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Music Theory and Mandolin Fretboard Exercises II Curriculum (8/14-9/8)



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Welcome to the Mandolin Fretboard and Music Theory Exercises II online course!  This course is intended to help students learn more about the mandolin fretboard and learn some music theory along they way as they progress through a series of exercises week by week.  Students will be given scale, arpeggio and transposition exercises each week to help them find their way around the fretboard in various keys.  We’ll also do a bit of musical analysis on some great melodies by Bach, Beethoven and the Beatles.  Students at all levels are encouraged to participate, though the course will likely be most beneficial to students at an upper beginner to higher intermediate level.  

Class sessions meet every Tuesday evening from August 14 to September 4 at 9 pm eastern time, and practice/review sessions meet every Saturday from August 18 to September 8 at 11 am eastern time.

Students are encouraged to attend the live sessions to be able to interact more directly with the instructor, but live attendance is NOT required.  Students will be able to view the recordings of all of the sessions any time afterward as often as they want through the class website.

Students are encouraged to prioritize certain exercises according to their ability level, and are given the option of adding to many of the exercises in order to further challenge themselves if they wish to.  Part of the intent of the course is to challenge students at a variety of levels, and to help students advance their playing, learn new musical ideas and have more fun playing the mandolin regardless of their ability level.


While this course is a continuation of the Music Theory and Mandolin Fretboard Exercises course which completes in early August, it is not necessary for students to have taken the first course to be able to take the second course.  The Music Theory and Mandolin Fretboard Exercises II course is intended to reinforce many of the concepts taught in the previous course, while expanding the student’s knowledge of the fretboard beyond where the first course left off.


The course fee is $125.  Register here.


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Week 5 (August 14)

Chromatic and diatonic scales

Various types of triads


Modes: Dorian and Aeolian

Analysis: Bach Minuet in G

Simple song #5 in all keys


Week 6 (August 21)

7th chords

Various types of 7th chords

Arpeggio fingering I and II

Various types of cadences

Analysis: With a Little Help from My Friends

Simple song #6 in all keys


Week 7 (August 28)

Minor keys

Harmonic and Melodic minor scales

Minor diatonic progressions

Minor arpeggio exercise

Two minor scale fingerings

Analysis: Greensleeves

Simple song #7 in all keys


Week 8 (September 4)

Major and minor relative keys

Finding chord progressions in various keys

Working up the neck

More with modes

Seven major scale fingerings

Analysis: Beethoven’s Mandolin Sonatine


The course fee is $125.  Register here.



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