In Part 1 of this lesson, Mike Marshall goes over what chords are and how to play them. He gives a few examples, explains fingerings for different chords and explains how they come about.
- OK, it's time for chords now.…We're gonna start with the most basic chords.…Probably, you already learned the g chord. (mandolin strum)…But I'll start you off right here with the second fret,…on the second string, a B note. (mandolin strum)…And the top note is played with the second finger…on the third fret (mandolin strum), that's your G Chord.…And (madonlin strum) it's really simple.…Now, the thing about playing chords…is your hand position is different…than playing single notes.…
Your thumb is still riding up here,…but for some chords, your hand may find itself…in some crazy positions.…I might even, there are times when I even…will bring the palm up in, for certain kinds of chords,…or the thumb over.…So, all bets are off once you're playing chords…on a mandolin.…Mostly because, again, a mandolin is very hard…to press all the strings down.…It take a lot of pressure and a lot of strength…from the left hand, and all the angles have to be…different for each finger,…when you get into more complicated chords.…
But we'll start off with the simpler ones (mandolin strum),…
Note: This course is one of a 4-part series created and produced by ArtistWorks. We are honored to host this training in our library.
- Sitting and standing with the mandolin
- Tuning a mandolin
- Positioning the right and left hands
- Strumming open chords
- Playing two-finger chords and melodies
- Playing beginner mandolin tunes
- Finding minor and moveable chords
- Playing 7th chords
- Playing chop chords
- Picking on the mandolin
Skill Level Beginner
1. Getting Started
2. Right and Left Hand Fundamentals
3. Beginner Mandolin Tunes
4. Theory and Exercises
5. Chops and Picking
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