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Swing Mandolin Jamming II (August 17-September 9)



“After buying six mandolins and umpteen books…I am convinced your course is best $100 I have invested in my mandolin journey to date.  Finally, I’m getting the discpline I need with your exercises to learn scales, arpeggios, double stops, fingering techniques, learn the fretboard (the essential tools I need)…and most importantly to learn how those things fit into playing tunes.”—Rick D., Bluegrass Mandolin 101 student





“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 a 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., Bluegrass Mandolin 101 student



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This course is intended to help the aspiring mandolinist build up repertoire and find ways of creating new solos over commonly played swing and jazz standards; it’s also designed in the hope that it will encourage students to get out and jam with other players!  

The course is a continuation of the Swing Jamming course which takes place from July 6-29.  However, it is not necessary for students to have taken the Swing Jamming I course to participate in the Swing Jamming II course.  

Each week, we’ll look at four swing/jazz standard tunes with a particular concept in mind—the blues, ii/V/Is etc.  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).

Sessions 1 and 2 will take place Thursday, August 17 and Thursday, August 24 at 9 pm eastern time.  Sessions 3 and 4 will take place Wednesday, August 30 and Wednesday, September 6 at 9 pm eastern time.  There will also be 45-minute review sessions every Saturday morning at 12:15 pm eastern time.

The course fee is $125.


WEEK 1  (August 17)

Back to the Blues

Blues Patterns

Moving 7th Chords Around

Ba-lue Bolivar Ba-lues Are

All Blues

Blues By Five

St. James Infirmary


WEEK 2  (August 24)

Minor Keys

Choosing Minor Scales

Minor Chord Inversions

Blue Skies

I Got It Bad (and That Ain’t Good)


My Funny Valentine

My Favorite Things


WEEK 3  (August 30)


Further adventures in ii-V-Is

Finding Common Tones Between Chords

Polka Dots and Moonbeams

Blue Moon

Sweet Lorraine

Love for Sale

This Can’t Be Love


WEEK 4  (September 7)

More Complex Progressions

I-VI-II-V-I Progressions

Some Chord and Scale Substitutions

I’m Getting Sentimental Over You

Back Home Again in Indiana

Just You, Just Me

Lester Leaps In


The course fee is $125.  


Register here.

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