There are ten positions (ways, variants etc.) to play the F# or Gb 7th chord on the mandolin.
In this article you can find the most common F# or Gb 7th 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.
What is a F#/Gb 7th Chord?
The F#/Gb 7th chord consists of the following four notes:
F# (Gb), which is the root
A# (Bb), which is the 3rd
C# (Db), which is the 5th
E (Fb), which is the 7th
Here you can see it written on a pentagram:
If you want to understand more on chords theory, i.e. how they are constructed, check out the following popular article I have written some time ago: Understanding Chords Theory.
Playing the F#/Gb 7th chord on the mandolin
This is how you place your left hand on the fretboard to play this chord:
Second finger on 3rd fret of fourth string.
Index finger barre on 2nd fret of third and first string
Third finger on 4th fret of second string.
Note that because the first note is A# (Bb), we call this chord F#/A# (Gb/Bb), meaning that this is a F# (Gb) 7th, with the first note being A# (Gb).
For your Reference
If you feel like learning how to play F# (Gb) on every possible position on the mandolin, see below a Chord Chart diagram for your reference.
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