Instruments are designed, for the most part, to emulate the sonic capabilities of the human voice. What’s beautiful about the human voice, particularly in the context of music, is its ability to convey a vast array of complex emotions by using subtle inflections and intricate nuances within a musical passage. These nuances can be as simple as slightly wavering the volume of a single note or chord—a technique referred to as tremolo—which can completely alter the emotional character of a performance.
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When it comes to playing bluegrass mandolin, speed is not just a skill—it's an art. Achieving fluid, rapid-fire notes while maintaining clarity and tone is a goal for many aspiring mandolinists. In this ultimate guide, we'll explore various techniques and exercises to help you build speed on your mandolin, along with valuable resources from ArtistWorks and our free mandolin lessons to enhance your learning experience.
Feb 26, 2024
Bluegrass music is a genre that resonates with the soul, and the banjo is its beating heart. If you're an intermediate or advanced musician looking to elevate your bluegrass banjo skills, mastering certain techniques is essential. Here, we'll dive into 10 advanced banjo techniques that are pivotal for any bluegrass musician. Plus, we'll link you to some fantastic ArtistWorks courses and provide access to some helpful free video lessons to aid your learning journey.
Feb 21, 2024
One of the most expressive qualities of the human voice as a musical instrument is its ability to bend notes and glide seamlessly from one pitch to the next. Note bending is a technique that singers employ frequently, and it’s often mimicked as accurately as possible by a variety of different musical instruments. One instrument, in particular, through which you can bend notes and capture this expressive vocal texture is the harmonica.
Feb 19, 2024
Last Friday, February 9, 2024, 14-time IBMA Award-winning bassist, vocalist, songwriter, and ArtistWorks bluegrass bass instructor, Missy Raines, released her fifth solo album as a bandleader entitled, Highlander.
Feb 15, 2024
When first learning to play an instrument of any kind, one of the most seemingly daunting tasks that musicians face is transposing their favorite tunes from one key to another. Transposing tunes quickly is a skill that is required commonly in the context of bluegrass. Whether adjusting the key of a tune to accommodate the preferred register of a vocalist or fellow instrumentalist, transposing tunes from one key to another is a talent that’s exercised at essentially every bluegrass jam session.
Feb 12, 2024
We’re excited to announce that pre-sale VIP memberships are now available for our newest course, “Fiddle with Alex Hargreaves.” While the course officially launches in mid-March, joining early grants you access to a handful of amazing perks and exclusives leading up to the launch, including:
Feb 06, 2024
One of the many critical techniques that singers interested in performing publicly or with an ensemble need to understand is how their voice interacts with a microphone. Microphone technique is an essential skill for singers of all genres, however, particularly in the context of bluegrass, knowing how to balance one’s voice with the rest of the instrumentalists is of the utmost importance. Part of understanding how to balance one’s voice and achieve a great organic-sounding band mix is knowing a bit about the microphone’s construction, the type of microphone being used, and how the microphone works.
Feb 04, 2024
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