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Bluegrass Mandolin 101 Curriculum (1/4-3/6)




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“I’ve learned so much from your courses and have improved greatly due to learning some basic skills and music theory.”—Jamie J. 



“Your method, approach, pace and materials are the best I’ve seen in my years of perpetual learning.”—Jim H.




Register for Bluegrass Mandolin 101 with Matt Flinner


See the Advanced Bluegrass Mandolin Soloing with Matt Flinner curriculum (1/5-3/6)

See the Newgrass Mandolin with Matt Flinner curriculum (1/6-3/6)


Bluegrass Mandolin 101 will start at a beginning/intermediate level and progress to a solidly intermediate level.  This course will introduce students to the use of double stops and various positions on the neck, as well as various picking and fingerboard exercises to help develop good mandolin technique and knowledge of the fretboard.  Each week, students are given two standard bluegrass tunes (and encouraged to learn at least one of them); that weeks exercises are correlated to the tunes during the week’s practice session so that students find practical ways of using the exercises in their playing.

Classes take place Monday evenings at 9 pm eastern time, and review sessions take place on Saturday mornings at 10 am eastern time (note: the week of January 25th is off)



Register for Bluegrass Mandolin 101 with Matt Flinner


Bluegrass Mandolin 101 with Matt Flinner curriculum:


Week 1 (1/4)

Three warmup exercises

Intro to position playing

Intro to double stops

Will the Circle Be Unbroken

Bonus Material: Down to the Valley to Pray


WEEK 2 (1/11)

Moving to the key of A

Some tag licks to add to your solos

Backup playing and fills

I’ll Fly Away

Bonus Material: Long Black Veil


WEEK 3 (1/18)

Small position shifts

Adding some more licks to your solos

Double stop exercises in D

Gotta Travel On

Bonus material: Keep on the Sunny Side of Life


WEEK 4 (2/1)

Position playing II

Three different kickoffs

Chord tones in position playing

Man of Constant Sorrow

Bonus Material: Evening Prayer Blues


WEEK 5 (2/8)

Shifting from Position I to Position II

Transposing to other keys

Bury Me Beneath the Willow

Bonus Material: You Are My Sunshine


WEEK 6 (2/15)

More position shifts

Turnarounds: I-V-I progressions

Double stop exercises in C

Sittin’ On Top of the World

Bonus material: Gold Watch and Chain


WEEK 7 (2/22)

Moving double stops around to create melody

An approach to improvising

Soldier’s Joy

Bonus material: Panhandle Country


Week 8 (3/1)

Tying it all together

Adding some licks and improvising

Combining double stops and licks

My Home’s Across the Blue Ridge Mountains

Bonus tune: Foggy Mountain Top


The course fee is $225.  

Register for Bluegrass Mandolin 101 with Matt Flinner


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