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Bluegrass Mandolin Jamming Curriculum, 6/10-7/13




“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 Bluegrass Mandolin Jamming with Matt Flinner


See the Mandolin Tune Studies Curriculum (6/11-7/13)

See the Mandolin Picking Intensive Curriculum (6/12-7/13)



This course is intended to help the aspiring mandolinist build up repertoire and find ways of creating new solos over commonly played standards; it’s also designed in the hope that it will encourage students to get out and jam with other players!

Each week, we’ll look at four bluegrass standard tunes.  Students will be given lead sheets (in standard notation and tablature) for each song, as well as a few exercises to help them learn more about the fretboard and start incorporating new ideas into their solos.  Concepts and tunes will be taught during the class session, and all tunes will be revisited during Saturday practice sessions in a “jam session” format, where each song is played several times though, and students have the opportunity to try out some of the week’s concepts on the tunes (with guidance from Matt).

Classes meet every Monday evening from June 10 to July 8  (the week of July 1 is off due to Matt’s touring schedule) at 9 pm eastern time.  There will also be 45-minute practice/review sessions every Saturday at 10 am eastern time.



The course fee is $125.  

Register for Bluegrass Mandolin Jamming with Matt Flinner



Here is the curriculum:


WEEK 1 (6/10)

Key of G

Positions in G

Double stops in G

Going between single notes and double stops

On and On

I’ve Lived a Lot in My Time

Stony Point

Before I Met You


WEEK 2 (6/17)

Adding some blues

Using bluesy double stops

A few bluesy licks

I Am a Pilgrim

Freeborn Man

Carroll County Blues

Mr. Engineer


WEEK 3 (6/24)

Tunes Using Minor Chords

A Variety of Minor Chord shapes

E Minor Scales and Patterns

Throwing in Some Minor Double Stops

500 Miles

Friend of the Devil

Foggy Mountain Breakdown

One More Dollar


WEEK 4 (7/8)

Some more challenging chord progressions

Finding double stops in chord progressions (r-3 as a starting point)

Using chord tones in soloing

I Know What It Means to Be Lonesome

Midnight Moonlight

Cuckoo’s Nest

Raised By the Railroad Line



The course fee is $125.  Register here.

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