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Practicing music at home is nice but things really become fun when you play music and jam with others.  Jazz bass teacher and Grammy award-winner John Patitucci sits down at the ArtistWorks studios to talk with jazz drummer Brian Blade (Bill Frisell, Norah Jones) and pianist Jon Cowherd (Joni Mitchell, Wayne Shorter) about what they look for in a jazz bass player.

In describing the process of choosing musicians to work with Patitucci says:

"You want to try to forge relationships with people in your life that last instead of just playing here and there and never continuing to build together."

Pianist Jon Cowherd and long time collaborator added that "it's a luxury if you play in the same band a lot and...

Oct 29, 2012

bass lessonsLee Sklar stopped by our booth at Bass Player Live to say some nice words about Nathan's "reform school" (aka bass lessons).



Oct 26, 2012

fingerstyle guitar lessons

We send our congratulations to our fingerstyle guitar teacher Martin Taylor, who has been awarded ‘Guitarist of the Year’ at the British Jazz Awards in a ceremony that honors the United Kingdom’s top jazz musicians and jazz educators.

“I'm very honored to receive this award. I've spent the past 39 years as a professional jazz guitarist and I thank everyone that continues to support me by coming to my concerts, and everyone that has voted for me for this award. I’d also like to also thank all the students at my online guitar school who continue the tradition of jazz guitar playing around the world.” - Martin Taylor

The vote, by members of the British public, sees Taylor collecting an unprecedented fifteenth award at the...
Oct 26, 2012

In the video excerpt above of this Tony Trischka online banjo lesson, the banjo master breaks down a little building block for creating Earl Scruggs-like solos from Tony’s Online School of Banjo.

It’s a simple technique.  When there is a melody note on the third string, Scruggs would often slide from the second fret to the fifth fret on the fourth string.

Scruggs often does this directly or starts with a quarter note and then commence with the 2-5 slide.

It’s an effective technique that can be added into your own bag of tricks as you begin to build your own solos. The video above presents the technique in detail.

Want to make it more bluesy?  Make that a third fret to fifth fret slide and see how it affects the feel of...

Oct 25, 2012

We are proud to announce that our latest online music school, which will offer vocal lessons from master vocal coach Jeannie Deva, will open to the public on November 1st, 2012. 

Soon anyone can get one-on-one singing lessons online from world-renowned vocal coach, Jeannie Deva using ArtistWorks’ patent pending Video Exchange™ Accelerated Learning Platform. The new online Vocal School with Jeannie Deva marks the 23rd online music school from ArtistWorks.


Oct 24, 2012

The big flute solo from Beethoven’s 3rd Leonore Overture is almost always on orchestra auditions. The opening may not be, but when played, it requires good intonation on the high notes. It is very important to display perfect rhythmic discipline and metronomic control of tempo. Be sure to practice it very carefully with your metronome at every tempo, from much too slow to much too fast.

While doing this, try to memorize how it feels different at each new tempo – what you have to do ever so slightly differently in order to be perfect when the metronome has been moved only 1 notch. When you have done this, you will be able to play comfortably at any speed and accommodate any request for a tempo change at a flute audition.

flute solo

Notice the dynamic of this...

Oct 23, 2012

If you're looking to learn how to play jazz guitar, then sooner or later you will need to learn some guitar scales. In this jazz guitar lesson, we'll go over a very useful scale in jazz guitar playing that is more commonly used amongst rock and blues guitarists: the pentatonic scale.

The word “pentatonic” comes from the Greek word pente meaning five and tonic meaning tone (remember the 70's band Pentangle consisting of guitarists Bert Jansch and John Renbourn!). The pentatonic scale consists of five notes within one octave and you'll often hear it referred to as a five-note or five-tone scale. 

In this video, jazz guitar teacher Andreas Oberg breaks down how the C Major / A Minor pentatonic scale works across the fretboard.  Using alternate picking, he shows how to play pentatonic scales in different positions and in different octaves.

Oct 23, 2012

...When we last left off, ArtistWorks founder David Butler was on his way to learning how to play guitar (read Part 2 here), after finally having a guitar of his own. Listen below to hear some of the songs he was learning. David's experience ultimately inspired him to develop a new way to learn guitar online by establishing ArtistWorks, a company dedicated to providing a better way to teach and learn music.  Part 3: My Mom Steals My GuitarThough a bunch of my neighborhood friends had guitars, in the end, only three of us continued playing after the novelty wore off:  Me, Wayne, and Gary. Wayne continued to take "real" guitar lessons at the Jack Marshall music store at 3627 Park Avenue in East Memphis.  Wayne went to his guitar lesson every Saturday morning, and on Saturday afternoon Gary and I pumped out of him whoever information he had received.  Very cost effective. Before long Gary and I caught up...

Oct 22, 2012


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