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Beatles for Mandolin Curriculum (March 20-June 2)

 

“Your course was exactly what I have been looking for.  It was well structured with a ton of good material.  I like that fact that we were given tunes to learn but also tools that allows me expand the lessons beyond the course tunes to others that I already know.”—Todd M.

 

 

“This was the best online learning experience I’ve ever had.  And, for the time and money, the best music learning experience in any format:  DVD, video, group, or individual live lessons.”—Christine R.

 

Register by March 1st and save $50!  

 

Register here.

See the Celtic Mandolin Curriculum.

See the New Acoustic Mandolin Curriculum.

 

 

 

Welcome to Beatles for Mandolin with Matt Flinner!  This course will explore the songs of the Beatles while enabling students to learn more about mandolin technique, be more versatile in various styles of playing, and have a whole lot of fun along the way.  The course will focus on a few main areas: learning various rhythms with a consistent picking hand technique, learning new ways of playing chords, strengthening fundamentals such as picking and fingering, and getting to know the fretboard better in various keys—as well as learning some great tunes along the way.  

Each week, students will be given exercises related to picking technique, chords, licks or double stops, along with a couple of (mostly) familiar Beatles songs.  Students will also be given a simple “riff” tune each week (though they’ll gradually get more complicated over the 8-week course) to explore the fingerboard with in various keys.  The goal is to get students to strengthen their fundamental technique, learn more about the fretboard, get better at playing by ear—and do all of the above in a fun way.

The course will run from March 20 to June 2, with class sessions on Tuesday evenings at 9 pm eastern time and follow-up practice/review sessions on Saturdays at 11 am eastern time.  

 

The course fee is $225.  Register by March 1st for just $175!

 

 

Here is the schedule:

 

WEEK 1 

Rhythmic Patterns

Rhythm Exercise I

Rhythm Exercise II

A Bit of Soloing

All My Loving

Please Please Me

Riff: Love Me Do

 

WEEK 2 

Rock & Roll Rhythm

Rhythm Exercise III

Down-picking Exercise

Twist and Shout

Revolution

Riff: Birthday

 

WEEK 3 

Using Double Stops in Soloing

Double Stop Exercise I

Diatonic Double Stops

Chord Inversions

This Boy

Two of Us

Riff: Day Tripper

 

WEEK 4 

Blues in Rock

Blues Scales

I’m Down

Drive My Car

Riff: Hey Bulldog

 

WEEK 5 

Various Picking Patterns

Picking Exercise II

Picking Exercise III

Here Comes the Sun

Because

Riff: Paperback Writer

 

WEEK 6 

Mixing Meters

Strumming Patterns in Mixed Meters

Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds

Good Day Sunshine

Riff: In My Life

 

WEEK 7 

Diatonic Chords

Diatonic Chords in G Major

Blackbird

Here There and Everywhere

Riff: I Feel Fine

 

WEEK 8 

More Complex Chord Progressions

More Chord Inversions

Chord Tones in Soloing

Strawberry Fields Forever

Yesterday

Riff: Norwegian Wood

 

Sign up by March 1st for just $175 ($50 off the normal course fee)!  That’s under $12 per class session.  

 

Register here.

 

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