Mark Markham
When you stop to think about it, a performing artist spends somewhere between two to three hours on the stage per performance. If you then start to add up the hours practicing and rehearsing over the years, you will see that those hours on the stage are minuscule by comparison. Then, if you factor in the hours to and from the airport, the packing and unpacking, the travel time and the amount of time waiting to travel, the percentage of that stage time diminishes even further.

Why do I mention this? We get the least amount of time to say on the stage what we have dreamed of in the music. If the preparation is not rock solid, then the foundation will shake under pressure, and believe me, there will always be surprises, at any level.

In my teaching, I work from the ground up. This does not mean that it is all that I do, however. If the sound does not portray something clear and focused, I go to the root of that problem and start the work from there. I do not teach with band-aids. My responsibility is to ensure that you are certain about what you want to say through music and to find the simplest way possible for you to arrive at that point. This is technique.

You will not be on the stage with your teacher. Your independence is paramount and this is my goal. There is nothing greater than being free on the stage. If you are this happy, just imagine how happy your public will be.

All musicians welcome!!