“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.
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)
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)
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.
Questions? Email Matt Flinner at [email protected]