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Advanced Bluegrass Mandolin Soloing with Matt Flinner Curriculum, 1/10-3/11




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Register for Advanced Bluegrass Mandolin Soloing with Matt Flinner


See the Bluegrass Mandolin 101 with Matt Flinner curriculum (1/9-3/11)

See the Folk & Bluegrass Mandolin Rhythm with Matt Flinner curriculum (1/4-3/5)


Join Grammy-nominated mandolinist Matt Flinner for a look into the mandolin styles of many of the bluegrass masters: Bill Monroe, Jesse McReynolds, Herschel Sizemore, Adam Steffey and many others. Each week, students will look at two recorded solos by one of the greats, along with some related exercises to help both improve technique and find ways of using melodic ideas in other solos.

Class sessions take place on Tuesdays at 2 pm and 9 pm eastern time (they’re the same—we’ve added the 2 pm time for the convenience of students in the UK and Europe, but anyone who finds the time convenient is welcome to join!  And students can attend both sessions if they want to).  Practice/review sessions will take place on Saturdays at 12:30 pm eastern time.  The week of February 21 will be off.

The course is recommended for intermediate to advanced players.


Register here


Week 1 (1/10)

Bill Monroe 

Melodic Exercise I

Chord Tone Exercise in a Few Keys

Rhythms using down-strokes

Picking Exercise I

Y’All Come

Columbus Stockade Blues


Week 2 (1/17)

Bobby Osborne  

Picking Exercise II

Double Stops and Positions in D

Some syncopated licks


Sledd Ridin’  


Week 3 (1/24)

Dempsey Young

Triplet Patterns

Playing up the neck in D

Some chromatic patterns

Dempsey’s Run

Virginia That’s My Home


Week 4 (1/31)

Butch Baldassari

Various positions in E

Moving between positions

Double stops in E 

The Jackrabbit Trail

Old Town


Week 5 (2/7)

Herschel Sizemore  

Picking Exercise III

Melodic Exercise II 

A few up the neck licks

Cincinnati Rag

Durham’s Bull


Week 6 (2/14)

Jesse McReynolds

Crosspicking Exercises I and II

Double stops up the neck in various keys

How to create crosspicking solos

Salty Dog Blues

I Wish You Knew


Week 7 (2/28)

Tim O’Brien  

Picking Exercise IV

A few jazz-influenced licks

Open strings in B

Some more position shifts

Look Down that Lonesome Road

Country Boy Rock & Roll


Week 8 (3/7)

Adam Steffey 

Picking Exercise V

A few bluesy chromatic runs

More position shifts

Another Night

East Tennessee Blues


The course fee is $225.

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