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  • Easy Playable Mandolin Chords

    Easy, playable mandolin chords

    Playing chords on the mandolin doesn’t have to be difficult or complex. Although there are many variants of chords that when used by mandolin

  • Mandolin not ready for chords

    How to practice chords on the mandolin

    Here at theMandolinTuner, all variants of each chord are presented with nice photorealistic fingered images. But what is the best way to practice these

  • Five Easy Mandolin Chords

    How to Play Five Easy Mandolin Chords

    Strumming chords is a nice way to begin playing songs on the mandolin. But, as you may already know, there are a lot of

 

For Beginners!

Playing chords with the mandolin is easy! If you are new to this, check the chords theory link below to understand how chords are constructed and what is the difference between chord types like major and minor chords and then check the playing mandolin chords link below to see how to play easy two-fingered or three fingered chords!

Are Chords difficult to understand? Music theory explains how chords are constructed, when they are inverted, triads and 7th chords. Go to Chords Theory

Mandolin Chords Database

Looking for instructions on how to play a specific mandolin chord? Check out the mandolin chords database below!

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  • Stay tuned! Chords to be added here soon…

Common Mandolin Chords

7th Mandolin Chords

How to Play D# or Eb Augmented Mandolin Chords

Augmented chords are interesting and although they sound a bit harsh, when used they can add colour to music. I like the way they sound although some times they are difficult to play. The key with augmented chords (or every chord to my opinion) is to understand what they are, how they are constructed, i.e. the music theory behind augmented chords, but also to learn how to play them using one of the usual

By |February 2nd, 2014|C#/Db maj min dim aug|

How to Play C# or Db Augmented Mandolin Chords

Augmented chords are interesting and although they sound a bit harsh, when used they can add colour to music. I like the way they sound although some times they are difficult to play. The key with augmented chords (or every chord to my opinion) is to understand what they are, how they are constructed, i.e. the music theory behind augmented chords, but also to learn how to play them using one of the usual

By |February 2nd, 2014|C#/Db maj min dim aug|

How to Play C# or Db diminished Mandolin Chords

Diminished chords are interesting and add colour to music. I like the way they sound although some times they are difficult to play. The key with diminished chords is to understand what they are, how they are constructed, i.e. the music theory behind diminished chords, but also to learn how to play them using one of the usual fingerings.

Summarising, a C# diminished chord in root position consists of C#-E-G, when in first inversion consists

By |January 28th, 2014|C#/Db maj min dim aug|

Easy, playable mandolin chords

Playing chords on the mandolin doesn’t have to be difficult or complex. Although there are many variants of chords that when used by mandolin masters and especially jazz musicians can give great depth and rich sound to the tiny instrument we love (the mandolin), there are also easy chords to be played on the mandolin.

Western music is based on chords and their relation, i.e. harmony, so it is not possible to progress as a

How to play C minor-Major 7th mandolin chords

Additional types of 7th chords can occur on popular and jazz music. One of these chords, is the C minor-major 7th (Cmmaj7) mandolin chord. Although there are many positions (ways, variants etc.) to play the C mmaj7 mandolin chord, I suggest you start with the slideshow that shows the most common mandolin chord positions for C mmaj7 – displayed on the top of the page above, fingered for your convenience.

For practical reasons, I have

By |December 19th, 2013|C 7th chords|

How to play C aug7 mandolin chords

We again focus on 7th chords, and specifically on the C aug 7th mandolin chord. Although there are many positions (ways, variants etc.) to play the C aug7  mandolin chord,  I suggest you start with the slideshow that shows the most common mandolin chord positions for C aug7 - displayed on the top of the page above, fingered for your convenience.

For practical reasons, I have included also a Chord Chart for C aug7 on mandolin, feel

By |December 17th, 2013|C 7th chords|

How to play C dim7 mandolin chords

We again focus on 7th chords, and specifically on the C dim 7th mandolin chord. Although there are many positions (ways, variants etc.) to play the C dim7  mandolin chord,  I suggest you start with the slideshow that shows the most common mandolin chord positions for C dim7 - displayed on the top of the page above, fingered for your convenience.

For practical reasons, I have included also a Chord Chart for C dim7 on mandolin, feel

By |December 13th, 2013|C 7th chords|

How to play C m7 mandolin chords

We now focus on 7th chords, and specifically on the C minor 7th mandolin chord. Although there are many positions (ways, variants etc.) to play the C m7  mandolin chord,  I suggest you start with the slideshow that shows the most common mandolin chord positions for C m7 - displayed on the top of the page above, fingered for your convenience.

For practical reasons, I have included also a Chord Chart for C m7 on mandolin, feel

By |December 13th, 2013|C 7th chords|

How to play E augmented mandolin chords

Yet another augmented chord, and it is obvious, that there is a pattern. Fingering is similar and therefore memorising is a piece of cake (I hope). Try comparing E augmented with F augmented to see what I mean.

First of all, although there are many positions (ways, variants etc.) to play the E augmented mandolin chord, these positions are exactly the same with two other augmented chords, G# aug and C aug. Why is that?

By |October 23rd, 2013|E maj min dim aug|

How to play F augmented mandolin chords

I have focused on the augmented chords, just to realise how easy it is to play them and also memorise the fingering and progressions of mandolin augmented chords.

First of all, although there are many positions (ways, variants etc.) to play the F augmented mandolin chord, these positions are exactly the same with two other augmented chords, Aaug and C#aug. Why is that? Well it is no magic, it is just mechanics of music theory. I

By |October 17th, 2013|F maj min dim aug|

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