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





“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’ve practiced more in two weeks than I have in months!  Really enjoying how it’s going.”—Donna O.


“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 by 5/19 and save $25!

Register for Mandolin Tune Studies with Matt Flinner 


See the Bluegrass Mandolin Jamming with Matt Flinner curriculum (6/10-7/13)

See the Mandolin Picking Intensive with Matt Flinner curriculum (6/12-7/13)


This course will get in-depth in helping students create variations and improvise on fiddle tunes and bluegrass songs—though the concepts will apply to any style of music.  Upon registering, students will receive PDFs in tablature and standard notation for two tunes:  “Gold Rush” and “Old Greasy Coat,”  along with mp3s of each tune and links to videos of the tunes played slowly.  During the four-week course, we’ll look at various ways of playing the melodies to both tunes as well as various ways of getting outside the melodies using double stops, positions up the neck, blues ideas and different rhythms and licks.  Each week, we’ll explore a different approach to soloing and talk about how to use these approaches on our two tunes and relate these concepts to other tunes and songs students may already know.  The goal is to create more possibilities in our soloing and to have more fun playing music with other people—and to learn two tunes REALLY well!

The course is intended for students at an intermediate to advanced level.  Exercises at a variety of levels will be given each week; students will be encouraged to focus on the exercise(s) that they feel best suits their ability level and/or interest.  

Class sessions will take place on Tuesdays at 2 pm and 9 pm eastern time from June 11 to July 9 (with the week of July 2 off due to Matt’s touring schedule).   We’re hoping the 2 pm time will be more convenient for students in the UK and Europe, as well as anywhere else in the world that might benefit from an earlier time (and students in the U.S. who prefer an afternoon time slot).  Both sessions will essentially be the same, and students are welcome to attend either class session (or both)!  Additional practice/review sessions will take place on Saturdays at 11 am eastern time from June 15 to July 13 (again, with the week of July 6 off).  Students are encouraged to attend the live sessions, but they can also review the recordings of any and all sessions at their convenience.  


The course fee is $125.  Register by 5/19 and save $25!

Register for Mandolin Tune Studies with Matt Flinner





The Road to Columbus

Old Greasy Coat


WEEK 1 (6/10)

Octave Variations

Blue notes

Throwing in some blues licks

Picking Exercise I


WEEK 2 (6/17)

Double stops

Adding open strings

Double Stop Exercise I

Double Stop Exercise II


WEEK 3 (6/24)

Chord tones

Arpeggio Exercise I

Creating musical lines using chord tones

Eighth note triplet rhythms

Adding some more licks


WEEK 4 (7/8)

Getting up high on the neck

Positions II, III and IV in A

Licks in various positions

Combining blues, double stops and rhythms


The course fee is $125.  Register by 5/19 for just $100!

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