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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, Doyle Lawson, Adam Steffey 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 (1/5)
Melodic Pattern I
Chord Tone Exercise in a Few Keys
Rhythms using down-strokes
Picking Exercise I
Travelin’ Down this Lonesome Road
Week 2 (1/12)
Melodic development in a couple of positions
A few triplet licks
Picking Exercise II
Chord Tone Exercise II
Some in-between tunes:
Ira Louvin: Let Her Go, God Bless Her
Nate Bray: East Virginia Blues
Week 3 (1/26)
A few syncopated bluegrass licks
Switching positions in various keys
Open style double stop licks
My Cabin in Caroline
Week 4 (2/2)
Slides within positions
Double Stop Exercise II
Connecting chord tones with chromatic runs
If I Should Wander Back Tonight
Head Over Heels
Week 5 (2/9)
Picking Exercise III
Closed position playing
Connecting double stops
Each Season Changes You
Week 6 (2/16)
Crosspicking Exercises I and II
Double stops up the neck in the keys of G and F
How to create crosspicking solos
Where the Soul Never Dies
Better Times a-Coming
Week 7 (2/23)
More licks in chop chord position
Shifting between positions continued
Using chord tones in soloing
Long Journey Home
Week 8 (3/2)
Picking Exercise IV
Open strings in various keys
Chromatic runs in B
Every Time You Say Goodbye
No Place to Hide
The course fee is $225. Register by December 1st for just $175!