Mark Kroos, a folk guitarist who specializes in playing the double-neck guitar, will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1410 Rogers St., Stevens Point.
Kroos plays two guitar necks at the same time with a tapping technique that involves both hands fretting the strings. He also plays the single-neck guitar and sings.
“My concert will be mainly instrumental, but it’s high-energy,” he said. “I want to make it as exciting as possible.
Kroos a native of Lansing, Mich., and based in Williamsburg, Va., was the winner of Guitar Player Magazine’s 2011 International Competition and has played with guitarists Mike Stern, Lee Ritenour and Phil Keaggy. He will be promoting the recent release of his second album, “Down Along the Lines of Joy.”
Kroos said he has been playing the single-neck guitar for 15 years and picked up the double-neck guitar in 2009.
“It was all about not having enough space on two guitars,” he said. “I wanted to play two at the same time and it’s easier to play on the double-neck guitar.”
Kroos’ double-neck is comprised of two six-string guitar necks. He said that practice made perfect when he was learning the double-neck guitar.
“I’ve been blessed to have a lot of time to practice,” he said. “Doing two different things at the same time is difficult.”
Kroos said his album, “Down Along the Lines of Joy,” is about the contrast between fleeting happiness and boundless, unshakable joy, even in tough times.
“There’s a four-note theme throughout the album that represents joy,” he said. “It appears in both the sad and happy songs.
The album cover shows an iris amongst a burned-down building, symbolizing that joy can be found even in the darkest situations.
After his Midwest tour, Kroos said he will try to incorporate more vocals into his songs and to continually challenge himself musically.
Kroos said that when he plays the double-neck, he must look down and watch his fingers. He wants to be able to look at audiences while singing and playing the double-neck.
Admission to the concert is free, but donations will be accepted. Kroos’ two albums will be on sale at the event. For more information, visit www.markkroos.com.