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Fiddle Tune Harmony for Mandolin with Matt Flinner Curriculum



Register for Fiddle Tune Harmony for Mandolin.

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This course will teach students how to create the happiest sound in the world—two mandolins playing in harmony!  Each week, students will learn two standard fiddle tunes, along with ways of constructing harmony parts to those tunes.  Exercises will be given each week to help students learn more about the fretboard, get more adept at playing scales and double stops in the common keys of G, D, A and C, and find chord tones more easily in all keys.  Besides being able to create harmony parts, students will come away from the course with a stronger understanding of how melodies are created and how they relate to chords and chord tones.  The goal of the course is to give students a broader understanding of music theory and help them learn melodies more quickly (as well as create the happiest sound in the world…).

The course is intended for students at an intermediate to advanced level.  The course will start out fairly easy (lower intermediate?), and will gradually progress to a more advanced level.

The course runs from January 10-March 18.  Classes take place online on Tuesday evenings from 9-10 pm eastern time, and practice/review sessions take place on Saturday mornings from 10-10:45 am eastern time.



The course fee is $200.


“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.



Week 1

Some vocal songs

Twin mandolins as lead and tenor harmony

Harmonizing Major Scales

Using 3rds and 4ths to create harmony

Wildwood Flower

House of Gold


Week 2

Harmony in G

G Major Scales

Chord Tones in G

Finding 3rds and 4ths

Golden Slippers

When You And I Were Young, Maggie


Week 3

Harmony in D

D Major Scales

Chord Tones in D

Harmony on the I Versus the V Chord

Mississippi Sawyer

Old Spinning Wheel


Week 4

Harmony in A

A Major and Mixolydian Scales

Chord Tones in A

Positions up the Neck


Big Mon


Week 5

Minor Keys

Minor chord tones and arpeggios

Minor chord inversions

Lonesome Moonlight Waltz

Lonesome Fiddle Blues


Week 6

Fast Moving Chord Progressions

Identifying chord tones on down beats

Arpeggio Inversions

Bill Cheatem

Fisher’s Hornpipe


Week 7

Harmony in C

More Positions up the Neck

Double Stop Harmony

Billy in the Lowground

Panhandle Country


Week 8

Three Part Harmony

Creating Baritone parts

Chord Tone Exercise in All Keys

Tall Timber

Wheel Hoss


Register here.

Get more info on other Winter 2017 online courses.



2 comments on “Fiddle Tune Harmony for Mandolin with Matt Flinner Curriculum

  1. Charley Wrather says:

    Are the courses on Skype?

    • flinner says:

      Hi Charley,

      Sorry for the delay! No, but it’s simliar. The live class sessions are in a webinar-style format through a platform called GoToTraining. It is somewhat similar to Skype, but I cannot see or hear any students unless they request that I un-mute them. It’s also a little more robust than Skype in that all materials we use are stored there (as well as on the class website, which is a seperate thing), and we can all communicate with each other either via a chat window and via audio if we choose to.
      I hope that helps! Let me know if you have any other questions.

      Thanks and Happy New Year,
      Matt Flinner

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