Matt Flinner is one of the most innovative acoustic musicians working today. In a wide variety of settings, Matt has proven himself to be one of the most accomplished and musically diverse mandolinists in the world. You may have heard him playing with his own Matt Flinner Trio (with guitarist Ross Martin and bassist Eric Thorin), or with Phillips, Grier and Flinner, the Frank Vignola Quartet, Darrell Scott, Steve Martin, The Ying Quartet, Tim O’Brien, Leftover Salmon or The Modern Mandolin Quartet.
Matt Flinner started out as a banjo prodigy who was playing bluegrass festivals as a pre-teen. He started playing mandolin later and it was only fitting that he won the National Banjo Championship in Winfield, KS in 1990 and the National Mandolin Championship in 1991.
Matt made the inevitable move to Nashville in 1999. He now has two solo albums on Compass Records – “The View from Here” and “Latitude”. Both albums featured some of Nashville’s usual bluegrass suspects like Todd Phillips, David Grier, Stuart Duncan, Jerry Douglas and Darol Anger. Matt was also featured on Steve Martin’s 2009 Grammy Winning “The Crow”.
In this three hour workshop, Matt will cover:
Right Hand exercises to help you improve your tone, dynamics and speed.
Improvisation and Licks
Matt will use a standard fiddle tune and a standard bluegrass song and look at ways to branch out on them in innovative ways. Various approaches will be used including melodic ideas, licks, patterns and double stops. The goal of the workshop is to help attendees get to the next level in their playing and have more fun jamming and playing music with others.
Handouts will be provided and the workshop is open to players of all levels.