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    Default Caterina Lichtenberg‘s On-line course

    Hello -
    I would like to hear from anyone who has taken Caterina Lichtenberg‘s ArtistWorks on-line course. Did you progress well with it; does she provide PDF’s for all of the pieces and exercises she presents; and would you recommend it? It would also interest me to know your experience level before starting the course. I’ve searched for threads on this question but have not found any. Finally, if you have submitted videos to ArtistWorks, can you recommend a low priced video camera to use for this purpose? Thank you in advance for any input.
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    You mean the artist works one?

    I am a subscriber.

    While has some intro material, it pretty much assumes you can read music and have some facility with mandolin already.

    It's strengths include a thorough introduction to classical techniques. Basically a select set of etudes you need to cover the techniques.

    After that it's a difficulty-ordered progression through the better known repertoire.

    Sheet music and recorded accompaniments at different tempos are provided.

    The videos walk through every piece where she shows how to play them. These alone are priceless IMHO.
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    Default Re: Caterina Lichtenberg‘s On-line course

    I’m a subscriber as well. I’m pretty sure it is one of the only online course for classical mandolin out there. As Kurth stated, you should be able to read standard notation and have more than an absolute beginner’s level of playing ability. The curriculum starts very basic and gradually progresses to more advanced material. I came to her course after a couple of years on Mike Marshall’s site.

    I would say that I started on her site as an intermediate bluegrass player who liked to dabble in Bach. Soon I realized about this whole other world of mandolin pedagogy. There are many pieces in the curriculum that can be downloaded as PDFs and some play along tracks. The ability to submit videos of yourself playing coupled with a personalized response video is what sets Artistworks apart imho. I feel that studying the techniques of a totally different style has helped my overall playing, no matter the genre.

    As far as making a video, I never have used a stand-alone camera. I’ve submitted videos shot on my laptop’s built-in camera as well as my phone. From there it is just a simple upload process to the site.
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    Default Re: Caterina Lichtenberg‘s On-line course

    I have her DVD/Booklet. It has plenty to keep you busy, understandable, doable, recommended. Some folks need an online instructor for motivation, I don't. I think you should be an intermediate player, with a firm grasp of playing before tackling this. I went from bluegrass to her classical without trouble. It has easier to advanced tunes, will keep you busy!
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    I'm a subscriber as well. The course is well structured, with each new concept clearly explained and demonstrated. Studying classical mandolin opens up a whole other world of possibilities on the instrument, IMHO. I'm glad to have signed up.
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    Default Re: Caterina Lichtenberg‘s On-line course

    Thanks to all who replied. I took advantage of the Labor Day $100 discount and signed up for a full year. From my initial browsing I am very, very impressed with this program!
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