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New Podcast: Mike Marshall - Overcoming Musical Obstacles


In this week’s episode of the ArtistWorks Music Series podcast, ArtistWorks cofounder Patricia Butler sits down with Grammy-nominated master musician and ArtistWorks bluegrass mandolin instructor, Mike Marshall, to discuss the concept of “Overcoming Musical Obstacles.” Together, they explore the benefits of making mistakes and working through them, collaborating and playing with other musicians of a similar skill level, and taking consistent incremental steps to elevate your playing. The show 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 mandolin lesson now!


As musicians, whether we’re beginners learning an instrument for the first time or advanced-level professional players, we all go through periods where our progress plateaus and we find ourselves faced with a musical challenge that we struggle to overcome.


“As players, we’re always trying to take the next step on the musical ladder, so to speak,” Mike explains. “Whether you’re a beginner learning how to play a new Aminor7 chord or you’re an advanced player playing with Béla Fleck and Edgar Meyer and they want to push the tempo on a tune beyond your capabilities, still you’re facing the same challenge—how to reach that next step on the ladder.”


However, based on Mike Marshall's decades of performance experience, he believes that the manner in which we approach these challenges from a psychological perspective is very much the same regardless of the skill level we’re at.


“Overcoming the various challenges that I’ve faced while playing and learning music has always stemmed back to my self-confidence and whether or not I had put in the time and focus,” Mike explains. “The question I always ask myself is, ‘did I put in the time on the right things to make the progress?’”


To learn more about how you can overcome your musical challenges and what you can do to “make the progress,” listen to the full podcast with Mike Marshall here:




If you’re interested in studying the bluegrass mandolin and learning even more about Mike’s approaches to overcoming musical challenges, check out his online mandolin lessons right here at ArtistWorks!



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!



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