We are so stoked to have Marcel Ardans of the Lessons With Marcel YouTube channel as our guest on No Simple Road this week!
Marcel Ardans is a guitarist, teacher and YouTuber active in the Raleigh music scene. His time in the bluegrass scene began in the Pacific Northwest, where he wood-shedded and gigged extensively with local and regional acts. Rightfully earning the nickname “The Biggest Baddest Billy Goat In The Barnyard”. In 2015, he started the online business Lessons With Marcel. The goal was to bring flatpicking and bluegrass guitar to those who wanted instruction but lacked local resources, essentially trying to make bluegrass more accessible, to grow the community.
We chop it up with Marcel about:
- His experience of living with hearing loss as a musician and trying to get into music school.
- His deep love and obsession with Bluegrass music and why it’s a Normal Rockwell painting.
- His reasons for wanting to play music and teach music later on in life.
- Why he decided to bring the history lessons back to the YouTube channel.
- His take on both traditional and the new grass styles.
- How learning the roots of a thing only deepens your experience with it.
- His new podcast “Podcast With Marcel’ and how that came to be.
- How he has dealt with a growing community.
… and much, much more!
Head over to his YouTube Channel ‘Lessons With Marcel’ and his website www.lessonswithmarcel.com for more info, lessons, music, and more!
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