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Monroe-Style Mandolin with Matt Flinner

By Theme Admin on February 22nd, 2015 at 7:55 PM

Monroe Style Mandolin with Matt Flinner.  This course is intended for students at an intermediate to advanced level who want to focus more exclusively on the distinct mandolin style of Bill Monroe.  Students will learn many concepts covered in the 101 and 102 courses, but with a uniquely “Monroe” take on them.  Focus will be on rhythmic drive, the bluesy side of bluegrass, and learning the fretboard in various keys while learning many classic Monroe mandolin solos.

Register here.

 

Week 1

Starting with double stops

Picking Exercise I

Using positions on the neck to create melody

Bluegrass “Chop” chords

Gotta Travel On

Bonus Material: It’s Mighty Dark to Travel

 

Week 2

The Blues: some blues licks and fills

Finding blue notes in position playing

Bluegrass Special

Bonus material: Honky Tonk Swing

 

Week 3

Some classic Monroe licks

Moving double stops around the neck

Picking Exercise II

Y’All Come

Bonus Material: White House Blues

 

Week 4

Downstroke melodies

Picking Exercise III

New Muleskinner Blues

Bonus material: Columbus Stockade Blues

 

Week 5

Turnarounds and Fills

Playing in G, A, Bb and B

Working on a Building

Bonus material: The Old Crossroads

 

Week 6

A diversion into triple fiddle (and mandolin)

Creating harmony parts

Using chord tones to create melodic lines

Scotland

Bonus material: Stoney Lonesome

 

Week 7

Getting Up the Neck

Playing in C, D, E and F

Highway of Sorrow

Bonus material: Memories of Mother and Dad

 

Week 8

Sliding around Monroe-style

Moving between positions in various keys

My Little Georgia Rose

Bonus material: Live and Let Live

 

Register here.

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Bluegrass Mandolin 102: Double Stops and Position Playing

By Theme Admin on February 22nd, 2015 at 7:41 PM

Here is the Curriculum for Bluegrass Mandolin 102, which will run from March 31 to June 6, 2015.  Class sessions take place online every Tuesday evening from 8-9 pm CST, and practice/review sessions take place online every Saturday morning from 10-10:45 am CST.  For more info about the course or to see other courses offered this spring, visit the Bluegrass Mandolin 101 and 102 page.   To go to the registration page, click here.

 

Week 1:

Re-introduction to double stops

Picking Exercises I

Playing some fills

Keys of G, A, and D

I’m Going Back to Old Kentucky

Bonus tune: Doin’ My Time

 

Week 2: Shifting positions

Double Stop Exercises in C and F

Adding some V-I Licks

Nine Pound Hammer

Bonus tune: My Rose of Old Kentucky

 

Week 3:

Minor Keys

Minor Double Stop Exercises

There Is a Time

Bonus tune: Lonesome Moonlight Waltz

 

Week 4:

The Blues in Bluegrass

Finding blue notes

Blues licks you can throw into a tune or backup

Blue Yodel #4

Bonus tune: Sad and Lonesome Day

 

Week 5:

Waltz Time

Tremolo exercises

Double stops in E and B

Tag licks in 3/4 time

Somebody Loves You, Darling

Bonus tune: Blue Moon of Kentucky

 

Week 6:

Crosspicking with double stops

Picking Exercises II

A few licks to throw in at the end of solos

Goin’ Across the Sea

Bonus tune: Are You Missing Me?

 

Week 7:

Using Diatonic Double Stops in Creating Melody

Diatonic Double Stop Exercise

A Few Scales

Hard Hearted

Bonus tune: Sin City

 

Week 8:

Tying it all together

Adding some licks and improvising

Combining double stops and licks 

Freeborn Man

Bonus tune: Rabbit in the Log

 

Register here.

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Bluegrass Mandolin 101: Double Stops and Position Playing

By Theme Admin on February 22nd, 2015 at 7:37 PM

Here is the Curriculum for Bluegrass Mandolin 101, which will run from March 30 to June 6, 2015.  Class sessions take place online every Monday evening from 8-9 pm CST, and practice/review sessions take place online every Saturday morning from 9-9:45 am CST.  For more info about the course, visit the Bluegrass Mandolin 101 and 102 page.   To go to the registration page, click here.

 

WEEK 1 (3/30/15)

Three warmup exercises

Intro to position playing

Intro to Double stops

Will the Circle Be Unbroken

Bonus material: Down to the River to Pray

 

WEEK 2 (4/6)

Moving to the Key of A

Some tag licks to add to your solos

Backup playing and fills

I’ll Fly Away

Bonus material: You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere

 

WEEK 3 (4/13)

Small Position Shifts

Adding some more licks to your solos

Double Stop Exercises in D

Banks of the Ohio

Bonus material: Keep on the Sunny Side of Life

 

WEEK 4 (4/20)

Position Playing II

Three different kickoffs

Chord tones in position playing

Man of Constant Sorrow

Bonus material: Redwing

 

WEEK 5 (5/4)

Shifting from Position I to Position II

Transposing to Other Keys

You Are My Sunshine

Bonus material: Where the Soul of Man Never Dies

 

WEEK 6 (5/18)

More Position Shifts

Turnarounds: I-V-I Progressions

Double Stop exercises in C

Sittin’ On Top of the World

Bonus material: Gold Watch and Chain

 

WEEK 7 (5/25)

Moving Double Stops Around to Create Melody

An Approach to Improvising

Soldier’s Joy

Bonus material: Panhandle Country

 

WEEK 8 (6/1)

Other keys: B, E, F, Bb.

A few licks using “open” style double stops

My Home’s Across the Blue Ridge Mountains

Bonus material: Goin’ Up Home to Live in Green Pastures

 

Register here.

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Spring 2015 Online Mandolin Courses: Bluegrass and Monroe Style

By Theme Admin on February 22nd, 2015 at 7:35 PM

Welcome to mattflinner.com.  And welcome to the Bluegrass Mandolin 101 online lessons program!

This spring, beginning the week of March 30, the Bluegrass Mandolin 101 program continues with some traditional bluegrass mandolin courses for students of all ability levels.  The Double Stops and Position Playing courses will introduce students to essential techniques in bluegrass playing—addressing fundamentals of technique, learning positions on the fingerboard, playing backup and learning classic standard bluegrass songs along the way.  Two courses are offered in Double Stops and Position Playing: 101 (Beginner to Intermediate) and 102 (Intermediate to Advanced).

We’re also introducing a new Monroe-Style Mandolin course, which will focus on the powerful and unique mandolin style of Bill Monroe.  Students will learn the essentials of bluegrass mandolin from a distinctly “Monroe” perspective, focusing on the blues, rhythmic drive and getting around the neck in various keys while learning some classic Bill Monroe mandolin solos.

101 Curriculum

102 Curriculum

Monroe-Style Curriculum

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

 

BLUEGRASS MANDOLIN 101 (and 102 and Monroe-Style!)

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.  These courses focus 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 THREE courses offered:

1. Bluegrass Mandolin 101, which will start at a beginning/intermediate level and progress to a solidly intermediate level.  This course will introduce students to the use of double stops and various positions on the neck, as well as various picking and fingerboard exercises to help develop good mandolin technique.  View the curriculum here.   Register here.

2. Bluegrass Mandolin 102, which will start at an intermediate level and progress to an intermediate/advanced level.  This course will move take double stops and position playing to as well as transposing to various keys, moving toward improvisation, adding more licks, and playing in more challenging keys.  View the curriculum here.  Register here.

3. Monroe Style Mandolin with Matt Flinner.  This is intended for students at an intermediate to advanced level who want to focus more exclusively on the distinct and amazing mandolin style of Bill Monroe.  Students will learn many concepts covered in the 101 and 102 courses, but with a uniquely “Monroe” take on them.  Focus will be on rhythmic drive, the bluesy side of bluegrass, and learning the fretboard in various keys while learning many classic Monroe mandolin solos.  The curriculum for this course can be viewed here.  Register here.

 

THE SCHEDULE

The live lessons for the Bluegrass Mandolin 101 course take place every Monday night from 8-9 pm Central time from March 30 to June 1, and for the Bluegrass Mandolin 102 course every Tuesday from 8-9 pm Central time from March 31 to June 2.  The Monroe Style Mandolin course will take place every Wednesday night from 8-9 pm central time from April 1 to June 3.  All three courses will also have Saturday practice/review sessions; 101 will be from 9-9:45 am central time, 102 will be from 10-10:45 am central time  and the Monroe Style Mandolin practice sessions will be from 11:15 am-12 pm central time each Saturday from April 4 through June 6 (the weeks of April 27 and May 11 will be off, as the instructor has prior commitments during those weeks.  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 likely get encouraging feedback from other students in addition to the instructor) 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.  However, one advantage to the eight-week scheduled course is that by practicing at least somewhat regularly, students are more able to be prepared for the following week’s lessons and therefore take full advantage of the live and recorded mix of lesson material.

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 instructor will also give students a recommended list of priorities each week to help students take the best advantage of their practice time.

 

THE CLASS WEBPAGE

This is the virtual gathering place for Bluegrass Mandolin 101 and 102 as well as the Monroe Style Mandolin courses, 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 any time 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).  Students opting to take more than one course at a time will receive a 10% discount for two courses or a 20% discount for three ($360 for two classes or $480 for three).  Email [email protected] for info on receiving the discounted rate.

 

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.

“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.

“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.

“I’m really enjoying the course. The first time I’ve actually practiced an instrument in my 60 years!”—Skip H.

 

 

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

Bluegrass Mandolin 101 Registration

Bluegrass Mandolin 102 Registration

Monroe-Style Mandolin Registration

You can always ask questions about the courses via email ([email protected]), and I’ll get back to you as quickly as possible.  I hope to see you this spring!

 

All the best,
Matt


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Winter 2015 Swing Mandolin Curriculum

By Theme Admin on November 29th, 2014 at 5:54 PM

Register for Swing Mandolin with Matt Flinner on Mondays here.

Register for Swing Mandolin with Matt Flinner on Tuesdays here.

Explore the wonderful world of swing mandolin with Grammy-nominated mandolinist Matt Flinner.  Learn a new swing tune (or two) each week and get pointers on how to play chords and backup as well as approaches to improvising.  This course will be very much into chord voicings, scales, arpeggios and how they all relate to one another.  It’s a great way to expand your playing and musicianship (and learn some great tunes)!  The eight online lessons will take place every Monday or Tuesday night (your choice) from January 5th or 6th until March 3rd (with February 3rd off due to Matt’s touring schedule) and eight follow-up practice sessions will take place on Saturday mornings from January 10th to March 7th (again, with a week off on February 7th).

During the live sessions, students can ask questions and/or play examples via their microphone (built-in or external plug-in), or they can ask questions via a built-in chat window.

All students will also have unlimited access to short recorded videos of all of the material played at a slow tempo, PDFs of all material in both standard notation and mandolin tablature, and mp3s of all of the tunes at slow and medium speeds that they can practice along with.  Students can access all of this material at any time through the class website, and can also download all materials (videos and class session videos included) to keep them permanently.
Students are also encouraged to submit mp3 recordings at any time during the course if they would like to, and the instructor will respond in an mp3 recording with constructive criticism.  Students can submit these mp3s either privately via email or publicly via the class website, where all students can listen and respond if they choose to.  Mp3 submissions are encouraged but not required, and there is no limit on how many mp3 submissions a student can send in.
Students will also be given a “Recommended Listening” list each week for the material covered.  A variety of versions of each tune will be provided in the hopes that students will listen to recordings and further explore the wide world of recorded bluegrass and old-time music.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED TO PARTICIPATE:

1. A desktop or laptop Mac or PC computer, iPad or Internet-connected mobile device in order to view the sessions, plus a good internet connection.

2. An internal microphone and speakers on your laptop or desktop computer, or a phone to listen and speak (if desired) during the sessions.  Instructions for participating by phone are included when you register for the course (long distance charges may apply).

3. During the course, you have the option of submitting recorded examples of your playing to the instructor (and to the group, if desired). In order to do this, you will need your computer’s built-in microphone or an external microphone plugged directly into your computer (via built-in ports or an external audio interface), in addition to basic audio recording software, such as Audacity or Garage Band, that will allow you to record yourself playing andsave the recording in MP3 format.

4. A mandolin (actually maybe that should have been #1).

 

The fee for the course is $200.  If you have questions about the course, email Matt at [email protected]

Register for Swing Mandolin with Matt Flinner on Mondays here.

Register for Swing Mandolin with Matt Flinner on Tuesdays here.

 

To view other online mandolin courses being offered this winter, click here.

 

CURRICULUM

Week 1: the Blues

finding the important notes (3rds and 7ths)

7th Chord Inversions

Playing a Blues Chord Progression Smoothly

Dominant 7 Arpeggios

Mixolydian scales

The Blues Scale

Route 66

Blues in the Closet

 

Week 2: the ii-V-I

Some ii-V-I licks

Getting our basic tools: Major 7 Arpeggios + Minor 7 Arpeggios

Major Scales + Dorian Scales

How High the Moon

When You’re Smiling

 

Week 3: Going Around the Circle of 5ths

Identifying notes in the circle

Playing a few musical lines around the circle

3-note Seventh Chords around the circle

The Bebop Scale

It’s Only a Paper Moon

Caravan

 

Week 4: More ii-V-I Progressions

ii-V-I chords in two different inversions

Some More ii-V-I Licks in Various Keys

Combining Major, Dorian and Mixolydian Scales

Honeysuckle Rose

Satin Doll

 

Week 5: The I-VI-ii-V-I Progession

More chord inversions

Finding Common Tones Between Chords

Arpeggiating Through a Chord Progression

Back Home in Indiana

Charleston

 

Week 6: Some Ballads

Navigating Ballads with Tremolo, Triplets and Sixteenth Notes

Triplet Exercises

Stormy Weather

Georgia on My Mind

 

Week 7: Minor Keys

Harmonic minor scales

The minor ii-V-i

Half-diminished arpeggios

Dark Eyes

I’ve Found a New Baby

 

Week 8: A Bit of Chord Melody

Adding ornaments to various chord inversions

Throwing some chord melody fragments into your solos

Swanee River

Tea For Two

 

Questions?  Email [email protected]

 


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Winter 2015 Appalachian Mandolin Tunes and Technique Curriculum

By Theme Admin on November 29th, 2014 at 5:31 PM

APPALACHIAN MANDOLIN TUNES AND TECHNIQUE WITH MATT FLINNER

Register here.

This course will focus on getting students more familiar with Appalachian fiddle music and old-time songs, and help them improve their mandolin tone and technique.  Students will get pointers on how to maximize their tone, various approaches to rhythm playing and chords, making use of open strings, bits of variations as well as learning a new tune (or two) each week.  The eight online lessons will take place every Wednesday evening from January 7th to March 5th (the last lesson will be on a Thursday evening), with February 4th off due to Matt’s touring schedule.  Eight follow-up practice sessions will be held every Saturday morning from January 10th to March 7th, with February 7th being a week off.

During the live sessions, students can ask questions and/or play examples via their microphone (built-in or external plug-in), or they can ask questions via a built-in chat window.

All students will also have unlimited access to short recorded videos of all of the material played at a slow tempo, PDFs of all material in both standard notation and mandolin tablature, and mp3s of all of the tunes at slow and medium speeds that they can practice along with.  Students can access all of this material at any time through the class website, and can also download all materials (videos and class session videos included) to keep them permanently.
Students are also encouraged to submit mp3 recordings at any time during the course if they would like to, and the instructor will respond in an mp3 recording with constructive criticism.  Students can submit these mp3s either privately via email or publicly via the class website, where all students can listen and respond if they choose to.  Mp3 submissions are encouraged but not required, and there is no limit on how many mp3 submissions a student can send in.
Students will also be given a “Recommended Listening” list each week for the material covered.  A variety of versions of each tune will be provided in the hopes that students will listen to recordings and further explore the wide world of recorded bluegrass and old-time music.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED TO PARTICIPATE:

1. A desktop or laptop Mac or PC computer, iPad or Internet-connected mobile device in order to view the sessions, plus a good internet connection.

2. An internal microphone and speakers on your laptop or desktop computer, or a phone to listen and speak (if desired) during the sessions.  Instructions for participating by phone are included when you register for the course (long distance charges may apply).

3. During the course, you have the option of submitting recorded examples of your playing to the instructor (and to the group, if desired). In order to do this, you will need your computer’s built-in microphone or an external microphone plugged directly into your computer (via built-in ports or an external audio interface), in addition to basic audio recording software, such as Audacity or Garage Band, that will allow you to record yourself playing andsave the recording in MP3 format.

4. A mandolin (actually maybe that should have been #1).

 

The fee for the course is $200.  If you have questions about the course, email Matt at [email protected]

 

Register for Appalachian Mandolin Tunes and Technique with Matt Flinner here.

To view other mandolin courses offered this winter, click here.

 

CURRICULUM

WEEK 1: Getting the groove

Rhythm playing Using Open Chords

Maximizing Your Tone

Picking Exercise I

Adding Open Strings in D

Chilly Winds

Bonus Tune: Bonaparte’s Retreat

 

WEEK 2: Making the most of open strings in A

Picking Exercise II

Adding Some Notes in Backup Playing

Tater Patch

Bonus Tune: The Falls of Richmond

 

WEEK 3: Some Double Stops

Rhythm playing using double stops

Incorporating Double Stops into Your Solos

Double Stop Exercise in G

Roustabout

Bonus Tune: Double File

 

WEEK 4: Waltz Time

Tremolo Exercises

Double Stops in A

Drunkard’s Hiccups

Bonus Tune: All the Good Times Are Past and Gone

 

WEEK 5: Using open strings in G

Picking Exercise III

A Few Licks Thrown In

Adding Some Runs and Licks to Backup Playing

Fly Around My Pretty Little MIss

Bonus Tune: Elk River Blues

 

WEEK 6: Early Monroe Style

More Double Stops

“Open Style” Double Stop Exercise

My Long Journey Home

Bonus Tune: New River Train

 

WEEK 7: A Little Norman Blake

Adding Extra Notes to Open Chords

Minor chords and Double Stops

Walnut River

Bonus Tune: Peezlewister

 

WEEK 8: Tying it all together: Octaves, Double Stops, Licks and Backup

Hell Among the Yearlings

Bonus Tunes: Half Past Four

Hangman’s Reel

Bonaparte Crossing the Rhine

 

Questions?  Email [email protected]

 


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Winter Online Courses: Swing and Jazz Mandolin and Appalachian Mandolin Tunes and Technique

By Theme Admin on November 14th, 2014 at 6:22 PM

We’ll be adding some exciting new things to the Bluegrass Mandolin 101 online lessons program as 2015 gets rolling.  Beginning January 5th and 6th, Swing and Jazz Mandolin with Matt Flinner starts up!  Learn a new swing tune (or two) each week and get pointers on how to play chords and backup as well as approaches to improvising.  This course will be very much into chord voicings, scales, arpeggios and how they all relate to one another.  It’s a great way to expand your playing and musicianship (and learn some great tunes)!  The eight online lessons will take place every Monday or Tuesday night (your choice) from January 5th or 6th until March 3rd (with February 3rd off due to Matt’s touring schedule) and eight follow-up practice sessions will take place on Saturday mornings from January 10th to March 7th (again, with a week off on February 7th).

Tunes for the Swing and Jazz Mandolin course will include: Charleston, Georgia on My Mind, Stormy Weather, Route 66, Dark Eyes, Swanee River, Caravan and How High the Moon (among others!).

To register for the Swing & Jazz Mandolin with Matt Flinner course on Mondays, visit the registration page.

To register for the Swing & Jazz Mandolin with Matt Flinner course on Tuesdays, visit the registration page.

View the curriculum for the course (Monday or Tuesday classes) here.

 

Another new course, Appalachian Mandolin Tunes and Technique with Matt Flinner, is also being added to the program.  This course will focus on getting deep into Appalachian fiddle music and deep into mandolin tone and technique.  Students will get pointers on how to maximize their tone, various approaches to rhythm playing and chords, making use of open strings, bits of variations as well as learning a new tune (or two) each week.  The eight online lessons will take place every Wednesday evening from January 7th to March 5th (the last lesson will be on a Thursday evening), with February 4th off due to Matt’s touring schedule.  Eight follow-up practice sessions will be held every Saturday morning from January 10th to March 7th, with February 7th being a week off.

Tunes for the Appalachian Mandolin course will include Chilly Winds, Wolves a-Howlin’, Bonaparte Crossing the Rhine, Drunkard’s Hiccups, Elk River Blues, Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss, All the Good Times Are Past and Gone and Tater Patch (among others!).

To register for the Appalachian Mandolin Tunes and Technique with Matt Flinner course, visit the registration page.

View the curriculum here.

 

 


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Bluegrass Mandolin 101 Turns One Year Old!

By Theme Admin on October 6th, 2014 at 11:29 PM

Bluegrass Mandolin 101 turns one year old this week!  It’s been a wonderful year, with eight courses covering a wide spectrum of the wonderful world of mandolin playing.  Thanks to all the students who’ve been part of it and have helped it grow and improve.  Here’s a little video that got a little more violent than I had hoped, but I hope you enjoy it.

Three new courses are starting up this week, including a new course for beginners starting up tonight.  For more info on that, visit the Beginning Mandolin page.

Bluegrass Mandolin 101: Tunes, Technique and Improvisation I starts up Tuesday, and Bluegrass Mandolin 102: Tunes, Technique and Improvisation II starts up on Wednesday.  Hope to see you in class!


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Bluegrass Mandolin 102: Tunes, Technique and Improvisation II Curriculum

By Theme Admin on September 30th, 2014 at 11:59 PM

Bluegrass Mandolin 102 is back!  Registration is now open for the Fall 102 course.

The next Bluegrass Mandolin 102 course, “Tunes, Technique and Improvisation II,” begins October 8th and run through December 13, 2014.  Each week, Matt will demonstrate new concepts and exercises along with a new tune (plus a bonus tune for the more ambitious student) to help you improve your mandolin technique, make better use of practice time, get more familiar with bluegrass and old-time music and have more fun playing music on your own and with others.

The course is fiddle tune-based, and will use various fiddle tunes as vehicles for improving technique, learning the fretboard and working toward creating variations and improvising.

The 102 level course is designed for mandolinists at an intermediate to advanced level to help them expand on improvisational concepts, learn more about the fretboard and push their playing to the next level.  Register for 102 here.

The course will focus on a few main areas:

1. Improving picking technique to improve tone, rhythm, volume and speed.
2. Improving knowledge of the fingerboard through scales, arpeggios, licks, double stops, modes and exercises.
3. Creating variations on common tunes through various methods: using different octaves & registers, using chord tones and “target” notes, using various ornaments, incorporating double stops, and listening to recorded examples.
4. Working toward improvisation using all of the above tools.
5. Expanding your repertoire of bluegrass and fiddle tunes.

102 level classes will meet every Wednesday from 8-9 pm central time, and practice sessions will be held every Saturday from 11:15-noon central time.

All sessions (class and practice) will be video recorded, so that students may revisit the sessions as often as they would like, and students who were unable to attend the live sessions will be able to view them at their own convenience.  (NOTE: Matt will be taking off the weeks of Oct 27 and Nov 24 due to his touring schedule and the Thanksgiving holiday.  Lessons will resume each of the following weeks; in total, there will be eight class sessions and eight practice sessions over a period of ten weeks.)
During the live sessions, students can ask questions and/or play examples via their microphone (built-in or external plug-in), or they can ask questions via a built-in chat window.
All students will also have unlimited access to short recorded videos of all of the material played at a slow tempo, PDFs of all material in both standard notation and mandolin tablature, and mp3s of all of the tunes at slow and medium speeds that they can practice along with.  Students can access all of this material at any time through the class website.
Students are also encouraged to submit mp3 recordings at any time during the course, and the instructor will respond in an mp3 recording with constructive criticism.  Students can submit these mp3s either privately via email or publicly via the class website, where all students can listen and respond if they choose to.  Mp3 submissions are encouraged but not required, and there is no limit on how many mp3 submissions a student can send in.
Students will also be given a “Recommended Listening” list each week for the material covered.  A variety of versions of each tune will be provided in the hopes that students will listen to recordings and further explore the wide world of recorded bluegrass and old-time music.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED TO PARTICIPATE:

1. A desktop or laptop Mac or PC computer, iPad or Internet-connected mobile device in order to view the sessions, plus a good internet connection.

2. An internal microphone and speakers on your laptop or desktop computer, or a phone to listen and speak (if desired) during the sessions.  Instructions for participating by phone are included when you register for the course (long distance charges may apply).

3. During the course, you have the option of submitting recorded examples of your playing to the instructor (and to the group, if desired). In order to do this, you will need your computer’s built-in microphone or an external microphone plugged directly into your computer (via built-in ports or an external audio interface), in addition to basic audio recording software, such as Audacity or Garage Band, that will allow you to record yourself playing andsave the recording in MP3 format.

4. A mandolin (actually maybe that should have been #1).

The fee for the course is $200.   Questions about the 101 and 102 level courses (as well as the Bluegrass Mandolin for Beginners course) can also be emailed to [email protected]

 

FALL 2014 CURRICULUM

BLUEGRASS MANDOLIN 102: TUNES, TECHNIQUE AND IMPROVISATION II

Register here.

 

WEEK 1 (Oct 8): Creating octave variations & transitions between octaves

Warmup exercises

Adding some ornaments (hammer-ons, pull-offs, etc.)

Ear training exercise I

Cattle in the Cane

Bonus material: East Tennessee Blues

 

WEEK 2 (Oct 15): Adding some runs to your solos

Some V to I Licks

Ear Training Exercise II

Cherokee Shuffle

Bonus material: Stoney Creek

 

WEEK 3 (Oct 22): Using Some Bluesy licks

Blues scales in D and A

Blues licks in two positions

I to IV Licks

Elzic’s Farewell

Bonus Material: Old Daingerfield

 

WEEK 4 (Nov 5): Key of E

E Major Scale & Pattern

E Mixolydian Scale & Pattern

Ear training exercise III

Glory at the Meeting House

Bonus material: Crosseyed Fiddler

 

WEEK 5 (Nov 12): Adding Some Double Stops to Your Playing

D Double Stops (I, IV and V chords)

D minor Double Stops (I, IV and V chords)

Lonesome Fiddle Blues

Bonus material: Down Yonder

 

WEEK 6 (Nov 19):

Playing Up the Neck

Diatonic patterns up the neck

Pentatonic patterns up the neck

Sally Gooden

Bonus tune: Road to Columbus

 

WEEK 7 (Dec 3): Playing rags

Circle of fifths exercises

7th Chord Inversions & Diminished Chords

Complex Chord Patterns—how to smooth them out

Some More V-I Licks

Beaumont Rag

Bonus material: I Don’t Love Nobody

 

WEEK 8 (Dec 10): Tying it all together: using octaves, licks, patterns, target notes and double stops to create variations

Exercises for speed

Exercises for the fingering hand

The Gold Rush

Bonus material: Paddy on the Turnpike

 


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Bluegrass Mandolin 101: Tunes, Technique and Improvisation I Curriculum

By Theme Admin on September 30th, 2014 at 11:53 PM

Bluegrass Mandolin 101 is back!  Registration is now open for the Fall 2014 101 course.

The next Bluegrass Mandolin 101 course, “Tunes, Technique and Improvisation I,” begins October 7th and run through December 13, 2014.  Each week, Matt will demonstrate new concepts and exercises along with a new tune (plus a bonus tune for the more ambitious student) to help you improve your mandolin technique, make better use of practice time, get more familiar with bluegrass and old-time music and have more fun playing music on your own and with others.

This course is fiddle tune-based, and will use various fiddle tunes as vehicles for improving technique, learning the fretboard and working toward creating variations and improvising.

The 101 level course is designed to help the mandolinist at a beginning to intermediate level improve the fundamentals of his or her playing and his or her ability to improvise, while expanding repertoire along the way.  Register for 101 here.

The course will focus on a few main areas:

1. Improving picking technique to improve tone, rhythm, volume and speed.
2. Improving knowledge of the fingerboard through scales, arpeggios, licks, double stops, modes and exercises.
3. Creating variations on common tunes through various methods: using different octaves & registers, using chord tones and “target” notes, using various ornaments, incorporating double stops, and listening to recorded examples.
4. Working toward improvisation using all of the above tools.
5. Expanding your repertoire of bluegrass and fiddle tunes.

101 level classes will meet every Tuesday from 8-9 pm CST, and practice sessions will be held every Saturday from 10-10:45 am central time.

All sessions (class and practice) will be video recorded, so that students may revisit the sessions as often as they would like, and students who were unable to attend the live sessions will be able to view them at their own convenience.  (NOTE: Matt will be taking off the weeks of Oct 27 and Nov 24 due to his touring schedule and the Thanksgiving holiday.  Lessons will resume each of the following weeks; in total, there will be eight class sessions and eight practice sessions over a period of ten weeks.)
During the live sessions, students can ask questions and/or play examples via their microphone (built-in or external plug-in), or they can ask questions via a built-in chat window.
All students will also have unlimited access to short recorded videos of all of the material played at a slow tempo, PDFs of all material in both standard notation and mandolin tablature, and mp3s of all of the tunes at slow and medium speeds that they can practice along with.  Students can access all of this material at any time through the class website.
Students are also encouraged to submit mp3 recordings at any time during the course, and the instructor will respond in an mp3 recording with constructive criticism.  Students can submit these mp3s either privately via email or publicly via the class website, where all students can listen and respond if they choose to.  Mp3 submissions are encouraged but not required, and there is no limit on how many mp3 submissions a student can send in.
Students will also be given a “Recommended Listening” list each week for the material covered.  A variety of versions of each tune will be provided in the hopes that students will listen to recordings and further explore the wide world of recorded bluegrass and old-time music.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED TO PARTICIPATE:

1. A desktop or laptop Mac or PC computer, iPad or Internet-connected mobile device in order to view the sessions, plus a good internet connection.

2. An internal microphone and speakers on your laptop or desktop computer, or a phone to listen and speak (if desired) during the sessions.  Instructions for participating by phone are included when you register for the course (long distance charges may apply).

3. During the course, you have the option of submitting recorded examples of your playing to the instructor (and to the group, if desired). In order to do this, you will need your computer’s built-in microphone or an external microphone plugged directly into your computer (via built-in ports or an external audio interface), in addition to basic audio recording software, such as Audacity or Garage Band, that will allow you to record yourself playing andsave the recording in MP3 format.

4. A mandolin (actually maybe that should have been #1).

The fee for the course is $200.   Questions about the Bluegrass Mandolin 101 and 102 (as well as Bluegrass Mandolin for Beginners) can also be emailed to [email protected]

 

 

FALL 2014 CURRICULUM:

BLUEGRASS MANDOLIN 101: TUNES, TECHNIQUE AND IMPROVISATION I

Register here.

 

WEEK 1 (Oct 7): Picking and rhythm

Picking Exercises I

Fingering Exercises I

Scales: D Major and G Major

Open style chords

Eighth of January

Bonus material: The Speed of the Plow

 

WEEK 2 (Oct 14): Getting a fuller sound using open strings

Picking Exercises II

Fingering Exercises II

Open style backup in G

Arkansas Traveler

Bonus material: Cotton Eyed Joe

 

WEEK 3 (Oct 21): Octave variations

Picking Exercises III (three and four string exercises)

Fingering Exercises III

Scale Patterns: thirds in D and G

Open style backup in D

Whiskey Before Breakfast

Bonus material: Leather Britches

 

WEEK 4 (Nov 4): Transitions between octaves

Learning Chord Tones

Major Arpeggios

3 Chord Inversions

Playing backup using basslines and moving chords

Liberty

Bonus material: June Apple

 

WEEK 5 (Nov 11): Throwing in some licks

Scales: A Major and A Mixolydian; D Major and D Mixolydian

Open style chords in A and C

Dominant Arpeggios

Salt Creek

Bonus Material: Weave and Way

 

WEEK 6 (Nov 18): Creating variations using target notes

Minor Arpeggios

Using Bluegrass “Chop” Chords

Cuckoo’s Nest

Bonus Material: Flowers of Edinburgh

 

WEEK 7 (Dec 2): Incorporating Double Stops into Your Solos

Double Stop Exercise in A

Scales: A Dorian, D Dorian

Pike County Breakdown

Bonus material: Shove the Pig’s Foot a Little Closer to the Fire

 

WEEK 8 (Dec 9): Various approaches to improvising

Pulling it all together: octave changes, chord tones, licks and double stops as part of your solos

Bonaparte’s Retreat

Bonus material: Liza Jane

 


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