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Swing Mandolin Basics with Matt Flinner Curriculum (4/1-6/8)





“All your courses are really good, very well designed, and you have a great teaching style and a relaxed, open, while also serious, approach – which really comes across with the live lessons – thank you for being so encouraging always!”—Penny J.




“I got a lot out of it! Everyday I have a practice routine based on the summer intensive. You have helped me by leaps and bounds.”—Sandy N.







Register for Swing Mandolin Basics with Matt Flinner


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Explore the world of swing mandolin with Grammy-nominated mandolinist Matt Flinner.  Learn a new swing tune (or two) each week and get pointers on how to play chords and backup as well as approaches to improvising.  This course will be very much into chord voicings, scales, arpeggios and how they all relate to one another.  It’s a great way to expand your playing and musicianship (and learn some great tunes)! 


The course takes place on Monday evenings at 9 pm eastern time, with practice/review sessions on Saturdays at 10 am eastern time.  The course is recommended for advanced beginner to intermediate students, and assumes some knowledge of chords and the ability to play some melodies.  Rudimentary knowledge of scales and arpeggios is also helpful. 


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Week 1 (4/1)

Some basic chord shapes

The ii-V-I chord progression

Two ways of playing ii-V-Is

Some simple melodies

Playing “around” the melody

Sweet Sue

I’m Sitting on Top of the World


Week 2 (4/8)

The ii-V-I progression in more keys

The Dorian and Mixolydian modes

Dominant 7 arpeggios 

It’s Only a Paper Moon

Sentimental Journey


WEEK 3 (4/15) 

The Blues

Dominant 7 Chords

Basic blues progressions

Blues Scales

A few blues licks

Route 66

Don’t Get Around Much Anymore


Week 4 (4/29)

Going Around the Circle of 5ths

Minor 7 Arpeggios

Making use of 3rds and 7ths

Using chord tones in soloing

Sweet Georgia Brown

Bonus tune: Up a Lazy River


Week 5 (5/6)


Finding common tones in chord changes

Voice leading

Blue Moon

They Can’t Take That Away from Me


Week 6 (5/20)

Minor ii-V-is 

Notes to emphasize in minor progressions

Using target notes over chord changes

How High the Moon 

Autumn Leaves


Week 7 (5/27)

Minor keys

Different scale possibilities in minor keys

Some more blues licks


Bonus tune: I Love Paris 


Week 8 (6/3)

Tying it all together: inversions, chord tones, arpeggios and scales

Practice tips going forward

Satin Doll

Bonus tune: Pennies from Heaven



The course fee is $225.  

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