Tony Trischka Slows It Down to Speed Up Learning

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In response to student requests, ArtistWorks has added slow-motion lessons to the Tony Trischka School of Banjo curriculum.

Tony Trischka

ArtistWorks technology continues to amaze us. Using the slow-motion videos, students are now learning to play even more complex and faster banjo tunes. The rapid progress I’ve seen in TTSB students is something new in my banjo teaching career.

ArtistWorks, Inc. (AWI) Today Tony takes it down a notch with the addition of slow-motion lessons to the online Tony Trischka School of Banjo.

In response to enrolled online student requests, ArtistWorks has augmented the entire “Tony Banjo” curriculum with half-speed versions of Tony’s lessons in order to aid the learning process. Maintaining proper technique while adding speed is a common challenge for beginner and intermediate students of the banjo. Slow-motion lessons allow these students to master the technique without the pressure to speed-up their playing. The slow-motion lessons are also “pitch-corrected” so that students can easily play along with them while learning.

"In our continuing effort to make it as easy as possible to learn to play the banjo, ArtistWorks has now added slow-motion versions of the lessons on the TTSB,” says ArtistWorks CEO David Butler, “These slow-motion videos reveal the secrets of advanced banjo technique to Tony's online students. With close-up photography, multiple camera angles, full transcriptions, and now slow-motion, the TTSB provides banjo students around the world a complete and immersive learning platform."

Tony Trischka adds, "ArtistWorks technology continues to amaze us. Using the slow-motion videos, students are now learning to play even more complex and faster banjo tunes. The rapid progress I’ve seen in TTSB students is something new in my banjo teaching career.”

The “TTSB” student body is not only comprised of pickers from the US and Canada, but from the farthest reaches of the globe including Australia, Korea, Japan, Belgium, France, Denmark, Germany, Spain, and Ireland! Sophie, a student who resides in France and goes by the handle “Twisplease” says, “I find Tony's material lively and progressive. Getting his personalized response on our videos is highly motivating and instills confidence. The master class library is an inexhaustible well of learning and sharing, and it grows! A truly enjoyable way of learning, 24/7.”

Student response to the slow-mo lessons has also been positive. “I love the slow down sections, I find them really helpful,” says student BLTupper. “The slowdown feature is a godsend,” agrees student AgentHeath. The addition of slow-motion versions of the lessons is the most recent example of the ArtistWorks commitment to maximizing the students’ learning experience on its instructional websites.

Since the site opened in 2009, more than 150 video lessons, student video submissions, and performances have been added. The “Special Guests” department has proven extremely popular. This area features segments from notable banjoists Bob Carlin (“An Introduction to Clawhammer”), Bill Keith (“Melodic Style and Beyond”), Noam Pikelny (“Exploring Single String Techniques”), and Mike Munford’s popular “Banjo Setup and Repair” that is a valuable addition for those studying to be well-rounded players. Also available on the site is an interview series with each Steve Martin and Pete Seeger!

Visit the Tony Trischka School of Banjo at

About Tony Trischka
Tony Trischka is perhaps the most influential banjo player in the roots music world. For more than 35 years, his stylings have inspired a whole generation of bluegrass and acoustic musicians. He is not only considered among the very best pickers, he is also one of the instrument's top teachers, and had created numerous instructional books, teaching video tapes and cassettes before heading up the School of Banjo. Tony’s latest release, “Territory,” was recognized as the Best Americana Album of the Year at the 8th Annual Independent Music Awards and Tony’s first all-bluegrass album “Hill Country” (Rounder) has received its long awaited re-issue on CD. Learn more about Tony at

About Artistworks
The ArtistWorks online visual education format allows virtuoso musicians to “Teach the World” by presenting their full method, technique or curriculum in HD video to subscribing students of their sites. Simple webcams are used by the students to submit videos to the Artist through the site, for critique and guidance if they want personalized instruction. The Artists manage the video flow by using the Video Management System created and owned by ArtistWorks, Inc. (patent pending). Regardless of whether or not students participate in exchanging videos with the Artist, these “Video Exchanges” are posted for all subscribing students to learn from. This groundbreaking use of video exchange for the instruction of musical instruments has been implemented at Jimmy Bruno Guitar Institute, the Qbert Skratch University, Andreas Oberg Guitar Universe, Peery Piano Online, Tony Trischka School of Banjo and Howard Levy Harmonica School and the new Martin Taylor Guitar Academy. Learn more at


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