“After buying six mandolins and umpteen books…I am convinced your course is best $100 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., Bluegrass Mandolin 101 student
“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 a 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., Bluegrass Mandolin 101 student
Register by July 31 and save 20% (that’s $100—$25 off the regular price of $125)!
This course is intended to help the aspiring mandolinist build up repertoire and find ways of creating new solos over commonly played standards; it’s also designed in the hope that it will encourage students to get out and jam with other players!
Each week, we’ll look at four bluegrass standard tunes: two instrumentals and two vocal songs in a particular key. Students will be given lead sheets (in standard notation and tablature) for each song, as well as a few exercises to help them learn more about the fretboard and start incorporating new ideas into their solos. Concepts and tunes will be taught during the class session, and all tunes will be revisited during Saturday practice sessions in a “jam session” format, where each song is played several times though, and students have the opportunity to try out some of the week’s concepts on the tunes (with guidance from Matt).
While this course is a continuation of the Bluegrass Mandolin Jamming course which completed in late July, it is not necessary for students to have taken the first course to be able to take the second course. The Bluegrass Mandolin Jamming II course is intended to reinforce many of the concepts taught in the previous course, while expanding the student’s knowledge of the fretboard beyond where the first course left off.
The course begins August 16 and runs through September 9. The first two class sessions will meet on Wednesdays at 2 pm eastern time (7 or 8 pm in the UK and most of Europe) and 9 pm eastern time. The last two class sessions meet Tuesday afternoons and evenings at the same times. Practice/review sessions meet every Saturday from 11-11:45 am eastern time.
Students are encouraged to attend the live sessions to be able to interact more directly with the instructor, but live attendance is not required. Students will be able to view the recordings of all of the sessions any time afterward as often as they want through the class website.
Here is the curriculum:
WEEK 1 (August 16)
Key of E
Position Playing in E
E Chord Tones and Double Stops
You Won’t Be Satisfied That Way
In the Pines
Footprints in the Snow
Glory in the Meeting House
WEEK 2 (August 23)
Some Minor Key Tunes
A Variety of Minor Chords
E Minor Scales and Patterns
Throwing in Some Minor Double Stops
Rain and Snow
WEEK 3 (August 29)
Key of B
Positions in B
B Chord Tones and Double Stops
Chop Chords and “Open” Style Chords in B
My Walking Shoes
Molly and Tenbrooks
I Cried Again
WEEK 4 (September 5)
Key of Bb
Using Open Strings in Bb
Position playing in Bb
Bb Chord Tones and Double Stops
Dream of a Miner’s Child
Shackles and Chains
The course fee is $125. Register by July 31 for $100—that’s just $12.50 per class session!