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"Lessons with Marcel" Interview: Mike Marshall's Incredible Bluegrass Journey


On January 10, 2024, the immensely popular bluegrass and flatpick guitar YouTube channel, Lessons with Marcel, published a new interview featuring none other than critically acclaimed, multi-style mandolin virtuoso and ArtistWorks bluegrass instructor, Mike Marshall.


Hosted by guitarist, teacher, and YouTuber active in the Raleigh, NC music scene, Marcel Ardans, Lessons with Marcel is a digital media outlet dedicated to making bluegrass more accessible to players and enthusiasts around the world, and, much like ArtistWorks, is founded on the desire to cultivate and nurture a vibrant community of bluegrass musicians and fans online.


In this installment from Lessons with Marcel, Marcel interviews mandolin master and ArtistWorks instructor, Mike Marshall. While Lessons with Marcel often focuses primarily on bluegrass acoustic and flatpick guitar, this episode focused on Mike and his illustrious and broad career as a mandolinist and multi-instrumentalist in the worlds of acoustic music and bluegrass.


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Topics covered in this fantastic interview include discussions with Mike about his time in the San Francisco Bay Area living and performing with flatpick guitar legend Tony Rice, Mike’s affinity and passion for playing styles outside of the bluegrass genre including jazz and classical, the love for teaching that Mike has developed throughout his career, Mike’s online ArtistWorks mandolin community, and more!


“That’s what I love about my ArtistWorks course,” Mike explains. “Everything I’ve done, every method I use, everything I’ve studied to get where I am, is up there for my students. There are over 9,000 Video Exchanges up there now that the entire mandolin community can learn from. It’s pretty amazing.”


Interested in learning more about Mike Marshall’s exciting career and extensive musical journey in bluegrass and beyond, dive into this interview from “Lessons with Marcel”:


“Mike Marshall's Incredible Bluegrass Journey:”




Have you always wanted to learn how to play the bluegrass mandolin? Through our comprehensive mandolin lessons online and Video Exchange Learning platform here at ArtistWorks, you can learn from internationally renowned players, like Mike Marshall, and get personal feedback on your playing.


Mike’s course starts with the basics and teaches everything from beginner mandolin to advanced performance techniques, classic bluegrass tunes, improvisation methods, and beyond. So, whether you’re a beginner, intermediate, or advanced player, all levels are welcome and all students will grow and improve their skills as mandolinists and musicians.


Sample some free music lessons here and see what makes ArtistWorks courses some of the best online music lessons around!



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