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Mandolin Chord Melody Curriculum (April 2-June 8)

 

“After buying six mandolins and umpteen books…I am convinced your course is best $100 I have invested in my mandolin journey to date.  Finally, I’m getting the discpline I need with your exercises to learn scales, arpeggios, double stops, fingering techniques, learn the fretboard (the essential tools I need)…and most importantly to learn how those things fit into playing tunes.”—Rick D., Bluegrass Mandolin 101 student

 

 

 

“I have to say that making everything available online is a great convenience for me. Being able to stop and return to a more challenging exercise or a newer phrase is a great for learning. I also really appreciate your availability to answer questions offline. This is a great course, and I feel as though I’m improving daily because of it.”—Joe C., Bluegrass Mandolin 101 student

 

 

 

Save $75 when you register by February 17th!

 

Register for Mandolin Chord Melody with Matt Flinner

 

See the Swing Mandolin 101 curriculum

See the Western Swing Mandolin curriculum

 

 

This course is all about chords!  Chord inversions will be explored around the fretboard in various keys, and students will learn how to play melodies using those chord inversions as melodic and harmonic foundations.  Each week, two solo arrangements of swing/jazz standard tunes will be given in which the melody is played as the top note (or often passing notes) of the chord; as the melody moves, the chord inversions move accordingly, creating a full, rich sounding solo arrangement on, of all things, the mandolin.  Students will also be given tips on using these chords to accompany other soloists, as well as ways of using chord inversions and chord melody technique in improvisation.   It’s a great way to become not only a better solo mandolinist, but a much better accompanist as well!  

This course is intended for students at an intermediate/advanced level.  

 

Mandolin Chord Melody Curriculum (April 2-June 8)

 

WEEK 1 (April 2)

Intro to Chord Melody

Starting with the Blues

Dominant 7 Chord Inversions

Scales over dominant 7 chords

Route 66

Things Ain’t What They Used to Be

 

WEEK 2 (April 16)

Major 7 chord inversions 

Scales over major 7 chords

All of Me

Sweet Lorraine

 

WEEK 3 (April 23)

Minor 7 chord inversions

Scales over minor 7 chords

Moving from minor 7 to dominant 7 chords

Blue Skies

Georgia on My Mind

 

WEEK 4 (April 30)

A Couple of Waltzes

More moving chord inversions

Someday My Prince Will Come

Ugly Beauty

 

WEEK 5 (May 7)

Putting it together

Some 4-note Chords

They Can’t Take That Away from Me

Someone to Watch Over Me

 

WEEK 6 (May 21)

Common tones in chords

Diminished Chords

Diminshed chords as substitutions

Scales over diminished chords

Moonglow

Stompin’ at the Savoy

 

WEEK 7 (May 28)

Moving double stops 

Double stop exercises in various keys

Adding some augmented chords

If I Had You

Do Nothing ‘Til You Hear from Me

 

WEEK 8 (June 4)

Starting to improvise chord melody

Further use of chord inversions

ii-V-I inversions

Adding melodic lines between chords

Sweet Georgia Brown

Night and Day

 

The course fee is $225.  Register by February 17th for just $150!

 

 

Register here.

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