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Appalachian Mandolin Tunes and Techniques Curriculum (10/9-12/7)






“This was the best online learning experience I’ve ever had.  And, for the time and money, the best music learning experience in any format:  DVD, video, group, or individual live lessons.”—Christine R.




“This is the best learning format ever and I like your approach very much.”—Marty C.






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Register for Appalachian Mandolin Tunes and Techniques with Matt Flinner


See the Fiddle Tunes for Mandolin 101 curriculum (Oct 7-Dec 7)

See the Advanced Fiddle Tunes for Mandolin curriculum (Oct 8-Dec 7)


This course will focus on getting students more familiar with Appalachian fiddle music and old-time songs, and help them improve their mandolin tone and technique along the way.  Students will get pointers on how to maximize their tone, various approaches to rhythm playing and chords, making use of open strings, double stops, bits of variations as well as learning a new tune (or two, or more!) each week.  

The course is intended for students at a beginner to intermediate level.  More advanced students may benefit from the tone exercises and focus on fundamentals (plus learn some great tunes!).  


60-minute class sessions take place online every Wednesday evening from October 9th to December 4th at 9 pm eastern time, and 45-minute practice/review sessions take place every Saturday afternoon from October 12th through December 7th at 12:30 pm eastern time.  The week of November 27th is off due to the Thanksgiving holiday.  

NOTE: It is helpful, but not essential, to be present for the live sessions.  All class sessions are recorded and available to view on the class website by the following day.  Here is the curriculum:


WEEK 1 (10/9)

Key of D

Picking Exercise I

Picking Exercise II

Rhythmic Patterns in D

Rock that Cradle Lucy

Cider Mill

Rockingham Cindy


WEEK 2 (10/16)

Key of A

Picking Exercise III

Rhythmic Patterns in A with Added Notes

Slides and Anticipations

Sourwood Mountain

Old Mother Flanagan


WEEK 3 (10/23)

Key of G

Some Double Stops

Rhythm Playing in G with Double Stops

Pretty Little Widow

Dance All Night with a Bottle in Your Hand


WEEK 4 (10/30)

Some More Double Stops

Rhythm Playing with Added Runs

Octave Variations

Shakin’ Down the Acorns

Lonesome John


WEEK 5 (11/6)

Going Between Octaves

Some “Open” Style Double Stops

Some More Double Stops in Backup

Old Time Sally Ann

The Growling Old Man and the Grumbling Old Woman


WEEK 6 (11/14)


Rhythm in Waltz Time

Tremolo Picking Exercise

The Blackest Crow

Chapel Hill Serenade


WEEK 7 (11/20)

Key of C

Picking Exercise IV

Picking Exercise V

Playing Backup in C

Four Cent Cotton

Rocky Pallet


WEEK 8 (12/4)

Tying it all together 

Double Stops

Octave Variations

Approaches to Rhythm

The Yellow Barber

Dry and Dusty

John Brown’s Dream

Salt River


The course fee is $225.  Register here.   Register for any two courses and save $50!


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