“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., Bluegrass Mandolin 101 student
“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., Bluegrass Mandolin 101 student
Sale extended! Register by May 22nd and save $25!
This course is intended to help the aspiring mandolinist build up repertoire and find ways of creating new solos over commonly played standards; it’s also designed in the hope that it will encourage students to get out and jam with other players!
This course is offered at Europe-friendly times! Class sessions take place at 2 pm eastern time (7 or 8 pm in most of Europe) and 9 pm eastern time. Students are welcome to join whichever session is more convenient for them…or they can join both! Students who cannot make it to the live sessions are able to view the sessions afterwards on the class website—generally by the following day.
Each week, we’ll look at four bluegrass standard tunes. Students will be given lead sheets (in standard notation and tablature) for each song, as well as a few exercises to help them learn more about the fretboard and start incorporating new ideas into their solos. Concepts and tunes will be taught during the class session, and all tunes will be revisited during Saturday practice sessions in a “jam session” format, where each song is played several times though, and students have the opportunity to try out some of the week’s concepts on the tunes (with guidance from Matt).
Classes meet every Tuesday from June 14 to July 12 (the week of June 27 is off due to Matt’s touring schedule) at 2 pm eastern time (7 or 8 pm in the UK and Europe) as well as 9 pm eastern time. We hope this will be convenient for folks in various time zones, including Europe and around the world! There will also be 45-minute review sessions every Saturday at 11 am eastern time (4 or 5 pm in the UK and Europe).
The course fee is $125. Register by May 22nd for just $100!
Here is the curriculum:
WEEK 1 (6/14)
Key of G
Positions in G
Double stops in G
Going between single notes and double stops
Long Journey Home
I Believe in You Darling
You Don’t Know My Mind
WEEK 2 (6/21)
Adding some blues
Using bluesy double stops
A few bluesy licks
The Whole World Round
Rocky Road Blues
Those Memories of You
Hear Jerusalem Moan
WEEK 3 (7/6)
Tunes Using Minor Chords
A Variety of Minor Chord shapes
E Minor Scales and Patterns
Throwing in Some Minor Double Stops
Wait a Minute
Foggy Mountain Breakdown
Fair and Tender Ladies
WEEK 4 (7/12)
Some more challenging chord progressions
Finding double stops in chord progressions (r-3 as a starting point)
Using chord tones in soloing
Don’t Let Your Deal Go Down
I Wonder How the Old Folks Are at Home
Register by May 22nd and save $50!