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Bluegrass Jamming II, Swing Jamming II and Picking Intensive II Courses Start 8/17-19

By Theme Admin on July 11th, 2020 at 9:39 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.      “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.                The Bluegrass Mandolin 101 online lessons program continues this summer with more three four-week long intensive courses designed to help you improve your technique, learn some tunes and help you have more fun playing the mandolin!  All courses are continuations of courses running through July, but students do not need to have taken the previous courses in order to take the late summer courses.    Bluegrass Mandolin Jamming II with Matt Flinner                           Curriculum         Registration  Swing Mandolin Jamming II with Matt Flinner                                Curriculum         Registration Mandolin Picking Technique Intensive II with Matt Flinner               Curriculum         Registration   The Bluegrass Mandolin Jamming II course (August 17-September 12) is intended to help students play bluegrass music with other people.  Each week, students will receive four new tunes (from beginner to advanced level) along with ways of playing rhythm, approaches to creating variations on the tune, and some exercises to help with fundamental technique.  The goal is to help students learn more tunes, learn practical approaches to playing those tunes, and get out and play with other people!  The course is a continuation of the Bluegrass Jamming I course, which runs through July, but students do not need to have taken that course in order to take the Bluegrass Jamming II course.  Register here.    The Swing Mandolin Jamming II course (August 18-September 12) is intended to help students get practical tools for improvising and playing rhythm on swing tunes.  Each week, students will receive four new tunes, along with suggestions on how to solo on those tunes and ways of playing the chords.  Exercises will also be given to help students learn various scales and arpeggios, and those exercises will be incorporated into suggestions on how to improvise on that week's tunes.  The course is a continuation of the Swing Jamming I course, which runs through July, but students do not need to have taken that course in order to take the Swing Jamming II course.  Register here.     The Mandolin Picking Technique Intensive II course (August 19-September 12) is intended to help students with the fundamentals of tone and picking technique while learning the fretboard.  Various picking exercises will be looked at, along with double stop exercises (which will incorporate concepts from the picking exercises) to help improve efficiency and speed.  And we’ll focus quite a bit on improving our tone and getting the most sound out of our instruments that we can.  Each week, we’ll also learn a tune and focus on the various aspects of picking technique we've been looking at as applied to that tune.  The course is intended for players of all levels who want to go deeper into the fundamentals of playing the mandolin, especially tone, picking ability and double stops.  The course is a continuation of the Picking Intensive I course, which runs through July, but students do not need to have taken that course in order to take the Picking Intensive II course.  Register here.    The course fee for each course is $125.     Register for Bluegrass Mandolin Jamming II with Matt Flinner Register for Swing Mandolin Jamming II with Matt Flinner Register for the Mandolin Picking Technique Intensive II with Matt Flinner   The Bluegrass Mandolin Jamming II course takes place on Monday afternoons and evenings at 2 and 9 pm eastern time.  We’ll also have practice/review sessions on Saturdays at 10 am eastern time.  NOTE: Monday afternoon sessions take place at 2 pm eastern time---a more convenient time for our friends in the UK and Europe!  2 pm eastern time translates to 7 or 8 pm in the UK and most of Europe.   Students are welcome to join in on either or both of the Monday sessions each week (they will be essentially identical to one another in content).  Monday class sessions will take place from August 17-September 7, and Saturday follow-up practice sessions will take place from August 22 to September 12.  All live sessions are recorded and uploaded to a class website, where they are viewable generally by the following day (in the case of Saturday practice sessions, they’re usually available to view later that day). Register here.   The Swing Mandolin Jamming II course (August 18-September 12) meets on Tuesday evenings at 9 pm eastern time, with follow-up practice sessions Saturday mornings at 11 am eastern time.  Students will have four Tuesday class sessions (August 18-September 8) and four Saturday follow-up practice sessions (August 22-September 12).  All live sessions are recorded and uploaded to a class website, where they are viewable generally by the following day (in the case of Saturday practice sessions, they’re usually available to view later that day). Register here.   The Mandolin Picking Technique Intensive II course (August 19-September 12) meets on Wednesday evenings at 9 pm eastern time, with follow-up practice sessions Saturdays at 12:30 pm eastern time.  Students will have four Wednesday class sessions (August 19-September 9) and four Saturday follow-up practice sessions (August 22-September 12).  All live sessions are recorded and uploaded to a class website, where they are viewable generally by the following day (in the case of Saturday practice sessions, they’re usually available to view later that day).  Register here.   ALL class materials (PDFs, practice mp3s, short practice videos and class session videos) are available for students to download and keep for future use.     The course fee for each course is $125.   All students access to the live sessions as well as all materials (PDFs, mp3s, practice videos and class session videos), which they can download for future use.     Here’s a little more info about the Bluegrass Mandolin 101 online experience that I hope will give you a good idea of how the program works.   BLUEGRASS MANDOLIN 101  Matt Flinner started the Bluegrass Mandolin 101 program in the fall of 2013.  Along the way, the program has helped hundreds of students improve their mandolin playing in a wide variety of styles.  The program offers a unique approach to online mandolin lessons that gives students the best of both live lessons as well as recorded mandolin instructional videos, audio recordings and written materials.  The courses focus on helping mandolin students get to the next level in their playing and broaden their understanding of a variety of American musical traditions.    A UNIQUE APPROACH: LIVE INSTRUCTION AND INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEOS Part of what makes the Bluegrass Mandolin 101 program unique is the fact that students follow a step-by-step program of live lessons over a four or eight week course.  The courses follow a carefully planned curriculum in the given style or area of technique, and the live lessons get a little more challenging each week as the course progresses.  Classes meet twice per week: on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday evening, depending on the course, and on Saturday morning/afternoon, when students can join a follow-up practice session to review that week’s material.  Students can view the live lessons via their computer, iPad or smart phone.  Students are encouraged to ask questions during the class sessions via a chat window and/or their external or built-in microphone (this microphone is muted unless the student requests to use it).  And students do not need a webcam.   All live sessions are also recorded so that students can review them any time if they are unable to make it to the live sessions; this also gives students the added convenience of going through the material as many times as they want to.  Students are given access to a private class website where they can find these recorded sessions and they can also view and download all PDFs of the materials and several practice mp3s of that week’s song(s) recorded at various tempos.  Students will also be given download links for all class videos so that they can view them offline at their convenience on into the future.  In essence, all materials from the course are for the students to keep.   One aspect of the live class schedule that makes the program so effective is that students are generally more encouraged to practice in order to keep up with the schedule.  Students are given a list of suggested priorities each week, depending on their ability level and amount of practice time, and all material is then reviewed in the Saturday practice session so that students get another chance to run through it with the instructor.  Just by showing up, students will run through the material twice each week—for many of us, that’s already an improvement!     HOW INTERACTIVE ARE THE COURSES? All live sessions are interactive; students can ask questions and/or demonstrate tunes or exercises via live microphone or telephone, or via a chat window (most students opt for this approach).  The instructor is able to immediately respond and demonstrate the answers for the whole class.  Another form of interaction comes via mp3 recordings; students can record mp3s on their own time of themselves playing the material (or anything else they want to send in) and send it to the instructor for feedback, which is also recorded in mp3 form and sent back to the student.  Students can post their mp3s on the class site (and likely get encouraging feedback from other students in addition to the instructor) or email them privately to the instructor.   HOW MUCH DO I NEED TO PRACTICE? That is completely up to the student.  While, say, 30 minutes per day might be a good recommendation for practice time, students can make whatever they choose of this course based on their own schedule and aspirations.  Practicing week to week (again, say 30 minutes per day) will help students keep up with the week’s lessons and concepts, but the instructor knows that people have busy lives!  This is why all instructional material is archived and available for download so that students can learn on their own time after the course has finished as well as during the eight weeks of classes.  However, one advantage to the four-week scheduled course is that by practicing at least somewhat regularly, students are more able to be prepared for the following week’s lessons and therefore take full advantage of the live and recorded mix of lesson material. Students can decide whether to practice along with the class session or with the shorter individual videos (or both), depending on what they want to focus on for that week.  Material is given each week that is targeted toward various ability levels; a song is given which is playable for beginning to intermediate players (or intermediate to advanced, depending on the course), and various concepts relating to that song are also given to educate and challenge players at beginning, intermediate and even advanced levels.  The student essentially decides how much they want to take on for the week (and the course) based on their ability level and how much practice time they have.  Any material they were unable to get to during the week and want to revisit later will be available in the archived videos and PDFs.  The instructor will also give students a recommended list of priorities each week to help students take the best advantage of their practice time.   THE CLASS WEBPAGE This is the virtual gathering place for the courses, where students can view the instructional videos, view and/or download all written materials, listen to mp3s of Matt playing the tunes, get listening recommendations, ask questions, submit their own mp3s for feedback and generate forum discussions.  It’s a great place to drop by any time and explore, learn and discuss.     REGISTRATION FEE Fees for the 4-week summer courses are $125 each.        Here are a few quotes from some past students about their experiences in the Bluegrass Mandolin 101 program: "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. “The level was perfect. Mentally I understand many things that have opened up the fingerboard a lot; now I need some quality time to get it under my hands. I found things challenging without feeling out of reach.”—Stan M. “I’m really enjoying the course. The first time I’ve actually practiced an instrument in my 60 years!”—Skip H.   To visit the registration pages, click one of these links:   Register for Bluegrass Mandolin Jamming II with Matt Flinner Register for Swing Mandolin Jamming II with Matt Flinner Register for the Mandolin Picking Technique Intensive II with Matt Flinner


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Mandolin Picking Intensive II with Matt Flinner Curriculum (August 19-September 12)

By Theme Admin on July 11th, 2020 at 9:03 PM

      "Thanks for the terrific class! I had my mandolin lurking in the corner for 9 months before I took this class. I played with it now and then but felt out of my depth, having only played piano in the past. A few weeks into your class, I couldn't put down my mandolin, practicing far more than my kids want me to. In addition to the wonderful tunes we learned in class, I started to pick out other melodies like Christmas carols, simple gifts, harry potter, star wars; anything I hear I want to find it on the mandolin."---Randy R.         "Your classes are the best and most successful learning approach for me, Thank you."----Eric B.           Register for the Mandolin Picking Technique Intensive II course with Matt Flinner   See the Bluegrass Jamming II Curriculum (August 17-September 12) See the Swing Jamming II Curriculum (August 18-September 12)   This course is intended to help students with the fundamentals of tone and picking technique while learning the fretboard.  Various picking exercises will be looked at, along with double stop exercises (which will incorporate concepts from the picking exercises) to help improve efficiency and speed, and exercises for playing  jigs and crosspicking as well.  We’ll also focus quite a bit on improving our tone and getting the most sound out of our instruments that we can.  In addition, each week we’ll learn a tune and focus on the various aspects of picking technique we've been looking at as applied to that tune.  The course is intended for players of all levels who want to go deeper into the fundamentals of playing the mandolin, especially tone, picking ability and double stops.   This course is a continuation of the Mandolin Picking Intensive I course which just finished up, but students do not need to have taken that course in order to take the Mandolin Picking Intensive II course.     Register by August 2nd and save $25! Register for the Mandolin Picking Intensive II Course     Here is the curriculum:   WEEK 1 (8/19) Picking Exercise IV on single strings Picking Exercise IV on double strings Double Stop Exercise III in G Double Stop Exercise I in E minor Drowsy Maggie   WEEK 2 (8/26)  6/8 Picking Exercise I 6/8 Picking Exercise I Double Stop Exercise III in A Alternate ways of playing 6/8 and 9/8 Morrison's Jig   WEEK 3 (9/2) Picking Exercise I on Three Strings Picking Exercise I on Four Strings Double Stop Exercise I in E When You and I Were Young, Maggie   WEEK 4 (9/9) Crosspicking Exercise I Crosspicking Exercise II  Speed exercise II Double Stop Exercise III in D Goodnight, Irene     The course fee is $125.   Register for the Mandolin Picking Technique Intensive II course with Matt Flinner


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Swing Mandolin Jamming II with Matt Flinner Curriculum (August 18-September 12)

By Theme Admin on July 11th, 2020 at 9:01 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         Register for Swing Mandolin Jamming II with Matt Flinner     This course is intended to help the aspiring mandolinist build up repertoire and find ways of creating new solos over swing tunes; it’s also designed in the hope that it will encourage students to get out and jam with other players (once we can do that again)!   Each week, we’ll look at four  swing standard tunes with a particular concept in mind—Dominant 7 chords, minor ii/V/Is, etc..  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).  Ways of playing the chord progressions will also be suggested, so students will have a guide for playing backup as well as lead and improv on all four tunes.   This course is a continuation of the Swing Mandolin Jamming I course which just finished up, but students do not to have taken that course in order to take the Swing Mandolin Jamming II course.    Classes meet Tuesday evenings from August 18 to September 9 at 9 pm eastern time.  There will also be 45-minute review sessions every Saturday morning from August 22 to September 12 at 11 am eastern time.   Register by August 9th and save $25! Register for Swing Mandolin Jamming II with Matt Flinner   See the Bluegrass Mandolin Jamming II curriculum See the Mandolin Picking Technique Intensive II curriculum     SWING MANDOLIN JAMMING II CURRICULUM:   WEEK 1 (8/18) 7th Chords revisited Alternative options for playing over 7th chords Chord tone exercises Caravan Back Home Again in Indiana I’m Getting Sentimental Over You Confessin’   WEEK 2 (8/25)  Minor ii-V-I Progressions A couple of minor ii-V-I lines Chord inversions on minor ii-V-Is Autumn Leaves Bye Bye Blackbird Softly, As a Morning Sunrise Fly Me to the Moon   WEEK 3 (9/1)  Diminished chords Diminished arpeggios Using diminished as a substitution Pennies from Heaven As Time Goes By It’s Only a Paper Moon They Can’t Take That Away from Me   WEEK 4 (9/8)  I-VI-II-V progressions Soloing options on I-VI-II-Vs More melodic patterns Stormy Weather Undecided Swing 42 Cottontail     The course fee is $125.      Register here.   See the Bluegrass Jamming II (August 17-September 12) curriculum  See the Mandolin Picking Technique Intensive II (August 19-September 12) curriculum     Questions?  Email [email protected]


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Bluegrass Mandolin Jamming II with Matt Flinner Curriculum (August 17-September 12)

By Theme Admin on July 11th, 2020 at 9:00 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 courses have opened my musical mind, focused my practice and expanded my skill far beyond expectation.”—-Steve F.         Register for Bluegrass Mandolin Jamming II with Matt Flinner   See the Swing Mandolin Jamming II Curriculum See the Mandolin Picking Technique Intensive II Curriculum       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 in a particular key (or in Week 2, different keys but using minor chords).  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 and suggestions from Matt).   This course is a continuation of the Bluegrass Mandolin Jamming I course which just finished up, but students do not need to have taken that course in order to take the Bluegrass Mandolin Jamming II course.     Register here   Here is the curriculum:    WEEK 1 (8/17) Tunes in the Key of E A few positions in E Using double stops Down to the River to Pray Blue Railroad Train In the Pines Last Thing on My Mind   WEEK 2 (8/24) Tunes using minor chords Minor double stops  Relating minor chords to the key Lonesome Pine Foggy Mountain Breakdown Steel Rails Lost   WEEK 3 (8/31)  Tunes in F Three positions in F Chord tones and Double Stops in F I Wouldn't Change You if I Could Cowboy Jack Baby Blue Eyes Cash on the Barrelhead   WEEK 4 (9/7)  The key of B Using open strings in B Two positions in B B double stops In the Gravel Yard Little Bessie I'm Blue, I'm Lonesome Little Maggie   Live class sessions take place Mondays at 2 pm eastern and 9 pm eastern time from August 17 to September 7.  Both class sessions are the same, and are offered at two different times to accomodate students in other time zones (including Europe, the UK, Australia etc.).  Follow-up practice sessions occur on Saturdays at 10 am eastern time from August 22 to September 12.   All of the live sessions are recorded so that students who are unable to attend a live session (or two, or all!) can view them later on the class website.     The course fee is $125.     Register for Bluegrass Jamming II with Matt Flinner  


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Summer Online Courses Start 7/6! Bluegrass Jamming, Swing Jamming and Mandolin Picking Intensive.

By Theme Admin on May 18th, 2020 at 11:43 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.      “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.              The Bluegrass Mandolin 101 online lessons program continues this summer with three four-week long intensive courses designed to help you improve your technique, learn some tunes and help you have more fun playing the mandolin!   Bluegrass Mandolin Jamming with Matt Flinner                           Curriculum         Registration  Swing Mandolin Jamming with Matt Flinner                                Curriculum         Registration Mandolin Picking Technique Intensive with Matt Flinner               Curriculum         Registration   The Bluegrass Mandolin Jamming course (July 6-August 1) is intended to help students play bluegrass music with other people.  Each week, students will receive four new tunes (from beginner to advanced level) along with ways of playing rhythm, approaches to creating variations on the tune, and some exercises to help with fundamental technique.  The goal is to help students learn more tunes, learn practical approaches to playing those tunes, and get out and play with other people!  Register here.    The Swing Mandolin Jamming course (July 7-August 1) will help students learn the fundamental building blocks of melody, harmony and improvisation.  The course is intended for students at an intermediate to advanced level, and will use swing and well as bluegrass material as examples in conjunction with exercises in scales and patterns, modes and arpeggios.  Students will get a lot of material to help them learn the fretboard, and will learn one song per week with some suggestions on how to incorporate that week's exercises and concepts into creating new solos and improvising over chord progressions.  Register here.     The Mandolin Picking Technique Intensive course (July 8-August 1) is intended to help students with the fundamentals of tone and picking technique while learning the fretboard.  Various picking exercises will be looked at, along with double stop exercises (which will incorporate concepts from the picking exercises) to help improve efficiency and speed.  And we’ll focus quite a bit on improving our tone and getting the most sound out of our instruments that we can.  Each week, we’ll also learn a tune and focus on the various aspects of picking technique we've been looking at as applied to that tune.  The course is intended for players of all levels who want to go deeper into the fundamentals of playing the mandolin, especially tone, picking ability and double stops.  Register here.    Register for Bluegrass Mandolin Jamming with Matt Flinner Register for Swing Mandolin Jamming with Matt Flinner Register for the Mandolin Picking Technique Intensive with Matt Flinner   The Bluegrass Mandolin Jamming course takes place on Monday afternoons and evenings at 2 and 9 pm eastern time.  We’ll also have practice/review sessions on Saturdays at 10 am eastern time.  NOTE: Monday afternoon sessions take place at 2 pm eastern time---a more convenient time for our friends in the UK and Europe!  2 pm eastern time translates to 7 or 8 pm in the UK and most of Europe.   Students are welcome to join in on either or both of the Monday sessions each week (they will be essentially identical to one another in content).  Monday class sessions will take place July 6, 13 20 and 27, and Saturday follow-up practice sessions will take place July 11, 18, 25 and August 1.  All live sessions are recorded and uploaded to a class website, where they are viewable generally by the following day (in the case of Saturday practice sessions, they’re usually available to view later that day). Register here.   The Swing Mandolin Jamming course (July 7-August 1) meets on Tuesday evenings at 9 pm eastern time, with follow-up practice sessions Saturday mornings at 11 am eastern time.  Students will have four Tuesday class sessions (July 7, 14, 21 and 28) and four Saturday follow-up practice sessions (July 11, 18, 25 and August 1).  All live sessions are recorded and uploaded to a class website, where they are viewable generally by the following day (in the case of Saturday practice sessions, they’re usually available to view later that day). Register here.   The Mandolin Picking Technique Intensive course (July 8-August 1) meets on Wednesday evenings at 9 pm eastern time, with follow-up practice sessions Saturdays at 12:15 pm eastern time.  Students will have four Wednesday class sessions (July 8, 15, 22 and 29) and four Saturday follow-up practice sessions (July 11, 18, 25 and August 1).  All live sessions are recorded and uploaded to a class website, where they are viewable generally by the following day (in the case of Saturday practice sessions, they’re usually available to view later that day). Register here.   ALL class materials (PDFs, practice mp3s, short practice videos and class session videos) are available for students to download and keep for future use.     The course fee for each course is $125.   All students access to the live sessions as well as all materials (PDFs, mp3s, practice videos and class session videos), which they can download for future use.     Here’s a little more info about the Bluegrass Mandolin 101 online experience that I hope will give you a good idea of how the program works.   BLUEGRASS MANDOLIN 101  Matt Flinner started the Bluegrass Mandolin 101 program in the fall of 2013.  Along the way, the program has helped hundreds of students improve their mandolin playing in a wide variety of styles.  The program offers a unique approach to online mandolin lessons that gives students the best of both live lessons as well as recorded mandolin instructional videos, audio recordings and written materials.  The courses focus on helping mandolin students get to the next level in their playing and broaden their understanding of a variety of American musical traditions.    A UNIQUE APPROACH: LIVE INSTRUCTION AND INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEOS Part of what makes the Bluegrass Mandolin 101 program unique is the fact that students follow a step-by-step program of live lessons over a four or eight week course.  The courses follow a carefully planned curriculum in the given style or area of technique, and the live lessons get a little more challenging each week as the course progresses.  Classes meet twice per week: on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday evening, depending on the course, and on Saturday morning/afternoon, when students can join a follow-up practice session to review that week’s material.  Students can view the live lessons via their computer, iPad or smart phone.  Students are encouraged to ask questions during the class sessions via a chat window and/or their external or built-in microphone (this microphone is muted unless the student requests to use it).  And students do not need a webcam.   All live sessions are also recorded so that students can review them any time if they are unable to make it to the live sessions; this also gives students the added convenience of going through the material as many times as they want to.  Students are given access to a private class website where they can find these recorded sessions and they can also view and download all PDFs of the materials and several practice mp3s of that week’s song(s) recorded at various tempos.  Students will also be given download links for all class videos so that they can view them offline at their convenience on into the future.  In essence, all materials from the course are for the students to keep.   One aspect of the live class schedule that makes the program so effective is that students are generally more encouraged to practice in order to keep up with the schedule.  Students are given a list of suggested priorities each week, depending on their ability level and amount of practice time, and all material is then reviewed in the Saturday practice session so that students get another chance to run through it with the instructor.  Just by showing up, students will run through the material twice each week—for many of us, that’s already an improvement!     HOW INTERACTIVE ARE THE COURSES? All live sessions are interactive; students can ask questions and/or demonstrate tunes or exercises via live microphone or telephone, or via a chat window (most students opt for this approach).  The instructor is able to immediately respond and demonstrate the answers for the whole class.  Another form of interaction comes via mp3 recordings; students can record mp3s on their own time of themselves playing the material (or anything else they want to send in) and send it to the instructor for feedback, which is also recorded in mp3 form and sent back to the student.  Students can post their mp3s on the class site (and likely get encouraging feedback from other students in addition to the instructor) or email them privately to the instructor.   HOW MUCH DO I NEED TO PRACTICE? That is completely up to the student.  While, say, 30 minutes per day might be a good recommendation for practice time, students can make whatever they choose of this course based on their own schedule and aspirations.  Practicing week to week (again, say 30 minutes per day) will help students keep up with the week’s lessons and concepts, but the instructor knows that people have busy lives!  This is why all instructional material is archived and available for download so that students can learn on their own time after the course has finished as well as during the eight weeks of classes.  However, one advantage to the four-week scheduled course is that by practicing at least somewhat regularly, students are more able to be prepared for the following week’s lessons and therefore take full advantage of the live and recorded mix of lesson material. Students can decide whether to practice along with the class session or with the shorter individual videos (or both), depending on what they want to focus on for that week.  Material is given each week that is targeted toward various ability levels; a song is given which is playable for beginning to intermediate players (or intermediate to advanced, depending on the course), and various concepts relating to that song are also given to educate and challenge players at beginning, intermediate and even advanced levels.  The student essentially decides how much they want to take on for the week (and the course) based on their ability level and how much practice time they have.  Any material they were unable to get to during the week and want to revisit later will be available in the archived videos and PDFs.  The instructor will also give students a recommended list of priorities each week to help students take the best advantage of their practice time.   THE CLASS WEBPAGE This is the virtual gathering place for the courses, where students can view the instructional videos, view and/or download all written materials, listen to mp3s of Matt playing the tunes, get listening recommendations, ask questions, submit their own mp3s for feedback and generate forum discussions.  It’s a great place to drop by any time and explore, learn and discuss.     REGISTRATION FEE Fees for the 4-week summer courses are $125 each.        Here are a few quotes from some past students about their experiences in the Bluegrass Mandolin 101 program: "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. “The level was perfect. Mentally I understand many things that have opened up the fingerboard a lot; now I need some quality time to get it under my hands. I found things challenging without feeling out of reach.”—Stan M. “I’m really enjoying the course. The first time I’ve actually practiced an instrument in my 60 years!”—Skip H.   To visit the registration pages, click one of these links:   Register for Bluegrass Mandolin Jamming with Matt Flinner Register for Swing Mandolin Jamming with Matt Flinner Register for the Mandolin Picking Technique Intensive with Matt Flinner


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Bluegrass Mandolin Jamming Curriculum (July 6-August 1)

By Theme Admin on May 18th, 2020 at 11:41 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 courses have opened my musical mind, focused my practice and expanded my skill far beyond expectation.”—-Steve F.         Register for Bluegrass Mandolin Jamming with Matt Flinner   See the Swing Mandolin Jamming Curriculum See the Mandolin Picking Technique Intensive Curriculum       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 in a particular key.  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 and suggestions from Matt).       Register here   Here is the curriculum:    WEEK 1 (7/6) Tunes in the Key of G A few positions in G Using double stops Basic backup pattern I Keep on the Sunny Side Can’t You Hear Me Calling Before I Met You Big Sciota   WEEK 2 (7/13) Tunes in A A few positions in A Connecting positions with double stops Backup pattern II Are You Tired of Me, My Darling? How Mountain Girls Can Love Cripple Creek  Beautiful Beautiful Brown Eyes   WEEK 3 (7/20)  Tunes in D Three positions in D  Using chord tones East Virginia Blues Cora Is Gone Childish Love Bluegrass Stomp   WEEK 4 (7/27)  The key of C Using open strings Two positions in C Dark Hollow Jimmy Brown, the Newsboy A Beautiful Life Back Up and Push   Live class sessions take place Mondays at 2 pm eastern and 9 pm eastern time from July 6 to July 27.  Both class sessions are the same, and are offered at two different times to accomodate students in other time zones (including Europe, the UK, Australia etc.).  Follow-up practice sessions occur on Saturdays at 10 am eastern time from July 11 to August 1.   All of the live sessions are recorded so that students who are unable to attend a live session (or two, or all!) can view them later on the class website.     The course fee is $125.    Register for Bluegrass Jamming with Matt Flinner  


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Swing Mandolin Jamming with Matt Flinner Curriculum (July 7-August 1)

By Theme Admin on May 18th, 2020 at 11:39 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         Register for Swing Mandolin Jamming with Matt Flinner     This course is intended to help the aspiring mandolinist build up repertoire and find ways of creating new solos over swing tunes; 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  swing standard tunes with a particular concept in mind—Dominant 7 chords, ii/V/Is etc.  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).  Ways of playing the chord progressions will also be suggested, so students will have a guide for playing backup as well as lead and improv on all four tunes.     Classes meet Tuesday evenings from July 7 to July 28 at 9 pm eastern time.  There will also be 45-minute review sessions every Saturday morning from July 11 to August 1 at 11 am eastern time.   Register for Swing Mandolin Jamming with Matt Flinner   See the Bluegrass Mandolin Jamming curriculum See the Mandolin Picking Technique Intensive curriculum     SWING MANDOLIN JAMMING CURRICULUM:   WEEK 1 (7/7) Using 7th chords Scales and arpeggios for 7th chords Moving from chord to chord in soloing It Had to Be You Sweet Georgia Brown Lady Be Good Up a Lazy River   WEEK 2 (7/14)  ii-V-I Progressions A couple of ii-V-I lines Chord inversions on ii-V-Is Sweet Sue Take the “A” Train Three Little Words Honeysuckle Rose   WEEK 3 (7/21)  Modulations Some more ii-V lines Chord tones as target notes How High the Moon Blue Moon Have You Met Miss Jones I Can’t Give You Anything but Love   WEEK 4 (7/28)  Minor keys Scales and arpeggios for minor chords Minor ii-V progressions Summertime I’ve Found a New Baby It Don’t Mean a Thing if It Ain’t Got That Swing Topsy     The course fee is $125.      Register here.   See the Bluegrass Jamming (July 6-August 1) curriculum  See the Mandolin Picking Technique Intensive (July 8-August 1) curriculum     Questions?  Email [email protected]


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Mandolin Picking Technique Intensive Course Curriculum (July 8-August 1)

By Theme Admin on May 18th, 2020 at 11:17 PM

  "Thanks for the terrific class! I had my mandolin lurking in the corner for 9 months before I took this class. I played with it now and then but felt out of my depth, having only played piano in the past. A few weeks into your class, I couldn't put down my mandolin, practicing far more than my kids want me to. In addition to the wonderful tunes we learned in class, I started to pick out other melodies like Christmas carols, simple gifts, harry potter, star wars; anything I hear I want to find it on the mandolin."---Randy R.         "Your classes are the best and most successful learning approach for me, Thank you."----Eric B.             Register for the Mandolin Picking Technique Intensive course with Matt Flinner   See the Bluegrass Jamming Curriculum (July 6-August 1) See the Swing Jamming Curriculum (July 7-August 1)   This course is intended to help students with the fundamentals of tone and picking technique while learning the fretboard.  Various picking exercises will be looked at, along with double stop exercises (which will incorporate concepts from the picking exercises) to help improve efficiency and speed.  And we’ll focus quite a bit on improving our tone and getting the most sound out of our instruments that we can.  Each week, we’ll also learn a tune and focus on the various aspects of picking technique we've been looking at as applied to that tune.  The course is intended for players of all levels who want to go deeper into the fundamentals of playing the mandolin, especially tone, picking ability and double stops.  Register here.    Register for the Mandolin Picking Intensive Course     Here is the curriculum:   WEEK 1 (7/8) Picking Exercise I on single strings Picking Exercise I on double strings Double Stop Exercise I in G Double Stop Exercise II in G Practicing with a metronome Leather Britches   WEEK 2 (7/15)  Picking Exercise II on single strings Picking Exercise II on double strings Double Stop Exercise I in D Double Stop Exercise II in D Moving between double stops to create solos Soldier’s Joy   WEEK 3 (7/22) Tremolo Exercise I  Tremolo Exercise II Picking Exercise III on double strings Double Stop Exercise I in A Double Stop Exercise II in A Maiden’s Prayer   WEEK 4 (7/29) Speed exercise I  Picking Exercise III on single strings Moving double stops to change positions Double Stop Exercise I in C Double Stop Exercise II in C  Billy in the Lowground   The course fee is $125.   Register for the Mandolin Picking Technique Intensive course with Matt Flinner  


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Tunes for Drink Up and Stay Home Facebook Jam, 5/14/20

By Theme Admin on May 7th, 2020 at 5:04 PM

Hi everyone,   Here are the tunes we'll be playing in our Drink Up and Stay Home Bluegrass Jam on Thursday, May 14th.     Facebook Jam 9   The jam will take place on Facebook Live at 8 pm eastern time.  Feel free to bring a mandolin, or guitar, or banjo, or accordion, spoons, autoharp.  Or just hang out and listen.   Here's the link where you'll find it:    https://www.facebook.com/events/631257157425786/?event_time_id=631257170759118   We'll play for about an hour.  Bring a beverage, a comfy chair and we'll try to ease our sense of isolation at least for a bit.     And donations are welcome!   Paypal: [email protected]  or   Venmo: @Matt-Flinner-Mando    Hope to see you on Thursday! Thanks, Matt   Need more mandolin?  Try out a 4-week summer course in Bluegrass Jamming, Swing Jamming or Picking Technique.  Save $50 through the end of May!  More info: https://www.mattflinner.com/2020/05/save-50-on-summer-courses-through-5-31-bluegrass-jamming-swing-jamming-and-mandolin-picking-intensive-start-7-6/


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Tunes for Facebook Social Distancing Bluegrass Jam, 4/23/20

By Theme Admin on April 15th, 2020 at 4:32 AM

Hi everyone,   Here are the tunes we'll be playing in our Social Distancing Bluegrass Jam on Thursday, April 23rd.   Facebook Jam 5   The jam will take place on Facebook Live at 8 pm eastern time.  Feel free to bring a mandolin, or guitar, or banjo, or accordion, spoons, autoharp.  Or just hang out and listen.   Here's the link where you'll find it: https://www.facebook.com/events/1034649983599194/ We'll play for about an hour.  Bring a beverage, a comfy chair and we'll try to ease our sense of isolation at least for a bit.     And donations are welcome!   Paypal: [email protected]  or   Venmo: @Matt-Flinner-Mando    Hope to see you on Thursday! Thanks, Matt      


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