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Bluegrass Mandolin Summer Intensive 104 Curriculum

By Theme Admin on July 14th, 2014 at 2:20 AM

The Bluegrass Mandolin 101 online lessons program continues this summer with two more four-week long intensive courses designed to help your overall mandolin playing technique.  Each week, we’ll look at seven exercises intended to increase your knowledge of the fretboard and help your picking hand control as we look at seven different areas: picking exercises, fingering exercises, scale exercises, arpeggios, chord exercises, double stops, and licks.  We’ll also learn a new tune each week and apply the ideas from each of the exercises to that week’s tune; by practicing these exercises in this context, students get some practical applications for the exercises as well as some ideas for variations on tunes.

The 104 level course begins August 13th and runs through September 17th.  Class sessions meet every Wednesday evening from 8 to 9 pm Central time, and practice/review sessions meet every Saturday from 11:15 am-noon Central time.  (Matt will be taking the week of September 3 off due to his touring schedule, so the final lesson will take place Sept 10 rather than Sept 3).  There will also be a final review session on September 17 at 8 pm central to go over many of the concepts and all of the tunes learned during the course.

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.

The 104 level course is intended for players at an intermediate/advanced level.  While this course is a continuation of the Bluegrass Mandolin Intensive 102 course which concluded in early July, it is not necessary for students to have taken the 102 course to be able to take the 104 course.  104 is intended to reinforce many of the concepts taught in 102 while pushing the student’s technique further than the 102 level did.

Register for the 104 course here.

To view the curriculum for the 103 level course, click here.

 

Here is the curriculum:

 

WEEK 1:

Two string picking exercise: building speed

Fingering exercise I: across the strings

Chord exercise: ways of playing ii-V-I chord progressions

G Major scale in seven positions

Major 7 arpeggios in root position, 1st inversion and 2nd inversion

Diatonic double stops in three keys

Hammer-on pull-off triplet lick

Tune of the week: Sweet Sue

 

WEEK 2:

Four string picking exercise

Fingering exercise: position shifts on one string

Chord exercise: using open major and minor chords and getting a big sound

Scale exercise: major scale patterns using 3rds, 4ths and 6ths

Arpeggio exercise: G and F ascending arpeggios

E minor double stop exercise

Two hammer-on and pull-off licks

Tune of the week: John Riley the Shepherd

 

WEEK 3:

Crosspicking exercise

Fingering exercise on two strings

Chord exercise: finding neighboring chords on trickier progressions

Scale exercise: D Major scale in seven positions

Arpeggio exercise: diatonic 7th arpeggios in three keys

Double stop exercise: smooth double stops on trickier chord progressions

A Chuck Berry-style lick

Tune of the week: Salty Dog Blues

 

WEEK 4:

Reverse picking exercise

Fingering exercise across the strings

Chord exercise: VI-ii-V-I progressions

Scale exercise: diminished scales

Arpeggio with neighbor tones exercise

Double stop exercise: alternating between “open” and “closed” style double stops

ii-V-I lick

Tune of the week: Blue Moon

 

The fee for the course is $100.

Register for 104 here.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Bluegrass Mandolin Summer Intensive 103 Curriculum

By Theme Admin on July 14th, 2014 at 1:52 AM

The Bluegrass Mandolin 101 online lessons program continues this summer with two more four-week long intensive courses designed to help your overall mandolin playing technique.  Each week, we’ll look at seven exercises intended to increase your knowledge of the fretboard and help your picking hand control as we look at seven different areas: picking exercises, fingering exercises, scale exercises, arpeggios, chord exercises, double stops, and licks.  We’ll also learn a new tune each week and apply the ideas from several of the exercises to that week’s tune; by practicing these exercises in this context, students get some practical applications for the exercises as well as some ideas for variations on tunes.

The 103 level course begins August 12 and runs through September 16.  Class sessions meet every Tuesday evening from 8 to 9 pm central time, and practice/review sessions meet every Saturday from 10-10:45 am central time.  (Matt will be taking the week of September 2 off due to his touring schedule, so the final lesson will take place Sept 9 rather than Sept 2).  There will also be a final review session on September 16 at 8 pm central to go over many of the concepts and all of the tunes learned during the course.

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.

You can register for the 103 course here.

To view the curriculum for the 104 level course, click here.

The 103 level course is intended for players at a beginner/intermediate level.  While this course is a continuation of the Bluegrass Mandolin Intensive 101 course which completed in early July, it is not necessary for students to have taken the 101 course to be able to take the 103 course.  103 is intended to reinforce many of the concepts taught in 101 while pushing the student’s technique further than the 101 level did.

Here is the curriculum:

 

WEEK 1 (August 12):

Picking exercise using three rhythms

Hammer-on and pull-off fingering exercise

Chord Inversions

Major scales in six keys with a new pattern

Arpeggio exercise: going from I-IV, I-V and I-bVII using chord tones

Double Stop Exercise: Bile Them Cabbage Down Exercise in Six Keys

Hammer-on and pull-off licks

Tune of the week: Cluck Old Hen

 

WEEK 2 (August 19):

Tremolo exercise

Closed position fingering exercise across the strings

Chord exercise: waltz time using open style chords

Closed position scales and patterns in G, D, and A

Arpeggio exercise: closed position major arpeggios in seven keys

Double Stop Exercise: open style double stops

Monroe-style tag lick in six keys

Tune of the week: Tennessee Waltz

 

WEEK 3 (August 26):

Three string picking exercise

Chromatic fingering exercise I

Chord exercise: throwing some melodic runs into chord progressions

Scale exercise: major scales starting on 1, 3 and 5 in six keys

Arpeggio exercise: major arpeggios (1353) around the circle of fifths

Double stop exercise: double stops around the circle of fifths

Cool C and F licks

Tune of the week: Alabama Jubilee

 

WEEK 4 (September 9):

Four string picking exercise

Chromatic fingering exercise II

Blues chord progression using shuffle rhythm

Major scales in Bb, Eb, Ab, C#, F#, B

Arpeggio exercise: arpeggiating chord changes on tunes

Double stop exercise: double stops with neighbor tones

Blues lick in six keys

Tune of the week: T for Texas

 

The fee for the course is $100.

Register for 103 here.

 


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The Next Bluegrass Mandolin Summer Intensive Courses Begin August 12 & 13

By Theme Admin on July 6th, 2014 at 10:23 PM

Welcome to the Bluegrass Mandolin 101 online program!

The Bluegrass Mandolin 101 program continues this summer with a second series of 4-week online intensive courses beginning August 12 & 13 and focusing on technique.  Each week students are invited to attend a live online class session in which they will be given seven exercises focusing on various aspects of mandolin technique: picking exercises, fingering exercises, double stops, arpeggio exercises, scale exercises, chord exercises and licks.  A tune will be taught each week as well, and the exercises will be used in the tune to give them some practical context and help the student create variations and work toward improvisation.

Each week, students can join the 60-minute live sessions on Tuesday (103 level) or Wednesday (104 level) nights to learn the exercises and ask questions via chat window or audio. In addition, Matt will conduct live practice sessions on Saturday mornings to review the week’s materials and take questions. Students will also have access to recorded videos of each exercise, as well as practice mp3s and PDFs of all of the material. Students can also watch the recorded videos of all live sessions after the fact, in case they missed any of the live sessions and/or would like to review them. All videos, mp3s and PDFs can be downloaded and kept by the students after the course is finished.

The 103 course is intended for beginner to intermediate level players, and is designed as a continuation of the 101 level course which finished up on July 5.  However, it is not required that students take the 101 course to be able to take the 103 course.  Both courses are targeted to beginner/intermediate level players and are intended to help improve overall technique.  A basic knowledge of chords, basic picking technique and some melodies is helpful but not absolutely necessary, as most exercises are intended to address fundamental technique issues, and should prove helpful to players of many ability levels.

The 104 course is intended for intermediate to advanced level players, and is designed as a continuation of the 102 level course which also finished up on July 5.  However, it is not required that students take the 102 course to be able to take the 104 course.  Both courses are targeted to intermediate/advanced level players and are intended to help improve overall technique.  A general knowledge of chords, picking technique and several tunes is recommended.

The 103 Intensive course begins August 12, and the 104 Intensive course begins August 13.  Both courses will finish up on September 13 with the final practice/review sessions (we’ll be taking the week of Sept 1 off due to Matt’s touring schedule, but there will still be four class sessions and four practice/review sessions for each course).  In addition, both courses will include a final practice/review session to go over many of the concepts and exercises plus all of the tunes learned during the course.  These will take place on September 16 (103 level) and September 17 (104 level).

The fee for each four-week course is $100.  Students need only a computer and a good internet connection (and a mandolin).

 

The curriculum for the 103 level course can be viewed here.

The curriculum for the 104 level course can be viewed here.

 

To register for 103, visit the 103 registration page.

To register for 104, visit the 104 registration page.

If you have questions, feel free to email Matt at info@mattflinner.com.

 


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Summer Mandolin Intensive Courses Begin Tuesday and Wednesday

By Theme Admin on June 9th, 2014 at 5:08 AM

Welcome to Bluegrass Mandolin 101 and 102!

The Bluegrass Mandolin 101 program continues this summer with 4-week online intensive courses focusing on technique.  Each week students are invited to attend a live online class session in which they will be given seven exercises focusing on various aspects of mandolin technique: picking exercises, fingering exercises, double stops, arpeggio exercises, scale exercises, chord exercises and licks.  A tune will be taught each week as well, and the exercises will be used in the tune to give them some practical context and help the student create variations.

Each week, students can join the 60-minute live sessions on Tuesday (101 level) or Wednesday (102 level) nights to learn the exercises and ask questions via chat window or audio. In addition, Matt will conduct live practice sessions on Saturday mornings to review the week’s materials and take questions. Students will also have access to recorded videos of each exercise, as well as practice mp3s and PDFs of all of the material. Students can also watch the recorded videos of all live sessions after the fact, in case they missed any of the live sessions and/or would like to review them. All videos, mp3s and PDFs can be downloaded and kept by the students after the course is finished.

The 101 course is intended for beginner to intermediate level players.  A basic knowledge of chords, basic picking technique and some melodies is helpful but not absolutely necessary, as most exercises are intended to address fundamental technique issues, and should prove helpful to players of many ability levels.

The 102 course is intended for intermediate to advanced level players. A general knowledge of chords, picking technique and several tunes is recommended.

The 101 Intensive course begins June 10, and the 102 Intensive course begins June 11.  Both courses will finish up on July 5 with the final practice/review sessions.

The fee for each four-week course is $100.  Students need only a computer and a good internet connection (and a mandolin).

To view the curriculum for the 101 course click here.

To view the curriculum for the 101 course click here.

To register for 101, visit the 101 registration page.

To register for 102, visit the 102 registration page.

If you have questions, feel free to email Matt at info@mattflinner.com.

 


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Free Online Mandolin Lesson 6/7/14

By Theme Admin on June 8th, 2014 at 3:51 AM

Hi folks,

 

Here’s our lesson from earlier today in its entirety.  We learned a new tune, “Hawks and Eagles” (or actually a really old tune), and also worked on a few picking exercises plus some scale, arpeggio and double stop exercises.  Then we tried plugging a few of those into the tune to create some variations.  And we got to watch a wasp buzz around my head repeatedly (the wasp eventually exited through a window, by the way).

 http://vimeo.com/97615906

This lesson is a bit of a sample of what we’ll be working on in the Bluegrass Mandolin 101 and 102 Summer Intensive courses.  These courses will be more exercise and technique-focused; we’ll use a tune each week to apply the exercises to, as we did in today’s lesson, but we’ll be adding some chord exercises and fingering exercises into the mix.  The focus will be on improving overall mandolin technique and applying technique exercises to actual tunes.

For more information on the Summer Intensive courses, visit the info page.


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Free Mandolin Lesson on Saturday, 6/7

By Theme Admin on June 6th, 2014 at 12:56 AM

Join us online Saturday, June 7 at 11 am central time for a free mandolin lesson with Matt Flinner.  Matt will be conducting the lesson in a workshop format live on the internet from 11 am to noon central time.

The workshop will focus on several exercises to help improve technique, including picking exercises, double stop exercises and scale and arpeggio exercises.  We’ll also learn a new tune and look at a few ways of varying it using some of the exercises as examples.  PDFs of the material will be provided for download.

Students will also get a preview of Matt’s Bluegrass Mandolin 101 and 102 level Summer Intensive Courses, which begin June 10 and 11.

Students need only a computer and a good internet connection (and a mandolin).  A microphone is optional, as students can ask questions via audio if they’d like to.  Students also have the option of using a phone to hear the audio and be able to speak if desired (more info is provided on this when you register).  Students have generally asked questions via chat window rather than audio, and it seems to work pretty efficiently.

All ability levels are welcome.

This lesson also gives students of the Summer Intensive Courses (both 101 and 102 levels) a chance to familiarize themselves with the Citrix interface we’ll be using for the courses.  It’s free and easy to use!

To register for the workshop, visit the registration page.

For more information on the Summer Intensive Courses, visit the info page.


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Summer Mandolin Intensive Course 102 Curriculum

By Theme Admin on May 27th, 2014 at 11:08 PM

The Bluegrass Mandolin 101 online lessons program continues this summer with two four-week long intensive courses designed to help your overall mandolin playing technique.  Each week, we’ll look at seven exercises intended to increase your knowledge of the fretboard and help your picking hand control as we look at seven different areas: picking exercises, fingering exercises, scale exercises, arpeggios, chord exercises, double stops, and licks.  We’ll also learn a new tune each week and apply the ideas from each of the exercises to that week’s tune; by practicing these exercises in this context, students get some practical applications for the exercises as well as some ideas for variations on tunes.

The 102 level course begins June 11th and runs through July 5th.  Class sessions meet every Wednesday evening from 8 to 9 pm Central time, and practice/review sessions meet every Saturday from 11:15 am-noon Central 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 the sessions any time afterward as often as they want through the class website.

Register for the 102 course here.

To view the curriculum for the 101 level course, click here.

 

Students will have access to:

The live sessions (Tuesdays and Saturdays) with Matt on the internet

Recordings of the above sessions

Shorter videos of all of the exercises and songs

mp3s of the songs to practice with

Feedback from the instructor for any mp3s students submit for review

The class website, which includes all of the above plus a discussion forum and mp3 submission area

 

The 102 level course is intended for students at an intermediate to advanced level.  Some material may be more easy or more challenging for individual students.  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.

 

Here is the 102 Curriculum:

 

WEEK 1

Picking Exercise: 2-string exercises across the strings

Fingering Exercise: finger combinations on one string, full range of the string

Scale Exercise: Closed position scales in A

Arpeggio Exercise: Major 7 Arpeggios, 2 octaves

Double Stop Exercise: Double stops in E

Chord Exercise: 3 note chords

Lick: Arpeggio on one string lick

Tune: Black Mountain Rag

 

WEEK 2

Picking Exercise: boogie-woogie picking exercise

Fingering Exercise: finger combinations on two strings

Scale Exercise: Mixolydian to Major scale exercise

Arpeggio Exercise: Dominant 7th Arpeggios, 2 octaves

Double Stop Exercise: Double Stops in A—various inversions on I-IV-V

Chord Exercise: Inversions of 7th chords

Lick: Mixolydian lick around the circle of 5ths

Tune: Sweet Georgia Brown

 

WEEK 3

Picking Exercise: 3 string picking/chord exercise

Fingering Exercise: Chromatic fingering exercise

Scale Exercise: Playing Dorian, Mixolydian and Major scales over a chord progression

Arpeggio Exercise: Minor 7 Arpeggios, 2 octaves

Double Stop Exercise: creating smooth ii-V-I double stops

Chord Exercise: ii7-V7-I progressions in 6 keys

Lick: “‘Round Midnight” lick in 6 keys

Tune: Lady Be Good

 

WEEK 4

Picking Exercise: Triplets

Fingering Exercise: Chromatic fingering exercise II

Scale Exercise: Bb Major scale and pattern in thirds

Arpeggio Exercise: Minor, Dominant and Major Arpeggios in a key

Double Stop Exercise: Double Stops in Bb

Chord Exercise: Diatonic 3 note chords

Lick: V-I triplet lick

Tune: Big Spike Hammer

 

The fee for the course is $100.

Students can resister for both the 101 and 102 courses at a discounted rate of $180.  You can go ahead and sign up for both and we’ll apply the discount afterwards, or email Matt at info@mattflinner.com if you want to make other payment arrangements or have questions.

 

You can register for the 102 course here.

To view the 101 level curriculum, click here.

To return to the Summer Mandolin Intensive 101 and 102 page, click here.

 


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Summer Mandolin Intensive Course 101 Curriculum

By Theme Admin on May 27th, 2014 at 10:57 PM

The Bluegrass Mandolin 101 online lessons program continues this summer with two four-week long intensive courses designed to help your overall mandolin playing technique.  Each week, we’ll look at seven exercises intended to increase your knowledge of the fretboard and help your picking hand control as we look at seven different areas: picking exercises, fingering exercises, scale exercises, arpeggios, chord exercises, double stops, and licks.  We’ll also learn a new tune each week and apply the ideas from each of the exercises to that week’s tune; by practicing these exercises in this context, students get some practical applications for the exercises as well as some ideas for variations on tunes.

The 101 level course begins June 10th and runs through July 5.  Class sessions meet every Tuesday evening from 8 to 9 pm Central time, and practice/review sessions meet every Saturday from 10-10:45 am Central 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 the sessions any time afterward as often as they want through the class website.

You can register for the 101 course here.

To view the curriculum for the 102 level course, click here.

 

Students will have access to:

The live sessions (Tuesdays and Saturdays) with Matt on the internet

Recordings of the above sessions

Shorter videos of all of the exercises and songs

mp3s of the songs to practice with

Feedback from the instructor for any mp3s students submit for review

The class website, which includes all of the above plus a discussion forum and mp3 submission area

 

The 101 level course is intended for students at a beginner to intermediate level.  Some material may be more easy or more challenging for individual students.  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.

 

Here is the 101 Curriculum:

WEEK 1 (June 10): Picking Exercise on one string

Fingering exercise: finger combinations across the strings

Scale exercises: major scales in 6 keys and broken thirds

Arpeggio Exercises: Major 7 Arpeggios in 6 keys

Chord Exercises: “Guitar-style” rhythm on I-IV-V in 6 keys

Double Stop Exercise: Double Stops in G

Lick: V-I Monroe-style lick

Tune: Blue Ridge Cabin Home

 

WEEK 2 (June 17): Syncopated picking exercise

Fingering exercise: finger combinations on one string in first position

Scale exercises: Mixolydian scales in 6 keys, broken thirds

Arpeggio exercises: Dominant 7 Arpeggios in 6 keys

Chord Exercise: I-vi-IV-V exercise

Double Stop Exercise: Double Stops in G (I-IV-V) around the neck

Lick: V-I lick in 6 keys

Tune: Dill Pickle Rag

 

WEEK 3 (June 24): Picking exercise on 2 strings

Fingering exercise: finger combinations across three strings at a time

Scale exercises: Dorian scales in 6 keys, broken thirds

Arpeggio exercises: Minor 7 Arpeggios in 6 keys

Chord Exercise: Minor i-iv-V progressions

Double Stop exercise: Double stops in C

Lick: Bluesy lick in 6 keys

Tune: Shady Grove

 

WEEK 4 (July 1): Picking exercise on 3 and 4 strings

Fingering exercise:

Scale exercise: Blues scales in 6 keys

Arpeggio exercise:

Chord Exercise: 7th chords over a blues progression

Double Stop exercise: Double Stops in A

Lick: Monroe bluesy lick

Tune: Milk Cow Blues

 

The fee for the course is $100.

Students can register for both the 101 and 102 level courses at a discounted rate of $180.  You can go ahead and register for both and we’ll refund the discounted amount afterwards, or you can email Matt at info@mattflinner.com to make other payment arrangements or get more information.   We suggest you use the $20 savings for therapy!

 

Register for 101 here.

To view the 102 level curriculum, click here.

To visit the Summer Intensive 101 and 102 program page, click here.


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Summer Mandolin Intensive Courses

By Theme Admin on April 25th, 2014 at 3:23 PM

Welcome to Bluegrass Mandolin 101 and 102!

The Bluegrass Mandolin 101 program continues this summer with 4-week online intensive courses focusing on technique.  Each week students are invited to attend a live online class session in which they will be given seven exercises focusing on various aspects of mandolin technique: picking exercises, fingering exercises, double stops, arpeggio exercises, scale exercises, chord exercises and licks.  A tune will be taught each week as well, and the exercises will be used in the tune to give them some practical context and help the student create variations.

Each week, students can join the 60-minute live sessions on Tuesday (101 level) or Wednesday (102 level) nights to learn the exercises and ask questions via chat window or audio. In addition, Matt will conduct live practice sessions on Saturday mornings to review the week’s materials and take questions. Students will also have access to recorded videos of each exercise, as well as practice mp3s and PDFs of all of the material. Students can also watch the recorded videos of all live sessions after the fact, in case they missed any of the live sessions and/or would like to review them. All videos, mp3s and PDFs can be downloaded and kept by the students after the course is finished.

The 101 course is intended for beginner to intermediate level players.  A basic knowledge of chords, basic picking technique and some melodies is helpful but not absolutely necessary, as most exercises are intended to address fundamental technique issues, and should prove helpful to players of many ability levels.

The 102 course is intended for intermediate to advanced level players. A general knowledge of chords, picking technique and several tunes is recommended.

The 101 Intensive course begins June 10, and the 102 Intensive course begins June 11.  Both courses will finish up on July 5 with the final practice/review sessions.

The fee for each four-week course is $100.  Students need only a computer and a good internet connection (and a mandolin).

To view the curriculum for the 101 course click here.

To view the curriculum for the 101 course click here.

To register for 101, visit the 101 registration page.

To register for 102, visit the 102 registration page.

If you have questions, feel free to email Matt at info@mattflinner.com.

 


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Bluegrass Mandolin 101 and 102 Courses Begin April 1 and 2

By Theme Admin on February 14th, 2014 at 3:19 AM

Welcome to mattflinner.com.  And welcome to Bluegrass Mandolin 101 and 102!

Every few months, I teach an online mandolin course focusing on certain aspects of bluegrass mandolin playing.  I strive to make these courses the best possible experience one can have in mandolin lessons online, and I do my best to provide the best instruction possible to players of all ability levels.  This Spring, I’ll be adding a second course to further expand the options for your bluegrass mandolin lessons online.

Here’s a description of the Bluegrass Mandolin 101 (and 102) experience that I hope will give you a good idea of what this exciting new style of online mandolin lessons is all about.

 

BLUEGRASS MANDOLIN 101 (and 102!)

The Bluegrass Mandolin 101 program is a unique approach to online mandolin lessons that gives students the best of both worlds: access to live lessons as well as recorded mandolin instructional videos.  This quarterly course focuses on helping mandolin students get to the next level in their playing and broaden their understanding of the bluegrass, old-time and fiddle tune traditions.

 

A UNIQUE APPROACH: LIVE INSTRUCTION PLUS INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEOS

Part of what makes Bluegrass Mandolin 101 unique is the fact that students follow a step-by-step program of live lessons over an eight-week course.  The live lessons get a little more challenging each week, and students are encouraged to practice during the week in order to get comfortable with that week’s concepts in order to be more prepared for the next class session.  Students also have unlimited access to several short instructional videos each week (usually about 6 to 8) but are also following a regular schedule which encourages them to actually practice the material regularly during the eight week period.  The archive of short instructional videos plus the video recordings of each class session and practice session give the student plenty of material to work with during the course and on into their future mandolin endeavors!

 

THIS QUARTER’S COURSES

For Spring Quarter, there will be TWO courses offered; Bluegrass Mandolin 101, which will start at a beginning/intermediate level and progress to a solidly intermediate level, and Bluegrass Mandolin 102, which will start at an intermediate level and progress to an intermediate/advanced level.  Both courses will in general focus on playing bluegrass songs and tunes in a double stop/position playing style, and will include two new tunes and several new exercises each week.   You can view the full curriculum for each course here: Bluegrass Mandolin 101 and Bluegrass Mandolin 102.

 

THE SCHEDULE

The live lessons for the Bluegrass Mandolin 101 course take place every Tuesday night from 8-9 pm Central time from April 1 to May 27, and for the Bluegrass Mandolin 102 course every Wednesday from 8-9 pm Central time from April 2 to May 28.  Both courses will also have Saturday practice/review sessions; 101 will be from 10-10:45 am Central time, and 102 will be from 11:30 am-12:15 pm Central time each Saturday from April 5 through May 31 (the week of May 20 will be off, as the instructor has a prior commitment during that week.  There will still be eight class sessions and eight practice sessions in each course).

It is NOT imperative that students be able to attend the live mandolin bluegrass sessions.  As all sessions will be recorded, students can revisit the recorded sessions during the week to catch up on that week’s material at their own leisure.  Students attending the live lessons will be able to ask questions on the spot (and get immediate answers and interaction), while those watching the recorded sessions will be able to ask questions via email or on the class forum page.

 

VIDEOS, WRITTEN MATERIALS AND RECOMMENDED LISTENING

Students have access to video recordings of all of the class sessions and practice sessions as well (generally by the following morning, or, in the case of the Saturday practice sessions, later that afternoon).  In addition, shorter practice videos of the material are immediately available for viewing after each class session, along with PDFs of the all of the material in standard notation and tablature.  All of these videos (about eight or so per week) are available to view as many times as the student would like.  Students can also download all materials (including videos and PDFs) to keep as long as they wish.

Students will also be given a list of recommended recordings for each week’s tunes.  A variety of mp3 recordings will be suggested in the hope that students will broaden their musical horizons and get a better idea of how the tunes are played by the masters!

 

HOW INTERACTIVE IS THE COURSE?

All live sessions are interactive; students can ask questions and/or demonstrate tunes or exercises via live microphone or telephone, or via a chat window (most students opt for this approach).  The instructor is able to immediately respond and demonstrate the answers for the whole class.  Another form of interaction comes via mp3 recordings; students can record mp3s on their own time of themselves playing the material (or anything else they want to send in) and send it to the instructor for feedback, which is also recorded in mp3 form and sent back to the student.  Students can post their mp3s on the class site (and possibly get encouraging feedback from other students) or email them privately to the instructor.

 

HOW MUCH DO I NEED TO PRACTICE?

That is completely up to the student.  While, say, 30 minutes per day might be a good recommendation for practice time, students can make whatever they choose of this course based on their own schedule and aspirations.  Practicing week to week (say, 30 minutes per day) will help students keep up with the week’s lessons and concepts, but the instructor knows that people have busy lives!  This is why all instructional material is archived and available for download so that students can learn on their own time after the course has finished as well as during the eight weeks of classes.

Students can decide whether to practice along with the class session or with the shorter individual videos (or both), depending on what they want to focus on for that week.  Material is given each week that is targeted toward various ability levels; a song is given which is playable for beginning to intermediate players (or intermediate to advanced in the 102 class), and various concepts relating to that song are also given to educate and challenge players at beginning, intermediate and even advanced levels.  The student essentially decides how much they want to take on for the week (and the course) based on their ability level and how much practice time they have.  Any material they were unable to get to during the week and want to revisit later will be available in the archived videos and PDFs.

 

THE CLASS WEBPAGE

This is the virtual gathering place for Bluegrass Mandolin 101 and 102, where students can view the instructional videos, view and/or download all written materials, listen to mp3s of Matt playing the tunes, get listening recommendations, ask questions, submit their own mp3s for feedback and generate forum discussions.  It’s a great place to drop by and explore, learn and discuss.

 

REGISTRATION FEE

The fee for each eight-week course is $200.  This gives you access to all live online lessons and practice sessions as well as access to all recorded videos, written materials and mp3s (which are yours to keep).

 

Here are a few quotes from some past students about their experiences in Bluegrass Mandolin 101:

“I’ve practiced more in two weeks than I have in months!   Really enjoying how it’s going.”—Donna O.

“The level was perfect. Mentally I understand many things that have opened up the fingerboard a lot; now I need some quality time to get it under my hands. I found things challenging without feeling out of reach.”—Stan M.

“It was nice there were various assignments which pushed my ability. Never felt I had “mastered” ALL the homework so never got bored. Always something to work on or do next.”—Joe S.

 

To visit the registration pages, click one of these links:

Bluegrass Mandolin 101 Registration

Bluegrass Mandolin 102 Registration

You can always ask questions about the courses via email (info@mattflinner.com), and I’ll get back to you as quickly as possible.  I hope to see you April 1 or 2!

 

All the best,
Matt


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