Always wanted to play a musical instrument? Interested in the dobro? In recent memory, the dobro (resonator guitar) has evolved as one of the most in-demand instruments in a variety of musical genres, most notably: bluegrass, country, and folk, and the appearance of the dobro in recordings and live performances has increased dramatically over the past few decades. Like the lap steel, the dobro allows one to sustain notes for longer intervals, adding continual layers and texture with less concentrated effort.
Grand Rapids, Michigan-based musician Mark Lavengood picked up the dobro in the mid-2000s and in the time since his introduction to the instrument has performed and instructed dobro on local, regional, national & international levels, winning the prestigious dobro competition at the renowned Telluride Bluegrass Festival in 2012. In addition to Telluride, Mark has given workshops at notable festivals like Celtic Connections, World of Bluegrass at IBMA, Pagosa Folk and Bluegrass Festival, Wheatland Music Festival, Blissfest, and a laundry list of folk and roots music festivals of esteem.
In November of 2018, Lavengood recorded a series of instructional Dobro modules for the beginning, intermediate, and advanced player, each accompanied by their own song to learn, as well as myriad video tutorials on technique, method, and style. The audio was recorded in the Bear Den (at Grand Haven's lauded Third Coast Recording Studio), while the video was recorded and edited by Sarah Ford of Surf Ford Productions (https://surffordproductions.com/ ) The instructional content is accessible via Lavengood's webstore at marklavengood.com, where interested parties can join his email list and follow musicwithmark.com for more free lessons or to schedule an intimate one-on-one dobro lessons with Mark. Dobro
Mark is endorsed by Beard Guitars, GHS Strings, and K & K Pickups, who recently named Mark their April 2019 artist of the month.