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Aug 28
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rockygrass 22014

This year marked the first RockyGrass Bluegrass Festival since the massive flood that devastated the surrounding areas of Lyons, CO last year including the Planet Bluegrass Ranch where the annual event takes place. After an incredible restoration effort led by the Planet Bluegrass staff, the show went on as scheduled without missing a beat. We had the honor of being one of this year's sponsors and had a great time as we always do there, thanks to all who came out to see us at our booth! 

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Aug 18
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2014 IBMA Awards

The International Bluegrass Association has released their picks for the 2014 IBMA awards, and we are pleased to announce that three of our bluegrass teachers have been nominated!

In the Bass category, Missy Raines has been nominated for her 8th IBMA award. In the guitar category, Bryan Sutton has been nominated for his 7th IBMA award. Last but not least, Andy Hall has also been nominated which would mark his first award in the Dobro category (although he did win the award for Instrumental Album of the Year back in 2008 for his debut Sound of the Slide Guitar).

The event itself takes place in Raleigh, NC from September 30 to October 4, and includes the annual World of Bluegrass conference/show. If you've never been, it is definitely the place to be for bluegrass enthusists. If you are going, be sure to email us at media@artistworks.com, we always love hearing from you at events. 

Click here to see a full list of the 2014 IBMA nominees!

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Aug 10
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paul gilbert new album, stone pushing uphill man

Paul Gilbert has released a new album on Shrapnel Records titled Stone Pushing Uphill Man. The album features 11 instrumental tracks, comprised of some of Paul's favorite vocal oriented songs. This is great news for anyone taking his online guitar lessons here since it features Paul's signature lead guitar as the main voice. Another plus for Europeans fans is that the album will also be released on vinyl

"Stone Pushing Uphill Man is the first big step to truly find my voice on the guitar. I wanted the inspiration of my favorite singers for such a big challenge, so I chose a lot of cover songs. I think the listeners will be amazed at what I’ve been able to do with the guitar. Besides the melodies, I’ve also created most of the production with guitars. If the song needed to have keyboards or strings… I found a way to make it happen with the guitar." - Paul Gilbert

Click on the picture to order the album from Amazon!

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Aug 10
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paul gilbert drill picking

If you just need a break from all those picking exercises... There is an easy solution.

Just put four picks on the end of a drill. Pull the trigger. ROCK!!!

WARNING: Keep drill bit away from hair.

Thank you,

Paul

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Aug 4
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"Notes are a little like planets. They have gravity and they pull in different directions, especially in relation to each other." - Chuck Loeb

In this jazz guitar lesson from the Online Jazz Guitar School with Chuck Loeb, Chuck teaches us how to construct major and dominant arpeggios (notes played in sequence) and chords (notes played together). 

In the video, Chuck explains the difference between the major 7th arpeggio and the dominant 7th arpeggio. Chuck first teaches us the major 7th arpeggio which has the intervals: 1, 3, 5, 7.

To play a major 7th arpeggio, simply play the major scale starting at the first note, but then skip every other note until you’ve played a total of 4 notes. These notes played sequentially gets you the major 7th arpeggio. (Of course these four notes played together are the major 7th chord).

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