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Sale Extended! Save $25 on Late Summer Courses through 7/31. Bluegrass Jamming II, Scale & Arpeggio Intensive II, Chord & Rhythm Intensive II Start 8/9-11

By Theme Admin on July 6th, 2021 at 9:43 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 the fretboard, learn some tunes and help you have more fun playing the mandolin!   Note that all three courses are follow-up courses to early summer courses (Bluegrass Jamming I, Scale and Arpeggio Intensive I and Mandolin Chord and Rhythm Intensive I), but students do not need to have taken the earlier course in order to take any of the follow-up courses.  Students are welcome to jump in any time!   Bluegrass Mandolin Jamming II with Matt Flinner                           Curriculum         Registration Scale and Arpeggio Intensive II with Matt Flinner                           Curriculum         Registration Mandolin Chord and Rhythm Intensive II with Matt Flinner              Curriculum         Registration   The Bluegrass Mandolin Jamming II course (August 9-September 4) 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 Scale and Arpeggio Intensive II course (August 1o-September 4) 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 Chord and Rhythm Intensive II course (August 11-September 4) is intended to help students with playing rhythm---something we do all the time when we play with other people, but tend to neglect in our practice!  Various styles of rhythm will be touched on, including folk, bluegrass, swing and blues.  Students will be given practical guides to playing in various keys using a variety of chord styles and shapes (open chords, chop chords, 7th chords, 3-note chords, etc.) to be able to approach playing rhythm in various styles and settings.  Chord progressions to four songs will be given each week, and students will explore applying the various styles of chords while looking at smooth chord movement, basslines and voice leading in various rhythms.  The course is intended for players of all ability levels (though absolute beginners will likely find it too difficult) who want to expand their possibilities in rhythm playing.  Register here.    Register for Bluegrass Mandolin Jamming II with Matt Flinner Register for the Scale and Arpeggio Intensive II with Matt Flinner Register for the Mandolin Chord and Rhythm Intensive II with Matt Flinner   The Bluegrass Mandolin Jamming II course (August 9-September 4) 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 August 9, 16, 23 and 30, and Saturday follow-up practice sessions will take place August 14, 21, 28 and September 4.  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 Scale and Arpeggio Intensive II course (August 10-September 4) 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 10, 17, 24 and 31) and four Saturday follow-up practice sessions (August 14, 21, 28 and September 4).  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 Chord and Rhythm Intensive II course (August 11-September 4) 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 11, 18, 25 and September 1) and four Saturday follow-up practice sessions (August 14, 21, 28 and September 4).  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.  Register by July 31 for just $100! 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.  Register by July 18 for just $100!     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.   Sale extended!  Register by July 31 and save $25!   To visit the registration pages, click one of these links:   Register for Bluegrass Mandolin Jamming II with Matt Flinner Register for the Scale and Arpeggio Intensive II with Matt Flinner Register for the Mandolin Chord and Rhythm Intensive II with Matt Flinner


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Mandolin Chord and Rhythm Intensive II Curriculum (8/11-9/4)

By Theme Admin on July 6th, 2021 at 7:38 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 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.         Sale extended---Register by July 31 and save $25!   Register for the Mandolin Chord & Rhythm Intensive II course with Matt Flinner     This course is intended to help students with playing rhythm—something we do all the time when we play with other people, but tend to neglect in our practice!  Various styles of rhythm will be touched on, including folk, bluegrass, swing and blues.  Students will be given practical guides to playing in various keys using a variety of chord styles and shapes (open chords, chop chords, 7th chords, 3-note chords, etc.) to be able to approach playing rhythm in various styles and settings.  Chord progressions to four songs will be given each week, and students will explore applying the various styles of chords while looking at smooth chord movement, basslines and voice leading in various rhythms.  It’s a great way to learn more about the fretboard while getting some practical guides to accompaniment.  The course is intended for players of all ability levels (though absolute beginners will likely find it too difficult) who want to expand their possibilities in rhythm playing.   Class sessions meet on Wednesday evenings at 9 pm eastern time, and practice/review sessions meet on  Saturdays at 12:30 pm eastern time.  Students are encouraged to attend the live sessions (via Zoom), but all sessions are recorded and uploaded to a class website so that students can review them any time if they are unable to attend the sessions.   This course is a continuation of the Mandolin Chord & Rhythm Intensive I course which just finished up, but students do not to have taken that course in order to take the Mandolin Chord & Rhythm Intensive II course.      Register by July 31 and save $25! Register for the Mandolin Chord and Rhythm Intensive II with Matt Flinner   See the Bluegrass Mandolin Jamming II curriculum See the Scale and Arpeggio Intensive II curriculum   WEEK 1 (8/11) Playing rhythm in D, E and F Open chords & basslines in E and F Adding some fills Brown’s Ferry Blues Solid Gone Blackjack Davey Trouble in Mind   WEEK 2 (8/18) Waltzes Chord movement and baselines in waltz time Adding some fills in 3/4 Looking at chord tones as bass notes Short Life of Trouble Are You Lonesome Tonight Black Waters Blue-Eyed Boston Boy   WEEK 3 (8/25) Revisiting minor keys Basslines in Minor keys II Moving between inversions The L & N Don’t Stop Here Anymore  Jackaroo  Wade in the Water House Carpenter   WEEK 4 (9/1) More Complex Chord Progressions Adding more 7th chords Moving smoothly between chord inversions I Don’t Love Nobody Make Me a Pallet on Your Floor Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out Big Bad Bill (Is Sweet William Now)   The course fee is $125.   Register by July 31 for just $100!   Register for the Mandolin Chord & Rhythm Intensive II course with Matt Flinner   See the Bluegrass Jamming II (August 9-September 4) curriculum See the Scale and Arpeggio Intensive II (August 10-September 4) curriculum     Questions?  Email [email protected]


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Scale and Arpeggio Intensive II Curriculum (8/10-9/4)

By Theme Admin on July 6th, 2021 at 7:30 PM

      “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 is the best learning format ever and I like your approach very much.”—Marty C.         Sale extended!  Register by July 31 and save $25!   Register for the Scale and Arpeggio Intensive II with Matt Flinner course   See the Bluegrass Mandolin Jamming II curriculum See the Mandolin Chord and Rhythm Intensive II curriculum   The Scale and Arpeggio Intensive II course is intended to give students a more solid understanding of the fretboard while getting ideas of the “tools” used in soloing and improvisation.  Each week, students will be given a handful of exercises using various types of scales and arpeggios in various keys, along with a tune from either the bluegrass or swing/jazz repertoire as a vehicle for using ideas from that week’s exercises in creating solos.  The goal is to help students gain a better understanding of how music works, and to get ideas to help them advance more quickly and have more fun playing with others.  The course is intended for students at an intermediate to advanced level.   The course is a continuation of the Scale and Arpeggio Intensive I course, which concludes in July, but students are not required to have taken the first course in order to enroll in (and benefit from) the Scale and Arpeggio Intensive II course.   Classes meet every Tuesday from August 10th to 31st at 9 pm eastern time, with practice/review sessions every Saturday from August 14 to September 4 at 11 am eastern time.  Students are encouraged to attend the live sessions, but will be able to view the sessions afterwards on the class website in the event they cannot attend live.    Save $25 when you register by July 31!   Here is the curriculum:   WEEK 1 (8/10) Major Scales in Seven Positions Major Scale Patterns in 3rds II Major 7 Arpeggios from the 3rd, 5th and 7th Major Arpeggio Exercise I Leather Britches as Improv Landscape    WEEK 2 (8/17) Natural Minor (Aeolian) Scales in All Keys Aeolian Scale Pattern I Diminished Scales Diminished Scales and Arpeggios as Substitutions Minor 7 Arpeggios from the 3rd, 5th and 7th Minor Swing as Improv Landscape   WEEK 3 (8/24) Mixolydian Scales in Various Positions on the Neck Mixolydian Scale Pattern I Dominant 7 Arpeggios in Various Positions Dominant 7 Arpeggios from the 3rd, 5th and 7th Diminshed 7 Arpeggios Salty Dog Blues as Improv Landscape   WEEK 4 (8/31) Harmonic Minor Scales in All Keys Harmonic Minor Scale Pattern I Finding Chord Tones in Minor Tunes Augmented Arpeggios Augmented Chords as V Chords Caravan as Improv Landscape     The course fee is $125.  Register by July 31 for just $100!     Register for the Scale and Arpeggio Intensive II with Matt Flinner   See the Bluegrass Mandolin Jamming II curriculum See the Mandolin Chord & Rhythm Intensive II curriculum


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Bluegrass Mandolin Jamming II Curriculum (8/9-9/4)

By Theme Admin on July 6th, 2021 at 7:25 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.       Sale extended!  Register by July 31 and save $25!   Register for Bluegrass Mandolin Jamming II with Matt Flinner   See the Scale and Arpeggio Intensive II Curriculum See the Mandolin Chord and Rhythm 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 bluegrass standards; it’s also designed in the hope that it will encourage students to get out and jam with other players!   Each week, we’ll look at four bluegrass standard tunes.  Students will be given lead sheets (in standard notation and tablature) for each song, as well as a few exercises to help them learn more about the fretboard and start incorporating new ideas into their solos.  Concepts and tunes will be taught during the class session, and all tunes will be revisited during Saturday practice sessions in a “jam session” format, where each song is played several times though, and students have the opportunity to try out some of the week’s concepts on the tunes (with guidance and suggestions from Matt).   This course is a continuation of the Bluegrass Mandolin Jamming I course which will conclude in late July, but students do not need to have taken that course in order to take the Bluegrass Mandolin Jamming II course.       Register by July 31 and save $25!     Here is the curriculum:  WEEK 1 (8/9) Starting off in the key of A  Open position and positions up the neck Double stops in A Someone Took My Place with You Sunny Side of the Mountain Way Downtown The Road to Columbus   WEEK 2 (8/16) Keys of E and F Adding the blues in E and F Moving double stop exercises Nellie Kane Footprints in the Snow Traveling Down This Lonesome Road Lonesome Wind Blues   WEEK 3 (8/23) Keys of B and Bb More moving double stops Some Monroe-style ideas Blue Moon of Kentucky Roving Gambler Blue Night Drifting with the Tide   WEEK 4 (8/30) Some “modern” classics More difficult chord progressions Finding chord tones and double stops Combining double stops and licks One More Dollar Thirsty in the Rain Colleen Malone Wait a Minute   The course fee is $125.  Register by July 31 for just $100!   Register for Bluegrass Mandolin Jamming II with Matt Flinner   See the Scale and Arpeggio Intensive II curriculum See the Mandolin Chord & Rhythm Intensive II curriculum


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Bluegrass Jamming, Scale & Arpeggio Intensive and Chord & Rhythm Intensive Courses Start 6/21-23

By Theme Admin on May 1st, 2021 at 9:01 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 the fretboard, learn some tunes and help you have more fun playing the mandolin!   Bluegrass Mandolin Jamming with Matt Flinner                           Curriculum         Registration Scale and Arpeggio Intensive with Matt Flinner                           Curriculum         Registration Mandolin Chord and Rhythm Intensive with Matt Flinner              Curriculum         Registration   The Bluegrass Mandolin Jamming course (June 21-July 24) 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 Scale and Arpeggio Intensive course (June 22-July 24) 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 Chord and Rhythm Intensive course (June 23-July 24) is intended to help students with playing rhythm---something we do all the time when we play with other people, but tend to neglect in our practice!  Various styles of rhythm will be touched on, including folk, bluegrass, swing and blues.  Students will be given practical guides to playing in various keys using a variety of chord styles and shapes (open chords, chop chords, 7th chords, 3-note chords, etc.) to be able to approach playing rhythm in various styles and settings.  Chord progressions to four songs will be given each week, and students will explore applying the various styles of chords while looking at smooth chord movement, basslines and voice leading in various rhythms.  The course is intended for players of all ability levels (though absolute beginners will likely find it too difficult) who want to expand their possibilities in rhythm playing.  Register here.    Register for Bluegrass Mandolin Jamming with Matt Flinner Register for the Scale and Arpeggio Intensive with Matt Flinner Register for the Mandolin Chord and Rhythm Intensive with Matt Flinner   The Bluegrass Mandolin Jamming course (June 21-July 24) 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 June 21, 28, July 12 and 19, and Saturday follow-up practice sessions will take place June 26,  July 3, 17 and 24.  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 Scale and Arpeggio Intensive course (June 22-July 24) 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 (June 22, 29, July 13 and 20) and four Saturday follow-up practice sessions (June 26,  July 3, 17 and 24).  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 Chord and Rhythm Intensive course (June 23-July 24) 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 (June 23, 30, July 14 and 21) and four Saturday follow-up practice sessions (June 26,  July 3, 17 and 24).  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 Chord and Rhythm Intensive with Matt Flinner


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Scale and Arpeggio Intensive with Matt Flinner Curriculum (6/22-7/24)

By Theme Admin on May 1st, 2021 at 1:47 PM

      "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 for the Scale and Arpeggio Intensive with Matt Flinner   See the Bluegrass Jamming curriculum (June 21-July 24) See the Mandolin Chord and Rhythm Intensive curriculum (June 23-July 24)     The Scale and Arpeggio Intensive course is intended to give students a more solid understanding of the fretboard while getting ideas of the “tools” used in soloing and improvisation.  Each week, students will be given a handful of exercises using various types of scales and arpeggios in various keys, along with a tune from either the bluegrass or swing/jazz repertoire as a vehicle for using ideas from that week’s exercises in creating solos.  The goal is to help students gain a better understanding of how music works, and to get ideas to help them advance more quickly and have more fun playing with others.  The course is intended for students at an intermediate to advanced level.   Classes meet every Tuesday from June 22 to July 20 (with the week of July 7 off due to Matt’s tour schedule) at 9 pm eastern time, with practice/review sessions every Saturday from June 26 to July 24 at 11 am eastern time.  Students are encouraged to attend the live sessions, but will be able to view the sessions afterwards on the class website in the event they cannot attend live.         WEEK 1 (June 22) The Circle of Fifths Major Scales in All Keys Major Scale and Pattern in Thirds I Major Arpeggio Exercise I Major Arpeggio Exercise II Sally Gooden as Improv Landscape   WEEK 2 (June 29) Mixolydian Scales in All Keys Mixolydian Scale Exercise I Major Scales in Thirds II Dominant 7 Arpeggio Exercise I Dominant 7 Arpeggios from the 3rd Alabama Jubilee as Improv Landscape   WEEK 3 (July 13) The Modes Dorian Scales in All Keys Dorian Scale Pattern I Minor 7 Arpeggio Exercise I Using Alternate Chord Tones So What as Improv Landscape   WEEK 4 (July 20) The ii-V-I Dorian, Mixolydian and Major Scales in a Chord Progression ii-V-I Arpeggio Exercises Some More Scale Patterns Chord Tones as Target Notes in ii-V-Is Sweet Sue as Improv Landscape   The course fee is $125.   Register for the Scale and Arpeggio Intensive course 


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Mandolin Chord and Rhythm Intensive Curriculum (6/23-7/24)

By Theme Admin on May 1st, 2021 at 1:41 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 Chord and Rhythm Intensive course with Matt Flinner   See the Bluegrass Jamming Curriculum (June 21-July 24) See the Scale and Arpeggio Intensive Curriculum (June 22-July 24)   This course is intended to help students with playing rhythm---something we do all the time when we play with other people, but tend to neglect in our practice!  Various styles of rhythm will be touched on, including folk, bluegrass, swing and blues.  Students will be given practical guides to playing in various keys using a variety of chord styles and shapes (open chords, chop chords, 7th chords, 3-note chords, etc.) to be able to approach playing rhythm in various styles and settings.  Chord progressions to four songs will be given each week, and students will explore applying the various styles of chords while looking at smooth chord movement, basslines and voice leading in various rhythms.  It's a great way to learn more about the fretboard while getting some practical guides to accompaniment.  The course is intended for players of all ability levels (though absolute beginners will likely find it too difficult)  who want to expand their possibilities in rhythm playing.   Class sessions meet on Wednesday evenings at 9 pm eastern time, and practice/review sessions meet on  Saturdays at 12:30 pm eastern time.  Students are encouraged to attend the live sessions (via Zoom), but all sessions are recorded and uploaded to a class website so that students can review them any time if they are unable to attend the sessions.     Register for the Mandolin Chord and Rhythm Intensive course     Here is the curriculum:     WEEK 1 (June 23) Working in the keys of G and A Open Chords Chop Chords Basslines 3-Note 7th Chords Moving between chord inversions Nine Pound Hammer My Creole Belle I’m Troubled I Am a Pilgrim   WEEK 2  (June 30) Keys of D and C Diatonic Chord Progressions Adding some blues rhythm Sittin’ on Top of the World Broken Hearted Lover (Delmore Brothers) Corrina, Corrina Dark Hollow   WEEK 3 (July 14) Minor Keys Open Minor Chords 3-Note Minor Chords Minor basslines Summertime Motherless Children Wayfaring Stranger Walking Boss   WEEK 4 (July 21) More Complex Chord Progressions More chord inversion movement Using a variety of chord styles in a progression Please Don’t Talk About Me When I’m Gone Freight Train I Don’t Love Nobody I Miss the Mississippi and You

 
The course fee is $125.  Register for the Chord and Rhythm Intensive course with Matt Flinner


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Bluegrass Mandolin Jamming Curriculum (6/21-7/24)

By Theme Admin on May 1st, 2021 at 1:36 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 Bluegrass Mandolin Jamming with Matt Flinner   See the Scale and Arpeggio Intensive Curriculum (June 22-July 24) See the Chord and Rhythm Intensive Curriculum (June 23-July 24)     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!   Now offered at Europe-friendly times!  Class sessions take place at 2 pm eastern time (7 or 8 pm in most of Europe) and 9 pm eastern time.  Students are welcome to join whichever session is more convenient for them…or they can join both!  Students who cannot make it to the live sessions are able to view the sessions afterwards on the class website—generally by the following day.     Each week, we’ll look at four bluegrass standard tunes.  Students will be given lead sheets (in standard notation and tablature) for each song, as well as a few exercises to help them learn more about the fretboard and start incorporating new ideas into their solos.  Concepts and tunes will be taught during the class session, and all tunes will be revisited during Saturday practice sessions in a “jam session” format, where each song is played several times though, and students have the opportunity to try out some of the week’s concepts on the tunes (with guidance from Matt).   Classes meet every Monday from June 21 to July 19 (the week of July 5 is off due to Matt’s touring schedule) at 2 pm eastern time (7 or 8 pm in the UK and Europe) as well as 9 pm eastern time.  We hope this will be convenient for folks in various time zones, including Europe and around the world!  There will also be 45-minute review sessions every Saturday at 12:15 pm eastern time (5:15 or 6:15 pm in the UK and Europe).   The course fee is $125.   Register for Bluegrass Mandolin Jamming with Matt Flinner   Here is the curriculum:   WEEK 1 (June 21) Key of G Positions in G Double stops in G Going between single notes and double stops Don’t This Road Look Rough and Rocky Love, Please Come Home Columbus Stockade Blues Bluegrass Breakdown   WEEK 2 (June 28) Adding some blues Using bluesy double stops A few bluesy licks I Am a Pilgrim The Old Crossroads Watson Blues Dig a Hole in the Meadow   WEEK 3 (July 12) Tunes Using Minor Chords A Variety of Minor Chord shapes E Minor Scales and Patterns Throwing in Some Minor Double Stops Red Rocking Chair A Good Woman’s Love Steam Powered Aereoplane Billy in the Lowground   WEEK 4 (July 19) Some more challenging chord progressions Finding double stops in chord progressions (r-3 as a starting point) Using chord tones in soloing I Wonder How the Old Folks Are at Home Mississippi Waltz Blue Virginia Blues One Way Track    


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Tunes for Drink Up and Stay Home Virtual Bluegrass Jam, 5/14/21

By Theme Admin on April 2nd, 2021 at 7:26 PM

                    Hi everyone,   Tunes are up for our weekly Drink Up and Stay Home Virtual Bluegrass Jam, which happens FRIDAY, May 14th.   Click here to download the zip file of PDFs for this week: Facebook Jam 58   As always, we'll play some Norman Blake, John Hartford, Hazel Dickens, Hylo Brown, Tony Rice and the Blue Sky Boys....plus a little something from the psychedelic rock era.  And plenty of bluegrass classics.   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 where you can find the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/527638968235942   We'll play for about an hour or so.  Bring a beverage and 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 Friday! Thanks, Matt   Need more mandolin?  Summer online courses are $50 off through Sunday, May 16th!  Check them out here: https://www.mattflinner.com/2021/05/save-50-on-summer-courses-through-5-9-bluegrass-jamming-scale-arpeggio-intensive-and-picking-intensive-courses-start-6-21-23/


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Spring Courses Are Here! Fiddle Tunes 101, Advanced Fiddle Tunes for Mandolin, Octave Mandolin Technique Courses Start 3/29-31.

By Theme Admin on February 1st, 2021 at 7:29 PM

        "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.             Fiddle Tunes for Mandolin 101                                    Curriculum               Registration Advanced Fiddle Tunes and Improv for Mandolin          Curriculum               Registration Octave Mandolin Techniques                                      Curriculum               Registration     The Bluegrass Mandolin 101 program is pleased to offer courses this spring focusing on the American fiddle tune repertoire!  Plus a brand-new course on playing the octave mandolin.  Courses are offered for a variety of ability levels and interests, and are intended to help students improve their technique and learn the fretboard while learning some great tunes.   Fiddle Tunes for Mandolin 101, Advanced Fiddle Tunes for Mandolin and Octave Mandolin Techniques will start up March 29, 30 and 31. 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!     Fiddle Tunes for Mandolin 101 (March 29-May 29): This course will introduce students to the core of bluegrass/fiddle tune repertoire and help them improve their mandolin technique along the way.  Exercises in scales, arpeggios double stops, backup, and creating variations will give students the tools they need to move forward in their playing and enable them to play more comfortably on their own or with other players in jam sessions.  The course is recommended for students at a beginner (though absolute beginners may find it too difficult) to intermediate level.  Register here. Advanced Fiddle Tunes and Improvisation for Mandolin (March 30-May 29): This course is intended to help students learn some more advanced tunes and get tips on how to create variations and/or improvise.  Students will be given new concepts and exercises each week, along with a new tune (plus a bonus tune for more ambitious students) to help improve technique, make better use of practice time, get more familiar with bluegrass and old-time fiddle tunes and have more fun jamming with others.  The course is recommended for students at an intermediate to advanced level.  Register here. Octave Mandolin Techniques (March 31-May 29): This course will explore the wonders of that rare but fun-to-play instrument, the octave mandolin.  This course will teach students how to play backup in various keys plus lead on fiddle tunes, folk melodies, Irish tunes and more.  Hints on how to get around on this bigger instrument will help students play melodies and backup with more facility and flexibility.  The course is intended for students of all ability levels.  Exercises will be given at a variety of levels each week, and students will be encouraged to focus on the exercises and/or tunes that are best suited to their level.  Students do not necessarily need to have an octave mandolin to take the course; all exercises and tunes can be played on a regular mandolin (though the fingering will be a bit different).  Register here.    SCHEDULE: 60-minute classes take place online every Monday (Fiddle Tunes for Mandolin 101), Tuesday (Advanced Fiddle Tunes for Mandolin) or Wednesday (Octave Mandolin Techniques) evening from March 29, 30 or 31 to May 24, 25 or 26 at 9 pm eastern time, and 45-minute practice/review sessions take place every Saturday morning/afternoon from April 3 to May 29.  The week of April 26th will be off. ALSO: we've added Europe-friendly times for the Advanced Fiddle Tunes for Mandolin course!  Class sessions will  take place on Tuesdays at 2 pm eastern time (7 or 8 pm in the UK and most of Europe) in addition to the 9 pm eastern time class time.  Students are invited to attend either or both of the sessions (both will be essentially the same).   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 Fiddle Tunes for Mandolin 101 with Matt Flinner Register for Advanced Fiddle Tunes and Improvisation for Mandolin with Matt Flinner Register for Octave Mandolin Techniques with Matt Flinner   View curricula for each course here: Fiddle Tunes for Mandolin 101 with Matt Flinner Curriculum Advanced Fiddle Tunes for Mandolin with Matt Flinner Curriculum Octave Mandolin Techniques with Matt Flinner Curriculum


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