We are excited to announce a new online course in mandolin by Matt Flinner. Students can access weekly group lessons every Tuesday evening at 8 pm CST, and join in practice sessions every Saturday morning at 10 am CST. The course will begin on October 8th and conclude November 30th.
Over the course of this 8-week class we’ll get very familiar with the basics of bluegrass mandolin. We’ll focus on five general themes:
Playing in common bluegrass keys
We’ll look at several standard bluegrass songs and start with straightforward ways of playing them. Over the course of the lessons we’ll gradually embellish these songs, expanding your knowledge of the fretboard and helping you find your own ways of playing bluegrass songs.
During each 60-minute session, we’ll break down the material for that week and play through slowly in a group lesson format. Questions will be taken over the course of the session. In addition, every Saturday Matt will conduct a 45-minute practice session to play through some picking exercises, warmup exercises and some of the materials covered in the previous class session. All materials will be written in standard notation and tablature, and will be downloadable in PDF format. In addition, videos of Matt playing the materials through at a slow tempo will be available for download to help you practice along on your own time.
Bonus materials will be available each week for the more ambitious student! Plus a few additional surprises along the way…
This course will meet every Tuesday evening from 8 to 9 pm CST. Additional “practice sessions” with Matt will meet Saturday mornings from 10 to 10:45 am CST.
All webinars will be recorded, so students can revisit any past webinar if they were unable to be there during the live presentation. Students can also revisit recorded webinars as often as they like over the 8 week course and afterward.
Students are encouraged to send Matt mp3s (or whatever their preferred format is) of themselves playing the material for critique at any points during the course. Matt will respond with mp3s of constructive criticism personalized to that student.
The course is open to players of all ability levels. Materials will range from beginner level to advanced, and students are encouraged to focus on the material best suited to their level; the rest of the material can be saved for future use!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED TO PARTICIPATE:
1. A desktop or laptop Mac or PC computer to view the sessions.
2. An internal microphone and speakers on your laptop or desktop computer, or a phone to listen and speak (if desired) during the sessions. Instructions for participating by phone are included when you register for the course (long distance charges may apply).
3. During the course, you have the option of submitting recorded examples of your playing to the instructor (and to the group, if desired). In order to do this, you will need your computer’s built-in microphone or an external microphone plugged directly into your computer (via built-in ports or an external audio interface), in addition to basic audio recording software, such as Audacity or Garage Band, that will allow you to record yourself playing and save the recording in MP3 format.
4. A mandolin (maybe that should have been #1).
The fee for the course is $200.
To register, visit the Bluegrass Mandolin 101 registration page.
WEEK 1: Three warmup exercises
Intro to position playing
Intro to Double stops
Will the Circle Be Unbroken
Bonus material: Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie
WEEK 2: Moving to the Key of A
I’ll Fly Away
Some tag licks to add to your solos
Backup playing and fills
Bonus material: You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere
WEEK 3: Small Position Shifts: Banks of the Ohio
Adding some licks to your solos
Double Stop Exercises: D
Bonus material: Blue Ridge Cabin Home
WEEK 4: Position Playing II
Three different kickoffs
Bonus material: Man of Constant Sorrow
WEEK 5: Shifting from Position I to Position Ii
You Are My Sunshine
Transposing to Other Keys
Bonus material: Where the Soul of Man Never Dies
WEEK 6: More Position Shifts: Sittin’ On Top of the World
Turnarounds: I-V-I Progressions
Double Stop exercises: C
Bonus material: Gold Watch and Chain
WEEK 7: Moving Double Stops Around to Create Melody
An Approach to Improvising
Bonus material: Panhandle Country
WEEK 8: Other keys: B, E, F, Bb.
My Long Journey Home
A few licks using “open” style double stops
Bonus material: Goin’ Up Home to Live in Green Pastures
Register here. If you have questions, feel free to email Matt at firstname.lastname@example.org