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Advanced Fiddle Tunes and Improvisation for Mandolin with Matt Flinner Curriculum, 3/28-6/3




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Register for the Advanced Fiddle Tunes and Improvisation for Mandolin with Matt Flinner course


See the Fiddle Tunes for Mandolin 101 with Matt Flinner curriculum (3/27-6-3)

See the Building Mandolin Technique with Matt Flinner curriculum (3/29-6/3)


This course is intended to help the intermediate to advanced mandolinist learn some new tunes while exploring various ways of learning the fretboard and improving their improvisational skills.  Fiddle tunes in various keys will be taught each week, and students will be given suggestions on how to improvise and/or create variations on these tunes.  Special attention will be given to lesser-known (but great!) fiddle tunes by the likes of John Hartford, Norman Blake, Kenny Baker, Gary Harrison and others.  Scale and arpeggio exercises, picking exercises and fingering exercises will also be given to help students increase their improvisation skills.

The course is intended for intermediate to advanced level students.  

Class sessions will take place on Tuesday afternoons at 2 pm (for those in the UK and Europe!) as well as 9 pm eastern time, with follow-up practice/review sessions on Saturdays at 11 am eastern time.  The weeks of  April 25th and May 9th will be off due to Matt’s travel schedule.  There will be eight class sessions (or 16, if you count the extra afternoon sessions) and eight practice sessions over the course of 10 weeks.  


Register for Advanced Fiddle Tunes and Improvisation



Here is the curriculum: 


WEEK 1 (3/28)

Picking Exercise I

Octave changes

Moving between octaves

A few positions in common keys

Big Sandy River

Goodbye Girls I’m Going to Boston


WEEK 2 (4/4)

Improv with chord tones

Arpeggio Exercise I

Changing octaves with chord tones

Coming Down from Rising Fawn (Norman Blake)

Rickett’s Hornpipe


WEEK 3 (4/11)

Double stops in improv

A and D double stops

Moving between positions using double stops

Chord tones in improvisation

Long White Road (John Hartford)

Road to Westfield (Gary Harrison)


WEEK 4 (4/18)

Minor keys

Improv lines in minor keys

Adding minor double stops

Some blues ideas

The Old Mountaineer (Bill Monroe)

Peezlewhister (Norman Blake) 


WEEK 5 (5/3)

Some Texas style tunes

A few licks in A

Getting up the neck

More chord tones in improv

Position shifts

A and E Reel 

Road to Jenkins


WEEK 6 (5/16)


Tremolo Exercise I

Double stops and tremolo

More position shifts

Midnight (Kenny Baker)

Home of the Soul (Norman Blake)



WEEK 7 (5/23)

Playing over difficult chord progressions

Chord tones II

Arpeggio exercise II

Using double stops to navigate chord progressions

Crazy Creek

Wild Fiddler’s Rag


WEEK 8 (5/30)

Tying it all together

Chord tones, octave changes, double stops and the blues

Over at the Side of the Road (John Hartford)

Up and Around the Bend (Bela Fleck)



The course fee is $225.  Register here

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