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School of Mandolin

Mandolin players around the world will soon be able to learn mandolin online directly from one of the leading names of the instrument. The School of Mandolin with Mike Marshall is part of the new ArtistWorks Academy of Bluegrass that will also see Tony Trischka (banjo), Bryan Sutton (guitar), Darol Anger (fiddle) and Missy Raines (bass) offering personalised instruction online using innovative Video Exchanges™.

The School of Mandolin with Mike Marshall will contain high quality beginner, intermediate and advanced mandolin video lessons as well as a number of social features. Every student at the mandolin school has the opportunity to send a recorded video of themselves practicing and receive a personal video response with individualized instruction from Mike Marshall.

Commenting on the forthcoming launch of the School of Mandolin, Mike Marshall said:

"Artistworks has created an amazing new way for me to connect with mandolinists from anywhere in the world 24-7. I very much look forward to being on the cutting edge of technology and creativity with regards to connecting our community of mandolin players around the world. We will all be sharing our thoughts about how to improve your mandolin skills. I look forward to meeting you all at the 'Mandolin School' this summer!"

The School of Mandolin with Mike Marshall and the ArtistWorks Academy of Bluegrass are expected to launch early June 2011, with an Exclusive Sneak Peak Video available for download at www.academyofbluegrass.com.

ABOUT MIKE MARSHALL

Mike grew up in Central Florida, where he cut his teeth on traditional American music. His interest in many musicals styles however eventually led him to the San Francisco Bay Area to join the original David Grisman Quintet in 1978 at age 19. This band toured and recorded with the legendary jazz violinist Stephan Grappelli, Mark O’Connor and guitarist Tony Rice. They performed on the Johnny Carson Show that same year and toured Europe and Japan and helped set a new standard for American stringband music. Since then, Mike has continued pushing the boundaries of acoustic music and can be heard on hundreds of recordings as a composer, featured artist, sideman and producer. Mike is one of the world’s most accomplished and versatile string instrumentalists in American today. A master on mandolin, guitar, mandocello and violin, he has created some of the most adventurous instrumental music for over 35 years. His concert tours that have taken him around the globe. If you hear mandolin on NPR’s ‘Car Talk’ radio show opening music, that’s Mike along with Earl Scruggs, David Grisman and Tony Rice. In addition Mike composed and recorded the theme music for the San Francisco based radio program ‘Forum’ heard daily on KQED radio. As a teacher, Mike founded a one week mandolin camp for in 2002 with his old pal David Grisman. The Mandolin Symposium takes place the last week of June at U.C. Santa Cruz with over 150 mandolinists and 10 of the greatest players/teachers in the world.

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