After working as an embedded systems software engineer for 8 years Mark became a full time professional musician in 2006 launching his teaching business mastertheguitar.co.uk. Over the years Mark has helped many many students on their guitar journey establishing a highly regarded and successful teaching business in Edinburgh before moving to Arrochar in 2013. Mark was also the Runner-Up for the SNMA (Scottish National Music Awards) Teacher Of The Year in 2012 and has hosted several Workshops.
Shortly after establishing his teaching business Mark created his mastertheguitar YouTube channel as a way to promote his teaching and quickly found an audience for his MasterThatRiff! video series. This led to more varied video content which Mark continues to strive to expand and improve upon to this day.
Mark has enjoyed many additional musical projects over the years from session and theatre work to regular live performances as well as his online video tuition. He has performed live with the Edinburgh University Footlights, played at the Edinburgh Festival, performed onstage at Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Celebrations and is a regular deputy guitarist for the rock ceilidh band Teannaich.
One day he’ll pull his finger out and record some solo material.