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Bluegrass Mandolin Jamming Curriculum (June 10-July 13)




“I started playing the mandolin a little over two years ago. I played the piano as a child, but having never played a stringed instrument before, my intention was to study as much as I could about technique, theory, improvisation and the various genres of music for the mandolin.

To that end, I have taken nearly every course Matt has offered, even three at a time! Matt is a brilliant teacher. Every course is deep and rich with information. The material is thoughtfully explained, allowing a student to slowly transform the class material into music. I can’t imagine this journey without Matt Flinner.  His courses are a true life changing musical experience!”—Lisa S.




“Your courses have opened my musical mind, focused my practice and expanded my skill far beyond expectation.”—-Steve F.






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This course is intended to help the aspiring mandolinist build up repertoire and find ways of creating new solos over commonly played standards; it’s also designed in the hope that it will encourage students to get out and jam with other players!  

Each week, we’ll look at four bluegrass standard tunes (including one waltz) in a particular key.  Students will be given lead sheets (in standard notation and tablature) for each song, as well as a few exercises to help them learn more about the fretboard and start incorporating new ideas into their solos.  Concepts and tunes will be taught during the class session, and all tunes will be revisited during Saturday practice sessions in a “jam session” format, where each song is played several times though, and students have the opportunity to try out some of the week’s concepts on the tunes (with guidance and suggestions from Matt).  


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Here is the curriculum: 


WEEK 1 (June 10)

Key of G

Warmup Picking Exercise

Positions in G

G Scale Exercises

My Long Journey Home

Who Will Sing for Me?

My Little Girl in Tennessee

A Good Woman’s Love


WEEK 2 (June 17)

Key of D

Moving Between Positions in D

D Scale and Patterns

Changing Octaves in a Tune

Gotta Travel On

Deep Elem Blues


Tear My Stillhouse Down


WEEK 3 (June 24)

Some Minor Key Tunes

A Variety of Minor Chords

E Minor Scales and Patterns

Throwing in Some Minor Double Stops

Shady Grove

Wayfaring Stranger

With a Vamp in the Middle

Jerusalem Ridge


WEEK 4 (July 8)

Key of A

Some Positions in A

Using Open Strings

A Major Scale and Patterns

Mixing in Licks and Double Stops

I’ll Go Stepping Too

Walk Softly on This Heart of Mine

Don’t Give Your Heart to a Rambler

Stone Walls and Steel Bars


Live class sessions take place Mondays at 2 pm eastern and 8 pm eastern time from June 10 to July 8 (the week of July 1 is off due to Matt’s tour schedule).  Both class sessions are the same, and are offered at two different times to accomodate students in other time zones (including Europe, the UK, Australia etc.).  Follow-up practice sessions occur on Saturdays at 10 am eastern time.   All of the live sessions are recorded so that students who are unable to attend a live session (or two, or all!) can view them later on the class website.  


The course fee is $125.  


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