Join Mike Marshall for an in-depth discussion in this video Open chords, part 3, part of Mandolin Lessons: 1 Fundamentals.
- Okay we've now got three chords nicely comfortable.…Hopefully you've got the G, C, and D working.…Gonna show you the E minor chord now.…The first minor chord.…It's a lot like the G, the two-finger G,…except we're gonna barre the middle pair of strings.…Now, this is where your hand goes into…kind of a slightly different different position.…I taught you to keep the tips of the fingers…when you're playing melodies, you always use the tips.…
But when you get into chords,…and especially if you need to barre,…most people need to lay that finger flat across…so that it will sound those two middle strings.…And my fingers are really fat on the tips,…so I can actually get the pairs to sound…while using the tip.…I'm still placing the finger between…the two pairs of strings.…(mandolin chords)…And it's still sounding.…
But depending on the width of your strings,…and the width of your finger,…you may have to lay it flat like that.…The thumb goes into a pretty severe tweak,…it's bent pretty hard,…because again I'm applying a lot of pressure here.…
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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