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In this online acoustic guitar lesson, life-long acoustic guitarist, ArtistWorks co-founder, and the creator of Video Exchange Learning, David Butler, walks through the various basic fingerstyle guitar techniques and showcases the different types of sounds that become available to players when employing these methods.
Oct 18, 2021
The ultimate gear giveaway is here! We’re giving away thousands of dollars worth of musical instruments and equipment from some of the biggest names in the industry. Enter before November 18, 2021 at 12:00 pm PST for a chance to win one of these amazing prizes!
Oct 14, 2021
We’re excited to announce that this month marks ArtistWorks’ 13th anniversary providing world-class online music lessons to players of all instruments, genres, and skill levels with an unwavering goal to “Teach the World Music.”
Oct 13, 2021
In this week’s episode of the ArtistWorks Music Series podcast, our co-founder Patricia Butler sits down with Grammy-nominated singer and ArtistWorks’ instructor of bluegrass vocals, Michael Daves, to discuss the concept of “How to Get Out of a Musical Slump.” Together, they explore different techniques for tackling difficult musical passages, methods for staying motivated, and how to avoid plateaus in your musical progress. The show is available wherever you listen to podcasts, or you can listen here at ArtistWorks.
Oct 13, 2021
Since July, we’ve had the exciting opportunity to welcome three new master musicians to our amazing faculty of world-renowned instructors here at ArtistWorks. Together, these three champions of their craft provide their unique, expert perspectives and methods to students interested in learning how to play the bluegrass mandolin, flatpick acoustic guitar, and blues and hard rock guitar.
Oct 08, 2021
Last month, world-renowned banjo icon and fourteen-time Grammy Award-winner, Béla Fleck, released his highly anticipated fourteenth studio album as a solo artist, My Bluegrass Heart. The already critically acclaimed album is the third in a trilogy of recordings from Béla featuring a more traditional bluegrass lineup, and is Béla’s first work structured in this style since his seminal 1999 album, The Bluegrass Sessions: Tales from the Acoustic Planet, Vol. 2.
Oct 06, 2021
Last Thursday, September 30, 2021, the International Bluegrass Music Association hosted the 2021 IBMA Bluegrass Music Awards, celebrating the bluegrass genre, its premiere artists, and their achievements and contributions to music in the last year. We are beyond excited and proud to announce that two of our master instructors here at ArtistWorks—Sierra Hull and Missy Raines—were recognized and took home awards.
Oct 04, 2021
Harmonizing a song’s melody is a great way to add richness to a performance and make a piece more expressive. Using parallel harmonies when outlining a melody, in particular, is a common technique utilized in a variety of different musical styles. For example, in pop, blues, and R&B styles, it is very common to hear melodies outlined using parallel thirds. In rock music, parallel fifths are employed frequently in the form of “power chords.” Country musicians routinely play parallel sixth harmonies in the form of double-stops when improvising. And, the list goes on...
Oct 01, 2021
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