“Your courses have opened my musical mind, focused my practice and expanded my skill far beyond expectation.”—-Steve F.
“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.
Welcome to the Mandolin Fretboard and Music Theory Exercises online course! This course is intended to help students learn more about the mandolin fretboard and learn some music theory along they way as they progress through a series of exercises week by week. Students will be given scale, arpeggio and transposition exercises each week to help them find their way around the fretboard in various keys. Students at all levels are encouraged to participate, though the course will likely be most beneficial to students at an upper beginner to higher intermediate level.
Class sessions meet every Tuesday evening from July 10 to August 1 at 9 pm central time, and practice/review sessions meet every Saturday from July 14 to August 4 11 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.
Students are encouraged to prioritize certain exercises according to their ability level, and are given the option of adding to many of the exercises in order to further challenge themselves if they wish to. Part of the intent of the course is to challenge students at a variety of levels, and to help students advance their playing, learn new musical ideas and have more fun playing the mandolin regardless of their ability level.
MUSIC THEORY AND MANDOLIN FRETBOARD EXERCISES CURRICULUM (July 10-August 4)
Week 1 (July 10)
Major scale on one string
Major scales in six keys
Numbering notes in scales
Two fingerings for major scales
A few licks in two positions
Simple song #1 in various keys
Week 2 (July 17)
Building chords from scales
Moving closed chords around the neck
Arpeggios (1-3-5-3) in six keys
Starting licks from chord tones (3234321 etc.)
Simple song #2 in various keys
Week 3 (July 24)
Adding ii and vi chords to chord progressions
Minor arpeggios in six keys
Minor chord progressions
Finding scales and arpeggios in various keys
Two more major scale fingerings
Simple song #3 in various keys
Week 4 (July 31)
Dominant 7 arpeggios
Mixolydian scales in six keys
A few scale patterns
Finding I-IV-V roots in various positions on the neck
Simple song #4 in various keys
The course fee is $125. Register here.