$40 / half hour
Mark Moldre is a true musician, he has been playing guitar for almost 40 years. For 29 of those years he has been working as a recording artist, teacher and live performer. He's released a swag of albums under his own name and with various bands. Mark has had the pleasure of sharing the stage over the years with members of Midnight Oil, The Church, Hunters & Collectors and Cold Chisel with many of them asking me back on repeat occasions and has played in bands that have covered styles from acoustic folk, rock and singer/songwriter genres through to reggae, funk and jazz in festivals across Australia and overseas.
But...playing on loads of albums or sharing the stage with well known bands doesn't necessarily make a good teacher.
Mark's goals are to tailor each lesson around your interests, rather than teach a ‘method’. To uncover your own aspirations and develop a plan that makes sure you remain enthusiastic about the instrument. It's important to him that he focus on the reasons that YOU want to play guitar. Are you a singer/songwriter? Do you want to accumulate a large repertoire of well known songs? Is your goal to understand music theory? To understand modes and arpeggios? To learn to play guitar solos or delve into blues and jazz styled improvisation? Are you a beginner? A young child? An older person who loves standards and classics from the 40's and 50's? Whatever the case may be, Mark's intention will be to patiently and kindly teach you the things that you want to learn.....and most importantly make sure that you are having fun! Mark's guitar expertise especially when it comes to improvisation and songwriting is unrivalled.
SONGWRITING, STUDIO PREP AND PREPRODUCTION
Recently he has also been working with singer/songwriters and guitarists in preparation for their first time in a studio environment. Mark has spent countless hours in the studio - playing on his own material and as an on-call session guitarist - so he understand the nerves and trepidation that can be involved in heading into a recording environment for the first time.
Here's a list of areas where Mark can help
1. Being sure that your song is ready. Structure/Arrangement: Do you have an intro and ending? Does it need reshaping? Is it too long and rambling? Could it use a musical change - a bridge? Do the lyrics need sharpening?
2. Where does it fit from a genre point of view? This is integral to approaching your song from the right angle.
3. Instrumentation - what do you hear on the track? Do you need to hire musicians?
4. Playing to a click track. Choosing a tempo.
5. Understanding the processes of a studio day.
All of these things can be intimidating to anyone first stepping into a recording session. Mark can even assist in finding the best studio/producer for you and sourcing the right musicians.
We are truly lucky to have Mark Moldre teaching here with us and you would be lucky to grab a lesson or two off him.