Length: 19:10 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 5

Singing and Guitar

Mark Lincoln talks more about vocal exercise and warm-up. Then, he moves on to discuss singing and playing at the same time.

Length: 26:12 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 6

Singing Exercises

Mark Lincoln provides more singing exercises to practice while playing your guitar.

Length: 26:15 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
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Singing and Playing Revisited

Mark returns to singing and playing. Mark teaches proper form while singing and playing, cognitive exercises, and chord progression basics.

Length: 17:54 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 8

Anatomy and Dynamics

Mark Lincoln discusses song dynamics and the anatomy of songs. He also explains more about singing and playing.

Length: 23:19 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 9

Rhythm in Music

Mark Lincoln explains how rhythm is used in music.

Length: 15:16 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 10

Technique Applied

Mark Lincoln applies singing and playing techniques to the Doors song "Riders on the Storm."

Length: 17:19 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 11

Palm Muting and Separation

In lesson 11 of his performance series, Mark discusses the palm muting technique and how to separate your singing from your playing.

Length: 23:30 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 12

Picking Vs. Strumming

Mark discusses how alternating between arpeggios and strummed chords can add contrast and flair to your music.

Length: 15:02 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 13

Silence Is Golden

Mark discusses silence in music and how it can transform a piece. Additionally, he explains how to use silence effectively in your playing.

Length: 16:40 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 14

Warm-up and Practice

In this lesson, Mark Lincoln talks more about warming up your voice and walks you through a few exercises that will aid this process.

Length: 16:14 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 15

Preparations for Playing Live

Mark provides a lecture on items you should do and think about to become a proficient live player.

Length: 20:57 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 16

Voice and Guitar

In this lesson, Mark delves into the concept of combining both your voice and guitar into one neat little package you can deliver to your listener.

Length: 21:47 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
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A Day in the Life

Mark Brings us Lesson 17 today to explain the preparation that goes into a performance. Mark tracks back up to 36 hours in advance, and shows us some routines to prepare for a great show.

Length: 19:09 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
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The Dynamics of a Song

In this lesson, Mark teaches all of the diverse parts to a song with regards to dynamics.

Length: 20:17 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 19

Proper Breathing Routines

In this episode, Mark talks about proper breathing techniques and routines. He gives us eight points to work off of when singing and playing together.

Length: 23:34 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 20

Play Along with Mark Lincoln

Mark Lincoln brings us a great play along opportunity. Mark provides lyrics as well as the chord progression for this play along. He also breaks down key elements such as palm muting, hammer-ons, bending,...

Length: 24:06 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 21

Palm Muting Technique

Lesson 21 is a repeat of lesson 20's content only with a whole new set of chords and techniques. The"chords de jour" will be a little simpler than lesson 20's and will also include a much more in depth...

Length: 20:05 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only

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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