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Star teachers create personalized
lessons at ArtistWorks Online
Music & Art Campus.
By Meghan Modafferi
Butler designed a two-way platform
where an average person can exchange videos with a virtuoso. And
his wife created the business for
ArtistWorks Music & Art Campus
ArtistWorks has compiled thousands of video music lessons for a
variety of instruments and styles,
including rock, jazz, and ﬂatpick guitar, electric
and acoustic bass, drums, mandolin, banjo, trumpet, piano, harmonica, and voice, among others.
There are also art lessons that begin with fundamental drawing and extend to painting and a
variety of media.
The teachers are not the kind you'll ﬁnd at your
local music store. Nathan East, who plays with
Eric Clapton, teaches electric bass. Piano teacher
Christie Peery has performed with major symphony orchestras. And Paul Gilbert, one of the world's
top guitarists, is teaching me rock guitar.
During my ﬁrst video lesson, Gilbert already
inspires me. "I made this course almost like a novel," he says. "The characters I introduce, the musical
characters, they begin their journey at the beginning." Being a novice is frustrating at times, but it's
a whole lot easier with a rock star cheering you on.
And when I need to see something repeated,
as beginners inevitably do, I can put Gilbert on
loop and slow down his speed. Thanks to a virtual
teacher with superhuman patience, I know I'll get
PHOTOS COURTESY OF ARTISTWORKS MUSIC & ART CAMPUS
My childhood was full of music. My dad, in any
free moment he could ﬁnd, grabbed his guitar and
sang everything from the Beatles to Frankie Valli
& The Four Seasons to the Drifters. As I've gotten
older and moved into my own place, I've been
struck by the quiet. I want to ﬁll my new life with
music - but this time, I want to be the musician.
Former AOL technology executive David
Butler had the same craving, but speciﬁcally for
playing jazz guitar. Unable to ﬁnd a satisfactory
teacher nearby, he was traveling hundreds of miles
to take lessons. He felt there must be a better way
for busy working people to learn on their schedules
- so he built it. Partnering with his wife, Patricia,
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