This course has concluded. To view the current list of courses offered, visit the Winter Online Course page.
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.
Week 1: the Blues
finding the important notes (3rds and 7ths)
7th Chord Inversions
Playing a Blues Chord Progression Smoothly
Dominant 7 Arpeggios
The Blues Scale
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
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
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
Week 6: Some Ballads
Navigating Ballads with Tremolo, Triplets and Sixteenth Notes
Georgia on My Mind
Week 7: Minor Keys
Harmonic minor scales
The minor ii-V-i
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
Tea For Two
Questions? Email [email protected].