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Save $75 on Spring Courses Through 2/17! Swing Mando 101, Mando Chord Melody and Western Swing

By Theme Admin on February 11th, 2019 at 12:37 AM

      "I have done some online courses, some one-on-one instruction and some camps.  The course I just finished with you has been the most useful by a pretty large margin.  Thanks for both the thought and effort that went into the design and material preparation and for the personal presence you bring to it."---Steve F     "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.           Save $75 on any courses when you register by February 17th!     Swing Mandolin 101                      Curriculum               Registration Mandolin Chord Melody                 Curriculum               Registration Western Swing Mandolin               Curriculum               Registration     New online courses for spring of 2019 are coming April 1-3!  Swing Mandolin 101 (Mondays), Mandolin Chord Melody (Tuesdays) and Western Swing Mandolin (Wednesdays) will delve into various aspects of swing and jazz at various levels.       Swing Mandolin 101 is an introduction to swing and jazz on the mandolin which will give students the basics on how to solo and play chord progressions on several jazz standards.  Scales, arpeggios and chord inversions will be explored in-depth to give students the vocabulary they need to play melodies, improvise, play rhythm and, in general, have more fun playing the mandolin at swing jam sessions.  This course is recommended for students at an advanced beginner to intermediate level.   The Swing Mandolin 101 course takes place on Mondays at 9 pm eastern time, with follow-up practice sessions on Saturdays at 10 am eastern time.   See the Swing Mandolin 101 curriculum Register for Swing Mandolin 101 with Matt Flinner     The Mandolin Chord Melody course goes more in-depth with 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.  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 to advanced level.   The Mandolin Chord Melody course takes place on Tuesdays at 9 pm eastern time, with follow-up practice sessions on Saturdays at 11 am eastern time.   See the Mandolin Chord Melody curriculum Register for Mandolin Chord Melody with Matt Flinner     Western Swing Mandolin (April 3-June 8) will explore the music of Texas dance halls in the 1930s and 40s.  Drawing mostly from the music of Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys, but also the likes of Milton Brown, Hank Thompson and Spade Cooley, the course will introduce students to the unique combination of early country music and jazz that became Western Swing.  Besides learning standard songs, students will be given exercises to help them play lead and backup as well as transcribed solos by some of the masters of the style.  This course is intended for intermediate-level students, though students at all levels who are intersted in Western Swing may find it helpful.  A minimum rudimentary knowledge of chords and some fiddle tune melodies is recommended.   The Western Swing Mandolin course takes place on Wednesdays at 9 pm eastern time, with follow-up practice sessions on Saturdays at 12:15 pm eastern time.   See the Western Swing Mandolin curriculum  Register for Western Swing Mandolin with Matt Flinner     Register for any courses by February 17th for just $150!  That's $75 off the normal course fee of $225.   Questions?  Email Matt at [email protected]


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Mandolin Chord Melody Curriculum (April 2-June 8)

By Theme Admin on February 10th, 2019 at 8:13 PM

  “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       Save $75 when you register by February 17th!   Register for Mandolin Chord Melody with Matt Flinner   See the Swing Mandolin 101 curriculum See the Western Swing Mandolin curriculum     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.     Mandolin Chord Melody Curriculum (April 2-June 8)   WEEK 1 (April 2) Intro to Chord Melody Starting with the Blues Dominant 7 Chord Inversions Scales over dominant 7 chords Route 66 Things Ain't What They Used to Be   WEEK 2 (April 16) Major 7 chord inversions  Scales over major 7 chords All of Me Sweet Lorraine   WEEK 3 (April 23) Minor 7 chord inversions Scales over minor 7 chords Moving from minor 7 to dominant 7 chords Blue Skies Georgia on My Mind   WEEK 4 (April 30) A Couple of Waltzes More moving chord inversions Someday My Prince Will Come Ugly Beauty   WEEK 5 (May 7) Putting it together Some 4-note Chords They Can't Take That Away from Me Someone to Watch Over Me   WEEK 6 (May 21) Common tones in chords Diminished Chords Diminshed chords as substitutions Scales over diminished chords Moonglow Stompin' at the Savoy   WEEK 7 (May 28) Moving double stops  Double stop exercises in various keys Adding some augmented chords If I Had You Do Nothing 'Til You Hear from Me   WEEK 8 (June 4) Starting to improvise chord melody Further use of chord inversions ii-V-I inversions Adding melodic lines between chords Sweet Georgia Brown Night and Day   The course fee is $225.  Register by February 17th for just $150!     Register here. See other courses offered this fall.


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Western Swing Mandolin Curriculum (April 3-June 8)

By Theme Admin on February 10th, 2019 at 8:10 PM

      "I started playing the mandolin a little over two years ago. I played the piano as a child, but having never played a stringed instrument before, my intention was to study as much as I could about technique, theory, improvisation and the various genres of music for the mandolin. To that end, I have taken nearly every course Matt has offered, even three at a time! Matt is a brilliant teacher. Every course is deep and rich with information. The material is thoughtfully explained, allowing a student to slowly transform the class material into music. I can't imagine this journey without Matt Flinner.  His courses are a true life changing musical experience!"---Lisa S.   "Your classes are moving me forward so very much. Thank you." —Jean C.       Register by February 17th and save $75!   Register for Western Swing Mandolin with Matt Flinner   See the Swing Mandolin 101 curriculum See the Mandolin Chord Melody curriculum     New this spring, Western Swing Mandolin with Matt Flinner will take students on a journey through the music of Texas dance halls in the 1930s and 40s.  Drawing mostly from the music of Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys, but also the likes of Milton Brown, Hank Thompson and Spade Cooley, the course will introduce students to the unique combination of early country music and jazz that became Western Swing.  Students will learn one (or two if they choose) standard song per week, and will be given exercises to help them play lead as well as backup, all with the intent of getting more familiar with the harmonically rich vocabulary of Western Swing Music.  We'll also look at at least one solo per week by one of the greats (Johnny Gimble, Tiny Moore, Leon McAuliffe, etc.) in this style.   This course is intended for intermediate-level students, though students at all levels who are intersted in Western Swing may find it helpful.  A minimum rudimentary knowledge of chords and some fiddle tune melodies is recommended.     Here is the curriclum:    WEEK 1 (April 3) Simple chord progressions Looking at chord tones A few melodic lines Yearning Take Me Back to Tulsa   WEEK 2 (April 17) Extensions: 9 and 13 chords Sugar Moon Corrine, Corrina Miss Molly   WEEK 3 (April 24) Using arpeggios Major, Dominant and Minor arpeggio exercises Some  Steel Guitar Rag Taking Off   WEEK 4 (May 1) More with chord tones Some more melodic lines Smoke, Smoke, Smoke That Cigarette Driving Nails in My Coffin   WEEK 5 (May 8) I-VI-II-V Progressions Lines over the I-VI-II-V progression I Hear You Talking’ Roly Poly   WEEK 6 (May 22) A bit of twin fiddle harmony Creating harmonies based on chord tones Faded Love San Antonio Rose   WEEK 7 (May 29)  Diatonic arpeggio lines Fat Boy Rag Three Guitar Special   WEEK 8 (June 5) Tying it all together Arpeggios, melodic lines, chord tones, extensions Yellow Rose of Texas Remington Ride   The course fee is $225.  Register by February 17th for just $150!   Register here for Western Swing Mandolin with Matt Flinner    


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Swing Mandolin 101 Curriculum (April 1-June 8)

By Theme Admin on February 10th, 2019 at 7:14 PM

  "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.       Save $75 when you register by February 17th!   Register for Swing Mandolin 101 with Matt Flinner   See the Mandolin Chord Melody curriculum See the Western Swing Mandolin curriculum     Explore the wonderful 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.    SWING AND JAZZ MANDOLIN 101 CURRICULUM: Week 1 (April 1): The Blues Dominant 7 Chords Blues Scales C Jam Blues Bonus Tune: Route 66   Week 2 (April 15): The ii-V-I progression Major Scales and patterns in a few keys Two ways of playing ii-V-Is Major 7 Arpeggios in all keys Sweet Sue Bonus tune: How High the Moon   Week 3 (April 22): The Blues II (adding the ii-V-I) Dominant 7 chord inversions Dominant 7 arpeggios Mixolydian Scales and patterns Blues Walk Bonus tune: Cool Blues   Week 4 (April 29): Some more ii-V-Is A couple of ii-V-I licks Two more ii-V-I inversions Minor 7 arpeggios Dorian scales and patterns Honeysuckle Rose Bonus tune: Ain’t Misbehavin’   Week 5 (May 6): Going Around the Circle of 5ths Patterns around the circle Arpeggiating through chord progressions Seven Come Eleven Bonus tune: Sweet Georgia Brown   Week 6 (May 20): Target notes Some more ii-V-I licks and patterns Using target notes over chord changes Scale exercises and ii-V-Is All of Me Bonus tune: Back Home Again in Indiana   Week 7 (May 27): The I-VI-ii-V-I progression Two ways of playing the I-VI-ii-V-I progression Finding smooth chord tones from chord to chord Blue Moon Bonus tune: Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off   Week 8 (June 3): Rhythm changes Tying it all together: inversions, chord tones, arpeggios and scales I Got Rhythm Bonus tune: Oleo     The course fee is $225.  Register by February 17th for just $150!


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Mando Europe Is Back! Bluegrass Mandolin 101 and American Roots Mandolin at Europe-friendly Times

By Theme Admin on December 18th, 2018 at 1:36 AM

We ring in the New Year with music to help bring us together, not just as Americans but as citizens of the world.  I'm always amazed at how bluegrass music crosses so many boundaries---economic, religious, racial and international---and how people from these disparate corners can find common ground in something they love and can all relate to.  So I'm hoping the Bluegrass Mandolin 101 program can perhaps help bring us together next year, at least in some small way!   Many folks in the UK and various parts of Europe have taken part in the Bluegrass Mandolin 101 program, but often the class times are inconvenient for them, to say the least.  Two courses coming this winter will be offered at more Euro-convenient times---the Bluegrass Mandolin 101 course and the American Roots Mandolin course.  Class sessions for the Bluegrass Mandolin 101 will take place live online on Mondays at 2 pm eastern time in the U.S., which is 7 pm in the U.K. and 8 pm in most of Europe, and sessions for the American Roots Mandolin course will take place on Wednesdays at the same time (and we're not forgetting about you Aussies---it's 6 am there, but we know you're hardy folks who've probably already accomplished more than the rest of us will all day!).  Students in any time zone are welcome to join these sessions as well as the 9 pm eastern time sessions on Mondays (for the Bluegrass Mandolin 101 course) or Wednesdays (for the American Roots Mandolin course).  Both class sessions will essentially be the same, but some students enjoy attending both in order to get a couple of run-throughs for that week's material.  One of the sessions will be posted to the class website by the following day, so if you can't make either one, not to worry: you can view it any time at your convenience (and even download it).    We will also have practice/review sessions for each course on Saturdays.  For the Bluegrass Mandolin 101 course, this will take place Saturdays at 10 am eastern time (3 or 4 pm in the U.K. and Europe) and for the American Roots Mandolin course, this will take place at 12:15 pm eastern time (5:15 or 6:15 pm in the U.K. and Europe).   Click on these links to get some more information:   The Bluegrass Mandolin 101 curriculum The American Roots Mandolin curriculum The Advanced Bluegrass Mandolin curriculum (sadly, this only takes place at 9 pm eastern time on Tuesdays, but the practice review sessions are at 11 am eastern time on Saturdays---which is 4-5 pm in the U.K. and Europe)   You can register for the courses here: Bluegrass Mandolin 101 registration American Roots Mandolin registration Advanced Bluegrass Mandolin registration   Course fees are US $225.   Email [email protected] with any questions.  And Happy New Year!


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Mandolin Practice Techniques: Sharpen Your Skills with 5-Day Courses for Just $40

By Theme Admin on December 6th, 2018 at 5:49 AM

      “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.       “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.         Note: due to unexpected travel, Weeks 3 and 4 are taking place a week later than originally planned.  You can still get two weeks of classes in!     Register here for Week 3 (January 28-February 1) Register here for Week 4 (February 4-February 8)   Join Matt Flinner for a series of 5-day courses this winter which are geared toward helping the aspiring mandolin student practice more efficiently and improve their playing skills more quickly.  Every day for five days, students will run through a series of exercises and one tune, with Matt guiding them in a live 30-minute online practice session.  Students who are unable to make the live sessions can view them later that day or evening on the class website, as all sessions will be recorded.   NOTE: It is not necessary to have taken the Week 1 course to register for Week 2 and subsequent weeks.  All material from week to week will be unique and will challenge students in different ways!   Students will be given exercises in the following areas: picking exercises, arpeggios, scales, fingering exercises, double stops, and a tune for the week.  Students will receive the materials in PDF form four weeks ahead of time (or whenever they sign up) so that they have a chance to learn them before the course begins.  Matt will then guide them through daily practice sessions for five straight days, giving them tips on how to improve and how to practice more effectively.       All class sessions take place from 10-10:30 am eastern time.   The four weeks' courses are different from one another, with different materials and a different tune being given for each week.  Students can take any single course on its own or take any combination of courses to establish a routine and build on knowledge from one course to the next.   The registration fee for each course is $40.     Students can view all materials (videos and PDFs) on a class website any time, and they can also download and keep all PDFs and videos (including recordings of the class sessions) to practice with on their own time if they wish to.         Register here for Week 3 (January 28-February 1) Register here for Week 4 (February 4-February 8)           WEEK 3 Curriculum (1/28-2-1) Picking Exercise III Fingering Exercise III Double Stop Exercise III in A Scales and Patterns in A Minor 7 Arpeggio Exercise Lick #3 in All Keys  Tune: Ida Red   Register here for Week 3     WEEK 4 Curriculum (2/4-2/8) Picking Exercise IV Fingering Exercise IV Double Stop Exercise IV in C Scales and Patterns in C I-IV-V Arpeggio Exercise Lick #4 in All Keys  Tune: Fun's All Over   Register here for Week 4  


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Winter Courses: Bluegrass 101, Advanced Bluegrass Mandolin and American Roots Mandolin

By Theme Admin on November 5th, 2018 at 10:48 PM

        "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.         “Your course was exactly what I have been looking for.  It was well structured with a ton of good material.  I like that fact that we were given tunes to learn but also tools that allows me expand the lessons beyond the course tunes to others that I already know.”—Todd M.           FALL COURSES Bluegrass Mandolin 101 with Matt Flinner:                            Curriculum             Registration Advanced Bluegrass Mandolin with Matt Flinner:                Curriculum             Registration American Roots Mandolin with Matt Flinner:                        Curriculum             Registration   The Bluegrass Mandolin 101 program is pleased to offer two new courses and an oldie for a variety of ability levels and interests this fall!  Bluegrass Mandolin 101, Advanced Bluegrass Mandolin and American Roots Mandolin will start up January 7, 8 and 9. Each course lasts eight weeks, with class sessions on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday evenings (depending on which course it is) and follow-up practice/review sessions on Saturday mornings or afternoons to help you solidify the material while learning practice techniques and getting tips on practice routines.   Students DO NOT need to tune in to the live online sessions, as all class sessions and practice/review sessions are recorded and posted to the class website by the next day for viewing at the students' convenience.  Students are encouraged to attend the live sessions whenever possible, as they can ask questions during the session---plus we've found that many students are more likely to practice when they show up for the live sessions!     Bluegrass Mandolin 101 with Matt Flinner (January 7-March 16) will explore several bluegrass standard songs and approach them using position playing and double stops as we get to know the fretboard better and improve our picking technique along the way. By the end of the course, students will have tools for creating their own solos on commonly-played songs in various keys, and hopefully will feel more comfortable in jam sessions. This course will take place on Monday evenings as well as afternoons (for those of you around the globe!) and Saturday mornings..  Register here.   Advanced Bluegrass Mandolin with Matt Flinner (January 8-March 16) dives into advanced concepts for mandolin from the playing of innovators such as Doyle Lawson, Ricky Skaggs, Adam Steffey, Tim O'Brien, Dempsey Young and many others.  This course is recommended for intermediate to advanced players, and will take place on Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings.  Register here.   American Roots Mandolin with Matt Flinner (January 9-March 16).  This course will explore many of the myriad styles of American roots musics around the country, from Appalachia to New Orleans to New England to the desert southwest.  And all on the mandolin!  Along the way, we’ll explore various aspects of technique and learn more of the fretboard—and likely find many common threads that unite these musics within the great American cultural tapestry.   Old-time, blues, Cajun music, contra dance, ragtime, early jazz, cowboy traditions and bluegrass music will all be touched on in this 8-week long course.   The course is intended for students at an advanced beginner to intermediate level, or to students at any level who want to try out some new styles of playing.  The course will take place on Wednesday evenings and afternoons (also for those of you across the various ponds!) and Saturday mornings/afternoons (depending on your time zone).  Register here.   SCHEDULE: 60-minute classes take place online every Monday (Bluegrass Mandolin 101), Tuesday (Advanced Bluegrass Mandolin) or Wednesday (American Roots Mandolin) evening from January 7, 8 or 9 to March 11, 12 or 13 at 9 pm eastern time, and 45-minute practice/review sessions take place every Saturday morning/afternoon from January 12 to March 16.  The weeks of February 4 and March 4 are off due to Matt’s touring schedule. ALSO: we've added Europe-friendly times on the Bluegrass Mandolin 101 and American Roots Mandolin courses!  Bluegrass Mandolin 101 will also take place on Mondays at 2 pm eastern time (7 or 8 pm in the UK and most of Europe), and American Roots Mandolin will also take place on Wednesdays at 2 pm eastern time (7 or 8 pm in the UK and most of Europe).  Students are invited to attend either or both of the sessions on those days.   NOTE: It is helpful, but not essential, to be present for the live sessions.  All class sessions are recorded and available to view on the class website by the following day.   WHAT STUDENTS GET FROM THE COURSE All students will also have unlimited access to short recorded videos of all of the material played at a slow tempo, PDFs of all material in both standard notation and mandolin tablature, and mp3s of all of the tunes at slow and medium speeds that they can practice along with.  Students can access all of this material at any time through the class website, and can also download all materials (videos and class session videos included) to keep them permanently.  All class sessions and practice/review sessions are recorded and posted on the class website (usually by the following day) so that students who were unable to attend the live sessions may view them at their own convenience, and all students may review the class videos as often as they wish. Students will also be given a “Recommended Listening” list each week for the material covered.  A variety of versions of each tune will be provided in the hopes that students will listen to recordings and further explore the wide world of recorded old-time and bluegrass music.   HOW INTERACTIVE IS THE COURSE? During the live sessions, students can ask questions and/or play examples via their microphone (built-in or external plug-in), or they can ask questions via a built-in chat window.  The instructor responds to all questions immediately (or between teaching exercises, etc.) on the spot. Students are also encouraged to submit mp3 recordings at any time during the course if they would like to, and the instructor will respond in an mp3 recording with constructive criticism.  Students can submit these mp3s either privately via email or publicly via the class website, where all students can listen and respond if they choose to.  Mp3 submissions are encouraged but not required, and there is no limit on how many mp3 submissions a student can send in. There is also a class website where registered students can find all class materials (videos, PDFs, mp3s) anytime.  The site also has a Forum section, where students can ask questions, bring up topics for discussion, etc., in an open forum where the instructor and other students can respond.   WHAT YOU WILL NEED TO PARTICIPATE: 1. A desktop or laptop Mac or PC computer, iPad or Internet-connected mobile device (such as iPhone) in order to view the sessions, plus a good internet connection. 2. An internal microphone and speakers on your laptop or desktop computer, or a phone to listen and speak (if desired) during the sessions.  Instructions for participating by phone are included when you register for the course (long distance charges may apply). 3. During the course, you have the option of submitting recorded examples of your playing to the instructor (and to the group, if desired). In order to do this, you will need your computer’s built-in microphone or an external microphone plugged directly into your computer (via built-in ports or an external audio interface), in addition to basic audio recording software, such as Audacity or Garage Band, that will allow you to record yourself playing and save the recording in MP3 format.   4. A mandolin (actually maybe that should have been #1).     The course fee is $225 for each course.  If you have questions about any of the courses, email Matt at [email protected]   Register here: Register for Bluegrass Mandolin 101 with Matt Flinner Register for Advanced Bluegrass Mandolin with Matt Flinner Register for American Roots Mandolin with Matt Flinner     View curricula for each course here:  Bluegrass Mandolin 101 with Matt Flinner Curriculum Advanced Bluegrass Mandolin with Matt Flinner Curriculum American Roots Mandolin with Matt Flinner Curriculum


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American Roots Mandolin with Matt Flinner Curriculum (1/9-3/16)

By Theme Admin on November 5th, 2018 at 7:23 PM

    "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.         "Your classes are moving me forward so very much. Thank you." —Jean C.           Register for the American Roots Mandolin course here.   Brand new this winter is a course that will take us on a journey through traditional roots musics across America.  The American Roots Mandolin course will explore many of the myriad styles of roots musics around the country, from Appalachia to New Orleans to New England to the desert southwest.  And all on the mandolin!  Along the way, we’ll explore various aspects of technique and learn more of the fretboard—and likely find many common threads that unite these musics within the great American cultural tapestry.   Old-time, blues, Cajun music, contra dance, ragtime, early jazz, cowboy traditions and bluegrass music will all be touched on in this 8-week long course.  Two to three tunes will be given each week, with the lesson focusing on one of them in particular, along with several exercises to help with related technique.  Students are encouraged to learn whichever tune(s) suit(s) their ability level and/or interest.   This course is recommended for advanced beginner through intermediate players, but players of any ability level who want to get a taste of various musical styles are encouraged to join as well!   The course will take place on Wednesday evenings at 9 pm eastern time, with follow-up practice sessions on Saturdays at 12:15 pm eastern time (note: the weeks of February 4th and March 4th are off due to Matt's tour schedule).   All live sessions are recorded and available to view on the class website, as well as to download for off-line viewing in the future---so being there for the live sessions is not essential.     Here is the curriculum: WEEK 1 (1/9) Southern Old-time Fiddle Tunes Picking Exercise I Using open strings as drone strings Flop-Eared Mule Cotton Eyed Joe Devil in the Woodpile   WEEK 2 (1/16) The Blues 7th chords Blues licks A couple of blues grooves Whiskey Head Blues Tappin’ That Thing Nobody’s Fault But Mine   WEEK 3 (1/23) Ragtime Picking Exercise II Ways of playing I-VI-II-V chord progressions Using chord tones State Street Rag Hawkins Rag   WEEK 4 (1/30) Cajun Tunes Using open strings Picking Exercise III Double stops in A and D Playing backup double stop parts Jolie Blonde Lacassin Special   WEEK 5 (2/13) The Cowboy Tradition More double stops Playing in positions Tremolo When the Work’s All Done Next Fall Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie   WEEK 6 (2/20) New England Contradance Tunes Picking Exercise IV Adding ornaments Old French  Valse Mon Pére   WEEK 7 (2/27) Early Jazz Swing rhythm playing More use of chord tones  Adding the blues St. Louis Blues Milenburg Joys Creole Love Call   WEEK 8 (3/13) Bluegrass Picking Exercise V G-F Double Stop Exercise E Double Stop Exercise Bluegrass Breakdown Watson’s Blues   The course fee is $225. Register here.   Register for American Roots Mandolin with Matt Flinner See the Bluegrass Mandolin 101 curriculum See the Advanced Bluegrass Mandolin curriculum   Questions?  Email [email protected]


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Advanced Bluegrass Mandolin Curriculum (1/8-3/16)

By Theme Admin on October 26th, 2018 at 11:20 PM

    “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.       “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 Advanced Mandolin with Matt Flinner View the Bluegrass Mandolin 101 curriculum View the American Roots Mandolin curriculum     Explore the wide and wonderful world of modern bluegrass mandolin with Grammy-nominated mandolinist Matt Flinner.  This course picks up where Bluegrass Mandolin 102 leaves off, and will lead students through advanced subjects including more difficult keys, using double stops and positions as well as melodic patterns, and getting a more thorough knowledge of the fretboard.  The styles of such players as Doyle Lawson, Larry Rice, Adam Steffey, Dempsey Young, Sam Bush, David Grisman and Ricky Skaggs will be discussed, giving students more options in their approaches to soloing and playing backup.  Modern and older standards by the likes of J.D. Crowe and the New South, The Seldom Scene, Alison Krauss, New Grass Revival and Tony Rice will be explored.  It’s a fun way to expand your chops and learn some new tunes! Classes take place on Tuesday evenings at 9 pm eastern time, with follow-up practice/review sessions taking place on Saturdays at 11 am eastern time.  Students do not need to be present for the live sessions, as all sessions are recorded and posted to the class website by the following day.  But the live sessions give students an opportunity for more interaction with the instructor, either via a chat window or via audio if they so choose.   All students will have 24/7 access to the class website, where they'll find all written materials, all short practice videos, several practice mp3s (at various tempos) as well as video recordings of all class sessions and practice sessions.  And students are invited and encouraged to download any and all materials from the course, including all PDFs, mp3s and videos so that they can review them in the future at their convenience.  Note: the weeks of February 5th and March 5th are off due to Matt's tour schedule.  Eight class sessions plus eight practice sessions will take place over the course of 10 weeks.     The course fee is $225.  Register here.   Here is the curriculum for the Advanced Bluegrass Mandolin course, which runs from January 8th to March 16th:   WEEK 1 (1/8) 70s Mandolin: Doyle Lawson, Ricky Skaggs and Larry Rice Position Licks Playing backup fills The Old Home Place Mis’ry River   WEEK 2 (1/15) Complex Chord Progressions I Using chord tones in solos Two different chord forms Steel Rails What Am I Doing Hanging ‘Round?   WEEK 3 (1/22) 80s Mandolin: Tim O’Brien and David McLaughlin Using open strings Key of E Key of C Nellie Kane Duncan and Brady   WEEK 4 (1/29) Bluesy approaches Bluesy licks in various keys Some Dempsey Young & John Duffy Love of the Mountains I Know You, Rider   WEEK 5 (2/12) Some Newgrass Sam Bush licks Mixolydian patterns Steam Powered Aeroplane White Freight Liner Blues   WEEK 6 (2/19) Ideas in B Moving positions in B A bit of chromaticism A few Adam Steffey licks Rebecca Born to Be With You   WEEK 7 (2/26) Adding a bit of jazz to the mix A few David Grisman & Vassar Clements licks Other chord forms Kissimmee Kid Midnight Moonlight   WEEK 8 (3/12) Tying it all together Complex chord progressions II Applying various styles to the same song Ginseng Sullivan Carry Me Across the Mountain     Register here View the Bluegrass Mandolin 101 Curriculum View the American Roots Mandolin Curriculum


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Bluegrass Mandolin 101 Curriculum (1/7-3/16)

By Theme Admin on October 26th, 2018 at 2:13 AM

  “I was amazed at the time, feedback, and focus you gave us on chat questions, emails, and mp3s. I was very impressed and feel better about my confidence level, how I play and focus now. The course just worked for me and got me over a hump in terms of my motivation and focus.”—Donna O.     “I really enjoy your courses and your teaching style. It works for me nicely.  You obviously put a great deal of effort and thought in to the classes.”—Mike B.           Register for Bluegrass Mandolin 101 with Matt Flinner View the Advanced Bluegrass Mandolin curriculum View the American Roots Mandolin curriculum   Here is the curriculum for the Bluegrass Mandolin 101 online course, which runs from January 7 to March 16.   Bluegrass Mandolin 101 will start at a beginning/intermediate level and progress to a solidly intermediate level.  This course will introduce students to the use of double stops and various positions on the neck, as well as various picking and fingerboard exercises to help develop good mandolin technique and knowledge of the fretboard.  Each week, students are given two standard bluegrass tunes (and encouraged to learn at least one of them); that weeks exercises are correlated to the tunes during the week’s practice session so that students find practical ways of using the exercises in their playing.   Classes take place Monday evenings at 9 pm eastern time, and review sessions take place on Saturday mornings at 10 am eastern time (note: the weeks of February 4th and March 4th are off due to Matt's tour schedule).     BACK AGAIN THIS WINTER: Mando Europe!  Class sessions are also taught at Europe-friendly times for the 101 course, so you don’t have to stay up until 3 am!  All Monday class sessions are offered at 7 pm in the UK and Ireland, or 8 pm for most of Europe (2 pm U.S. East Coast time).  Students are welcome to join either of the Monday sessions—the U.S./Canada or European class times (or both!).  Saturday practice sessions take place with the entire group of students at 3 pm (UK and Ireland) and 4 pm (Europe).     The course fee is $225.  Register by December 23rd for just $200---$25 off the normal course fee!    Register for Bluegrass Mandolin 101 with Matt Flinner       BLUEGRASS MANDOLIN 101 WITH MATT FLINNER CURRICULUM:  Week 1 (1/7) Three warmup exercises Intro to position playing Intro to double stops Will the Circle Be Unbroken Bonus Material: Down to the Valley to Pray WEEK 2 (1/14) Moving to the key of A Some tag licks to add to your solos Backup playing and fills I’ll Fly Away Bonus Material: Long Black Veil WEEK 3 (1/21) Small position shifts Adding some more licks to your solos Double stop exercises in D Banks of the Ohio Bonus material: Keep on the Sunny Side of Life WEEK 4 (1/28) Position playing II Three different kickoffs Chord tones in position playing Man of Constant Sorrow Bonus Material: Evening Prayer Blues WEEK 5 (2/11) Shifting from Position I to Position II Transposing to other keys Bury Me Beneath the Willow Bonus Material: You Are My Sunshine WEEK 6 (2/18) More position shifts Turnarounds: I-V-I progressions Double stop exercises in C Sittin’ On Top of the World Bonus material: Gold Watch and Chain WEEK 7 (2/25) Moving double stops around to create melody An approach to improvising Soldier’s Joy Bonus material: Panhandle Country Week 8 (3/11) Tying it all together Adding some licks and improvising Combining double stops and licks My Home’s Across the Blue Ridge Mountains Bonus tune: Foggy Mountain Top     The registration fee is $225.  Register here View the Advanced Bluegrass Mandolin curriculum View the American Roots Mandolin curriculum    


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