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Swing Mandolin 101 Curriculum (10/3-12/3)




“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


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Explore the 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. 

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Week 1 (10/3)

The Blues

Dominant 7 Chords

Blues Scales

C Jam Blues

Bonus Tune: Route 66


Week 2 (10/10)

The ii-V-I progression

Major Scales and patterns in a few keys

Two ways of playing ii-V-Is

Major 7 Arpeggios in all keys

Bye Bye Blackbird

Bonus tune: Confessin’


Week 3 (10/17)

Adding blues to non-blues tunes

Some more blues licks

Dominant 7 arpeggios

Mixolydian Scales and patterns

It’s Only a Paper Moon

Bonus tune: Undecided


Week 4 (10/24)

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

Ain’t Misbehavin’

Bonus tune: I Saw Stars


Week 5 (10/31)

Going Around the Circle of 5ths

Patterns around the circle

Arpeggiating through chord progressions

It Had to Be You

Bonus tune: Up a Lazy River


Week 6 (11/7)

Target notes

Some more ii-V-I licks and patterns

Using target notes over chord changes

Scale exercises and ii-V-Is

All of Me

Bonus tune: I Can’t Give You Anything but Love


Week 7 (11/14)

The I-VI-ii-V-I progression

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

Finding smooth chord tones from chord to chord

Stormy Weather

Bonus tune: Blue Moon


Week 8 (11/28)

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

Satin Doll

Bonus tune: Pennies from Heaven



The course fee is $225.  

Register here for Swing Mandolin 101 with Matt Flinner

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