“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
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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!
SWING MANDOLIN JAMMING 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
Bye Bye Blackbird
Softly, As a Morning Sunrise
Fly Me to the Moon
WEEK 3 (9/1)
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)
Soloing options on I-VI-II-Vs
More melodic patterns
The course fee is $125.
Questions? Email [email protected]