Doug Marks

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Doug Marks
Doug Marks of Metal Method in 1985, playing his electric guitar
Background information
Occupation(s)Guitarist, Guitar instructor, Owner of Metal Method Guitar Lessons
InstrumentsGuitar, bass
Associated actsHawk

Doug Marks is a musician, guitarist and guitar instructor.[1]

He is the founder and owner of Metal Method Video guitar lessons. Marks founded Metal Method in 1982. Metal Method is both one of the longest established and worlds most popular video guitar lessons having taught well over 100,000 guitarists to date.


Early career[edit]

Marks began teaching guitar students via one-on-one instruction in Denver, Colorado.[2] After relocating to Los Angeles, California to pursue a music career leading the hard rock band Hawk, his prior students requested continued instruction, necessitating a long-distance teaching methodology by postal mail. This gave rise to the first versions of Marks' lessons-by-cassette-tape.

Marks' rock band performing in Hollywood, California included Lonnie Vincent (BulletBoys) on bass guitar and Scott Travis (Judas Priest, Racer X) on drums.[3] Marks later released the first Hawk album independently, featuring David Fefolt on vocals ,[4] and Matt Sorum (Motörhead, Guns N' Roses, Velvet Revolver) on drums.

Metal Method[edit]

Marks pioneered the "study at home" method of guitar instruction throughout the 1980s by developing a mail-order business delivering music instruction via audio cassette tapes and VHS video tapes.[5] The business model focused on lower price lessons with a high volume of sales.

Prominent musicians Myles Kennedy (Alter Bridge and Slash),[6] Rusty Cooley (Outworld) and Mike Chlasciak (Halford) have cited learning to play guitar using Metal Method guitar lessons. Metal Method was advertised in popular guitar magazines such as Hit Parader and Circus Magazine in the 1980s and 1990s.

In addition to the original Complete Basic Course and Classic Licks programs, Marks has added newer instructional programs such as Speed & Accuracy[7] and Memorizing Note Names.

Metal Method includes other professional music instructors' lessons, including Michael Angelo Batio (Holland, Nitro and Solo Artist), Jim Gillette, Dan Mumm, Sarah Spisak, Dee J Nelson (Dope), Will Flaherty, Dave Bates and Tracy Longo (Guitar Tech to the stars).


Early instructional courses[edit]

With Hawk[edit]

  • Hawk (1986)[8]
  • Let The Metal Live (1985)


  • Complete Basic Course - 1992 version
  • Complete Basic Course- 2006 version
  • Complete Basic Course With Classic Metal Licks
  • Classic Guitar Licks
  • Songwriting Course


  1. ^ Metal Method Website
  2. ^ "Six Pack with Doug Marks of Metal Method". Guitar Vibe.
  3. ^ "Paul Gilbert:: Turning Penises into Flowers!".
  4. ^ "David Fefolt of Angels of Babylon Interview".
  5. ^ "Doug Marks Interview (Hawk)".
  6. ^ "Myles Kennedy is a musician at the top of his game".
  7. ^ "Interview: Metal Method's Doug Marks Talks 'Speed and Accuracy for Lead Guitar'". Guitar World Magazine.
  8. ^ "Interview: 30 Years of 'Metal Method' — a Conversation With Guitarist Doug Marks". Guitar World Magazine.