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Sharpen your Bluegrass Skills over Winter at ArtistWorks Academy of Bluegrass

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Artistworks Academy of BluegrassIt's been a great summer of Bluegrass with festivals all over the country, and now it's time to sharpen your skills for next year's festivals and jams with the ArtistWorks Academy of Bluegrass. The Academy of Bluegrass is the newest way to learn online from an All-Star Group of teachers: Tony Trischka (Banjo), Bryan Sutton (Guitar), Missy Raines (Bass), Mike Marshall (Mandolin), and Darol Anger (Fiddle). ArtistWorks' Video Exchange Technology allows students from all over the world to learn directly from these master teachers. Join now for as little as $20 a month!

Unlike other video-based sites, ArtistWorks Academy of Bluegrass schools offer much more than one-sided learning. Each student has the opportunity to send their teacher a recorded video of themselves practicing and receive personal feedback and individualized instruction from the teacher in a video response. These videos are then posted for the entire school to view and learn from as "Video Exchanges".

School of FiddleSchool of Fiddle with Darol Anger Exceptional among modern fiddlers for his versatility and depth, Darol Anger has helped drive the evolution of the contemporary string band through his founding of numerous pathbreaking ensembles such as his Republic Of Strings, the Turtle Island String Quartet, the David Grisman Quintet, Montreux, the Duo and other ensembles. Today Darol can be heard on NPR's "Car Talk" theme every week, along with Earl Scruggs, David Grisman and Tony Rice. He has recorded and produced scores of important recordings since 1977, is a MacDowell and UCross Fellow, and has received numerous composers' residencies and grants. He is a featured soloist on dozens of recordings and motion picture soundtracks. Anger is also committed to string education and helped create the String Resource Board for the International Jazz Educators Association. He is a contributing editor with Strings Magazine, teaches at the Berklee College Of Music and at Mark O'Connor and Aladair Fraser's Fiddle Conferences. He has given string clinics all over the world, and continues to discover and expose new string talents.

School of GuitarSchool of Guitar with Bryan Sutton Bryan Sutton first came to prominence as part of Ricky Skaggs' bluegrass band Kentucky Thunder and has gone on to work with artists including Rhonda Vincent, Dixie Chicks and Dolly Parton. Bryan was awarded a Grammy in 2007 and has been honored as IBMA 'Guitarist of the Year' six times. Born near Asheville, NC in 1973, Bryan started playing the guitar at the age of 8. Sutton first came to prominence as part of Ricky Skaggs' bluegrass band Kentucky Thunder. At the beginning of 1999, Bryan followed his heart and retired from Kentucky Thunder to devote himself to the recording work he finds so fascinating and rewarding. As a leading session guitarist, he continues to appear on numerous recordings, from gospel albums to Rhonda Vincent's Back Home Again to million-sellers like the Dixie Chicks' Fly. His guitar playing anchors Dolly Parton's sensational bluegrass albums, Little Sparrow and The Grass Is Blue (Sugar Hill), and the singer returned the favor by contributing to Bryan's album, Ready To Go. Filling in for the injured Tony Rice with the Bluegrass Sessions gave Bryan continued acclaim as he continually amazed audiences with his distinctive precision guitar leads. Bryan has been honored as IBMA 'Guitarist of the Year' in 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007, was awarded a Grammy in 2007 and in 2011 was named Speciality Instrument Player of the Year at the Annual Academy of Country Music Awards.

School of BanjoSchool of Banjo with Tony Trischka Tony Trischka is one of the most influential banjo players in the roots music world. In his 40 plus years as a consummate banjo artist, his stylings have inspired generations of bluegrass and acoustic musicians. his 40 plus years as a consummate banjo artist, his stylings have inspired generations of bluegrass and acoustic musicians. A true luminary in the banjo world, his technical and conceptual advances opened the way for such players as Bela Fleck and Alison Brown. His recordings with them and others such as Earl Scruggs, Ralph Stanley, Pete Seeger, members of REM, William S. Burroughs, Natalie Merchant, Alison Krauss and Steve Martin are part of every banjo-lovers musical reference. The latest of his 16 recordings for Rounder Records, Double Banjo Bluegrass Spectacular, won several IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) Awards in 2007 including one for Banjo Player of the Year and was nominated for a Grammy Award. Tony has raised the awareness of both the banjo and his music with numerous articles in the national press, interviews on radio and television appearances. His solo album for Smithsonian Folkways Records, Territory was named Best Americana Album at the Independent Music Awards. He has just produced Steve Martin's Rare Bird Alert (Rounder) which features performances by Paul McCartney and the Dixie Chicks. Tony is also the musical director of the forthcoming documentary The Banjo Project, to be aired on PBS in the fall. In addition, Tony is one of the instrument's top teachers, and has created numerous instructional books, DVDs and CDs. The ground-breaking Tony Trischka School of Banjo launched in July of 2009, and is the online banjo home for students from all around the world.

School of MandolinSchool of Mandolin with Mike Marshall For over 35 years Mike Marshall has pushed the boundaries of acoustic music and can be heard on hundreds of recordings as a composer, featured artist, sideman and producer. A master of the mandolin he co-founded The Mandolin Symposium, a one week mandolin camp attended by over 150 mandolinists. 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.

School of BassSchool of Bass with Missy Raines Missy Raines is the most decorated bass player in the history of the International Bluegrass Music Association- with 7 Bass Player of the Year Awards to her credit. Missy is one of the most popular figures in the bluegrass community and a trailblazer in her field for as long as she's been playing music. Missy Raines is the most decorated bass player in the history of the International Bluegrass Music Association- with 7 Bass Player of the Year Awards to her credit. A former member of the Grammy Nominated Claire Lynch Band, the acclaimed duo, Jim Hurst and Missy Raines, Missy is one of the most popular figures in the bluegrass community and a trailblazer in her field for as long as she's been playing music. Her rich pedigree in the field reaches from legends such as Mac Wiseman, Kenny Baker, Josh Graves and Eddie Adcock, to contemporary artists like Peter Rowan, Laurie Lewis, Dudley Connell and Don Rigsby. Missy also toured and recorded with the rootsy, edgy Brother Boys. Missy has toured and performed extensively all over the world for the last 25 years and has taught bass at dozens of workshops and music camps. Today, Missy continues to stretch musical boundaries with her own band, Missy Raines & The New Hip, a diverse and critically acclaimed quartet which has been touring since 2008. In the spirit of musical influences ranging from Sam Bush and David Grisman to Miles Davis, The New Hip bridges the musical worlds of newgrass and jazz.

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