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Jan 21

NAMM, Anaheim, California - Orange Amplification are now commercially manufacturing the valve preamp that Dennis Marshall and I have been working on together for the past 3 years and it's awesome!

Many thanks to the genius of Dennis Marshall and to Cliff Cooper, Orange Founder & CEO for making this happen.

Here's Cliff and me having a good laugh as I plug into a wall of Orange amps and launch into a Jazz Bossa Nova Version of Stairway To Heaven.

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Jan 15

Hey all,

It's Sunday, Jan 15th and I'm writing from Bend, Oregon, where there's a ton (literally) of snow on the ground. We have one more show tonight in Portland then flying back home on Monday.


I'll start catching up on VEs I wasn't able to get to on the road on Tuesday. Looking forward to being home!

It's been great to see so many ArtistWorks folks out on the trail.



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Jan 9

country guitar with guthrie trapp

Country music is all about creating compositions and lyrics that touch the soul. It draws sounds from many sources, especially the strong, rich vibrato notes produced by guitar slides. This useful technique makes altering pitches an easier task than pressing the strings against the frets of the guitar.

Jan 6

30 day challenge

Hello out there! In the spirit of the new year, we have a great way to get 2017 started off right: playing more music. To keep you focused on the path to progression, there’s a new section to look out for in the Learning Channel. We’re calling it the 30 Day Challenge. Here’s how it works:

  1. 30 day challenger badgeChoose a song or technique you want to improve on this year.
  2. Record a video of yourself playing it the best to your ability and upload it to the 30 Day Challenge page.
  3. Once your teacher replies, commit to practicing every day for a month based on their feedback and other lessons in your school.
  4. On or before February 15th, upload a second video to the 30 Day Challenge area of yourself playing the same song or technique. Soon your teacher will let you know how much progress you made in the 30 Day Challenge!

Anyone who participates will get the official 30 Day Challenger badge upon submission of your second video and it'll be a great reminder for the rest of the year to keep up with your playing. Remember, anyone who practices daily is always a winner around here.

Are you in? Let the 30 Day Challenge begin!

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Jan 2

Happy New Year everyone! We hope you’re feeling refreshed and ready for 2017 -- it’s going to be a great year! In this video ArtistWorks Co-Founder and CEO Patricia Butler reflects on the past year and what's coming soon. She also gives you a tour of our Napa, CA facilities and introduces our ArtistWorks team. We're always working to improve your experience, and hope you enjoy getting to know us a bit better.

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