Metal Method Guitar Instructor Doug Marks

Guitarist Doug Marks began his professional career by making a living playing in cover bands in the Southeastern part of the United States. Marks, considers himself more of a “street player” than a truly educated musician. What he lacks in formal education was acquired through experience. Most of what is taught in his Complete Basic Course came through “on the job” training. To play in cover bands he found it necessary to learn how to copy material note-for-note by distinguishing tones and intervals. To play lead guitar meant learning the fundamentals of music theory. To actually make a living playing music also meant to develop business skills that continue to serve his needs.

Around 1980 Doug Marks began giving private guitar lessons in Denver, Colorado. His student's asked questions that shaped his method of instruction. If he didn't know the answer to a question he did the necessary research to find the answer.

Doug Marks founded Metal Method Guitar Lessons in 1982 because of encouragement from his students. Several students thought that Doug's method of instruction was unique and encouraged him to make it available on a larger scale. The course Doug created was taught on audiocassette and was extremely successful from the very beginning for a simple reason — Doug’s Metal Method Guitar Lessons continued to be an answer to his student’s needs. Without great student questions none of this would be possible. This process continues today.

Complete Guitar Course - 2017

This is a complete step-by-step approach to mastering rock guitar. This program has been completely revised and is available right now on DVD and digital download. Read More

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Complete Guitar Course 2017 Stage One

This series of lessons is from the 2017 revision of Doug Marks’ rock guitar course. First recorded in 1982, the original version taught today’s rock stars how to play guitar. A beginner will start at the very beginning- no previous lessons or experience necessary! Read More

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Complete Guitar Course 2017 Stage Two

This series of lessons is from the 2017 revision of Doug Marks’ rock guitar course. First recorded in 1982, the original version taught today’s rock stars how to play guitar. A beginner will start at the very beginning- no previous lessons or experience necessary!. Read More

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Complete Guitar Course 2017 Stage Three

This series of lessons is from the 2017 revision of Doug Marks’ rock guitar course. First recorded in 1982, the original version taught today’s rock stars how to play guitar. A beginner will start at the very beginning- no previous lessons or experience necessary! Read More

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Complete Guitar Course 2017 Stage Four

This series of lessons is from the 2017 revision of Doug Marks’ rock guitar course. First recorded in 1982, the original version taught today’s rock stars how to play guitar. A beginner will start at the very beginning- no previous lessons or experience necessary! Read More

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Basic Course 1983

This is the audio course that started it all. The package includes all eight of the original lesson and also has plenty of early eighties memorabilia. There are three audio CDs to play in your car or home player and one data CD for your computer. Insert the data CD in a computer CD drive to print copies of the original eight booklets, our first three ads, The Metal Message newsletter, and a program guide. Read More

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Complete Course 1992 Version

This is the original version of The Complete Basic Course on DVD. It’s divided into six Levels and is available in this three DVD set. Each level includes a guitar tab booklet. This is perfect for electric guitar but also works with acoustic. It doesn’t just teach heavy metal. It’s also great for classic rock, hard rock and blues guitar. Read More

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Complete Basic Course 2007

This is the previous version of the course (2007). The current version can be found here.

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Speed and Accuracy For Lead Guitar

This 30-day program for precision covers drills and exercises for developing alternate picking speed and coordination. Doug Marks created this program to improve his own technique and found it so effective that he made it available to our students. Read More

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Classic Guitar Licks

Classic Guitar Licks – the Building Blocks of Lead Classic Guitar Licks is a toolkit for lead guitar. It includes everything needed to create amazing sounding leads. Use it to construct your own original lead compositions or improvise “on the fly” using these techniques. Read More

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