Bruce Bernhart Mandolin FAQ's- Chord Structures

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C and G Chords

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  G___     ___      ___     ___        ___     ___      ___     ___
     |   |   |   |    |   |   |   |      |   |   |   |    |   |   |   |
A||------0---------------------------|-------0---3--------0--------------
 ||o-5-------5---3----2-------2---3--|---5-----------5--------5---2---3--
 ||o----------------------5----------|-----------------------------------
 ||----------------------------------|-----------------------------------
     |_______|        |_______|          |_______|        |_______|

      ___     ___      ___     ___       D___     ___    G         ___
     |   |   |   |    |   |   |   |      |   |   |   |            |   |
 --------0---------------------------|-----------------------------------
 ----5-------5---3----2---0-------2--|---0-----------0------------2---3--
 -----------------------------5------|-------5---4--------5--------------
 ------------------------------------|-----------------------------------
     |_______|        |_______|          |_______|        |_______|

      ___     ___      ___     ___        ___     ___      ___     ___
     |   |   |   |    |   |   |   |      |   |   |   |    |   |   |   |
 --------0---------------------------|-------0---3--------0--------------
 ----5-------5---3----2-------2---3--|---5-----------5--------5---2---3--
 -------------------------5----------|-----------------------------------
 ------------------------------------|-----------------------------------
     |_______|        |_______|          |_______|        |_______|
                     1_________________________ 2_______________________
   _   _    _   _    |   D_   _   G    _       ||   D_   _   G    _
  | | | |  | | | |   |   | | | |      | |      ||   | | | |      | |
 ---0----------------|-------------------------||----------------0-1----|
 -5---5-3--2-0---2---|---0-----0------2-3-----o||---0-----0-------------|
 --------------5-----|-----5-4----5-----------o||-----5-4----5----------|
 --------------------|-------------------------||-----------------------|
  |___|    |___|         |___|    |___|             |___|    |___|

     C___     ___      ___     ___       G___     ___     C___     ___
     |   |   |   |    |   |   |   |      |   |   |   |    |   |   |   |
B||--3---5---3---1----0-----------0--|----------------------------0---1--
 ||o----------------------5---3------|---5---3---2---5----3---5----------
 ||o---------------------------------|-----------------------------------
 ||----------------------------------|-----------------------------------
     |_______|        |_______|          |_______|        |_______|

      ___     ___      ___     ___       G___     ___     C        ___
     |   |   |   |    |   |   |   |      |   |   |   |            |   |
 ----3---5---3---1----0-----------0--|----------------------------0---1--
 -------------------------5---3------|---5---3---2---5----3--------------
 ------------------------------------|-----------------------------------
 ------------------------------------|-----------------------------------
     |_______|        |_______|          |_______|        |_______|

      ___     ___      ___     ___       G___     ___     C___     ___
     |   |   |   |    |   |   |   |      |   |   |   |    |   |   |   |
 ----3---5---3---1----0-----------0--|----------------------------0---1--
 -------------------------5---3------|---5---3---2---5----3---5----------
 ------------------------------------|-----------------------------------
 ------------------------------------|-----------------------------------
     |_______|        |_______|          |_______|        |_______|
                     1_________________________ 2_______________________
   _   _    _   _    |   G_    _   C     _     ||   G_   _   C    _
  | | | |  | | | |   |   | |  | |       | |    ||   | | | |      | |
 -3-5-3-1--0-----0---|------------------0-1----||----------------------||
 ------------5-3-----|---5-3--2-5--3----------o||---5-3-2-5--3---2-3---||
 --------------------|------------------------o||----------------------||
 --------------------|-------------------------||----------------------||
  |___|    |___|         |____|    |____|           |___|    |___|

After B, play this as a lead-in back to A:
     G___     ___      ___     ___       D___     ___     G
     |   |   |   |    |   |   |   |      |   |   |   |
 --------0---------------------------|---------------------------------||
 ----5-------5---3----2---0-------2--|---0-----------0-----------------||
 -----------------------------5------|-------5---4--------5------------||
 ------------------------------------|---------------------------------||
     |_______|        |_______|          |_______|        |_______|

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Bruce Bernhart mandolin lessons- chord patterns

Bruce Bernhart on mandolin history and basic chord structures

Bruce Bernhart on string and saddle adjustment

Bruce Bernhart more tuning tips and whole/half steps

Bruce Bernhart on more chord patterns

Bruce Bernhart on the mandolin family

Bruce Bernhart on mandolin bluegrass chords and patterns


Bruce Bernhart on temperature considerations

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Bruce Bernhart lesson on scales, circle of 5ths and meter


Bruce Bernhart on triads, gears

Bruce Bernhart mandolin chord diagrams

Bruce Bernhart on modern emergence of the mandolin

Bruce Bernhart on simple chords

Bruce Bernhart on whole and half-note steps on the mandolin

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Bruce Bernhart on playing waltzes


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