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Matt Flinner

Bluegrass Mandolin 103: Advanced Bluegrass Curriculum

MattFlinner_picSign up for two courses and get $50 off!  Use the discount code “bigmon” when you register for your second course for a course fee of just $150.



“After buying six mandolins and umpteen books…I am convinced your course is best $ I have invested in my mandolin journey to date.  Finally, I’m getting the discpline I need with your exercises to learn scales, arpeggios, double stops, fingering techniques, learn the fretboard (the essential tools I need)…and most importantly to learn how those things fit into playing tunes.”—Rick D.


“I have to say that making everything available online is a great convenience for me. Being able to stop and return to a more challenging exercise or a newer phrase is great for learning. I also really appreciate your availability to answer questions offline. This is a great course, and I feel as though I’m improving daily because of it.”—Joe C.


Explore the wide and wonderful world of modern bluegrass mandolin with Grammy-nominated mandolinist Matt Flinner.  This course picks up where Bluegrass Mandolin 102 leaves off, and will lead students through advanced subjects including more difficult keys, using double stops and positions as well as melodic patterns, and getting a more thorough knowledge of the fretboard.  The styles of such players as Doyle Lawson, Adam Steffey, Sam Bush, David Grisman and Ricky Skaggs will be discussed, giving students more options in their approaches to soloing and playing backup.  Modern and older standards by the likes of Bill Monroe, J.D. Crowe and the New South, Del McCoury, Alison Krauss, Flatt and Scruggs and Tony Rice will be explored.  It’s a fun way to expand your chops and learn some new tunes!


The course fee is $200.  Sign up for two courses and get $50 off!  Use the discount code “bigmon” when you register for your second course for a course fee of just $150.


Register here.

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WEEK 1 (3/29)

Two approaches to the Key of G

Double stops in G and licks that arise from them

Moving between positions

A few melodic patterns

I’ve Endured

I Wonder Where You Are Tonight


WEEK 2 (4/5)

The Key of F

A few positions in F

Moving double stops from chord to chord in various positions

Double stops over a scale

Don’t Let Your Deal Go Down

Rock Salt and Nails


WEEK 3 (4/12)

The Key of B

Using various positions in B

Double Stop Exercise in B

Some licks using open strings in B

Blue Night

Born to Be With You


WEEK 4 (4/19)

A couple of more advanced instrumentals

Exercises using various forms of double stops

Creating melodies mixing double stops and lines

A few more melodic lines in G


Back Up and Push


WEEK 5 (4/26)

The Key of E

Using open strings in E

Various double stop positions in E and moving between them

Licks specific to the key of E

Dark As the Night, Blue As the Day

Every Time You Say Goodbye


WEEK 6 (5/4)

Cross Tunings

Playing chords in cross tunings

A few melodic patterns to try

Varying the melody in subtle ways

Get Up John

Black Mountain Rag


WEEK 7 (5/9)

Different Rhythms

Applying picking patterns to various rhythms

A bit of Cross-picking

Deep Elem Blues

Devil in Disguise


WEEK 8 (5/24)

The Key of Bb

Using open strings in Bb

Various closed positions in Bb, and moving between them

A few handy melodic runs

Big Spike Hammer

I’m Knockin’ on Your Door


Register for Bluegrass Mandolin 103: Advanced Bluegrass here.

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