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Guitarist pushes musical boundaries with unusual technique

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ST. PETERSBURG (FOX 13) - Most guitars have one neck and are played with two hands. Mark Kroos' guitar has two necks, which is not all that uncommon.

What's unusual is that he plays both with each hand at the same time.

The result is one player with one guitar that sounds like 20 guitars playing at the same time.

It’s an unusual technique that the Virginia native stumbled onto while teaching guitar lessons right out of college.

Last year, he uploaded a clip to YouTube of himself playing the infamous 'Dueling Banjos' song made famous in the movie 'Deliverance' and it went viral.

"Everything really took off after that," Kroos tells FOX 13.

Kroos called the Tampa Bay area home until recently, relocating to accommodate his now busy tour schedule. He plays clubs, churches, schools and draws crowds wherever he goes.

"He's pretty darn good," says John Kelly, who owns the Hideaway Cafe and Recording Studio in St. Pete. Kelly is also an accomplished singer and songwriter who has seen more than his fair share of artists pushing the musical boundaries -- but never anyone like Mark.

"That's not necessarily natural for a musician to be able to play like that so it seems like that would take quite a bit of work," Kelly says.

And Kroos says that's precisely his secret. He says he's seen many other musicians with more talent than him, but he says he dedicated himself to practicing several hours each day.

That’s a familiar lesson for aspiring musicians.

"Anyone can do anything on the guitar with enough practice," Kroos says. "I really do believe that."

While his tour schedule keeps him on the road, he'll always be grateful to the Bay Area. This is where he found the woman who took one of his hands in marriage. He fell in love after meeting her while here for a gig, came back a few months later to marry her and now considers himself blessed.

Which may explain why he's not singing the blues.


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