Mandolin Chords Guidebook 2 – Playing Songs

Mandolin Chords Guidebook 2 – Playing Songs


The 2nd edition of this book contains 624 chord diagrams in 70 pages, organized in 12 chapters, one per key. Each chapter includes:
– Popular Songs: list of 25 popular songs that can be played using the chord diagrams of the chapter
– Diatonic chords: 24 diatonic chord diagrams for the major, natural minor, melodic and harmonic minor key
– Chord progressions: 28 chord diagrams grouped in 8 chord progressions.

Although many people aren’t aware of it, a typical piece of music actually follows a certain set of “rules,” when it comes to which chords are used. That is, not just any chords can be used- only certain chords are used. Some chords belong, and others don’t. As long as you know which chords “belong,” then you can create music that has a certain “unified” feel to it or play chords along songs effortlessly.

That’s a powerful thing! This knowledge is like a “secret code” that helps composers to compose, improvisers to improvise, and performers to perform. So, say you’re writing or playing a song in the key of Bb major. Then the “current scale” is the Bb major scale, and chords that “belong” (correct term: diatonic chords) are chords which use only notes from the Bb major scale.

Finding out which chords “belong”, requires some knowledge of music theory. But do not worry! This guidebook lists them for you and requires no prior theory knowledge.

Direct access to download the 70-page PDF is granted on purchase.

The Mandolin Chords Guidebook is a book series written by theMandolinTuner that consists of four parts.

  • Part 1 is the introduction to chords and chord patterns,
  • Part 2 is about playing chords with songs,
  • Part 3 is the mandolin chords reference
  • Part 4 is the chords music theory

This is Part 2 and is to be used to learn how to play mandolin chords along with songs.


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Why learn mandolin chords?

Western music is actually based on chords and their relations, so it is really difficult to progress as a musician without understanding basic chords theory and mastering how to play chords on your mandolin.

Having learned basic chords, you will be able to play along with others, something that is very rewarding. You will also be able to understand the “mechanics” and the structure of songs and to identify the forms and chords patterns that you prefer.

Writing your own tunes is also a very creative hobby (or … profession) and this is not possible without first understanding chords progressions per specific key.

All these, and many more, make mandolin chords a “must- learn” subject for all students and aspiring musicians.

The idea behind this book

I started learning mandolin chords very … late, almost 30 years after I starting my mandolin lessons and also after hundrends of concerts, where I played classical and Greek music.

Chords opened up for me a whole new world, where I could play along with friends and also enrich my melody and solo lines with intricate harmony. Unfortunately, learning to play these chords was not that straightforward. There is a lot of info freely available on the internet, but it is not easy to identify the method that will help you progress quickly.

I had been recording on my blog my progress, and before I knew it, I had created the biggest source of information for mandolin chords on the web. This information was very difficult to be properly organized, as it was distributed on hundreds of web pages and blog posts, so I decided it was about time to try another media, an e-book.

The contents of this book are therefore based on the articles posted on theMandolinTuner over the last 5 years. I have re- organized and enriched this free content in a way that I believe can help both beginners and advanced mandolin players.

I already use it daily as my own reference. So, take your mandolin and begin!

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