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Instructors Bios

This is a list of all the musicians who teach our video, audio and book lessons and a little information about each one.


Dan Huckabee


Dan Huckabee has a degree in Music from The University of North Texas. He won the National Dobro Championship, & has played with The Allman Brothers, Lyle Lovette, Nancy Griffith, & Robert Earl Keen Jr. Dan has taught Guitar, Mandolin, Harmony Singing & Dobro at The University of Texas Informal Classes, & workshops all over the country. In 1973 Dan started producing cassette music lessons for two primary reasons. The first was that it was difficult to learn by reading sheet music, and the second because the sheet music available didn't correspond exactly to the performances on recordings that aspiring musicians were interested in. The first Musician's Workshop product was a collection of Josh Graves most popular dobro solos, that were taught exactly note-for-note as Josh had played them on the original recordings. This product met with great appreciation because such information simply had never before been available. From there the company started teaching other instruments and concepts, with special purposes and teaching systems being the primary focus. Now almost 40 years have passed and Musician's Wokshop offers over 2,000 music instruction products.
Dan teaches several courses for Musician's Workshop including: Guitar, Mandolin, Dobro, Piano/Keyboard, Fiddle, Bass, Harmony Singing and Music Theory

Greg Cahill


Greg Cahill, was the president of the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) from 2006-2010 and is currently the President of The Foundation for Bluegrass Music. Chicago born and bred, he has been playing bluegrass banjo since the early 1970s. Greg co-founded The Special Consensus in Chicago in 1975 and has continued to tour nationally and internationally with the band since the late 1970s. In 1984, he created the Traditional American Music (TAM) Program to introduce students of all ages to bluegrass music. He has appeared on all 15 of The Special Consensus recordings, on numerous recordings by other artists and on many national television and radio commercial jingles. Greg has also released three recordings: "Lone Star" (1980, with guests Jethro Burns and Byron Berline); "Blue Skies" (1992, with Chicago mandolinist Don Stiernberg); and "Night Skies" (1998, with Don Stiernberg and guests Sam Bush, Glen Duncan and Tom Boyd). He has also recorded and toured European countries with the ChowDogs (Slavek Hanzlik, Dallas Wayne and Ollie O'Shea). In addition to conducting workshops at festivals, teaching at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago and teaching banjo at music camps nationally and internationally, Greg has released four banjo instructional DVDs.

Courses by this instructor:

Beginning Bluegrass Banjo Volume 1
Beginning Bluegrass Banjo Volume 2
Blazing Bluegrass Banjo Volume 1
Blazing Bluegrass Banjo Volume 2

Chris Jones


About Chris Jones “Chris is one of those treasures in bluegrass; a writer, singer and musician who respects the past, while gently bringing his own style and vision to the music.” – Bluegrass Unlimited “A well seasoned Gallagher guitar is Chris’ chosen tool of the trade and it speaks with a refreshing directness and simplicity reminiscent of bluegrass music’s first generation pioneers.” –Lynn Morris Chris Jones is no newcomer to the musical spotlight. His resume includes appearances and recordings with some of the world’s most respected musicians including The Chieftains (he was featured on their 2003 U.S. tour), Earl Scruggs, Vassar Clements, Lynn Morris Band, April Verch Band, the McCarters and the award-winning quartet Weary Hearts, among others. He has performed as a sideman at the Grand Ole Opry and has been seen on such television shows as Conan O’Brien, Emeril Live, and The Grand Ole Opry Live. Jones’ collaboration with legendary country singer/songwriter Tom T. Hall led to the release of the duet “Man On The Side Of The Road” from Chris’ “Just a Drifter” album, which became one of the Top 5 airplay bluegrass songs of 2001. Most recently, he appeared in the PBS series “The Appalachians” as a both a performer and commentator. Chris Jones has been named Broadcaster Of The Year at the International Bluegrass Music Association’s annual awards for his work as a DJ on Sirius Satellite Radio’s bluegrass channel, Jones also took home a co-writer’s Song Of The Year trophy for “Fork In The Road,” the title track of an Album Of The Year winner by the Infamous Stringdusters. The double-barrelled achievement marked the first time in the organization’s history that a single person has won honors for both musical and non-musical accomplishments. Yet to those who already know him, the dual awards came as no surprise. For though he’s best known as a bluegrass artist, Chris Jones has always had a field of vision too wide to be contained within a single dimension. Perhaps that’s been shaped by his voice — low and mournful rather than sharp and soaring–or perhaps by the way he’s felt compelled to write so many of the songs he sings, filling them with a heartfelt intimacy and contemporary depth that’s still rare in the genre. Even when he’s been most firmly planted within the bluegrass mainstream, these qualities have made him stand out from his peers – and have garnered him critical notices for his personal musical style and sound. And when he’s brought those same qualities into the world of broadcasting, the results have been no less striking.

Courses by this instructor:

The Bluegrass Wordbook
The Traditional Bluegrass Songbook
Designing Guitar Solos for Bluegrass Songs
Creating Guitar Solos for Bluegrass Songs
Creating Guitar Solos for Banjo Instrumentals
Bluegrass Guitar Solos
Learn the Art of Bluegrass Rhythm Guitar

Paul KramerKramer

Paul Kramer is an accomplished guitarist, fiddle player and mandolin player and songwriter. He has played with: Lynn Anderson‚ Lionel Cartwright‚ Robert Ellis Orrall‚ Lorrie Morgan‚ Doug Stone‚ George Ducas‚ Pam Tillis‚ Rhett Akins‚ Deana Carter‚ Suzy Bogguss‚ Gary Allan‚ Travis Tritt‚ Buddy Spicher, and most recently‚ Sammy Kershaw. He is the National Mandolin Champion & has authored 3 music instruction products on guitar and mandolin for Musician's Workshop.

Courses by this instructor:

Designing Mandolin Solos for Bluegrass Songs
Country Guitar Soloing
Honky Tonkin' Country Guitar Solos

Paul Lidel


Paul Lidel has recorded & toured with some of rocks top acts including Columbia recording artists “Dangerous Toys”, & Atlantic recording artists, “Dirty Looks”. He has appeared in several MTV videos, & played on the soundtrack for the movie "Johnny B. Goode" on Orion Pictures. Paul is also a member of the faculty at the National Guitar Workshop, the Austin Guitar School & the Univ. of Texas where he teaches Rock Guitar.

Courses by this instructor:

Beginning Rock Guitar
Beginning Blues Guitar
Rippin' Lead Guitar
Rock Rhythm Guitar
66 Hot Rock Licks Plus 11 Hot Jam Tracks

Mike McAdoo


Mike McAdoo has played lead guitar for the Donny & Marie Osmond family for 6 years, & won: “Best Lead Guitarist” at the Branson Music Awards for 3 consecutive years. He has also played & recorded with Johnny Lee, Mel Tillis, The Moffatts, Rex Allen Jr, Shoji Tabuchi, & Boxcar Willie. He has played guitar, produced, or has been session leader for over 130 albums for many artists. Mike is a Peavey Guitar product endorser & has been profiled in the “Peavey Monitor." But more importantly, Mike is a full time professional guitar teacher. His years of experience have given him an understanding of what a guitarist goes through & he’s developed a system of teaching that is foolproof for everyone! He is currently playing for the "Country Tonite" Show at the Oak Ridge Boys Theatre. Reviews: “Mike is a very smooth player who specializes in well connected runs.” Guitar Player Magazine August 1988 issue. “A master of all musical styles, McAdoo gives a staggering amount of knowledge in a relatively short time.” Don Chance-Country Music Writer-Wichita Falls Times. “Michael McAdoo is without question the best guitar player that I have had the pleasure of working with.” Wayne Osmond (Osmond Family Band).

Courses by this instructor:

Beginning Fingerpicking Guitar
Advanced Country Guitar

Todd Barth

Finally, a hot player who knows how to teach!  Todd is a red hot country chicken pickin’ ace & former instructor at The Guitar Institute of Technology.  Todd has been profiled in Guitar Player, Guitar For The Practicing Musician, & Guitar World magazines & currenty plays lead guitar with Rick Trevino. “Definitely check out Todd Barth’s excellent guitar playing.  He is one of my favorite country guitar pickers.”     --Eric Johnson

Courses by this instructor:

Smokin' Country Guitar
Masterpiece Solos of Dan Huff & Brent Mason

John Carlini

John Carlini is a musical Renaissance man.  He embraces all styles of music with an understanding & passion that is evident every time he picks up his guitar.  His influences range from guitarists like Andres Segovia, Django Rhinehardt & Lenny Breau, to pianist Bill Evans & saxophonist John Coltrane.  Carlini has the uncanny ability to incorporate all these styles & make them his own.  John truly has music in his blood.  His father was a violinist in the New York Philharmonic, while his mother was a virtuoso piano player.  John graduated from Berklee School of Music & went on to collaborate in musical ventures with contemporary acoustic musicians like David Grisman & Tony Rice.  When he’s not teaching, John fronts his own quartet performing many of his compositions.  Now sit back, listen & learn from one of the best. Peter Becker (Mandolin Bros guitar tech & freelance writer).

Courses by this instructor:

Chord Solo Guitar Volume 1
Chord Solo Guitar Volume 2
Guitar Concepts & Techniques: A Musical Journey

Brad Davis

A Grammy Award winning music industry professional, Brad Davis “The Shredder,” has worked with the like of Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow, Earl Scruggs, David Lee Roth, Emmy Lou Harris, Pam Tillis, Marty Stuart, Dwight Yokam, Tommy Shaw, Travis Tritt, Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, Steve Earl, Billy Bob Thornton, Willie Nelson, Waren Zevon, John Hiatt, Sam Bush, Sweet Hearts of The Rodeo, John Prine, The Forester Sisters just to name a few.

Courses by this instructor:

How to Improvise Bluegrass Guitar Solos
How to Improvise Bluegrass Mandolin
Tony Rice Style Guitar Solos

Greg Davis

Greg Davis is the Banjo Master brother of guitarist Brad Davis. He grew up in Ft Worth Texas playing in a duo with Brad, and settled in Nashville Tennessee where he is a full time professional banjo player. Greg as played sessions and concerts with many top names and has earned many musical accolades.

Courses by this instructor:

J.D. Crowe Style Banjo Solos Volume 1
J.D. Crowe Style Banjo Solos Volume 2
New Acoustic Banjo Solos

Paul Murski


Paul Murski is one of Austin's most “in-demand” drummers. In his 20’s he made his living as a professional drummer in rock & country bands. Today Paul is the senior engineer for Horizon Film & Video, where he films & edits projects for Musician’s Workshop & a host of other professional clients. On the weekends Paul plays with his dance band & teaches the drums.

Courses by this instructor:

Beginning Drums

Robert Bowlin

Robert Bowlin started at age 1 and a half playing the ukelele, graduated to his dad's guitar at age 5, and has been creating unique and beautiful guitar music ever since. He won the National Fingerpicking Guitar Championship in Winfield, KS in 1979 and got 2nd in the Flatpicking Guitar Contest in 1978. His professional career has included stints with artists such as Maura O' Connell, Kathy Mattea, Tom T. Hall, the Osborne Brothers, Bill Monroe, Ray Price, Bobby Bare, Faron Young, Richard Greene, and Ricky Van Shelton. He was a session guitarist and fiddler in Nashville for countless recordings. He has played onstage with artists such as BB King and Ricky Scaggs, Tony Rice, Peter Rowan, and Vassar Clements. He has performed his original music on the stage of the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. Now touring with singer-songwriter Wil Maring, he has released a new CD on FGM Records, "Six String Soliloquy". All tracks contain only a guitar.

Courses by this instructor:

Twin Guitar Workshop
Twin Mandolin Workshop

Clay Moore

In his formative years, Clay Moore attended master classes with Joe Pass,Howard Roberts, Pat Martino, & John Scofield. Pat Martino told Clay, "You don't need a guitar teacher...Get out & play." Clay has performed with Larry Coryell, Brad Terry, Tony Campise, The Bobby Lyle Trio, & many others. He has opened for many internationally-known artists including Bill Frisell, Eric Johnson, Spyro Gyra, & Chuck Mangione. Clay regularly fronts groups featuring internationally acclaimed musicians such as Billy Petersen, Kenny Horst, & Anthony Cox. Also he has performed at the Hot Summer Jazz Festival- Minneapolis, San Miguel de Allende Jazz Festival, Edinburgh Jazz Festival, Austin Symphony Pops Concert Series, Lyric Opera Concert with Luciano Pavarotti. Clay has 2 solo CDs on Viewpoint Records: “Meeting Standards” & “To A Tee.” His discography also includes: Debbie Duncan's Travellin' at the Speed of Love, Will Taylor's Reel Life, Pamela Hart's May I Come In? & Paul Klemperor's Texas Tenure.

Courses by this instructor:

Jazz & Fusion Guitar

Mark Maniscalco

Mark Maniscalco is truly a Renasissance banjo player. He won first place at the 1976 National Banjo Championship at Winfield Kansas, played on Carol King’s “Pearls Time Gone By” LP, and has played his Banjo arrangements with the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra. Bill Monroe asked Mark to play banjo for the Bluegrass Boys, but Mark turned down the offer, preferring to avoid life on the bus. Mark’s Banjo arrangements are always, thoughtful, tasteful, driving and very musical as you will see in Twin Banjo Workshop.

Courses by this instructor:

Twin Banjo Workshop

Gary Primich

Gary Primich was born in the capital city of the blues, Chicago, and raised in an industrial suburb of Gary, Although his family was middle class, the milieu he grew up in could certainly give anyone the blues. My high school was in the business of cranking out people to go work at U.S. Steel, Bethlehem Steel and Inland Steel. Nobody went to college, for God's sake, he says. His first exposure to blues music was when he heard the Dave Edmunds version of "I Hear You Knocking" on the radio. At the same time, Chuck Berry's last big hit "My Ding A Ling" led Primich into the rock 'n roll pioneer's catalog and the legacy of Chess Records. Gary recorded 3 solo CDs for Amazing Records and appeared n recordings by Tish Hinojosa, Omar & the Howlers, Pat McLothlin, & Steve James. Sadly, Gary passed away in September of 2007.

Courses by this instructor:

Blues Harmonica

Carol StoberStober

Carol Stober is a multi-instrumental musician, entertainer, teacher, and recording artist. She has taught autoharp workshops, judged autoharp competitions at major festivals, performed at festivals, museums, churches, country music theaters, and theme parks. She is an Alabama solo arts council artist, conducting residencies in public schools. Carol has recorded three albums with autoharp, including: Patchwork, Country Sampler, and Rebekah, Down Home Family Band. They have been reissued on CD.

Courses by this instructor:

Beginning Autoharp

Ron Howard

Ron Howard is a master of country piano. In the early 1970s progressive country music scene in Austin Texas, Ron was a member of The Moods of Country. He was a constantly sought after session player and sideman. He later moved his family to Connecticut and continued performing and teaching as he still does today.

Courses by this instructor:

Country Piano With Ron Howard

Dan Foster

Dan Foster is a master of the Irish Tinwhistle and the Western Swing Fiddle. He has been the host of the acclaimed PBS KUT Folkways Radio Program and is one heck of a guy, dad, and husband.

Courses by this instructor:

Irish Fiddle Tunes for Tinwhistle

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