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Mandolin Fundamentals with Matt Flinner Curriculum, 4/6-6/11




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The Mandolin Fundamentals course is intended to help students improve their technique in both the right and left hand, and to give students a more solid understanding of the fretboard while getting ideas of the “tools” used in soloing and rhythm playing.  Each week, students will be given a handful of exercises in the areas of picking technique, fingering technique, scales, arpeggios, chords, double stops and tremolo.  We’ll also look at a tune each week—from old-time, bluegrass, Celtic, classical or the Beatles—and try applying concepts from the exercises to them.  The goal is to help students play with more ease and better tone, and to get ideas to help them advance more quickly and have more fun playing with others.  The course is intended for students at any level who want to improve their skills, though absolute beginners will likely find it too difficult.  Knowledge of some fiddle tunes and basic chords and rhythm playing is a must!

Classes meet every Wednesday from April 6th to May 25th at 9 pm eastern time, with practice/review sessions every Saturday from April 9th to May 28th at 12:30 pm eastern time.  Students are encouraged to attend the live sessions, but will be able to view the sessions afterwards on the class website in the event they cannot attend live. 


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Here is the curriculum: 


Week 1 (4/6)

Picking Exercise on One String

Fingering Exercise I

Double Stop Exercise I

Major Scale Exercise I

Lick #1

Music for a Found Harmonium


Week 2 (4/13)

Picking Exercise on Two Strings

Getting around on the circle of 5ths

Fingering Exercise II

Major Arpeggio Exercise I 

Chord Exercise I

Fire on the Mountain


Week 3 (4/20)

Picking Exercise on Two Strings II

Double Stop Exercise II

Chord Exercise II

Major Scale Exercise II

Lick #2

Blowin’ in the Wind


Week 4 (4/27)

Tremolo Picking Exercise I

Minor Arpeggio Exercise I

Minor Scale Exercise I

Position shifts I

Minor Double Stop Exercise



Week 5 (5/5)

Picking Exercise on Three Strings

Fingering Exercise III

Diatonic Double Stop Exercise

3-note Major Chord Inversions

Lick #3

Bach Prelude (Cello)


Week 6 (5/10)

Picking Exercise on Two Strings III

Arpeggio Exercise II

Position shifts II

Minor Scale Exercise 

Bach Bouree


Week 7 (5/18)

Tremolo Picking Exercise II

Four-note major and minor chords

Lick #4

Diatonic Double Stop Exercise II

Recuerdos de la Alhambra


Week 8 (5/25)

Picking Exercise on Four Strings

Diatonic Chord Exercise II

Diatonic Arpeggio Exercise

Here, There and Everywhere


The course fee is $225.


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