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Beatles for Mandolin Curriculum (March 20-June 2)


“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.



“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.


Register for the Beatles for Mandolin course for $225 (that’s about $14 per class session)


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Welcome to Beatles for Mandolin with Matt Flinner!  This course will explore the songs of the Beatles while enabling students to learn more about mandolin technique, be more versatile in various styles of playing, and have a whole lot of fun along the way.  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.  

Each week, students will be given exercises related to picking technique, chords, licks or double stops, along with a couple of (mostly) familiar Beatles songs.  Students will also be given a simple “riff” tune each week (though they’ll gradually get more complicated over the 8-week course) to explore the fingerboard with in various keys.  The goal is to get students to strengthen their fundamental technique, learn more about the fretboard, get better at playing by ear—and do all of the above in a fun way.

The course will run from March 20 to June 2, with class sessions on Tuesday evenings at 9 pm eastern time and follow-up practice/review sessions on Saturdays at 11 am eastern time.  


The course fee is $225.  Register here



Here is the schedule:



Rhythmic Patterns

Rhythm Exercise I

Rhythm Exercise II

A Bit of Soloing

All My Loving

Please Please Me

Riff: Love Me Do



Rock & Roll Rhythm

Rhythm Exercise III

Down-picking Exercise

Twist and Shout


Riff: Birthday



Using Double Stops in Soloing

Double Stop Exercise I

Diatonic Double Stops

Chord Inversions

This Boy

Two of Us

Riff: Day Tripper



Blues in Rock

Blues Scales

I’m Down

Drive My Car

Riff: Hey Bulldog



Various Picking Patterns

Picking Exercise II

Picking Exercise III

Here Comes the Sun


Riff: Paperback Writer



Mixing Meters

Strumming Patterns in Mixed Meters

Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds

Good Day Sunshine

Riff: In My Life



Diatonic Chords

Diatonic Chords in G Major


Here There and Everywhere

Riff: I Feel Fine



More Complex Chord Progressions

More Chord Inversions

Chord Tones in Soloing

Strawberry Fields Forever


Riff: Norwegian Wood



Register here.


2 comments on “Beatles for Mandolin Curriculum (March 20-June 2)

  1. Dave Jensen says:

    Hi Matt. I’m sorry to bug you, but I have a few questions about the Beatles course. 1. What level player is the course geared toward? Since taking a beginner course in the fall of 2016 (I think) I’ve done a lot of playing and feel that I’m more than a beginner now. Will this course challenge me? 2. Will you be teaching the Beatles songs in the key they were written? Thanks, Dave Jensen

    • flinner says:

      Hi Dave,

      Thanks for getting in touch. I’m gearing this course toward players at all levels, though absolute beginners will find it too difficult. I’ll be including material each week to challenge players at various levels; the amount of material you take on and which exercises and/or tunes you focus on will depend on your ability level. I’m sure you’ll find material that will challenge you in the course. Most of the tunes will be taught in the keys they were recorded in, but there will be a few that I’ll transpose into more “mandolin-friendly” keys.
      I hope that helps! Let me know if you have any other questions. Hope to see you in class.


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