There are nine positions (ways, variants etc.) to play the F# (or Gb) minor chord on the mandolin.
In this article you can find the most common F# or Gb minor chord positions – displayed on the slideshow above, fingered for your convenience. If you need help to understand how to play them, you will find step-by-step instructions at the middle of this article. Finally, the article closes with a chord chart for future reference, feel free to print it.
The F#/Gb minor chord consists of the following three notes:
- The root, F# (Gb)
- The third, A (Bbb)
- The fifth, C#(Db)
Here you can see F# minor written on a staff paper:
Here you can see Gb minor written on a staff paper.
These two chords look different on staff but they sound exactly the same.
- Index finger (barre) on 2nd fret of fourth string.
- Index finger (barre) on 2nd fret of first string
- Third finger on 4th fret of third string.
- Little finger on 4th fret of second string.
As with all chords, there are many variants of the F#/Gb minor chord for the mandolin. I have included nice-looking photorealistic descriptions of the common ones on top of this article for your convenience. Nevertheless, if you want to explore more, see below a Chord Sheet that presents all nine variants for you to practice.
Ok, it is now time to practice. Grab your mandolin and try to play the F#/Gb minor chord variants slowly at the beginning and then fast!
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