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Monroe-Style Mandolin with Matt Flinner Curriculum (10/1-12/8)




“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.





“I was very impressed and feel better about my confidence level, how I play and focus now. The course just worked for me and got me over a hump in terms of my motivation and focus.”—Donna O.






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This course is intended for students at an intermediate to advanced level who want to focus more exclusively on the distinct mandolin style of Bill Monroe.  Students will learn many concepts in bluegrass style playing, but with a uniquely “Monroe” take on them.  Focus will be on rhythmic drive, the bluesy side of bluegrass, and learning the fretboard in various keys while learning many classic Monroe mandolin solos.

Class sessions take place on Wednesday evenings at 9 pm eastern time (except Week 4, which takes place on a Thursday evening), with follow-up practice sessions on Saturdays at 12:15 pm eastern time.  Students are welcome to attend the live sessions, but it is not required.  All class sessions are recorded and available to view on the class website at the students’ convenience.  

The course runs from October 1st through December 8th.  The week of October 24th and November 21 are off due to Matt’s touring schedule and the Thanksgiving holiday.  The are a total of 16 live class sessions (eight class sessions and eight review sessions) during the course. 



Here is the curriculum:


WEEK 1 (10/3)

Using open strings

Picking exercise I

Playing backup

Playing fills behind the vocal

I’m Going Back to Old Kentucky

Pike County Breakdown


WEEK 2 (10/10)

Moving double stops

Picking exercise II

Double stop exercises in G, A and B

Sweetheart You Done Me Wrong

Blue Moon of Kentucky


WEEK 3 (10/17)

The blues

Finding blue notes in position playing

Down picking exercise

A few bluesy licks and fills

Bluegrass Part One

Rocky Road Blues


WEEK 4 (11/1)

Sliding Between Positions

Sliding Exercise I

Sliding Exercise II

Double stop exercise II

On the Old Kentucky Shore

Dig a Hole in the Meadow


WEEK 5 (11/7)

Some more bluesy licks

Down-picking exercise II

Triplet picking exercise

Get Down on Your Knees and Pray

Close By


WEEK 6 (11/14)

Playing out of the chop chord position

Double stops in the chop chord position

A few chop chord licks 

Sittin’ On Top of the World

Out in the Cold World


WEEK 7 (11/28)

Shuffle feel

Picking Exercise III

Open strings in various keys

New John Henry Blues

Dusty Miller


WEEK 8 (12/5)

Tying it all together

Picking Exercise IV

Playing across the I-IV-V in chop chord position

Moving between positions in various keys

I Wonder Where You Are Tonight

Don’t Put It Off ’Til Tomorrow


The course fee is $225.

Register here


See the Blues Mandolin curriculum

See the Bach for Mandolin curriculum

6 comments on “Monroe-Style Mandolin with Matt Flinner Curriculum (10/1-12/8)

  1. Jack Pipkin says:

    Is the final cost $150.00 or $75.00 when the $75.00 savings is applied?

    • flinner says:

      Hi Jack,

      The final cost is $150 ($75 off the normal course fee of $225). Sorry for any confusion! Let me know if you have any other questions.


  2. Greg West says:

    Are you planning a course starting in January 2019? I am very much interested in taking your course 101 Bluegrass Mandolin.

    • flinner says:

      Hi Greg,

      Yes, I should be starting a few more courses around January 7th. Bluegrass Mandolin 101 is a likely possibility, as I haven’t taught it for a while. Hopefully I’ll have the courses posted by the end of September, so stay tuned!


  3. Cory Hawryluk says:

    Hi Matt – For how long will each class be available on the class website once they are posted? Do they expire? Thank you!

    • flinner says:

      Hi Cory,

      They will be available for about one month after the classes conclude, but you can also keep all of the materials for future use. That include all videos (short practice videos as well as all class sessions), as I’ll send download links for all of the videos so that you can view them later at your convenience.

      Since I’m a couple of days late in getting back to you, feel free to email me at [email protected], and I’ll make sure you still get the $25 discount if you do decide to sign up.

      Let me know if you have any other questions.

      Thanks Cory!

      Matt Flinner

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