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Swing Mandolin 101 with Matt Flinner Curriculum (10/4-12/11)





“All your courses are really good, very well designed, and you have a great teaching style and a relaxed, open, while also serious, approach – which really comes across with the live lessons – thank you for being so encouraging always!”—Penny J.




“I got a lot out of it! Everyday I have a practice routine based on the summer intensive. You have helped me by leaps and bounds.”—Sandy N.





Register for Swing Mandolin 101 with Matt Flinner


See the Advanced Swing Mandolin Soloing: the Solos of Jethro Burns and Tiny Moore curriculum

See the Blues Mandolin curriculum



Explore the wonderful world of swing mandolin with Grammy-nominated mandolinist Matt Flinner.  Learn a new swing tune (or two) each week and get pointers on how to play chords and backup as well as approaches to improvising.  This course will be very much into chord voicings, scales, arpeggios and how they all relate to one another.  It’s a great way to expand your playing and musicianship (and learn some great tunes)!  


The course takes place on Monday evenings at 9 pm eastern time, with practice/review sessions on Saturdays at 10 am eastern time.  The course is recommended for advanced beginner to intermediate students, and assumes some knowledge of chords and the ability to play some melodies.  Rudimentary knowledge of scales and arpeggios is also helpful. 


Register for Swing Mandolin 101 with Matt Flinner




Week 1 (10/4): Starting out simple

Major scales and patterns

Major 6 and 7 chords

Dominant 7 chords


Bonus Tune: Believe It, Beloved


Week 2 (10/11): The ii-V-I progression

Two ways of playing ii-V-Is

Dorian scales and patterns

Mixolydian Scales and patterns


Bonus tune: I Want to Be Happy


Week 3 (10/18): The Blues

Blues scales

A few blues licks

Dominant 7 chord inversions

Dominant 7 arpeggios

Route 66

Bonus tune: Blues Walk


Week 4 (10/25): Some more ii-V-Is

A couple of ii-V-I licks

Two more ii-V-I inversions

Minor 7 arpeggios

Dorian scales and patterns

When You’re Smiling

Bonus tune: Satin Doll


Week 5 (11/8): Going Around the Circle of 5ths

Patterns around the circle

Some Dominant 7 licks

Arpeggiating through chord progressions

Up a Lazy River

Bonus tune: The Sheik of Araby


Week 6 (11/15): Target notes

Some more ii-V-I licks and patterns

Using target notes over chord changes

Scale exercises and ii-V-Is

It Had to Be You

Bonus tune: Night and Day


Week 7 (11/29): The I-VI-ii-V-I progression

Different ways of playing the I-VI-ii-V-I progression

Finding smooth chord tones from chord to chord

Just You, Just Me

Bonus tune: Them There Eyes


Week 8 (12/6): Rhythm changes

Tying it all together: inversions, chord tones, arpeggios and scales

Two approaches to rhythm changes


Bonus tune: Don’t Be That Way




The course fee is $225.   


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