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Fiddle Tune Harmony with Matt Flinner curriculum (1/9-3/16)




“This was the best online learning experience I’ve ever had.  And, for the time and money, the best music learning experience in any format:  DVD, video, group, or individual live lessons.”—Christine R.




“I really enjoy your courses and your teaching style. It works for me nicely.  You obviously put a great deal of effort and thought into the classes.”—Mike B.



“I have to say that making everything available online is a great convenience for me. Being able to stop and return to a more challenging exercise or a newer phrase is great for learning. I also really appreciate your availability to answer questions offline. This is a great course, and I feel as though I’m improving daily because of it.”—Joe C.




Register for Fiddle Tune Harmony for Mandolin with Matt Flinner


See the Octave Mandolin Techniques with Matt Flinner curriculum (1/8-3/16)

See the Celtic Mandolin with Matt Flinner curriculum (1/3-3/2)


This course will teach students how to create the happiest sound in the world—two mandolins playing in harmony!  Each week, students will learn two standard fiddle tunes, along with ways of constructing harmony parts to those tunes.  Exercises will be given each week to help students learn more about the fretboard, get more adept at playing scales and double stops in the common keys of G, D, A and C, and find chord tones more easily in all keys.  Besides being able to create harmony parts, students will come away from the course with a stronger understanding of how melodies are created and how they relate to chords and chord tones.  The goal of the course is to give students a broader understanding of music theory and help them learn melodies more quickly (as well as create the happiest sound in the world…).

The course is intended for students at an intermediate to advanced level.  The course will start out fairly easy (lower intermediate?), and will gradually progress to a more advanced level.

The course runs from January 9-March 16.  Classes take place online on Tuesday afternoons at 2 pm and 9 pm eastern time, and practice/review sessions take place on Saturday mornings at 11 am eastern time.


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Week 1 (1/9)

Some vocal songs

Twin mandolins as lead and tenor harmony

Harmonizing Major Scales

Using 3rds and 4ths to create harmony

Bury Me Beneath the Willow

Wildwood Flower


Week 2 (1/16)

Harmony in G

G Major Scales

Chord Tones in G

Finding 3rds and 4ths

The Girl I Left Behind

Down Yonder


Week 3 (1/23)

Harmony in D

D Major Scales

Chord Tones in D

Harmony on the I Versus the V Chord

Soldier’s Joy

Forked Deer


Week 4 (1/30)

Harmony in A

A Major and Mixolydian Scales

Chord Tones in A

Positions up the Neck

Liza Jane

A Red Prairie Dawn


Week 5 (2/6)

Minor Keys

Minor chord tones and arpeggios

Minor chord inversions

Lonesome Moonlight Waltz

Cold Frosty Morning 


Week 6 (2/13)

Fast Moving Chord Progressions

Identifying chord tones on down beats

Arpeggio Inversions

Big Sandy River

Boston Boy


Week 7 (2/27)

Harmony in C

More Positions up the Neck

Double Stop Harmony

Denver Belle

Texas Gaks


Week 8 (3/12)

Three Part Harmony

Creating Baritone parts

Chord Tone Exercise in All Keys


Big Mon



The course fee is $225.  

Register for Fiddle Tune Harmony for Mandolin with Matt Flinner


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