Category: Bluegrass instructional resources

2015 ResoSummit scholarship went to Adam Birkeland

| November 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

The 2015 Houston Caldwell Scholarship to Rob Ickes’ 9th annual ResoSummit, held November 12-15 in Nashville, went to 15-year-old Adam Birkeland from Duluth, MN. Each year Rob and his ResoSummit co-produer Betty Wheeler, choose a young picker of special merit to attend the weekend instructional event free of charge. […]


Bluegrass delegation to Kazakhstan

| November 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

Among the many interesting people we met this year at the World of Bluegrass convention were Damon Postle and Danny Bermel, a pair of doctoral students at the University of Georgia. They are in the process of developing pre-service teacher training in bluegrass music for students at […]


Mike Compton to Peghead Nation

| October 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

Pegged Nation has announced that Monroe-style mandolin master Mike Compton has joined their staff of instructors, and will soon be introducing a new video course for the California-based e-learning outfit. The company was launched just over a year ago to provide high level instruction for […]


Banjo seminar from Galax

| October 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

Here’s some better news from the 2015 Old Fiddlers Convention in Galax. It’s a video produced from a banjo seminar held during the festival week this year at the Chestnut Creek School of the Arts in Galax. Moderated by Jeremy Stephens, and including contributions from Ivy Sheppard, Bobby […]


Mel Bay O’Carolan book for banjo

| October 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

Mel Bay Publications has released a book of Irish harp music by Turlough O’Carolan, arranged for banjo and other stringed instruments. 20 O’Carolan Irish Classics was prepared by banjoist Tom Hanway, an American ex-pat now living in Ireland where he performs in both the three finger […]


Three new Rob Ickes instructional videos

| October 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

Dobro wizard Rob Ickes has not one, not two, but three new instructional videos offered for sale from his web site. Each covers a specific aspect of his award-winning style, and is offered for $25. Volume 1 is titled Slower Tempo Songs and Backing Up a Vocalist. […]


Mandolin Symposium taking a break

| September 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

David Grisman and Mike Marshall, two legends of American mandolin music, have announced they are discontinuing their Mandolin Symposium which had been held annually at UC Santa Cruz this past twelve years. Dozens of top eight-stringers from around the world have taught there over the past decade […]


Kids Academy at Gettysburg 2015

| August 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

Frank Baker shared this gallery from The Kids Academy at the August Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival, held earlier this month. And he’s not done yet!


Mandolin iBook from Adam Tanner

| August 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

Old time fiddler and mandolinist Adam Tanner has put together a mandolin tune book for Apple’s iBook format. It combines audio files with standard notation and tablature for on-screen display, in what should be a very convenient learning system for anyone with an iPad, iPhone, […]


ETSU hires two new lecturers for bluegrass department

| August 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

East Tennessee State University’s school of Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Studies has announced the hiring of two new lecturers for the program. Both bring specific credentials and experience to bear on their new positions, and have connections to the school and this program. Adam […]