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Swing Mandolin Jamming with Matt Flinner Curriculum (July 7-August 1)





“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 discpline 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., Bluegrass Mandolin 101 student



“I have to say that making everything available online is a great convenience for me. Being able to stop and return to a more challenging exercise or a newer phrase is a great for learning. I also really appreciate your availability to answer questions offline. This is a great course, and I feel as though I’m improving daily because of it.”—Joe C., Bluegrass Mandolin 101 student





Register for Swing Mandolin Jamming with Matt Flinner



This course is intended to help the aspiring mandolinist build up repertoire and find ways of creating new solos over swing tunes; it’s also designed in the hope that it will encourage students to get out and jam with other players!


Each week, we’ll look at four  swing standard tunes with a particular concept in mind—Dominant 7 chords, ii/V/Is etc.  Students will be given lead sheets (in standard notation and tablature) for each song, as well as a few exercises to help them learn more about the fretboard and start incorporating new ideas into their solos.  Concepts and tunes will be taught during the class session, and all tunes will be revisited during Saturday practice sessions in a “jam session” format, where each song is played several times though, and students have the opportunity to try out some of the week’s concepts on the tunes (with guidance from Matt).  Ways of playing the chord progressions will also be suggested, so students will have a guide for playing backup as well as lead and improv on all four tunes.  


Classes meet Tuesday evenings from July 7 to July 28 at 9 pm eastern time.  There will also be 45-minute review sessions every Saturday morning from July 11 to August 1 at 11 am eastern time.


Register for Swing Mandolin Jamming with Matt Flinner


See the Bluegrass Mandolin Jamming curriculum

See the Mandolin Picking Technique Intensive curriculum





WEEK 1 (7/7)

Using 7th chords

Scales and arpeggios for 7th chords

Moving from chord to chord in soloing

It Had to Be You

Sweet Georgia Brown

Lady Be Good

Up a Lazy River


WEEK 2 (7/14) 

ii-V-I Progressions

A couple of ii-V-I lines

Chord inversions on ii-V-Is

Sweet Sue

Take the “A” Train

Three Little Words

Honeysuckle Rose


WEEK 3 (7/21) 


Some more ii-V lines

Chord tones as target notes

How High the Moon

Blue Moon

Have You Met Miss Jones

I Can’t Give You Anything but Love


WEEK 4 (7/28) 

Minor keys

Scales and arpeggios for minor chords

Minor ii-V progressions


I’ve Found a New Baby

It Don’t Mean a Thing if It Ain’t Got That Swing




The course fee is $125.   


Register here.


See the Bluegrass Jamming (July 6-August 1) curriculum 

See the Mandolin Picking Technique Intensive (July 8-August 1) curriculum



Questions?  Email [email protected]

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