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any chance of writing out the chords for Cascatas de laggrimas?. So many variations as you move up the neck; ?

Great tune and probably the first song that made me want to learn some jazz mandolin, courtesy of Donnie S. Great stuff!

Much obliged Robert Lundsford

Steve Seitz, that's just plain cool!

sorry. Uploading now.

cool jazz tune up from Steve Seitz. They'll Never Be Another You

AW does let you download the backing tracks so you could always put them in your own audio software to loop, slow down or change the pitch.

Hey Gary. That would work except the tracks all have count-ins, so proper loop points would still need to be set even if they're not editable

Or a simple checkbox to loop playback, that would be easier to implement. Just don't leave it playing unattended like I jsut did, my daughter got upset with me!

ekalabacos, Nice idea. Let me see what we can do. ; )

Fiddle legend, Darol Anger, is going LIVE from ArtistWorks Facebook page in 2 hours! (4:00 pm PST)

thanks Mike. nice to have a slowdown feature right on the site. another feature that would be cool would be ability to set loop points. the backing tracks only have 1 or 2 repeats of the form. would be nice to be able to extend to practice going back and forth between rhythm and lead multiple times


yea Mike that is great. If you need different speeds you can always download it into a slow downer, but having the quick buttons there for a few speeds is really nice

Did you guys all see the new backing tracks feature?

Cool Josepheditta!

Pedal point lick of the week in A -- I can spend weeks on this alone, thanks Mike!

Schatze. I believe Donna found a work around for that.

Schatze i will look into that one for you buddy.

Yeah fun lick.

great lick of the week Mike! I have been using a lot more chromaticism of late

The dropbox downloads for the Mandolin Retreat is no longer available to download the material due to "overload" apparently. Anyway to make it available again?

Gotta try more of those Lick of the Weeks. That was quick and fun.

New Lick of the week up in the monthly message section there freinds.


It took me a bit to find Ryan's VE, here is the direct link:

Hey Mark Miller, Michael from ArtistWorks here. I've unstuck the video you mentioned (Mike's video response on 12/3/2012 to Ryan Thomas on All of Me). You'll need to clear your browser's cache to see the change. That was an old one, so I had to do a few tricks!

What an amazing time we all had in Bruchsal at the big German Classical Mandolin Convention. It was truly a blast. Over 1000 mandolins! What could be better?

Mark, Odd that seems to be playing for me just fine. ?

hey mike, I have been tying to submit a video, but I've had some computer problems and I cant tell if it has gone through. Anyway you can check and let me know if it has? thanks!


It"s working fine this morning. Thanks if you fixed it, and sorry to bother if it was just a glitch.

Looks like Mike's video response on 12/3/2012 to Ryan Thomas on All of Me is frozen. It's a long one in which Mike goes over how to conceptualize a jazz melody. Would be great if the ArtistWorks tech folks could get that one working again.

CajonMike I use comments to store notes about a VE. It's not ideal since everyone can see them but it helps me.

ArtistWorks Electric Country Guitar instructor, Guthrie Trapp, will be going live on our YouTube page in 1 HOUR! Link here:

Hi all! ArtistWorks Electric Country Guitar instructor, Guthrie Trapp, will be going live on our YouTube page at 10:00 am PST tomorrow! Link here:

Yes, but it would be real nice to have more choices, like 90, 80,75,60,50. The existing 125, 100, 75, 50% is too limiting.

Great new feature to be able to adjust the backing tracks playback speed!

Hi canjomike, There is no way to add notes to a bookmarked section. However you can add comments to the lesson. We will take this into consideration, thank you for your question!

Mike, which days will you be at the european bluegrass festival in Voorthuizen in the Netherlands? I can't go the whole weekend but still would like to see you

Thanks Gary & Jason. Had a play this morning: how nice to hear the sound of an instrument again. Perhaps having a fortnight off refreshes the ears?

that would be awesome Mike, thank you!

Robert I'm going to figure out a way to produce this for the site for you guys all to see the History of the American Mandolin. It's pretty complete. I've got all the old Mandolin Symposium archival things from our Music Appreciation Mornings. yum!

Welcome back Philip!

is there a way to add notes to a bookmarked lesson- such as go to 3 minute mark to see how mike does xyz lick

Philip, there could probably be an interesting forum thread on mando dreams. I love my Ellis.

Been away from both my mandolin & guitar while away for a fortnight in Equador. Got back today and my, does my Ellis sound loud! I wouldn't admit this in any other circle, but I found myself dreaming mandolins ...... good to be back!

The upload issue should be resolved now. Thanks for your patience!

Love to see that "history of the American Mandolin" lecture.

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