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Building Mandolin Technique with Matt Flinner Curriculum, 3/27-6/3



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“I’ve learned so much from your courses and have improved greatly due to learning some basic skills and music theory.”—Jamie J.




“Your courses have opened my musical mind, focused my practice and expanded my skill far beyond expectation.”—-Steve F





Register for Building Mandolin Technique with Matt Flinner


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

See the Advanced Fiddle Tunes for Mandolin curriculum (3/28-6/3)



The Building Mandolin Technique 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, swing, 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 March 29th to May 31st at 9 pm eastern time, with practice/review sessions every Saturday from April 1st to June 3rd 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. 


Register here.



Here is the curriculum: 


Week 1 (3/29)

Picking exercises

Picking Exercise on One String

Picking Exercise II 

Major Scale Exercise I

Lick #1

Musette (Bach)


Week 2 (4/5)

Fingering exercises

Fingering Exercise I (one string)

Fingering Exercise II (across the strings)

Major Arpeggio Exercise I 

Chord Exercise I

Jitterbug Waltz (Fats Waller)


Week 3 (4/12)

Double stop exercises

Double Stop Exercise II

Double Stop Exercise III

Major Scale Exercise II

Lick #2

Two of Us (Beatles)


Week 4 (4/19)

Picking exercises—tremolo

Tremolo Picking Exercise I

Tremolo Picking Exercise II

Minor Arpeggio Exercise I

Minor Scale Exercise I

Star of the County Down


Week 5 (5/3)

Chord exercises

Chord Exercise II

Chord Exercise III (diatonic chords)

Diatonic Double Stop Exercise

Lick #3

Blackbird (Beatles)


Week 6 (5/17)

Scale exercises

Major Scale Exercise III (various positions)

Minor Scale Exercise II (low position)

Picking Exercise III

Position shifts

Eleanor Rigby (Beatles)


Week 7 (5/24)

Arpeggio exercises

Major Arpeggio Exercise II

Minor Arpeggio Exercise II

Double Stop Exercise IV

Lick #4

Sonatine in C (Beethoven)


Week 8 (5/31)

Position shifts II

Picking Exercise IV

Fingering Exercise III

Minor Scale Exercise III

Russian Rag


The course fee is $225.  Register here

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