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Scale and Arpeggio Intensive with Matt Flinner Curriculum (June 11-July 13)



“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.




“All your courses are really good, very well designed, and you have a great teaching style and a relaxed, open, while also serious, approach – which really comes across with the live lessons – thank you for being so encouraging always!”—Penny J. 



“I’m loving the instruction and all the materials, it’s got me playing my mandolin constantly!”—James M. 





Register for the Scale and Arpeggio Intensive with Matt Flinner


See the Bluegrass Jamming curriculum (June 10-July 13)

See the Double Stops Intensive curriculum (June 12-July 13)



The Scale and Arpeggio Intensive course is intended to give students a more solid understanding of the fretbaord while getting ideas of the “tools” used in soloing and improvisation.  Each week, students will be given a handful of exercises using various types of scales and arpeggios in various keys, along with a tune from either the bluegrass or swing/jazz repertoire as a vehicle for using ideas from that week’s exercises in creating solos.  The goal is to help students gain a better understanding of how music works, and to get ideas to help them advance more quickly and have more fun playing with others.  The course is intended for students at an intermediate to advanced level.  

Classes meet every Tuesday from June 11 to July 9 (with the week of July 2 off due to Matt’s tour schedule) at 8 pm eastern time, with practice/review sessions every Saturday from June  15 to July 13 at 11 am eastern time.  Students are encouraged to attend the live sessions, but will be able to view the sessions afterwards on the class website in the event they cannot attend live.  




WEEK 1 (June 11)

The Circle of Fifths

Major Scales in All Keys

Major Scale and Pattern in Thirds I

Major Arpeggio Exercise I

Major Arpeggio Exercise II

Leather Britches as Improv Landscape


WEEK 2 (June 18)

Mixolydian Scales in All Keys

Mixolydian Scale Exercise I

Major Scales in Thirds II

Dominant 7 Arpeggio Exercise I

Dominant 7 Arpeggios from the 3rd

Sweet Georgia Brown as Improv Landscape


WEEK 3 (June 25)

The Modes

Dorian Scales in All Keys

Dorian Scale Pattern I

Minor 7 Arpeggio Exercise I

Using Alternate Chord Tones

The Kitchen Girl


WEEK 4 (July 9)

The ii-V-I

Dorian, Mixolydian and Major Scales in a Chord Progression

ii-V-I Arpeggio Exercises

Some More Scale Patterns

Chord Tones as Target Notes in ii-V-Is



The course fee is $125.  

Register for the Scale and Arpeggio Intensive course 


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