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dogfood 08-07-2011 11:20 PM

For a Mandolin, do you have to learn new chord structures or similar ones to the guitar?

and is it an easy instrument to start playing?

roscoestring 08-08-2011 03:58 AM

Well, chord structure is a little over my head, but when I learned to play mando I went online and found chord charts and just started playing. Same with any stringed instrument that I play. To me the mando was easier than guitar. Bass was easiest. Banjo was hardest. But still, once you learn one stringed instrument then the rest will come a lot easier. It has been a while since I looked up the chord charts but the best that I found for learning to play was a "2 finger chord chart".

babalooga 08-21-2011 12:52 PM

Mandolin chord stucture is different than guitar, but if you already play guitar you should have no trouble picking up mandolin. I find it easier than guitar. I play some bluegrass so I use the full three and four finger chords as they give you a better sound IMHO.

ICallHimTurtle 08-22-2011 01:40 PM

Let me know how it works out for you; I've been wanting to check out the mandolin too but I'm lame about the effort I want to put in.

dogfood 08-04-2013 04:48 AM


I got given one today!!!!!

new task to learn how to play it

beanbag 08-04-2013 03:13 PM

congrats and good luck!

to_be_released 08-04-2013 07:24 PM

Nice, hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoy mine.

The trick to figuring out chords is to invert the shapes of chords on the top four strings of a guitar.

dogfood 08-04-2013 07:47 PM

yeah i was thinking its all upside down

dogfood 08-04-2013 07:53 PM

and hoping my gaelic/celtic heritage kicks in

dogfood 08-05-2013 02:28 AM

i quite like these 2 fingered chords

Ashleigh 08-12-2013 08:57 PM

check out the forums on Mandolin Café (google search). Lots of good info on there. There is also a mandolin chord generator & mandolin tabs on the website which are handy.

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