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Mandolin Practice Techniques: Sharpen Your Skills in the New Year with 5-Day Courses for Just $40



“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.




“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 discipline 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.


Weeks 1 and 2 have already concluded.  Registration is still open for Weeks 3 and 4.  


Register for Week 3 (January 20-24)

Register for Week 4 (February 10-14)


Join Matt Flinner for a series of 5-day courses this winter which are geared toward helping the aspiring mandolin student practice more efficiently and improve their playing skills more quickly.  Every day for five days, students will run through a series of exercises and one tune, with Matt guiding them in a live 30-minute online practice session.  Students who are unable to make the live sessions can view them later that day or evening on the class website, as all sessions will be recorded. 

NOTE: It is not necessary to have taken the Week 1 course to register for Week 2 and subsequent weeks.  All material from week to week will be unique and will challenge students in different ways!

Students will be given exercises in the following areas: picking exercises, arpeggios, scales, fingering exercises, double stops, and a tune for the week.  Students will receive the materials in PDF form four weeks ahead of time (or whenever they sign up) so that they have a chance to learn them before the course begins. ÂMatt will then guide them through daily practice sessions for five straight days, giving them tips on how to improve and how to practice more effectively. 


All class sessions take place from 10-10:30 am eastern time.

The four weeks’ courses are different from one another, with different materials and a different tune being given for each week.  Students can take any single course on its own or take any combination of courses to establish a routine and build on knowledge from one course to the next. 

The registration fee for each course is $40. 


Students can view all materials (videos and PDFs) on a class website any time, and they can also download and keep all PDFs and videos (including recordings of the class sessions) to practice with on their own time if they wish to. 



Register here for Week 3 (January 20-24)

Register here for Week 4 (January 27-31) 



WEEK 3 Curriculum (1/20-24)

Picking Exercise III

Fingering Exercise III

Double Stop Exercise III in A

Scale and Pattern Exercise III

Minor 7 Arpeggio Exercise

Lick #3 in All Keys 

Tune: Double File


Register here for Week 3



WEEK 4 Curriculum (2/10-14)

Picking Exercise IV

Fingering Exercise IV

Double Stop Exercise IV 

Scales and Patterns in C

Arpeggio Exercise IV

Lick #4 in All Keys

Tune: Pikes Peak


Register here for Week 4 


Find out about 8-week courses offered in Winter 2020, including Rhythm Mandolin, Advanced Swing Mandolin and American Roots Mandolin

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