rhythm guitarist and vocalist of Alter Bridge, and Slash, quote from GlideMagazine.com interview
"You know, I started off taking lessons from a teacher and he’d teach me how to read music on guitar and play like “Mary Had A Little Lamb” and that lasted a few months. And that just wasn’t going to work for me (laughs). I really wanted to play rock. I actually ordered out of the back of a magazine something called the Metal Method, which was by this guy named Doug Marks and that was how I learned to play. It was like this audio cassette with little pamphlet series. It worked great."
Metal Mike Chlasciak
I recently concluded the Halford / Iron Maiden world tour with the Rock-In-Rio festival in front of 250,000 people. Not bad for a kid and his Metal Method Lesson. Thanks!
"I recently concluded the Halford / Iron Maiden world tour with the Rock-In-Rio festival in front of 250,000 people. Not bad for a kid and his Metal Method Lesson. Thanks!"
Outworld from Guitar Player interview, Oct. 2003
"Doug Marks and his Metal Method rock guitar lessons got me started. Just as useful as his technique tips were his monthly newsletters, which were really inspiring because they talked about setting goals, positive thinking, and how to get where you want to go."
"I started playing guitar 12 years ago at the age of 18. Not knowing quite how to go about learning and unwilling to pay for private lessons. I hunted through a guitar magazine for likely-looking material and wound up ordering Metal Method. I have become a fingerstyle blues player and a professional guitar instructor. You might say that I'm following in your footsteps. As far as I've drifted from the heavy rock that got me started, I seriously doubt if I would have gotten anywhere without your clear, concise, and logical approach to teaching the guitar. It's a quality that I hope to emulate in writing my own method. Thanks so much."
L. E. (from 2003)
Thanks for all the wisdom. Over the years I have purchased: Levels 1-6, all four Songwriting Videos, Speed Kills and Vocal Power. I think they are worth their weight in gold. My playing is finally at the level I always dreamed it would be. I have bought many videos over the years, but yours are the only ones that were really worth the money. Doug, thanks a million.
"I'd like thank you for your time in making these wonderful tapes. I'm a self taught guitar player but wanted to know more to enhance my skills. I've always played rhythm and was astonished at the skill of some lead players. One of my friends, in another band, recommended your tapes. Now I've got them and I've already memorized tape One plus it has helped my speed. In fact, I play the lead guitar in a band called Abaddon. I recommend Metal Method to all my friends."
"About 3-4 months ago, I purchased the Experienced Levels 5-6 Metal Method videos from you, and I wanted to share my experiences. I have been playing guitar for about 18 years now - I took lessons when I first started, and continued for about 5-6 years, after which I quit lessons, and began the venture of being a 'self-taught' guitarist. This worked fine for a few years - I worked on training my ears by transcribing everything I could, and basically learned every song I could note for note, but there was something missing, and after a few years, I felt like my playing was in a MAJOR rut - I wasn't playing anything new, and everything I DID play seemed to sound the same to me (i'm sure we've all had that experience). I figured out what was missing after I watched & practiced with the levels 5 & 6 videos of yours - and I must say, I *CANNOT* believe the improvements it has made in my playing! In just a few short months, not only did I grasp the idea behind the dreaded 'Music Theory' - (like most people, I knew the modes, etc., etc., but I had NO idea how to apply them - not anymore thanks to your videos!) I have also improved my picking speed dramatically (this is evident after reviewing the 1st of the practice tapes I made - yes, I recorded every day when I practiced - and while it may have taken up a MOUNTIAN of tapes, but it was WELL worth it since I could go back 3 weeks, hear where I was at then, and compare to now. I just wanted to let you know you have helped yet another guitar player surpass all his expectations, and let me tell you, it was all thanks to your instruction. Your videos are laid out in a very good, easy to understand, and logical order - and even though I have been playing for a very long time, I may just go back & purchase the other sets of videos (lessons 1-4) as I feel there may be much I have left out of my playing for years, the levels 5-6 showed me that! heh.. You have no idea how much you have helped me and I'm sure there are many others that feel the same. Thanks to you and EVERYONE there at Metal Method - please keep up the fantastic work!"
"Dear Mr. Marks, just wanted to tell you how much I have been enjoying the DVD's I recently ordered, I should have done this years ago! I'm 41 years old and I have been playing guitar for well over 20 years, but I've felt for some time now that my playing has become stagnant and was going nowhere. Last month I was at a newstand checking out a well known guitar magazine and saw an ad for Metal Method guitar lessons. As soon as I saw the picture of Doug Marks I said "Hey I know this guy from somewhere". I went home and dug through a box of old guitar stuff (pedals, cables ect) and found an old "Metal Primer" cassette tape from 1983 or so. I realized I had borrowed the tape from a high school friend (sorry Kevin?, or was it Darren?) Anyway, I went online and ordered the complete course DVD set, and have already noticed a huge improvement in my playing. The DVD's are well laid out and the production quality is excellent! Thanks again."
"I bought your original licks lesson in paperback in about 1985. By the way, I still astonish people by the theory lesson (currently called Level 5) you wrote about back then. I never did thank you, so...thanks a bunch for helping me improve without spending a fortune on lessons. To this day, I still review your material about 4-5 times a year. And it's been 15 years since I bought your original cassettes and paperbacks. Thanks to you, I've successfully played in 6 bands from punk to new wave to heavy metal. I'm doing what I love most almost every Friday and Saturday night! Thanks again, Doug."
"I want to thank you for your professionalism and attention to detail. In a world too busy to pay attention, you still found the time to replace a defective tape free of charge no questions asked. You and your staff are a breath of fresh air in the mail order world. I have nearly all of your tapes and have enjoyed every lesson. I have gotten quite good on guitar. Learning to play at the age of 38 was a breeze with your help. This has been a life long ambition that would have never materialized had I needed to go to a music school for lessons. Your video series opened up the world of music to my fingertips. Congratulations on a job well done."
"HI! I am on Level 3 of your course and just purchased the rest of the tapes so as to complete my collection of the world's most useful guitar course. In celebration of my progress, I also went out and bought a brand new Strat! In no time at all I will be kickin' butt and taking names. Thank you for everything that you have done for me and keep up the good work! My best to you and yours."
"I am interested in learning it all. I picked up the guitar for the second time last fall. I previously stopped attempting to play about five years ago after eight years of being noncommittal. After seeing a handful of friends pass me by in only a month or two, I assumed that musical talent was determined by one's genes. To make a long story short, in the 10 months since ordering the Metal Method course I am 100 times the player I thought I could be."
"Doug, I just had to write and tell you how impressed I am with your lessons so far. I received the package on Thursday and within a couple of hours I had learned and understood more about playing guitar than I had in the last 20 years of trying! If I had come across your teaching program years ago I would have never given up playing. Feel free to post this anywhere you like.....Have them E-mail me if they want.... Thank you."
"Hello, I am writing you because I wanted to let you know how great your teachings are and that I cant thank you enough for making such wonderful videos. I bought one and only one back in '93 and I didnt know jack about the guitar. Now Im 22, and that one video taught and inspired me so much that anyone who hears my playing tells me I'm the best they know. I'm not a cocky person ...this is what I hear when I go to Guitar Center or Sam Ash Music."