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We are absolutely ecstatic to announce that our newest course, “Flatpicking Academy with Tyler Grant,” is officially here! As of 9 am PT, the course is officially live and open to all students.
May 31, 2023
One of the most beautiful features of the guitar is its expansive harmonic range. Guitarists have access to notes ranging from a low E (or lower depending on the guitar’s tuning), all the way up to a high C more than three octaves above, in most cases.
May 25, 2023
When learning music, it’s often the case that unpacking and understanding a seemingly small and simple concept can lead to enormous breakthroughs that have an immeasurable impact on your playing, knowledge of music theory, and musicianship. In traditional Western music, one of the most basic harmonic concepts is that of the triad.
May 17, 2023
Since its inception in the 1970s, slap bass and its signature sound have become essential to the aesthetic of a variety of genres ranging from rock to funk, jazz, R&B, country, soul, and more.
May 11, 2023
On Saturday, May 13, 2023, at 4:00 pm PT, ArtistWorks and TrueFire will be hosting a free virtual live-streamed event featuring ArtistWorks guitar instructors Jared James Nichols and Guthrie Trapp. These two guitar virtuosos will also be joined by a very special guest, Richie Faulkner of Judas Priest.
May 09, 2023
On February 1 of this year, ArtistWorks’ own Noam Pikelny and Chris Eldridge announced the formation of their brand new band and bluegrass supergroup, Mighty Poplar. Included in the group alongside the two Punch Brothers co-founders are Alex Hargreaves on fiddle (most notably known for his work with Billy Strings), Andrew Marlin of Watchhouse on vocals, mandolin, and guitar, and bassist Greg Garrison of Leftover Salmon.
May 04, 2023
The single most common chord progression found in jazz music is the ii-V-I. In fact, entire jazz compositions are crafted around this seemingly simple, yet harmonically rich and attention-grabbing progression. One such example is the Miles Davis classic, “Tune Up,” which almost exclusively features a series of cascading ii-V-I chord progressions rotating through various key centers.
May 03, 2023
Music theory establishes the backbone of everything that we play on our instruments as musicians. And, while parsing through complex music theory concepts can sometimes feel tedious or maybe overwhelming, the key is to break down one simpler topic at a time and apply it on our instrument. One such concept is the relationship between the major scale and the quality of the chord associated with each note in the major scale. Understanding how the major scale and these major and minor chord qualities relate will help take both your improvisation and rhythm guitar playing to the next level.
Apr 27, 2023
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