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Summer Intensive 102, Scale and Arpeggio Intensive and Bluegrass Jamming Start August 8-10!

By Theme Admin on July 6th, 2016 at 7:56 PM

$20 off through August 1st!  Course fees are just $100 ($12.50 per session) rather than the normal price of $120.  You can also sign up for two or more courses for $80 per course; just use the discount code “summermando” on the second course for a fee of $60 ($160 total), and “bigmon” on the third for a course fee of $80 on the third ($240 total).

 

The Bluegrass Mandolin 101 online lessons program continues this summer with three more four-week long intensive courses designed to help your overall mandolin playing technique and help you have more fun playing the mandolin!

In the Summer Intensive 102 course, we’ll look at several exercises each week which are 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.

In the Scale and Arpeggio Intensive II with Matt Flinner course, we’ll get more deeply into scales and arpeggios—the building blocks of music and the basic tools of improvisation.  Each week, we’ll look at certain types of scales and learn various patterns based on those scales to help students learn the fretboard.  We’ll also look at certain types of arpeggios each week and get a thorough workout in playing those arpeggios around the fretboard.  Students will also be given a picking exercise each week to help with fundamental technique, and a double stop exercise to further reinforce the students’ knowledge of chord tones—plus students will receive a new tune each week along with suggestions on how to incorporate that week’s exercises into creating variations on the tune.

The Bluegrass Mandolin Jamming II with Matt Flinner course is intended to help students play bluegrass music with other people.  Each week, students will receive four new tunes (from beginner to advanced level) along with ways of playing rhythm, approaches to creating variations on the tune, and some exercises to help with fundamental technique.  The goal is to help students learn more tunes, learn practical approaches to playing those tunes, and get out and play with other people!

All three courses are continuations of previous courses which finish up at the end of July; however, it is not necessary for students to have taken the previous summer courses in order to register for and learn from the current courses.

 

Register for Summer Intensive 102

Register for Scale and Arpeggio Intensive II with Matt Flinner

Register for Bluegrass Mandolin Jamming II with Matt Flinner

 

The Summer Intensive 102 course, which takes place on Monday evenings, is intended for beginner to intermediate students, and students will learn one bluegrass or old-time tune in conjunction with the exercises.  The Scale and Arpeggio Intensive course, which takes place on Tuesday evenings, is intended for intermediate to advanced level students, and students will learn one swing or bluegrass tune in conjunction with the exercises.  Both courses will also address fundamentals which should be beneficial to players of all ability levels.  And both courses will also have practice/review sessions on Saturday mornings.

The Bluegrass Mandolin Jamming course, which takes place on Wednesday evenings, is intended for players of all ability levels, but will lean toward the intermediate level.  The course is intended to help students build repertoire and get practical experience in playing tunes and creating and trying out variations.   This course will also have practice/review sessions on Saturdays.

 

Summer Intensive 102 Curriculum

Scale and Arpeggio Intensive II with Matt Flinner Curriculum

Bluegrass Mandolin Jamming II with Matt Flinner 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 Scales and Arpeggios, and Jamming!)

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 the Bluegrass Mandolin 101 program unique is the fact that students follow a step-by-step program of live lessons over a four-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 8 or 9) 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 Summer Quarter, there will be THREE 4-week courses offered from August 8-September 3.  The Summer Intensive 101 and 201 courses will focus on various aspects of technique.  Each week, students will receive six or seven exercises and a tune to learn.  For the 101 course, picking exercises, fingering exercises, arpeggios, scales, double stops, chord exercises, and licks will  be given each week.  For the 201 course, picking exercises, scale exercises, scale pattern exercises, modes, arpeggios and double stop exercises will be given each week.  Students will also be given some ideas on how to apply that week’s exercises to that week’s tune in order to create variations.  The Bluegrass Mandolin Jamming course will focus more on building repertoire, playing lead and rhythm and creating variations in a jam-like setting.

1. Summer Intensive 102, which is geared toward upper beginner to intermediate students.  Students will be given seven exercises per week plus a bluegrass or old-time tune, along with suggestions on how to relate the exercise to that week’s tune.

2. Scale and Arpeggio Intensive II with Matt Flinner, which is geared toward upper intermediate to advanced students.  Students will receive six scale and arpeggio-focused exercises plus a swing or bluegrass tune, along with suggestions on how to relate the exercises to that week’s tune.

3. Bluegrass Mandolin Jamming II with Matt Flinner, which is open to players of all ability levels, but will lean toward the intermediate level.  Students will be given four tunes each week along with a few exercises and suggestions on how to play lead and rhythm as well as create variations for that week’s tunes.

THE SCHEDULE

The live lessons for the Summer Intensive 102 course take place every Monday night from 8-9 pm Central time from August 8th to 29th, and for the Scale and Arpeggio Intensive II with Matt Flinner course every Tuesday from 8-9 pm Central time from August 9th to 30th.  Both courses will also have Saturday practice/review sessions; 101 will be from 9-10 am central time, and the Scale and Arpeggio course will be from 10-10:45 am central time.

The Bluegrass Mandolin Jamming II course will take place on Wednesday evenings from 8-9 pm Central time from August 10th to 31st.  There will be Saturday practice/review sessions from 11:15 am-noon Central time.

It is NOT imperative that students be able to attend the live mandolin class 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 (again, 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 four-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 Summer Intensive 101 and 201  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

Through August 1st, get $20 off all course fees!  Course fees are $100 (that’s $12.50 per session) through 8/1—$20 off the normal $120 course fees.  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).

You can also sign up for two or more courses for $80 per course; just use the discount code “summermando” on the second course for a fee of $60 ($160 total), and “bigmon” on the third for a course fee of $80 on the third ($240 total).

 

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

 

“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:

Summer Intensive 102 Registration

Scale and Arpeggio Intensive with Matt Flinner Registration

Bluegrass Mandolin Jamming with Matt Flinner 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 summer!

All the best,

Matt

 

Summer Intensive 102 Curriculum

Scale and Arpeggio Intensive II with Matt Flinner Curriculum

Bluegrass Mandolin Jamming II with Matt Flinner Curriculum


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Bluegrass Mandolin Jamming II with Matt Flinner Curriculum

By Theme Admin on July 6th, 2016 at 7:52 PM

$20 off through August 1st!  Course fees are just $100 ($12.50 per session) rather than the normal price of $120.  You can also sign up for two or more courses for $80 per course; just use the discount code “summermando” on the second course for a fee of $60 ($160 total), and “bigmon” on the third for a course fee of $80 on the third ($240 total).

 

Register for Bluegrass Mandolin Jamming II with Matt Flinner.

See other courses offered this summer.

 

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 10 and runs through September 3.  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 all of the sessions any time afterward as often as they want through the class website.

Register here.

Here is the curriculum:

 

WEEK 1 (August 9)

KEY of C

Positions in C

C Chord Tones and Double Stops

Shady Grove

I Don’t Believe You’ve Met My Baby

Texas Gales

Boston Boy

 

WEEK 2 (August 16)

Keys of E and F

Position Playing in E and F

E and F Chord Tones and Double Stops

Octave Changes

Won’t You Come and Sing for Me

Ocean of Diamonds

Brown County Breakdown

Mississippi Waltz

 

WEEK 3 (August 23)

Key of B

Positions in B

B Chord Tones and Double Stops

Chop Chords and “Open” Style Chords in B

I’ve Lived a Lot in My Time

I Wish You Knew

Rebecca

Fox on the Run

 

WEEK 4 (August 30)

Key of Bb

Using Open Strings in Bb

Position playing in Bb

Bb Chord Tones and Double Stops

I’m Coming Back, But I Don’t Know When

Old Home Place

Daley’s Reel

New Camptown Races

 

Register for Bluegrass Mandolin Jamming II with Matt Flinner here.

To view other courses offered this summer, click here.


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Scale and Arpeggio Intensive II Curriculum

By Theme Admin on July 6th, 2016 at 7:52 PM

$20 off through August 1st!  Course fees are just $100 ($12.50 per session) rather than the normal price of $120.  You can also sign up for two or more courses for $80 per course; just use the discount code “summermando” on the second course for a fee of $60 ($160 total), and “bigmon” on the third for a course fee of $80 on the third ($240 total).

 

Register for Scale and Arpeggio Intensive II with Matt Flinner

View other courses offered this summer

 

The Scale and Arpeggio Intensive II course begins August 9 and runs through September 3.  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 all of the sessions any time afterward as often as they want through the class website.

The Summer Intensive Scale and Arpeggio course is intended for students at an intermediate to advanced level, and will use swing and well as bluegrass material as examples and exercises.  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.  While this course is a continuation of the Scale and Arpeggio Intensive 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 Scale and Arpeggio Intensive II course is intended to reinforce many of the concepts taught in the previous course, while pushing the student’s technique further than the first one did.

 

Register here.

 

Here is the Scale and Arpeggio Intensive II curriculum:

 

WEEK 1

Chord Tone Exercise: ii-V-I Chord Tones

Arpeggio Exercise I: Major Arpeggios from the 3rd

Arpeggio Exercise II: Major Triads going in Minor 3rds

Scale Exercise I: Lydian Scales in All Keys

Scale Exercise II: Major Scales in Fourths

Picking Double Stop Exercise: 2-bar Picking Pattern with C Double Stops

Miss Molly

 

WEEK 2

Chord Tone Exercise: Minor Chord Tone Exercise

Arpeggio Exercise I: Major Arpeggios from the 5th

Arpeggio Exercise II: Diatonic 7th Arpeggios

Scale Exercise I: Phrygian Scales in All Keys

Scale Exercise II: Major Scales in Fifths

Double Stop Picking Exercise: 2-bar Picking Pattern with A Double Stops

Alabama Jubilee

 

WEEK 3

Chord Tone Exercise: Finding Chord Tones Over a Chord Progression

Arpeggio Exercise I: Diminished Arpeggios

Arpeggio Exercise II: 1-2-3-5 and 5-3-2-1 in All Keys

Scale Exercise I: Diminished Scale and Patterns

Scale Exercise II: Major Scales in Sixths

Double Stop Picking Exercise: Picking Pattern with Open Style G Double Stops

Black and White Rag

 

WEEK 4

Chord Tone Exercise: Chord Tones Over a Chord Progression II

Arpeggio Exercise I: Augmented 7 Arpeggios

Arpeggio Exercise II: Dominant 7 Arpeggio Exercises in Chord Progressions

Scale Exercise I: Whole Tone Scale and Patterns

Scale Exercise II: Major Scales in Sevenths

Double Stop Picking Exercise: Picking Pattern with Open Style C Double Stops

Take the “A” Train

 

You can register for the Scale and Arpeggio Intensive II course here.

For more information about other courses offered this summer, click here.


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Summer Intensive 102 Curriculum

By Theme Admin on July 6th, 2016 at 7:52 PM

$20 off through August 1st!  Course fees are just $100 ($12.50 per session) rather than the normal price of $120.  You can also sign up for two or more courses for $80 per course; just use the discount code “summermando” on the second course for a fee of $60 ($160 total), and “bigmon” on the third for a course fee of $80 on the third ($240 total).

 

Register for the Summer Intensive 102 course.

See all other courses offered this summer.

 

The Bluegrass Mandolin 101 online lessons program continues this summer with three 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 102 level course begins August 8 and runs through September 3.  Class sessions meet every Monday evening from 8 to 9 pm central time, and practice/review sessions meet every Saturday from 9-9:45 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 all of the sessions any time afterward as often as they want through the class website.

You can register for the 102 course here.

For more information about other courses offered this summer, click here.

The 102 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 late July, it is not necessary for students to have taken the 101 course to be able to take the 102 course.  102 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 course fee is $120.  Register by August 1st for a discounted rate of $100 ($20 off)!

Register for 102 here.

For an overview of all summer courses, click here.


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Bluegrass Mandolin Jamming Curriculum

By Theme Admin on May 7th, 2016 at 6:12 PM

 

Register for Bluegrass Mandolin Jamming with Matt Flinner.

See all summer courses offered

 

BLUEGRASS MANDOLIN JAMMING WITH MATT FLINNER

 

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).

 

Here is the curriculum:

 

WEEK 1 (June 29)

Key of G

Warmup Picking Exercise

Positions in G

G Scale Exercises

Don’t This Road Look Rough and Rocky

Roll In My Sweet Baby’s Arms

Big Sciota

Wheel Hoss

 

WEEK 2 (July 7)

Key of D

Moving Between Positions in D

D Scale and Patterns

Changing Octaves in a Tune

Angeline the Baker

Cora Is Gone

Reuben

Little Birdie

 

WEEK 3 (July 13)

Some Minor Key Tunes

A Variety of Minor Chords

E Minor Scales and Patterns

Throwing in Some Minor Double Stops

Randall Collins

Nashville Blues

Little Sadie

Kentucky Mandolin

 

WEEK 4 (July 20)

Key of A

Some Positions in A

Using Open Strings

A Major Scale and Patterns

Mixing in Licks and Double Stops

Gold Rush

Uncle Pen

Hit Parade of Love

Come Hither to Go Yonder

 

The course fee is $120.

 

Register here.

Check out other courses offered this summer here.


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Scale and Arpeggio Intensive with Matt Flinner Curriculum

By Theme Admin on May 7th, 2016 at 4:11 AM

 

Register for Scale and Arpeggio Intensive with Matt Flinner

View other courses offered this summer

 

The Summer Intensive Scale and Arpeggio course is intended for students at an intermediate to advanced level, and will use swing and well as bluegrass material as examples and exercises.  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 Scale and Arpeggio Intensive Curriculum:

 

WEEK 1 (6/28)

Picking Exercise: Picking Exercise on One String

Scale Exercise: G Major Scale in 7 Positions

Pattern Exercise: G Major in Thirds Four Different Ways

Modes: Ionian in All Keys

Arpeggio Exercise: Major Arpeggios around the Circle of 5ths, and in 3rds

Double Stop Exercise: G Double Stops Across the Strings

Tune: San Antonio Rose

 

WEEK 2 (7/6)

Picking Exercise: Picking Exercise on Two Strings

Scale Exercise: D Major scale in 7 Positions

Pattern Exercise: D Major in Thirds and Fourths

Modes: Mixolydian in All Keys

Arpeggio Exercise I: Major 7 Arpeggios, 3 inversions

Double Stop Exercise: Moving D Double Stops

Tune: Salt Creek

 

WEEK 3 (7/12)

Picking Exercise: 3 string picking/chord exercise

Scale Exercise: A Major Scale in 7 Positions

Pattern Exercise: A Major Pattern with Neighbor Tones

Modes: Dorian in All Keys

Arpeggio Exercise: Dominant 7th Arpeggios, 3 Inversions

Double Stop Exercise: Going Between A and D Double Stops

Tune: Roly Poly

 

WEEK 4 (7/19)

Picking Exercise: Picking Exercises for Speed

Scale Exercise: C Major Scale in 7 Positions

Pattern Exercise: C Major Scale Pattern with Different Neighbor Tones

Modes: Aeolian in All Keys

Arpeggio Exercise: Minor 7 Arpeggios, 3 Inversions

Double Stop Exercise: Double Stops Between C, G and D

Tune: Billy in the Lowground

 

The course fee is $120.

 

You can register for the Scale and Arpeggio Intensive with Matt Flinner course here.

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Summer Intensive 101 Curriculum

By Theme Admin on May 7th, 2016 at 4:06 AM

Register here.

For an overview of all summer courses, click here.

 

The Summer Intensive 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 27):

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 (July 5):

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 (July 11):

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 18):

Picking exercise on 3 and 4 strings

Fingering exercise: Chromatic fingering exercise

Scale exercise: Blues scales in 6 keys

Arpeggio exercise: Arpeggiating through a blues progression

Chord Exercise: 7th chords over a blues progression

Double Stop exercise: Double Stops in A

Lick: Monroe bluesy lick

Tune: Milk Cow Blues

 

 

The course fee is $120.

 

Register for 101 here.

 

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Summer Intensive, Scale & Arpeggio and Bluegrass Jamming Courses Begin June 27-29

By Theme Admin on May 7th, 2016 at 4:03 AM

The Bluegrass Mandolin 101 online lessons program continues this summer with three four-week long intensive courses designed to help your overall mandolin playing technique and help you have more fun playing the mandolin!

In the Summer Intensive 101 course, we’ll look at several exercises each week which are 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.

In the Scale and Arpeggio Intensive with Matt Flinner course, we’ll get more deeply into scales and arpeggios—the building blocks of music and the basic tools of improvisation.  Each week, we’ll look at certain types of scales and learn various patterns based on those scales to help students learn the fretboard.  We’ll also look at certain types of arpeggios each week and get a thorough workout in playing those arpeggios around the fretboard.  Students will also be given a picking exercise each week to help with fundamental technique, and a double stop exercise to further reinforce the students’ knowledge of chord tones—plus students will receive a new tune each week along with suggestions on how to incorporate that week’s exercises into creating variations on the tune.

The Bluegrass Mandolin Jamming with Matt Flinner course is intended to help students play bluegrass music with other people.  Each week, students will receive four new tunes (from beginner to advanced level) along with ways of playing rhythm, approaches to creating variations on the tune, and some exercises to help with fundamental technique.  The goal is to help students learn more tunes, learn practical approaches to playing those tunes, and get out and play with other people!

 

Register for Summer Intensive 101

Register for Scale and Arpeggio Intensive with Matt Flinner

Register for Bluegrass Mandolin Jamming

 

The Summer Intensive 101 course, which takes place on Monday evenings (except the week of July 4th, when it takes place on a Tuesday), is intended for beginner to intermediate students, and students will learn one bluegrass or old-time tune in conjunction with the exercises.  The Scale and Arpeggio Intensive course, which takes place on Tuesday evenings (except the week of July 4th, when it takes place on a Wednesday), is intended for intermediate to advanced level students, and students will learn one swing or bluegrass tune in conjunction with the exercises.  Both courses will also address fundamentals which should be beneficial to players of all ability levels.  And both courses will also have practice/review sessions on Saturday mornings.

The Bluegrass Mandolin Jamming course, which takes place on Wednesday evenings (except the week of July 4th, when it takes place on a Thursday), is intended for players of all ability levels, but will lean toward the intermediate level.  The course is intended to help students build repertoire and get practical experience in playing tunes and creating and trying out variations.   This course will also have practice/review sessions on Saturdays.

 

Summer Intensive 101 Curriculum

Scale and Arpeggio Intensive with Matt Flinner Curriculum

Bluegrass Mandolin Jamming 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 Scales and Arpeggios, and Jamming!)

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 the Bluegrass Mandolin 101 program unique is the fact that students follow a step-by-step program of live lessons over a four-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 8 or 9) 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 Summer Quarter, there will be THREE 4-week courses offered from June 27-July 23.  The Summer Intensive 101 and 201 courses will focus on various aspects of technique.  Each week, students will receive six or seven exercises and a tune to learn.  For the 101 course, picking exercises, fingering exercises, arpeggios, scales, double stops, chord exercises, and licks will  be given each week.  For the 201 course, picking exercises, scale exercises, scale pattern exercises, modes, arpeggios and double stop exercises will be given each week.  Students will also be given some ideas on how to apply that week’s exercises to that week’s tune in order to create variations.  The Bluegrass Mandolin Jamming course will focus more on building repertoire, playing lead and rhythm and creating variations in a jam-like setting.

1. Summer Intensive 101, which is geared toward upper beginner to intermediate students.  Students will be given seven exercises per week plus a bluegrass or old-time tune, along with suggestions on how to relate the exercise to that week’s tune.

2. Scale and Arpeggio Intensive with Matt Flinner, which is geared toward upper intermediate to advanced students.  Students will receive six scale and arpeggio-focused exercises plus a swing or bluegrass tune, along with suggestions on how to relate the exercises to that week’s tune.

3. Bluegrass Mandolin Jamming with Matt Flinner, which is open to players of all ability levels, but will lean toward the intermediate level.  Students will be given four tunes each week along with a few exercises and suggestions on how to play lead and rhythm as well as create variations for that week’s tunes.

 

THE SCHEDULE

The live lessons for the Summer Intensive 101 course take place every Monday night from 8-9 pm Central time from June 27 to July 18, and for the Scale and Arpeggio Intensive with Matt Flinner course every Tuesday from 8-9 pm Central time from June 28 to July 19.  Both courses will also have Saturday practice/review sessions; 101 will be from 9-10 am central time, and 201 will be from 10:15-11:15 am central time.

The Bluegrass Mandolin Jamming course will take place on Wednesday evenings from 8-9 pm Central time from June 29 to July 20.  There will be Saturday practice/review sessions from 11:30 am-12:15 pm Central time.

It is NOT imperative that students be able to attend the live mandolin class 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 (again, 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 four-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 Summer Intensive 101 and 201  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 four-week course is $120.  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 the Bluegrass Mandolin 101 program:

“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:

Summer Intensive 101 Registration

Scale and Arpeggio Intensive with Matt Flinner Registration

Bluegrass Mandolin Jamming with Matt Flinner 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 summer!

All the best,

Matt

 

Summer Intensive 101 Curriculum

Scale and Arpeggio Intensive with Matt Flinner Curriculum

Bluegrass Mandolin Jamming with Matt Flinner Curriculum


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Fiddle Tunes for Mandolin 101, Kenny Baker Tunes for Mandolin and Rock and Roll Mandolin Online Courses: What You Need to Know

By Theme Admin on February 12th, 2016 at 1:32 AM

 

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“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.

 

 

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

 

 

Sign up for any two courses and get 20% off the second course!  Use the discount code “blackbird” on the second course to receive $40 off the $200 registration fee. 

 

 

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

 

This spring, beginning the week of April 4, the Bluegrass Mandolin 101 program continues with some fiddle tune courses as well as a Rock and Roll mandolin courses for students of all ability levels.  The Bluegrass Mandolin 101 and 102 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 fiddle tunes along the way.  Two courses are offered in bluegrass and fiddle tunes: Fiddle Tunes for Mandolin 101 (Beginner to Intermediate) and Kenny Baker Tunes for Mandolin (Intermediate to Advanced).

New to the program is Rock and Roll Mandolin with Matt Flinner.  This will pick up where Bluegrass Mandolin 102 leaves off, and will lead students through the modern world of bluegrass mandolin and into some other “newgrass” styles.  Following the lead of players like Sam Bush and David Grisman, the course will explore ways of adding new elements to the students’ playing, from fiddle tunes to Rock & Roll to a bit of jazz and more.

 

Fiddle Tunes for Mandolin 101 Curriculum  Registration

Kenny Baker Tunes for Mandolin Curriculum   Registration

Rock and Roll Mandolin with Matt Flinner Curriculum   Registration

 

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.

 

THE BLUEGRASS MANDOLIN 101 ONLINE LESSONS PROGRAM

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 and be prepared for the next week’s 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. Fiddle Tunes for Mandolin 101, which will start at a beginning/intermediate level and progress to a solidly intermediate level.  This course will introduce students to playing standard tunes in common keys, as well as various picking and fingerboard exercises to help develop good mandolin technique.  View the curriculum here.   Register here.

2. Kenny Baker Tunes for Mandolin, which will start at an intermediate level and progress to an intermediate/advanced level.  This course will introduce students to the tunes of master fiddler Kenny Baker—one of the great fiddlers and tune writers in bluegrass music.  In addition to some great tunes, students will get more advanced exercises in using scales and arpeggios as well as double stops and ideas for improvisation, adding more licks, and playing in more challenging keys.  View the curriculum here.  Register here.

3. Rock and Roll Mandolin with Matt Flinner.  This is intended for students at any level (though rank beginners will have a difficult time) who want to broaden their musical horizons.  Students will learn some concepts covered in the 101 and Kenny Baker courses, but in the context of rock & roll music to get a broader spectrum of sounds into their playing.  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.  Songs by the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Chuck Berry, Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones (to name a few) will be part of the curriculum.  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 April 4 to June 6, and for the Bluegrass Mandolin 102 course every Tuesday from 8-9 pm Central time from April 5 to June 7.  The Rock and Roll Mandolin course will take place every Wednesday night from 8-9 pm central time (except Session 2, which will be on Monday, April 18th) from April 6 to June 8.  All three courses will also have Saturday practice/review sessions; 101 will be from 9-9:45 am central time, Kenny Baker Tunes will be from 10-10:45 am central time and the Rock and Roll Mandolin practice sessions will be from 11:15 am-12 pm central time each Saturday from April 9 through June 11.  Classes will be off on April 12, 13, 20, May 2 and May 18-21 will be off due to Matt’s touring schedule.  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.  All sessions will be recorded, so 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 the Fiddle Tunes for Mandolin 101, Kenny Baker Tunes for Mandolin and Rock and Roll Mandolin with Matt Flinner courses.  Here, 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).

 

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

“I’ve taken music and instrument classes over the years, and I’ve never received such a comprehensive and successful approach as this format. Live video, downloaded charts and diagrams, recorded sessions, at the most affordable price. Nothing I’ve participated in compares to this. Best value for the dollar. Highly recommended.”—Jim H. 

“I was amazed at the time, feedback, and focus you gave us on chat questions, emails, and mp3s.  I was very impressed and feel better about my confidence level, how I play and focus now. The course just worked for me and got me over a hump in terms of my motivation and focus.”—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.

“You thoroughly answered the email questions and the recorded .mp3 feedback to the sample I posted was SUPER helpful. Very detailed and specific to what you heard on my recording. Very helpful to hear you play examples of what your were talking about and get recommendations of specific exercises to do.”—Barb N.

 

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

 

Register for Fiddle Tunes for Mandolin 101 with Matt Flinner.

Register for Kenny Baker Tunes for Mandolin with Matt Flinner.

Register for Rock and Roll Mandolin with Matt Flinner.

 

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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Online Classes: Fiddle Tunes, Kenny Baker Tunes and Rock and Roll Mandolin Courses Begin April 4, 5 and 6

By Theme Admin on February 12th, 2016 at 12:40 AM

 

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Sign up for any two courses and get 20% off the second course!  Use the discount code “blackbird” on the second course to receive $40 off the $200 registration fee. 

 

Register for Fiddle Tunes for Mandolin 101 here.

Register for Kenny Baker Tunes for Mandolin 102 here.

Register for Rock & Roll Mandolin with Matt Flinner here.

 

See the curricula for:

Fiddle Tunes for Mandolin 101

Kenny Baker Tunes for Mandolin

Rock & Roll Mandolin with Matt Flinner.

 

“I’ve taken music and instrument classes over the years, and I’ve never received such a comprehensive and successful approach as this format. Live video, downloaded charts and diagrams, recorded sessions, at the most affordable price. Nothing I’ve participated in compares to this. Best value for the dollar. Highly recommended.”—Jim H. 

 

“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.

 

 

Fiddle tunes return to the menu in April with the Fiddle Tunes for Mandolin 101 and Kenny Baker Tunes for Mandolin online courses.  These unique courses offer students the opportunity to not only learn from recorded videos and mp3s, but also to learn directly from Matt Flinner in an interactive group session twice per week.  Students are given new materials to learn each week during the live class sessions, and then are invited to practice the material with Matt a few days later in the Saturday practice/review sessions.  Meanwhile, students have 24-hour access to a class website where they can find all class materials, including written materials in PDF form, short practice videos, mp3s to play along with as well as the recorded class sessions themselves.  This way, students who are unable to attend some or all of the live sessions can keep up with the course on their own schedule, and students also have several options in deciding how they want to practice the material.

 

The next courses will be:

Fiddle Tunes for Mandolin 101 (April 4-June 11).  Classes take place Monday evenings at 9 pm eastern and Saturday mornings at 10 am eastern.

Kenny Baker Tunes for Mandolin (April 5-June 11).  Classes take place Tuesday evenings at 9 pm eastern and Saturday mornings at 11 am eastern.

Rock and Roll Mandolin: (April 6-June 11).  Classes take place Wednesday evenings at 9 pm eastern (except April 18, which is a Monday) and Saturdays at 12:15 pm eastern.

 

Students will be able to take part in 16 sessions (eight class sessions and eight practice/review sessions) over a 10- or 11-week period (depending on the course).   A few dates (April 12, 13, 20 and May 2, 16, 17 and 18) will be off due to Matt’s tour schedule.

 

Useful info on the courses and what you’ll need to participate.

 

Fiddle Tunes for  Mandolin 101 and Kenny Baker Tunes for Mandolin will focus on helping students get more familiar with bluegrass mandolin playing.  Exercises in scales, arpeggios double stops, backup, and creating variations will give students the tools they need to move forward in their playing and enable them to play more comfortably on their own or with other players in jam sessions.  Fiddle Tunes for Mandolin 101 will start at a beginner/intermediate level and progress to a solidly intermediate level.  Kenny Baker Tunes for Mandolin (which will focus on the tunes of the great bluegrass fiddler Kenny Baker) will introduce some more advanced concepts, and will start at an intermediate level and progress to an intermediate/advanced level.

New to the program is Rock and Roll Mandolin with Matt Flinner.  This will lead students through the wonderful world of Rock and Roll from a mandolin standpoint.

 

The fee for each course is $200 (that’s just $12.50 per session).  Sign up for two courses for $360!  Just use the discount code “blackbird” on our second course to receive the extra $40 discount.  Interested in all three courses?  Use the discount code “jerusalemridge” to receive another $80 off, for a total registration fee of $480 for all three courses ($120 total discount from the normal course fees).

 

Fiddle Tunes for Mandolin 101 with Matt Flinner:
Curriculum    Registration

Kenny Baker Tunes for Mandolin with Matt Flinner:
Curriculum     Registration

Rock and Roll Mandolin with Matt Flinner:
Curriculum     Registration

Click here for more info on the courses and what you’ll need to participate. 

 

“I’ve practiced more in two weeks than I have in months!  Really, I was amazed at the time, feedback, and focus you gave us on chat questions, emails, and mp3s.  I was very impressed and feel better about my confidence level, how I play and focus now. The course just worked for me and got me over a hump in terms of my motivation and focus.”—Donna O.

Questions?  Email Matt Flinner at [email protected]


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