How to Play Basic Chords on the Mandolin

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Learn how to play basic chords on the mandolin with expert music training tips in this free online instrument instruction video clip.

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I am a mandolin instructor. In this next segment I will be teaching you three different chords, simpler variations for three different chords actually. We will start with the D and then I will teach you G and then A will be the third chord. So let us take a look at a simple way to play a D for beginners. What we are going to want to do is place our left hand index finger on the second fret of the G string and then we are going to leave the D string and the A string open and put our middle finger on the second fret of our high E string. When we do that we should get a chord that is D. Next we will go along and learn the chord G, a simple way to play a G. Now what we are going to want to do is take our index finger of the left hand place it on the second fret of our A string and then take our middle finger and place it on the third fret of E string, we will be leaving the G and the D string to ring clear. We will see what a G chord sounds like. Now our last chord that we are going to learn in this segment be an A and easier way to play A, what we want to do is take our index finger of the left hand and put it on the second fret of the G string and take our middle finger and put it on the second fret of the D string. We will let the strings A and E ring clear and this one can be played openly. Let us listen to an A… Now you can play a lot of songs with those three chords D, G and A. What you want to do when you practice is make sure that you are hitting each note clear and strong so that they can be heard individually and that you also not putting your finger on any other of the strings that need to be played openly.

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