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Monroe Mandolin Intensive Curriculum (8/22-9/23)




“I’ve participated in many online learning programs, but so far, your format is the best I’ve ever seen. I am so pleased I happened upon your courses.”—Gina M.





“I was very impressed and feel better about my confidence level, how I play and focus now. The course just worked for me and got me over a hump in terms of my motivation and focus.”—Donna O.






Register here for the Monroe Mandolin Intensive with Matt Flinner


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This course is intended for students at an intermediate to advanced level who want to focus more exclusively on the distinct mandolin style of Bill Monroe.  Students will learn many concepts in bluegrass style playing, but with a uniquely “Monroe” take on them.  Focus will be on rhythmic drive, the bluesy side of bluegrass, and learning the fretboard in various keys while learning many classic Monroe mandolin solos.

Class sessions take place on Tuesday evenings at 9 pm eastern time, with follow-up practice sessions on Saturdays at 11 am eastern time.  Students are welcome to attend the live sessions, but it is not required.  All class sessions are recorded and available to view on the class website at the students’ convenience.  

The course runs from August 22nd through September 23.  The week of August 29th will be off due to Matt’s touring schedule.  The are a total of eight live class sessions (four class sessions and four review sessions) during the course. 

The course fee is $125.  Register here


Here is the curriculum:


WEEK 1 (8/22)

Using open strings

Picking exercise I

Playing backup

Playing fills behind the vocal

I’m Going Back to Old Kentucky

Gotta Travel On

Midnight on the Stormy Deep

On and On


WEEK 2 (9/5)

The blues

Finding blue notes in position playing

Down picking exercise

A few bluesy licks and fills

Can’t You Hear Me Calling

Honky Tonk Swing 

Rocky Road Blues

Blue Night


WEEK 3 (9/12)

Some more bluesy licks

Down-picking exercise II

Triplet picking exercise

Little Maggie

Get Down on Your Knees and Pray

Close By

Brand New Shoes


WEEK 4 (9/19)

Playing out of the chop chord position

Double stops in the chop chord position

A few chop chord licks 

When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again

Sittin’ On Top of the World

Out in the Cold World

Virginia Darlin’




The course fee is $125.  

Register here for the Monroe Mandolin Intensive with Matt Flinner



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