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Crosspicking Mandolin with Matt Flinner Curriculum (1/9-3/10)




“I’ve participated in many online learning programs, but so far, your format is the best I’ve ever seen. I am so pleased I happened upon your courses.”—Gina M.





“This was the best online learning experience I’ve ever had.  And, for the time and money, the best music learning experience in any format:  DVD, video, group, or individual live lessons.”—Christine R.


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This course will help you learn the basics of crosspicking on the mandolin—mainly in the style of the great Jesse McReynolds.  Material will focus on various crosspicking patterns and double stops and positions in various keys to create unique and often intricate solos on bluegrass standard songs.  Arrangements will start out fairly simple and will progress to more complex solos as we explore some of McReynolds’ approaches to playing melody, along with some other approaches to incorporating crosspicking into your playing.  It’s a great way to add some color and flair to your playing!

Classes will meet on Tuesday evenings at 9 pm eastern time from January 9 to March 6, with the week of February 6 off due to Matt’s touring schedule.  Follow-up practice sessions, in which Matt will review all of that week’s material with the students, take place on Saturdays at 11 am from January 13 to March 10 (again, with February 10 off due to Matt’s touring schedule).  

Attendance to the live class and review sessions is encouraged but not essential, as all sessions are recorded and available to view on the class website by the following day. 

This course is recommended for intermediate to advanced players.


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See the curriculum for Bill Monroe Tunes for Mandolin

See the curriculum for Appalachian Mandolin Tunes and Techniques


WEEK 1 (1/9)

Intro to cross picking

Crosspicking Pattern 1

Double Stops in the key of A

Playing cross picking patterns over double stops

Long Journey Home

Handsome Molly


WEEK 2 (1/16)

The Key of D

Double Stops in D

Moving from one double stop to another

Crosspicking on the high strings

Crosspicking on the low strings

Gotta Travel On

Rabbit in the Log


WEEK 3 (1/23)

Key of G

Crosspicking Pattern II (DEDEADEA)

Low and high double stop positions

Wabash Cannonball

Sweet Little Miss Blue Eyes


WEEK 4 (1/30)

Adding intermediate double stops

Diatonic Double Stop Exercise in G

Varying the picking pattern (Pattern 1 and pattern 2 on same part of melody to create syncopation)

Don’t Say Goodbye if You Love Me

Blue Ridge Mountain Blues


WEEK 5 (2/13)

Other (non-McReynolds) Corsspicking Patterns

Crosspicking as backup

Crosspicking on three note chords

Home Sweet Home

When You and I Were Young, Maggie


WEEK 6 (2/20)

Key of C

Crosspicking pattern 3

Throwing In Occasional Crosspicking in Solos

Wildwood Flower

I Don’t Believe You’ve Met My Baby


WEEK 7 (2/27)

Keys of E and B

E and B double stop exercises

Low and high positions in E and B

I Wish You Knew

Childish Love


WEEK 8 (3/6)

A couple of McReynolds classics

Combining picking patterns

More double stop exercises

Changing octaves

Are You Missing Me?

Sugarfoot Rag



The coure fee is $225.


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