I did not know the string names, what tuners were, a bridge,saddle etc.. on a guitar when I took my first lesson with Mark, I have since played with many musicians all over the country, have a copyrighted song I wrote myself ( never knew that would happen-am working on more now ), have built my own electric guitar with Marks help and cant explain the feeling of accomplishment you will get once you start playing. You may find a less expensive teacher but I assure you wont find one as knowledgeable, patient and caring as Mark. He's a natural and will teach you anything you want to play, we are VERY lucky to have such talent,not only play but teach here in the desert. So if you want to learn to play guitar ( although I've seen Mark play every instrument with strings on it-including a violin!! ) call Mark Linford he is a Master Musician, a great person and the best teacher one could ask for. Most people see this as learning music, for me it was fulfillment of a life long dream, Thank YOU Mark!!!