May 27

USA TODAY TV interviewed Martin earlier this year in California for 'Talking Tech with Jefferson Graham'

It's a brief insight into how Martin's online guitar school works. Click here to read

May 21

This came out really great, it's the first in what we hope will be an ongoing series of Forum Jams® that feature our artists jamming with their students. The concept for this was started a long time ago - the challenge was to figure out the best way to have students remotely jam with each other as well as their teacher.

We wanted it to be captured on video so we could see everyone play as well as hear them - plus we wanted to have it recorded with good audio so we could present it in the highest fidelity possible. It was a bit of an experiment to see if the process would work, and it did! Here's how it went down:

paul gilbert forum jam

May 16

Dobro expert Andy Hall tells us what he thinks the best Dobro songs are out there. Some of these you may be familar with while others you may not have heard before. Either way, they're all great Dobro songs that come highly reccommended by a great Dobro player. These are in no particular order and we've included Andy's notes on each one above the videos. There's also some great Dobro playing from Andy on the new Infamous Stringdusters album Let It Gowhich is now available.

We Hide and Seek - Jerry Douglas

"To me this song really defines the creative approach to modern Dobro music. Most Dobro music tends to be heavily blues based, but this embodies a more melodic, more adventurous sound." 

May 14

Into My Own - The New Album from Bryan Sutton

“The goal was to try to make a record that only I could make.” - Bryan Sutton

Bryan Sutton's new album Into My Own is now available on Sugar Hill Records. The album marks an evolution for Bryan as a singer and songwriter, with five of the tracks featuring him as lead singer. Other musicians on the album include Bill Frisell, Noam Pikelny, Sam Bush, Ronnie McCoury and Stuart Duncan among others. As always when Bryan plays guitar, expect to hear flatpicking at its finest!

Visit Bluegrass Today to read their in-depth review and check out the links below for purchase information.

May 13

Dr Martin Taylor MBE has been appointed Visiting Professor of Guitar at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

The multi-award winning guitarist, composer and educator joins the Guitar Faculty for the first time this month. In his new role, Dr Taylor will work with Royal Conservatoire guitarists, jazz musicians and musical theatre performers as well as instrumentalists from across the Conservatoire.

On joining the Faculty, Dr Taylor said: “I am absolutely delighted to be appointed ‘Visiting Professor of Guitar’ at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. I feel very honoured to be a part of such a highly respected musical institution and look forward to working with my students and musical colleagues in the future.”

Professor John Wallace said: “I am delighted that Martin, one of the world’s most innovative and creative guitarists, is working with us. His work is known all over the world and by working and learning from him, our students will gain inspiration and great skills as performers and instrumentalists.”