ArtistsWorks to Launch Online Bluegrass Guitar School with Bryan Sutton

May 26, 2011

suttonlineGuitarists from Memphis to Melbourne will soon be able to learn bluegrass and flatpicking guitar online from one of the top names in the Bluegrass guitar world.  The School of Guitar with Bryan Sutton is part of the new ArtistWorks Academy of Bluegrass that will also see Tony Trischka (banjo), Mike Marshall (mandolin), Darol Anger (fiddle) and Missy Raines (bass) offering personalized instruction online using innovative Video Exchanges.
The School of Guitar with Bryan Sutton will contain high quality basic, intermediate, and advanced acoustic guitar video lessons; as well as a number of social features aimed at the acoustic guitar community.  Every student at the guitar school has the opportunity to send a recorded video of themselves practicing and receive a personal video response with individualized instruction from Bryan.

Commenting on the forthcoming launch of the School of Guitar, Bryan Sutton said:

"I'm very excited for the School of Guitar and the Academy of Bluegrass.  I've put a lot of work into it and I'm anxious to get it open and see how it can grow. When I was a kid learning to flatpick, I had several teachers, and used a wide variety of available learning materials.  The ArtistWorks Academy of Bluegrass has so much to offer, all in one spot.  Students will continually be challenged and encouraged, and I'm exited to be a part of it. "
The School of Guitar with Bryan Sutton and the ArtistWorks Academy of Bluegrass are expected to launch in June 2011, with an Exclusive Sneak Peak Video available for download at


Born near Asheville, NC in 1973, Bryan started playing the guitar at the age of 8. Sutton first came to prominence as part of Ricky Skaggs' bluegrass band Kentucky Thunder. At the beginning of 1999, Bryan followed his heart and retired from Kentucky Thunder to devote himself to the recording work he finds so fascinating and rewarding. As a leading session guitarist, he continues to appear on numerous recordings, from gospel albums to Chris Thile to million-sellers like the Dixie Chicks' Fly. His guitar playing anchors Dolly Parton's sensational bluegrass albums, Little Sparrow and The Grass Is Blue (Sugar Hill), and the singer returned the favor by contributing to Bryan's album Ready To Go. Filling in for the injured Tony Rice with the Bluegrass Sessions gave Bryan continued acclaim as he continually amazed audiences with his distinctive precision guitar leads. Bryan has been honored as IBMA ‘Guitarist of the Year’ in 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007, was awarded a Grammy in 2007 and in 2011 was named Speciality Instrument Player of the Year at the Annual Academy of Country Music Awards.

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