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Browse some of our latest music articles to find out what's right for you.

As adults we approach learning a musical instrument from a different perspective. It may be something we’ve always dreamed of doing. Or perhaps it’s a way to keep inspiration flowing. Or maybe we just want to have a bit of fun. 


The benefits of actually making music – not just listening – are many and well documented. Listening to and actively participating in music can reduce heart rate, lower stress and blood pressure, decrease anxiety and provide for an emotional and exhilarating experience. Plus studies have shown that participating in music contributes to higher levels of personal fulfillment. Making music helps to keep your brain sharp! 


Oct 16, 2019

Podcast Mike Marshall

Today we launch our brand new podcast, the “ArtistWorks Music Series”! Episode one, “The Blurring of Bluegrass: Mike Marshall,” is available now anywhere you listen to podcasts. Or you can listen on our site
Oct 9, 2019

Andy Hall Hardly Strictly

Master musician Andy Hall, ArtistWorks' resident dobro and lap steel guitar teacher, recently performed with his band The Infamous Stringdusters at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival. 
Oct 7, 2019

Nathan East, the master musician who teaches bass lessons at ArtistWorks, has clocked in an astonishing number of hours in the studio. In fact, he’s considered to be one of the most recorded bass players in the history of music, with an impressive 2,000+ recordings under his belt. But don’t mistake his large quantity of recordings for a lack of quality.


This Spotify playlist, "Nathan East: People's Choice," showcase some of his finest work. Below we discuss a few songs of the many featured in the playlist. 

Oct 4, 2019

World Bluegrass Day 2

Happy World Bluegrass Day from all of us at ArtistWorks! To celebrate the big day, here are five amazing performances from some of the true greats of the scene — most of them happen to be instructors right here at ArtistWorks, too. From bluegrass guitar and flatpicking to mind-blowing dobro playing, we hope you enjoy these elevated takes on classic bluegrass songs. 

Oct 1, 2019

ArtistWorks instructors are world-renowned performers and teachers; each of them has a special mentor (or several) to thank. Paul Gilbert is no exception. 

Sep 29, 2019


ArtistWorks Fiddle School, taught by Darol Anger, covers fiddle techniques from beginner to advanced levels. 

Sep 27, 2019

John Patitucci

If you’re learning how to play bass guitar, it can seem daunting to wrap your head around odd meters. Luckily, ArtistWorks electric jazz bass guitar master John Patitucci is here to share his tips for developing your understanding of this key musical element in his online bass lessons. Turns out, it’s as easy as breaking up a simple major scale with rhythmic mapping. 
Sep 25, 2019
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