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Mandolin Chord and Rhythm Intensive II Curriculum (8/11-9/4)



“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.



“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.







Register for the Mandolin Chord & Rhythm Intensive II course with Matt Flinner



This course is intended to help students with playing rhythm—something we do all the time when we play with other people, but tend to neglect in our practice!  Various styles of rhythm will be touched on, including folk, bluegrass, swing and blues.  Students will be given practical guides to playing in various keys using a variety of chord styles and shapes (open chords, chop chords, 7th chords, 3-note chords, etc.) to be able to approach playing rhythm in various styles and settings.  Chord progressions to four songs will be given each week, and students will explore applying the various styles of chords while looking at smooth chord movement, basslines and voice leading in various rhythms.  It’s a great way to learn more about the fretboard while getting some practical guides to accompaniment.  The course is intended for players of all ability levels (though absolute beginners will likely find it too difficult) who want to expand their possibilities in rhythm playing.  

Class sessions meet on Wednesday evenings at 9 pm eastern time, and practice/review sessions meet on  Saturdays at 12:30 pm eastern time.  Students are encouraged to attend the live sessions (via Zoom), but all sessions are recorded and uploaded to a class website so that students can review them any time if they are unable to attend the sessions.  

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




Register for the Mandolin Chord and Rhythm Intensive II with Matt Flinner


See the Bluegrass Mandolin Jamming II curriculum

See the Scale and Arpeggio Intensive II curriculum


WEEK 1 (8/11)

Playing rhythm in D, E and F

Open chords & basslines in E and F

Adding some fills

Brown’s Ferry Blues

Solid Gone

Blackjack Davey

Trouble in Mind


WEEK 2 (8/18)


Chord movement and baselines in waltz time

Adding some fills in 3/4

Looking at chord tones as bass notes

Short Life of Trouble

Are You Lonesome Tonight

Black Waters

Blue-Eyed Boston Boy


WEEK 3 (8/25)

Revisiting minor keys

Basslines in Minor keys II

Moving between inversions

The L & N Don’t Stop Here Anymore 


Wade in the Water

House Carpenter


WEEK 4 (9/1)

More Complex Chord Progressions

Adding more 7th chords

Moving smoothly between chord inversions

Make Me a Pallet on Your Floor

Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out

Travelin’ Man

Big Bad Bill (Is Sweet William Now)


The course fee is $125. 


Register for the Mandolin Chord & Rhythm Intensive II course with Matt Flinner


See the Bluegrass Jamming II (August 9-September 4) curriculum

See the Scale and Arpeggio Intensive II (August 10-September 4) curriculum



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