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The ArtistWorks Classical Campus FREE Master Class Facebook contest gives you three months of free access to virtuoso musicians who can improve your technique and help you win auditions (a $299 value!).

Give us a (approximately) two minute sample of the orchestral excerpt of your choice. Upload it to YouTube and provide the link when you enter the contest on Facebook.  The video with the most votes, wins!


Nov 19, 2012

"You've got to learn your instrument. Then, you practice, practice, practice. And then, when you finally get up there on the bandstand, forget all that and just wail." -  (Charlie Parker)

If someone could devise a one size fits all practice routine for learning guitar, they would be making a lot of money. The truth is that what works for one musician simply won’t necessarily work for the next musician.

We all have varying amounts of time we can commit to practice and also varying responsibilities that get in the way of time with our instruments. The advice from Charlier Parker to just practice, practice and practice is obvious, but what constitutes effective practice? In this blog, jazz guitar student Andrew Bowen outlines several approaches to effective practicing - because time playing guitar doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re learning guitar.

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Nov 13, 2012

Learning how to tune a guitar can be tricky. We all know that the Ancient Greeks were smart, what with creating democracy, philosophy, and all. What most people don't know however is that their discoveries also helped us to figure how to tune a guitar.

In this video online guitar teacher Martin Taylor talks about what the Ancient Greeks can teach us about how to keep your guitar in tune:

Tuning the guitar is made a lot easier these days with guitar tuners but there are some other things you need to know because you can't always rely on them.  

"You have to use the guitar tuner as a starting point and you will...

Nov 11, 2012
learning guitar

Reflecting on this childhood experience, this was a regrettable missed opportunity. I can't help but wonder if things would have been different if Duane had actually been a great player and effective teacher. Note: non-productive music training was a common experience for kids of my generation, and to some extent it is still true today. Though there are exceptions, thousands of kids across America have impulses to learn a musical instrument totally extinguished by bored "professional" teachers at the back of local music stores.  

I don't mean to be too critical. There is good information in the mid-60's edition of Alfred's Basic Guitar Method and other similar traditional music method books. The authors of these books are competent...

Nov 9, 2012
jeffrey khaner czech musicJeffrey Khaner continues his "musical journey around the world" with his latest album for Avie Records, Czech Flute Music. There's a great review of the album on MusicWeb International, which you can check out here. Reviewer Steve Arloff says:
"In short this is a lovely disc and anyone who adores music for flute shouldn’t hesitate in adding it to their library but really this is a disc that all can enjoy. Jeffrey Khaner is wonderfully gifted with a marvellously silky tone."
For anyone interested in...
Nov 8, 2012
online bass lessons
There's a great in-depth interview with John Patitucci on All About Jazz. He's asked about his definition of jazz, acoustic vs. electric bass, as well as working with musicians like Wayne Shorter, Chick Corea, and McCoy Tyner. John also talks about how he became involved doing online bass lessons with ArtistWorks, and how it compares to his prior experience teaching bass.
"I thought that it was very interesting to have a situation where people could study with you from anywhere in the world, in a way that was more complete and just so well thought out: the idea about creating a community with the knowledge of bass and creating not only a little academy where they can study bass with someone that they wanted to study with, who also had...
Nov 8, 2012

howard levy harmonicaHoward Levy was recently in Kiev, Ukraine for a harmonica workshop sponsored by the Kiev Harmonica School. The workshop had over 85 harmonica students in attendance, including some who take harmonica lessons online with Howard here at ArtistWorks

The following night Howard played a solo concert to a captivated audience of almost 300. Organizers later told him he was the first harmonica player to ever get a standing ovation in Kiev. There's a nice clip of Howard playing that night at the Kiev JazzVa club that someone in the audience recorded, check it out here.


Nov 7, 2012

There’s nothing worse than being at a jam and hearing the same old songs going round and round. Likewise, it can be frustrating watching a band playing a set without a good variety of tunes.  

People that are turned off by Gypsy Jazz often criticize it for being too repetitive. Therefore picking tunes with a variety of rhythms, keys and chord changes will help to keep the audience’s attention. Knowing what gypsy jazz songs to learn can be daunting when there are so many to choose from. To help get you started, here 10 great gypsy jazz songs, picked for their variety and how they will develop your playing. 

andreas oberg playing gypsy jazz guitar

Click here for free sample guitar lessons from Andreas Oberg!

Nov 6, 2012


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