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An In-Depth Interview: Mike Marshall Celebrates 8,000 Video Exchanges!


In 2011, we welcomed mandolin icon, Mike Marshall, to our esteemed faculty of bluegrass instructors alongside upright bass virtuoso Missy Raines, legendary fiddle player Darol Anger, Grammy Award-winning guitarist Bryan Sutton, and world-renowned banjo player Tony Trischka. Together, this amazing group of master musicians made up our collective of ArtistWorks bluegrass teachers, and, since then, we’ve ushered many more fantastic artists into our program.


We’re excited to announce that, after ten years as one of our premier instructors here at ArtistWorks, Mike has just completed his 8,000th Video Exchange with students from around the world.


“I love the personal guidance I can give these players when they send me a video. My video responses are valued advice that teaches everyone in the course who watches them,” says Marshall.


Congratulations Mike on reaching this outstanding achievement, and thank you to all of his wonderful bluegrass mandolin students for consistently submitting videos!


To celebrate this fantastic milestone, our cofounder Patrica Butler sat down with Mike to conduct an in-depth interview as part of an exclusive episode of our ArtistWorks Music Series podcast in which they discuss Mike’s experience teaching on the ArtistWorks Video Exchange platform over the last decade. This exclusive interview is available wherever you listen to podcasts, or you can listen here at ArtistWorks.


LEARN MORE: Want to learn how to play bluegrass mandolin from a master musician like Mike Marshall? Try a free online mandolin lesson now!


“I have regular students from the Czech Republic, Australia, Austria, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Panama, Iceland, Tasmania, pretty much every country you can imagine,” Mike explains. “That’s the most exciting part about this way of teaching—I’m able to connect with students from all over the world.”


Mike’s online community has become a digital hub for mandolin and bluegrass enthusiasts from around the globe. Throughout the last ten years, it’s become a place that welcomes players of all levels and facilitates positivity, encouragement, and musical growth. Nothing promotes this more than ArtistWork’s unique Video Exchange Learning platform.


“These last ten years working with ArtistWorks have been tremendous because they’ve enabled me to see so many people and players of all ages, levels, and styles,” Mike explains. “It’s forced me to grapple with these questions—how do you teach a young child? How do you teach an older student? How do you teach a twenty-something virtuoso? I’ve learned I need to take vastly different and unique approaches with each of my students.”


Judging by this fantastic Video Exchange milestone, Mike has clearly had the opportunity to meet, mentor, and guide a vast array of mandolin players worldwide, and help mandolinists of all levels grow as musicians! Click here to join today, and become a member of Mike’s online community. He looks forward to seeing you there!


Listen to Mike’s exclusive ArtistWorks Music Series interview here:




Interested in learning more about our patented Video Exchange Learning® platform? Check out the video below!




On the ArtistWorks Music Series, CEO Patricia Butler speaks with master musicians across all genres who teach at ArtistWorks. Join them as they dive deep into topics like becoming a musician, playing at all skill levels, and the journey of learning music.


Looking to dive into more music podcasts? You’ve come to the right place. Investigate previous episodes where plenty of topics are explored with fantastic, hand-selected, and knowledgeable guests.


Tune in for new episodes released every other Wednesday on all platforms, and don't forget to subscribe, rate, and review the show!


Want to get started on overcoming the roadblock on your musical journey with our online music lessons? Try out some free sample music lessons with any of our master musicians and learn from the best!



Have you always wanted to learn how to play 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 and tunes. 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!


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



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Affordable Plans

Each subscription is for a single school. Pricing and features can vary slightly per school.

1 Month membership
renews monthly
Unlimited Access to Lessons
Unlimited Video Exchanges
Exclusive Content
$35/month (prepaid)
3 Month membership
renews every 3 months
Unlimited Access to Lessons
Unlimited Video Exchanges
Exclusive Content
$30/month (prepaid)
12 Month membership
renews every 12 months
Unlimited Access to Lessons
Unlimited Video Exchanges
Exclusive Content
$20/month (prepaid)