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Mandolinist Sierra Hull releases teaching video

Monday, March 15, 2010 – Young mandolin ace Sierra Hull releases her very first teaching DVD titled "Secrets Songs & Tunes," on Tuesday, March 16 with AcuTab. The DVD is based on the music from her 2008 Rounder Records release, "Secrets," and provides viewers with one on one mandolin instruction as she takes them through the different songs on the album.

The DVD offers four hours of instruction from Hull. The two-DVD set is also packaged with an informational printed booklet that contains the music from the solos she teaches.

In her AcuTab DVD, Hull teaches 7 songs and solos from Secrets, plus 2 tunes from a limited-release CD she recorded at age 13. She goes into detail demonstrating the solos, putting even the more complex pieces (like Smashville and Hullarious) within the reach of intermediate level mandolinists.

Sierra, a student at Berklee School of Music in Boston, is assisted in the studio by Kenny Smith on guitar, Ron Block on banjo and Zak McLamb on bass and AcuTab's John Lawless discusses the different techniques with Hull throughout.

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Weighted Mind CD review - Weighted Mind
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Daybreak CD review - Daybreak
Sierra Hull may have made her mark at 16 with her debut album, but as she sings on the opening track Easy Come, Easy Go from "Daybreak," "I'm not a child any more." Any talk of 'child prodigy' ought to cease with this assured sophomore effort, produced by Union Station's Barry Bales and Hull. She isn't a flashy picker or vocalist, yet her self confident mastery of both shines throughout songs such as the traditional bluegrass of Don't Pick Me Up »»»
Secrets CD review - Secrets
Though but a teenager, Sierra Hull has already joined the ranks of accomplished young mandolin virtuosos. She picks it fast, but clean and with tone, taste, and timing typical of a far more experienced player. Her lightening licks on "Smashville" and "Hullarious" are surely Chris Thile influenced. Hull has a voice of adolescence and innocence, but she is quite professional. Her vocals recall Alison Krause a few years back. Producer Ron Block of Union Station and Hull »»»
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Concert Review: Rising Appalachia buck the mainsteam, and that's fine with them – Rising Appalachia would not be accused of being in the musical mainstream. Not too many bands who combine folk and Appalachian sounds with new world music could possibly be. And that suits the sister-led duo of Chloe Smith and Leah Song just fine. In fact, at one point, Chloe made it clear she did not embrace radio play as a sign of success... »»»
Concert Review: Bingham plays with something to prove – Ryan Bingham mainly focused on songs from his sixth album "American Love Song," for this lively show. Backed by a supportive band that also included two female backup singers and a fiddler, Bingham's eclectic setlist touched upon country, singer/songwriter folk, rock and blues. Bingham reached for lively country sounds early on, with... »»»
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