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ArtistWorks Blog

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


Just because you’re taking a break from the usual day-to-day doesn’t mean that you want a vacation from your instrument. In fact, taking your guitar, violin, trumpet , mandolin or whatever you play on the road with you can lead to some unforgettable summer moments.


While it may seem like a no-brainer to just grab your instrument and go, you’ll want to be sure to protect your musical baby as you explore far and wide. Here are some tips for making the most of your journey while keeping your instrument safe and sound. 

Jul 11, 2019

July 12, 2019  10:00am - 3:00pm Pacific

Love Bluegrass? So do we! We've put together this amazing live masterclass on July 12 and you can participate free of charge online.

Join us from 10:00am to 3:00pm Pacific time as Tony Trischka (banjo), Mike Marshall (mandolin) and Michael Daves (vocals) share tips, ideas and lessons with our three contest winners. You'll get the full benefit of their shared expertise by watching live online!

Jul 11, 2019

Bryan Sutton Guitar Lessons

Bryan Sutton listens back to his performance inside the Starstruck Entertainment building in Nashville, TN

In June, ArtistWorks' VP, John Graves, traveled to Nashville. John was able to spend a day of his trip with acclaimed Bluegrass musician, and ArtistWorks' Bluegrass Guitar instructor, Bryan Sutton. John wrote this blog to take you behind the scenes of his day with Bryan. Want your own access to Bryan? Join the ArtistWorks Bluegrass Guitar school to get direct feedback from this master musician. Learn more here.

Jun 22, 2019

Our CEO and Cofounder, Patricia Butler, sat down with acclaimed mandolinist Mike Marshall to talk about the dynamic future of bluegrass. In our most recent podcast, Patricia and Mike dissect the “blurring of bluegrass” in light of apparent evolution to both the genre and the ensemble.

Jun 11, 2019

Reconnect with an Old "Friend"

Do you ever reminisce about hobbies or activities that once brought you joy? Certain pastimes you once loved, such as playing music, can easily slip away, but it’s never too late to get back in touch with what’s important and reconnect with an old “friend”!

May 20, 2019

Mandolin Tuning Tips with Mike Marshall

Mandolin master, Mike Marshall, has been quoted to say that, “If you play the mandolin for 30 years, you end up tuning it for 15 years and you play it out of tune for 15 years.” It’s true, it takes patience and skill to tune a mandolin and to get it just right.

May 16, 2019

Michael Interviews Molly Tuttle at RockyGrass 2018

Our master bluegrass vocalist, Michael Daves, has to be one of the busiest bluegrass musicians both in the classroom and on the road. This past year at RockyGrass 2018 in Lyons, Colorado was no different for Michael as he stayed busy throughout the entire festival.

May 15, 2019

Mike Marshall Mandolin Exercises

Master mandolin player, Mike Marshall, loves working with players of all skill levels. From beginners to the more advanced player, Mike offers valuable insight to help any mandolin player take their playing to new heights.

May 13, 2019
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