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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







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


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 here for Mandolin Chord Melody with Matt Flinner 





4 comments on “Mandolin Chord Melody Curriculum (April 2-June 8)

  1. Danl Schaid says:

    Matt, Just tried to register for Mandolin Chord Melody, but get the following when I click on “Register here”:
    The following training is not available:
    Mandolin Chord Melody with Matt Flinner

    Is there a glitch in your registration system? Any other way I can register before March 17 to take advantage of discount?


    • flinner says:

      Hi Dan,

      Thanks for letting me know! It shows you being registered on my end, so it looks like you’re good to go. Not sure why it gave you that message. But yes, you’re definitely all set! Let me know if you did not receive a confirmation email.

      Looking forward to having you in class again.


  2. Jean Ballhorn says:

    Hi Matt, what’s the schedule for this course?

    • flinner says:

      Hi Jean,

      The course takes place Tuesday evenings at 9 pm eastern time, with practice/review sessions on Saturdays at 11 am easternt time. Classes run April 2-June 6. Let me know if you need any more info!


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