Private Online Music Lessons (via FaceTime, Facebook Messenger or Skype)
Flynn has limited openings for online students in the following:
ACOUSTIC GUITAR: folk, bluegrass, Irish trad; flatpicking (fiddle tunes and improvisation), rhythm/accompaniment, fingerstyle.
MANDOLIN: folk, bluegrass, Irish trad. Left- and Right-hand ornamentation, technique exercises.
MUSIC THEORY: Tonal and Modal Harmony and Counterpoint; specializing in the understanding and analysis of folk and traditional music in terms of the Classical music theory tradition.
and for extra-special nerds only:
TUNING THEORY: Introduction to the Pythagorean tradition; understanding frequency ratios, the harmonic series, and Just Intonation vs. Tempered tuning.
Lesson availability: weekday daytimes (eastern standard time), some weekday evening openings, occasional weekend daytimes.
email Flynn here
more info on Flynn's teaching résumé here: https://flynncohen.net/teaching
STUDENT TESTIMONIAL (from John in Boston, MA)
"Flynn is a treasure. He is a superb musician on both guitar and mandolin, and he is incredibly well grounded in music theory as well. He’s studied with music legends I’ve admired for decades and plays with top of the line musicians on a regular basis. He’s creative and will experiment with new teaching methods to try to get a point or technique across if an existing approach isn’t effective. And he’s patient, accessible, and encouraging. It’s a combination that makes Flynn a wonderful teacher.
I’ve been Flynn’s bluegrass mandolin student for three years, starting as a raw beginner. His initial focus was two-pronged, getting me playing melodies as quickly as possible while assigning me a basic music theory textbook to read. Three years later, we still reference concepts from the music theory book while learning new ways to navigate the fingerboard. Getting up to speed quickly playing melodies prevented the tedium that can easily set in by doing only musical exercises with the promise that “someday this will all pay off.” Critically, we concentrated on tone and form early on.
Because of the music tradition I chose, we focused on ear training to learn new melodies. But I know some of his other students who chose to learn classical mandolin, and their focus is on reading music. Flynn can play both styles and teach both styles easily. For bluegrass and fiddle tunes, he encourages listening to different musicians and learning their solos as a way to develop your own style. That you develop your own style is important to him in that we already have Adam Steffeys, Chris Thiles, and Dan Tyminskis and they do a fine job playing their own styles.
I love having Flynn as my teacher. I always look forward to our lessons and always come away having learned something. Practice is never a chore, and I’ve often come home from a lesson and promptly headed for my practice area because I immediately wanted to try something I learned that day. I hope to continue with him as my teacher for many years."