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Alex.S Learning mandolin chords (21) RE: Learning mandolin chords 01 Feb 04


I too just picked up the mandolin. I think your initial experience with it depends to a large extent on your musical background. I am a fiddler, so I had little trouble with the fingerings, but using a pick has humbled me, so that's what I've been woring on.I still have to work on picking out tunes (but more for pick control than for fingerings), and I've been learning a few chords simultaneously. Work on both a little bit, and no harm is done. Chords seem easier to me, so I spend less time with them. Another issue to consider is your goal as a mandolinist: are you going to play the lead in a bluegrass band, or do you want to be able to accompany yourself singng? For the former, concentrate on picking, but obviously you'll want to play chords if oyu intend to sing along!


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