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The sound of the blues scale is one of the most prominent tonalities heard throughout a variety of American musical traditions. It can be heard consistently within blues, jazz, rock ‘n’ roll, R&B, soul, and, of course, bluegrass music. Countless compositions employ the blues scale in their melodies and it’s also a great tool to use when improvising, especially when you’re first learning how.
Aug 11, 2022
Welcome to the sixth week of the ArtistWorks Summer Series! Every week this summer, we’ll be dropping new lessons, performances, study materials, and more from some of your favorite ArtistWorks teachers.
Aug 10, 2022
We are excited to announce that at 4:00 pm PST on Friday, August 12, 2022, ArtistWorks will be hosting a free virtual live-streamed event featuring three members of our master artist faculty: bluegrass acoustic guitar icon Bryan Sutton, bluegrass mandolin virtuoso Sierra Hull, and Nashville country guitar giant Guthrie Trapp.
Aug 08, 2022
Late last month, Grammy Award-winning multi-instrumentalist, co-founder of Béla Fleck & The Flecktones, and ArtistWorks harmonica instructor, Howard Levy, released a brand new instructional harmonica book entitled, Rhythms of the Breath, Vol. 1.
Aug 04, 2022
Welcome to the fifth week of the ArtistWorks Summer Series! Every week this summer, we’ll be dropping new lessons, performances, study materials, and more from some of your favorite ArtistWorks teachers.This week, we’re excited to debut nearly two dozen brand new online classical mandolin lessons from world-renowned mandolinist, professor at the Music Conservatory in Cologne, Germany, and ArtistWorks classical mandolin instructor, Caterina Lichtenberg.Caterina’s new lessons cover material for players of all levels, and, among these lessons, is a brand new section specifically teaching Baroque Mandolin—making Caterina’s course the first of its kind and the only place to learn this unique instrument on the internet. Additionally, with these new lessons, Caterina’s course now features a total of over 27 hours of amazing video content.Caterina Lichtenberg tuning her Baroque Mandolin at the ArtistWorks studio in Napa, CA.LEARN MORE: Want to learn how to play classical...
Aug 03, 2022
Bluegrass tunes, in general, tend to be played at faster tempos, and feature upbeat rhythms, fast-paced chord changes, and intricate melodies comprised of eighth and sixteenth-note runs. Equally complex and detailed solo sections highlighting each ensemble member are also commonplace within the genre. Therefore, as a result, it is essential for bluegrass players of all levels to focus on maximizing their technical efficiency on their respective instruments and truly master critical foundational techniques from the beginning of their musical journey.
Aug 01, 2022
We are excited to announce the availability of three brand-new bundled music courses designed to give you access to the minds and methods of three different master musicians teaching multiple styles, genres, and even instruments.
Jul 29, 2022
Yesterday, July 26, 2022, the International Bluegrass Music Association announced the nominees for this year's 33rd annual 2022 IBMA Bluegrass Music Awards. Among the fantastic group of talented artists nominated for awards are four of the master musicians that teach bluegrass here at ArtistWorks: bluegrass mandolin icon Sierra Hull, flatpick guitar master Bryan Sutton, upright bass guru Missy Raines, and dobro and resophonic guitar virtuoso Andy Hall.
Jul 27, 2022
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