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Ryan Tilby- If You Learn One, Learn All The String Instruments

Once you learn the guitar, is it easier to learn the bass, mandolin, and banjo? That's one of the topics we cover in this interview with musician Ryan Tilby. Ryan keeps a studio in St. George, Utah and tours the country and the world playing music. He is a winner of the Telluride Bluegrass Festival band competition and has played Telluride, Merlefest, FanFest, RockyGrass, and many others across North America and Europe. His music has been featured on Duck Dynasty, The Discover Channel, and...


Seriously, Isn't A Fiddle Just A Violin? Aaron Ashton Knows!

What's the difference between violin and fiddle? The Musician's Studio host Ethan Millard talks to professional violinist Aaron Ashton. Aaron says the difference between a fiddle and a violin is mostly in playing style. Traditionally, fiddles had a flatter bridge that allows the performer to play two or three strings at the same time. These days it's mostly how you approach playing the violin. Aaron does about 50/50 classic violin style vs fiddle. Aaron plays both Irish fiddle and Gypsy...


The Trick Chance Thomas Uses To Get Inside J.R.R. Tolkein's Head

Chance Thomas scores music for film, TV, games, and commercials. He's especially well known for his work on multiple Lord Of The Rings games. The Musician's Studio host Ethan Millard talks to Chance about how you get into J.R.R. Tolkein's head well enough to know what middle earth sounds like. Chance also wrote THE book on composing music for games. It's titled "Composing Music For Games". You can find it on his website He has worked with ABC, Hulu, National...


Jewel Sold Tens Of Millions Of Records, Here's Her Advice For You

Jewel released her first album, Pieces of You, in 1995 at the age of 21. Since then, she has toured the world and sold more than thirty million albums. The Musician's Studio host Ethan Millard talks to Jewel about her life in music. She talks about how the early internet helped her get her career started and she has some advice for young musicians. Jewel also talks about Jewel's Handmade Holiday Tour which features not just her music but also hand made crafts the audience can...


What Kurt Bestor Learned From Bart Simpson's Personal Musician

Musicians Studio host Ethan Millard talks to award-winning composer and musician Kurt Bestor. Kurt has worked in every possible musical genre from performing his famous Christmas concerts to collaborating with international EDM stars and DJs. Kurt explains that part of his expansive experience is due to some advice he received from the legendary composer of The Simpsons, Alf Clausen. They also talk about the music business. A lot of people dream of working in music. Many abandon that...