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Advanced Bluegrass Soloing Curriculum (3/31-6/6)



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“Your classes are moving me forward so very much. Thank you.” —Jean C.


“It was nice there were various assignments which pushed my ability. Never felt I had “mastered” ALL the homework so never got bored. Always something to work on or do next.”—Joe S.




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Register for Advanced Bluegrass Soloing with Matt Flinner


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Join Grammy-nominated mandolinist Matt Flinner for a look into the mandolin styles of many of the bluegrass masters: Bill Monroe, Jesse McReynolds, Sam Bush, David Grisman and many others. Each week, students will look at two recorded solos by one of the greats, along with some related exercises to help both improve technique and find ways of using melodic ideas in other solos.

The course is recommended for intermediate to advanced players.


WEEK 1 (3/31)

Bill Monroe

Melodic Pattern I

Picking Exercise I

A Few Licks in the chop chord position

Heavy Traffic Ahead

White House Blues


WEEK 2 (4/7)

Bobby Osborne

Pentatonic patterns in closed position

A Few Triplet licks

Picking Exercise II

One Tear

Sally Ann


WEEK 3 (4/14)

Frank Wakefield

Fingering patterns in 4ths

Descending Melodic Pattern I

Picking Exercise III

Little Maggie

Glendale Train 


WEEK 4 (4/21)

Dempsey Young

A Few Chromatic Runs

Melodic Pattern II

Melodic Pattern III

Double Stop Licks

Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool

Home Sweet Home


WEEK 5 (5/5)

Ricky Skaggs

Syncopated Picking Exercise 

Tremolo Exercise

A few licks in open and “index on the root” position

Roving Gambler 

Midnight on the Stormy Deep


WEEK 6 (5/19)

Sam Bush

Scale Pattern I

Melodic Pattern IV

Double Stop Exercise II

Blue Ridge Cabin Home

Watermelon Man


WEEK 7 (5/26)

Jesse McReynolds

Cross-Picking Pattern I 

Cross-Picking Pattern II

Double Stops Up the Neck

Look for Me

Stoney Creek


WEEK 8 (6/2)

David Grisman

Picking Exercise IV

Melodic Pattern V

More Positions Up the Neck

On and On

My Little Georgia Rose



The course fee is $225.  In light of current events, we’re keeping the fee at $175.   Register here. 


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