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Chord Melody Mandolin with Matt Flinner Curriculum (4/2-6/8)






“After buying six mandolins and umpteen books…I am convinced your course is best $100 I have invested in my mandolin journey to date.  Finally, I’m getting the discpline I need with your exercises to learn scales, arpeggios, double stops, fingering techniques, learn the fretboard (the essential tools I need)…and most importantly to learn how those things fit into playing tunes.”—Rick D., Bluegrass Mandolin 101 student




“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 a 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., Bluegrass Mandolin 101 student





Register for Chord Melody Mandolin with Matt Flinner


See the Swing Mandolin Basics with Matt Flinner curriculum (4/1-6/8)

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This course is all about chords!  Chord inversions will be explored around the fretboard in various keys, and students will learn how to play melodies using those chord inversions as melodic and harmonic foundations.  Each week, two solo arrangements of swing/jazz standard tunes will be given in which the melody is played as the top note (or often passing notes) of the chord; as the melody moves, the chord inversions move accordingly, creating a full, rich sounding solo arrangement on, of all things, the mandolin.  Students will also be given tips on using these chords to accompany other soloists, as well as ways of using chord inversions and chord melody technique in improvisation.   It’s a great way to become not only a better solo mandolinist, but a much better accompanist as well!  

This course is intended for students at an intermediate/advanced level.  


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Mandolin Chord Melody Curriculum (April 2-June 8)


WEEK 1 (April 2)

Intro to Chord Melody

Major chord inversions in a few keys

Scales over major chords

Some simple melodies using major chord inversions

Down By the Riverside 

Sentimental Journey


WEEK 2 (April 16)

Dominant 7 Chord Inversions

Scales over dominant 7 chords

Bye Bye Blues

Bill Bailey


WEEK 3 (April 23)

Minor 7 chord inversions

Scales over minor 7 chords

Moving from minor 7 to dominant 7 chords

Blue Skies

The Best Things in Life Are Free


WEEK 4 (April 30)

ii-V-I Progressions

ii-V-Is using various inversions

More moving chord inversions

It’s Only a Paper Moon



WEEK 5 (May 14)

More workouts with ii-V-Is

Some 4-note chords

Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams

I’m Confessin’


WEEK 6 (May 21)

Minor ii-V-is

Common tones in chords

If I Had You

Angel Eyes


WEEK 7 (May 28)


More major scales over chords

Mood Indigo

I Can’t Give You Anything but Love


WEEK 8 (June 4)

Starting to improvise using chord melody

Further use of chord inversions

Adding melodic lines between chords

What a Wonderful World


It Had to Be You


The course fee is $225.  

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