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Guitarist Mark Elf Launches Online Guitar Conservatory

Guitar players looking for a new teacher can turn right to their computers, with a convenient and affordable new online guitar conservatory from jazz guitarist Mark Elf (pictured).

MarkElfConservatory.com features videos, tutorials and PDF files for a practical approach on learning jazz guitar. The site utilizes all brands of multimedia to create a digitalized conservatory-material includes more than 200 videos, sheet music PDF and midi files of different lessons and exercises.

Access to the Mark Elf Guitar Conservatory costs $60 per quarter, an average of about $5 a week. For that price, students have access to all the material on the site as well as the ability to get personalized critiques from Elf.

Videos are sequenced in a step-by-step manner so students are consistently making progress. Lessons use sheet music and tablature, with a spoken tutorial to explain the written music. For those who are looking to practice playing along with other musicians, “Band in a Box” midi files have complete back up rhythm section to practice with.

Lessons are split into four different categories: Intermediate, Advanced, Theory and Tips. Intermediate lessons begin with scales and chords, while advanced material covers topics like improvisation and soloing. Users can begin with whatever lessons they choose, and also go back to previous files for a review.

To keep the lessons interactive, enrolled members can upload videos of themselves playing for a critique from Elf. Additionally, members can post questions onto a forum, or talk to Elf live in a chat room, for personalized feedback.

Elf has spent more than 35 years teaching, performing and recording as a professional jazz guitarist. Throughout his career, he’s worked with artists like the Jazz Giants, Dizzy Gillespie, the Heath Brothers, Clark Terry, Wynton Marsalis and Jon Hendricks. Elf is a teacher of a professional caliber that many students wouldn’t otherwise come across.

New content is scheduled to be added to the site frequently, so members will have different material to work on. Though geared toward jazz guitarists, the content can be applied for fusion, blues or rock players.

For a full list of lessons currently available, visit
Mark Elf Guitar Conservatory lesson list.

To see a sample video lesson from the conservatory, go to
Mark Elf Guitar Conservatory sample videos.

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