Some nice things people have said about the lessons, the workshops and playing in student bands, such as the Manneken Pistols....
"I've continued writing songs and now have 18 of my own... It's been great fun and I've also recorded a 9 track CD, so I really appreciate all the help you gave me."
Laura De Vito
"Hi Mark, just to let you know that since I came home from the lesson, I have played non-stop until two minutes ago because I felt too enthusiastic and couldn't stop!"
"I recommend Mark as a guitar teacher to anyone. He is a patient, reliable and cheerful teacher, and he makes an effort to teach a combination of the stuff you need to learn and the stuff you want to play. I've really enjoyed my lessons with Mark!"
Referring to a student jam session...
"A lot of it was down to your patience and encouraging me and the others to believe it is possible to play in a group... I was surprised by how much we got through and how quickly we managed to jam... Great fun!"
Mark is a friendly teacher with an effective, hands-on approach to teaching guitar. He listens to what you want to learn and tailors each lesson to suit your needs. In a few days, he provided me with the basic technique and knowledge to be able to build upon it myself. Highly recommended.
Laura, Baiba and Kevin
"We are three adults, learning to play guitar from scratch and we're really lucky that we've found Mark. The lessons are instructive, fun and motivating. Mark is super patient and finds cool tunes even for practicing basic techniques. He is also very good at managing the three of us, differentiating his approach depending on what each person is ready to take in, but also knows how to create a 'band feeling'."
Mark is the best teacher I've had - all catagories. He's a talented musician, good at explaining and his lessons are inspiring and makes you want to play guitar 24/7. Lessons are adapted to the style and skills you'd like to develop. Not to forget we always have a good laugh during the lessons.
Mark is a knowledgeable and experienced teacher. His teaching style is clear and he manages to create a good, stimulating atmosphere during lessons. Mark set clear goals at the beginning which he afterwards delivered in a very professional way. The lessons were tailored to my level and needs. The time he devoted to me was focused, with good input and feedback. He gave me clear assignments and good material to work with. I would recommend Mark without hesitation as a very good teacher.
"I've had three guitar teachers in the 4 or 5 years I've been playing and Mark is by far the best. Why? For many reasons, but three in particular stand out: 1) He's very systematic. He takes notes. He remembers what we worked on during the previous lesson. He makes an individualized plan with real goals. 2) He suggests how to improve and offers criticism but always remains polite and doesn't kill my self-confidence as another teacher did. 3) He's pragmatic; he's not a purist. At my first lesson, he had me change pick and voila, my strumming already improved. There are lots of guitar teachers who play guitar well but don't know how to teach (the pedagogic aspect). Mark is a great player AND a great teacher!"
"Mark taught me all the basics - chord changes, scales, tuning, etc, along with a few crowd pleasers and some flashy solos (great for impressing girls at parties)... I continued studying with Mark for over a year and eventually my playing progressed enough to join a band, and even to earn some money busking!"
"If you like music, then you'll like it even more thanks to Mark... You'll enjoy playing from lesson one, awesome treat, I promise!"
"Mark's lessons are suitable for both beginners and pretty advanced guitarists. He makes the sessions great fun. Within one hour one can catch a lot of stuff and also learn how to work on ones own. I truely recommend his service, you won't find a better one in Brussels and surrounding areas!"
"The lessons were organized, interesting and fun as well.. I recommend warmly, to all who may wish to start playing, or improve, to enjoy the benefit of having him as a teacher."
Thank you for the wonderful lesson today it was a great pleasure for me to find you here and learn guitar. It is becoming my great enjoyment to learn guitar here in Brussels.
Studying with Mark was excellent! I had the opportunity to improve my classical guitar style a lot, and put more swing in my Bossa Nova. He's a great teacher with a unique musical sensibility! I loved the improvisation part of the lessons. Besides all that, thanks to Mark I discovered Django!!
"The universe is governed by special forces, everything is intertwined by harmonics that link every one of us to the world surrounding our beings... Mark gives you the keys to understanding this great mystery. Haha, just kidding, but seriously Mark Baxter, through his lessons, teaches you to get the feel for music by giving all the practical and theoretical tips you can imagine. He never frowns when you make mistakes (and I do!) or when you ask questions, making you very comfortable during lessons.... It's always great fun playing with Mark because he knows a wide range of styles and is always up for a laugh. PS he has the greatest British accent! :p"
"I wanted to get to grips with some guitar basics, and Mark took me through them methodically and effectively. His teaching style is relaxed but focused, and he has plenty of tips and techniques to help you progress at a rewarding pace."
"Your lessons are very good!"
"Last month, I attended a course given by Mark. During my time with him, he demonstrated considerable playing skills in many styles of music and was a conscientious instructor, displaying a talent for diplomacy in dealing with me!"
"Hi Mark. What r u doing?... I hope that u r playing guitar... becoz i know that u will practice a lot... and i know that u r a best teacher... "
"Mark explains everything so well. I've learned an enormous amount so far. And, I always look forward to my lessons on Saturdays."
"The lessons always started on time and took place in a fun and relaxing atmosphere, which helped me to learn faster. The lesson materials were clear to understand and could be used at home".
"Thank you so much... I really appreciate you put so much effort to provide me with such good material. I will work on this and hopefully can show you some good result next time... I have progressed so much quicker since I started lessons with you."
"I came to Mark after playing guitar for quite some years. The progress I have made with him over the past two years is great. Thanks to his strong theoretical and practical music knowledge, he is an excellent inspiration for players like me who have already some experience and want to improve their playing further. The lessons are fitted to your needs and wishes and cover a wide range of styles. If you play in a band and need some hints on soloing, Mark will show you how to improve and enrich your playing. If you want to cover songs and learn famous guitar soloshe is able to teach them in great detail and explain the underlying structure."
I have no background with playing guitar or any other instruments, so I did feel a bit nervous when going to my first class with Mark. Luckily I did go though, because during these months I feel like I have learned a lot and had fun at the same time. Mark is a great and patient teacher, whose lessons I always look forward to.
"As usual, it was a great lesson...... Glad I found you as my teacher."
"Mark has been a very patient and inspiring teacher for me. On a practical as well as a theoretical level, he has introduced me to guitar playing in a way that made me want to practice and improve. Also, he has been good at using his knowledge of music to alter various songs into versions that I could play, in order to keep my motivation up... I can say with full confidence that Mark has been an excellent teacher for me, displaying a combination of great teaching and playing skills."
"Nice lesson again. I'm really enjoying it! I'm glad I decided to take lessons and I'm happy to have met you. Guess you're the ideal teacher I was looking for. You never know who you're gonna get, so it's always a risk, but I'm glad I took it! I experience progress every week and it's wonderful... :-)"
"You've been a fantastic teacher and I would always recommend you to anyone interested in learning. You've helped me a lot!"
"....lessons are fun, stimulating and inspiring. After the lesson you feel like practicing and playing for hours. I was an absolute beginner and now I manage to play some songs."
"Mark is a great teacher, incredibly patient and with an amazing guitar technique and knowledge. I definitely recommend him as a teacher. His lessons are the perfect mix between learning and having fun."
"As a musician and teacher myself, I particularly appreciate Mark's commitment to his students. His approach is always varied and creative, and it's clear that he is laying down a solid musical foundation for Nicolas that will last a lifetime. Not a day goes by that Nicolas doesn't rush to his guitar whenever he has a chance - in large part due to Mark's inspiration."
"Mark helped me to start playing the electric guitar. After one year I'm able to go jam with my friends, which was my dream! Very patient with me, great teacher, and fun lessons. Thank you so much!"
"Mark Baxter has turned out to be exactly the guitar teacher I was looking for. I wanted a hands-on approach that focuses on playing songs that I want to play, essentially in the folk/blues field... Mark has a good repertoire of the sort of music I like... Highly recommended!"
"I taught myself to play, so evidently I picked up a few bad habits that stunted my progress. Mark helped me a lot by working on my rhythm techniques and various styles of music like blues, rock and bossa nova. He also corrected basic things that I didn't realise mattered, like how to properly hold the guitar to develop strength in my left hand"
"Mark has a fantastic, easy-going style, which makes lessons relaxed and fun. But he combines that with a wealth of knowledge about different playing styles and teaching methods. He always seems to find exactly the right way to explain to me what we're trying to accomplish. I'm a beginner, and taking up an instrument for the first time can be intimidating. But Mark has made the experience a thoroughly enjoyable one, and I feel like I've made great progress."
"I feel good when I hear the sound of good music and I realise I'm making it (although it hasn't happened so many times yet!). Thanks Mark, I'd never be able to experience this without your help!! I hope that this will happen more and more....."
"Patiently and with great determination, Mark has transformed all my bad guitar playing habits picked up from years of drunken band practices, and fashioned them into riffs and melodies that even my children recognize (and kids can be brutally honest). Mark has even introduced me to the realm of music theory and explained over and over again how scales, keys, harmonies and all sorts of other strange things, can live together in peace! Mark is an extremely talented and versatile musician who happens to be a really good teacher."
Dorian van den Heede
"Mark has a wonderful combination of techniques, rhythms and songs in his lessons. He teaches according to your style and the lessons are good fun."
"Mark was punctual and very patient, and he had a very good understanding of music structures. He had a very skillful way of teaching and I found him easy to understand and I am now on my way to becoming a lead guitarist... I would gladly recommend him to anyone wanting to learn guitar, from beginners to advanced players."
"When I looked for a guitar teacher in Brussels by internet, I found this website and I read it as you are reading it now. It was clear, helpful and full of new and useful information for me. When I made the course with Mark, I got just the same and he is extra patient in spite of my bad English. Thank you Mark."