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The Bluegrass Mandolin 101 program is pleased to offer two new courses and an oldie for a variety of ability levels and interests this fall! Bluegrass Mandolin 101, Advanced Bluegrass Mandolin and American Roots Mandolin will start up January 7, 8 and 9.
Each course lasts eight weeks, with class sessions on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday evenings (depending on which course it is) and follow-up practice/review sessions on Saturday mornings or afternoons to help you solidify the material while learning practice techniques and getting tips on practice routines.
Students DO NOT need to tune in to the live online sessions, as all class sessions and practice/review sessions are recorded and posted to the class website by the next day for viewing at the students’ convenience. Students are encouraged to attend the live sessions whenever possible, as they can ask questions during the session—plus we’ve found that many students are more likely to practice when they show up for the live sessions!
Bluegrass Mandolin 101 with Matt Flinner (January 7-March 16) will explore several bluegrass standard songs and approach them using position playing and double stops as we get to know the fretboard better and improve our picking technique along the way. By the end of the course, students will have tools for creating their own solos on commonly-played songs in various keys, and hopefully will feel more comfortable in jam sessions. This course will take place on Monday evenings as well as afternoons (for those of you around the globe!) and Saturday mornings.. Register here.
Advanced Bluegrass Mandolin with Matt Flinner (January 8-March 16) dives into advanced concepts for mandolin from the playing of innovators such as Doyle Lawson, Ricky Skaggs, Adam Steffey, Tim O’Brien, Dempsey Young and many others. This course is recommended for intermediate to advanced players, and will take place on Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings. Register here.
American Roots Mandolin with Matt Flinner (January 9-March 16). This course will explore many of the myriad styles of American roots musics around the country, from Appalachia to New Orleans to New England to the desert southwest. And all on the mandolin! Along the way, we’ll explore various aspects of technique and learn more of the fretboard—and likely find many common threads that unite these musics within the great American cultural tapestry.
Old-time, blues, Cajun music, contra dance, ragtime, early jazz, cowboy traditions and bluegrass music will all be touched on in this 8-week long course.
The course is intended for students at an advanced beginner to intermediate level, or to students at any level who want to try out some new styles of playing. The course will take place on Wednesday evenings and afternoons (also for those of you across the various ponds!) and Saturday mornings/afternoons (depending on your time zone). Register here.
60-minute classes take place online every Monday (Bluegrass Mandolin 101), Tuesday (Advanced Bluegrass Mandolin) or Wednesday (American Roots Mandolin) evening from January 7, 8 or 9 to March 11, 12 or 13 at 9 pm eastern time, and 45-minute practice/review sessions take place every Saturday morning/afternoon from January 12 to March 16. The weeks of February 4 and March 4 are off due to Matt’s touring schedule.
ALSO: we’ve added Europe-friendly times on the Bluegrass Mandolin 101 and American Roots Mandolin courses! Bluegrass Mandolin 101 will also take place on Mondays at 2 pm eastern time (7 or 8 pm in the UK and most of Europe), and American Roots Mandolin will also take place on Wednesdays at 2 pm eastern time (7 or 8 pm in the UK and most of Europe). Students are invited to attend either or both of the sessions on those days.
NOTE: It is helpful, but not essential, to be present for the live sessions. All class sessions are recorded and available to view on the class website by the following day.
WHAT STUDENTS GET FROM THE COURSE
All students will also have unlimited access to short recorded videos of all of the material played at a slow tempo, PDFs of all material in both standard notation and mandolin tablature, and mp3s of all of the tunes at slow and medium speeds that they can practice along with. Students can access all of this material at any time through the class website, and can also download all materials (videos and class session videos included) to keep them permanently. All class sessions and practice/review sessions are recorded and posted on the class website (usually by the following day) so that students who were unable to attend the live sessions may view them at their own convenience, and all students may review the class videos as often as they wish.
Students will also be given a “Recommended Listening” list each week for the material covered. A variety of versions of each tune will be provided in the hopes that students will listen to recordings and further explore the wide world of recorded old-time and bluegrass music.
HOW INTERACTIVE IS THE COURSE?
During the live sessions, students can ask questions and/or play examples via their microphone (built-in or external plug-in), or they can ask questions via a built-in chat window. The instructor responds to all questions immediately (or between teaching exercises, etc.) on the spot.
Students are also encouraged to submit mp3 recordings at any time during the course if they would like to, and the instructor will respond in an mp3 recording with constructive criticism. Students can submit these mp3s either privately via email or publicly via the class website, where all students can listen and respond if they choose to. Mp3 submissions are encouraged but not required, and there is no limit on how many mp3 submissions a student can send in.
There is also a class website where registered students can find all class materials (videos, PDFs, mp3s) anytime. The site also has a Forum section, where students can ask questions, bring up topics for discussion, etc., in an open forum where the instructor and other students can respond.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED TO PARTICIPATE:
1. A desktop or laptop Mac or PC computer, iPad or Internet-connected mobile device (such as iPhone) in order to view the sessions, plus a good internet connection.
2. An internal microphone and speakers on your laptop or desktop computer, or a phone to listen and speak (if desired) during the sessions. Instructions for participating by phone are included when you register for the course (long distance charges may apply).
3. During the course, you have the option of submitting recorded examples of your playing to the instructor (and to the group, if desired). In order to do this, you will need your computer’s built-in microphone or an external microphone plugged directly into your computer (via built-in ports or an external audio interface), in addition to basic audio recording software, such as Audacity or Garage Band, that will allow you to record yourself playing and save the recording in MP3 format.
4. A mandolin (actually maybe that should have been #1).
The course fee is $225 for each course.
If you have questions about any of the courses, email Matt at [email protected]
View curricula for each course here: