The internet has changed music in inumerable ways. Everyday more and more musicians are using material on the web to learn their instrument. All players from the the very beginning stages to the most advanced can find useful information at the touch of a button. I am writing today to mention two sites that stick out for me as being especially beneficial. One for the acoustic guitar player, the other for the mandolin player pushing beyond bluegrass. 5th fret productions. is an amazing site that gives a basis for beginners as well as a push for the best flatpickers out there. Please check out 5th fret productions, is a great resource for any acoustic guitar player. His passion comes through even in the inevitably less than personal way instruction on the web works. Great stuff!
Coincidentally, Adam is the featured instructor this month in my favorite magazine, “Flatpicking Guitar Magazine”.
Adam is an experienced instructor who uses the internet as the great resource it stands to be. Skype lessons, free tabs, and great youtube videos are all employed as part of his teaching technique. His playing is tasteful, and concise, and as far as technique his is about as sound as they come. A great person to learn good habits from. As in most things, it is easier to make good guitar habits than it is to break bad ones.
Adam is an example of good habits in motion, and the best part is he describes it in ways accessible to a huge spectrum of players. The next site I am sharing today is for mandolin players, Jazzmando.
Ted Eschliman created the site, and also writes for Mel Bay instructional material. All great stuff! His book “Getting into Jazz Mandolin,” is a must have for any player wanting to do just that. On top of that his website is full of great free material, music theory, chord charts, exercises, etc. He also has a wealth of amazing archives on Mel Bay’s site. I strongly recommend you check Jazzmando out for your self right now.
Since my discovery of this site about a year ago my playing has matured and I have pulled myself out of a musical rut. My bandmates, and jam buddies noticed this difference to, that’s always nice. If you are a mandolin player who wants to be comfortable and creative improvising Jazzmando is your place to go.
I will share more sites and instructors who I find useful down the road. With the wealth of information available it is the quality of these site that sets them apart. While some delve into new music created by technology, others use technology to share a trade that is standing the test of time.
It’s what you make of it.