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Swing Mandolin Jamming II with Matt Flinner Curriculum (August 18-September 12)





“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 II 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 (once we can do that again)!


Each week, we’ll look at four  swing standard tunes with a particular concept in mind—Dominant 7 chords, minor 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.  

This course is a continuation of the Swing Mandolin Jamming I course which just finished up, but students do not to have taken that course in order to take the Swing Mandolin Jamming II course. 


Classes meet Tuesday evenings from August 18 to September 9 at 9 pm eastern time.  There will also be 45-minute review sessions every Saturday morning from August 22 to September 12 at 11 am eastern time.


Register by August 9th and save $25!

Register for Swing Mandolin Jamming II with Matt Flinner


See the Bluegrass Mandolin Jamming II curriculum

See the Mandolin Picking Technique Intensive II curriculum





WEEK 1 (8/18)

7th Chords revisited

Alternative options for playing over 7th chords

Chord tone exercises


Back Home Again in Indiana

I’m Getting Sentimental Over You



WEEK 2 (8/25) 

Minor ii-V-I Progressions

A couple of minor ii-V-I lines

Chord inversions on minor ii-V-Is

Autumn Leaves

Bye Bye Blackbird

Softly, As a Morning Sunrise

Fly Me to the Moon


WEEK 3 (9/1) 

Diminished chords

Diminished arpeggios

Using diminished as a substitution

Pennies from Heaven

As Time Goes By

It’s Only a Paper Moon

They Can’t Take That Away from Me


WEEK 4 (9/8) 

I-VI-II-V progressions

Soloing options on I-VI-II-Vs

More melodic patterns

Stormy Weather


Swing 42




The course fee is $125.   


Register here.


See the Bluegrass Jamming II (August 17-September 12) curriculum 

See the Mandolin Picking Technique Intensive II (August 19-September 12) curriculum



Questions?  Email [email protected]

2 comments on “Swing Mandolin Jamming II with Matt Flinner Curriculum (August 18-September 12)

  1. John McDermott says:

    I just registered for your Swing Mandolin Jamming II class. Since I did not attend the first one, is there any pre-course work that would be useful to review or material I should be listening to?

    • Hi John,

      Welcome to the course! I’ll have some background materials out to you in the next few days for you to check out. Mainly some scales and arpeggios that will help with soloing over the tunes we’ll be looking at. Let me know if you have any other questions.

      Thanks, John!

      Matt Flinner

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