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Rock and Roll Mandolin with Matt Flinner Curriculum (4/8-6/6)



“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. 


“I have done some online courses, some one-on-one instruction and some camps.  The course I just finished with you has been the most useful by a pretty large margin.  Thanks for both the thought and effort that went into the design and material preparation and for the personal presence you bring to it.”—Steve F.



Rock and Roll Mandolin will begin on April 8th! 

Register any time for $50 off.  In light of current events, we’re keeping the discount in place. 


Register for Rock and Roll Mandolin with Matt Flinner


See the Mandolin for Beginners Curriculum (3/30-6/6)

See the Advanced Bluegrass Mandolin Soloing Curriculum (3/31-6/6)



Welcome to Rock & Roll Mandolin with Matt Flinner!  This course will explore the wide and wonderful world of Rock & Roll, enabling students to learn more about mandolin technique, be more versatile in various styles of playing, and have a whole lot of fun along the way.  The course will focus on a few main areas: learning various rhythms with a consistent picking hand technique, learning new ways of playing chords, strengthening fundamentals such as picking and fingering, and getting to know the fretboard better in various keys—as well as learning some great tunes along the way.  Songs by the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Chuck Berry, Led Zeppelin, Elvis Presley and the Rolling Stones (to name a few) will be part of the curriculum.

Each week, students will be given exercises related to picking technique, chords, licks or double stops, along with a couple of standard Rock & Roll songs.  Students will also be given a simple “riff” tune each week (though they’ll gradually get more complicated over the 8-week course) to explore the fingerboard with.  The goal is to get students to strengthen their fundamental technique, learn more about the fretboard, get better at playing by ear—and do all of the above in a fun way.

The course will run from March 20 to June 6, with class sessions on Wdnesday evenings at 9 pm eastern time and follow-up practice/review sessions on Saturdays at 12:30 pm eastern time.  


Register for $50 off.  Let’s get through these difficult times together!


Here is the schedule:


Week 1 (4/8):

Chuck Berry

Some Basic Blues-Rock Rhythms

A Few Chuck Berry Riffs

Monroe-style Playing in Rock & Roll

Rock and Roll Music

Bonus tune: Memphis

Riffs: Satisfaction


Week 2 (4/15)

More rhythms

Rhythm exercise II

Picking Exercise II

Down on the Corner

Bonus Tune: Going to California

Riffs: Sunshine of Your Love


Week 3 (4/22):

More Blues in Rock and Rockabiily

Some Scotty Moore Solos

Using Picking Patterns Over Various Rhythms

Ways of Playing Chords in A and E

Good Rockin’ Tonight

Bonus Tune: Hound Dog

Riffs: Day Tripper


Week 4 (5/6):

Rhythm II—Bo Diddley Rhythm

More Chord Forms

Creating a Groove

Who Do You Love

Bonus tune: Hey Bo Diddley

Riffs: Voodoo Child


Week 5 (5/13):

Using Some Double Stops

Typical Double Stop Forms

Some Pentatonic Licks

Time Is On My Side

Bonus tune: Revolution

Riffs: E-Pro (Beck)


Week 6 (5/20):

Complex Picking Patterns

Picking Exercises Across the Strings

Message in a Bottle

Bonus tune: Clocks (Coldplay)

Riffs: Heartbreaker


Week 7 (5/27):

The Blues in Rock II

Blues Scales

Blues Licks

Jimi Henrdix and Stevie Ray Vaughan

Pride and Joy

Bonus tune: Purple Haze

Riffs: Money (Pink Floyd)


Week 8 (6/3):

More Complex Chord Progressions

Bringing Blues Licks, Double Stops and Various Rhythms into Your Playing

Little Wing

Bonus tune: Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds

Riffs: Layla



The course fee is $225.  Register for $175 any time.  Strange times call for lower prices! 


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