Refer Friends & Get Free Months

Good News: we’ve just became your cool new hangout spot. Now, you can refer your friends to ArtistWorks, and seriously benefit in the process. 

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6,000 Video Exchanges & 6 Free Ibanez Guitars

Mr. Big guitarist and ArtistWorks instructor, Paul Gilbert, has reached 6,000 Video Exchanges in the ArtistWorks Rock Guitar School, and he’s giving away 6 of his signature Ibanez guitars to celebrate.

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The Joy of Jazz, captured in a single image

Just returned from the Jazz Cruise;  there’s a few blog posts worth of insight to post from THAT extravaganza.  But I’ll just start with this great pic of Brandon Goldberg, who sat in with a bunch of bands on the cruise and just tore it up.  I was on with the Brecker Brothers Band Reunion, which was a huge blast, and on the very last night, we played the very last show, at 10:30 PM.  Brandon came by and sat in on the first tune, played his *** off, and it was such a kick to watch him play on my gear that I started taking some pics.  This picture, and his totally unbridled joy at burning out on the piano, I think reminded ALL of us on the cruise of the huge fun it is when we first learn to burn improvising on an instrument.  It sure reminded me;  on a good night it STILL feels like this, like the spigot is on, the “fatbergs” are cleared (you’ll have to Google that one, as I don’t even wan to go there on an AW blog post!), and things are flowing with the right kind of energy behind them.  Oh, and there’s one more thing about Brandon Goldberg:


He’s 11.


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Strumming Straight to the Heart: A Ukulele Love Story

Craig Chee and Sarah Maisel teach Ukulele on ArtistWorks. You can access lessons with them here. Below is a paraphrased conversation with Craig and Sarah, where they discuss their love story, the Ukulele, and how one led to the other. Share your own music love story on social media using the hashtag #strumtogether.  

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Darol in Northern California with his band, Mr Sun, Feb 15-18, Wintergrass Festival

Mr Sun goes West for a whirlwind tour of Northern California in February, and plays a gala show at the legendary Freight & Salvage, celebrating their new recording, SMOE Like It COOOL.

Your Fiddlin’ Perfesser Darol Anger, incredible guitar phenomenon Grant Gordy, mandolin virtuoso Joe K. Walsh, and Scot bassist Aidan O’Donnell lay claim to their own unique musical territory, bringing their love of jazz and R&B to the American String Band experience.

Get ready to be amazed, moved, and experience some really good musical belly laughs with this band!

Thursday, February 15, 7:30pm 
Odd Fellows Lodge, 
212 Spring St, Nevada City, CA  $20 general admission, $30 premium seating

Friday, February 16, 8:00pm 
Chico Women’s Club 
592 E. 3rd Street, Chico, CA, $20 general admission, $30 premium seating

Sat Feb 17 8pm  Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison Street / Berkeley, CA 94704 (510) 644-2020

Thursday-Sunday February 22-25: Darol & Mike Marshall, with Vasen and many more, Wintergrass Music Festival, Bellevue, Washington

Original Source: Darol in Northern California with his band, Mr Sun, Feb 15-18, Wintergrass Festival

Speak Softly and Play a Big Piano


In this episode of The Cunningham Piano Show, we meet Daniel Wu, an 8 year old pianist who is rather shy, but after playing the piano for only 2 1/2 years he is already playing some big concertos with the help of his amazing teacher, Ms. Iris Blanco. Iris shares how her innovative emphasis on getting her students to play in ensembles from the very beginning of their studies helps to produce incredible musical results! Subscribe to the show at


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