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Open Chords and Rhythm

This lesson is part of the course Beginning Mandolin with Sharon Gilchrist.
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Get started off right on the mandolin, with basic techniques, scales and chords, and simple and popular bluegrass and old-time tunes to play. Includes downloadable Play-Along audio practice tracks for rhythm and melody on all tunes, advice on embellishing melodies and playing tremolo, and more.
 
 
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The fiddle tune “Angeline the Baker” is a must-know tune for all roots music instrumentalists. Sharon teaches it here note-for-note and phrase-by-phrase. “Angeline the Baker” is in the key of D, and Sharon starts by reviewing the D major scale. She also talks about marking the time with your downstrokes, even if there’s a rest on that downstroke (sometimes called a “ghost stroke”), which will help you maintain a steady tempo. Sharon plays each phrase of the A part numerous times, so you can practice playing each phrase with her until you really get it down and are ready to put all four phrases together for the entire A part.
 
 
 
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CHORDS AND RHYTHM  
 
CHORDS AND RHYTHM  
 
Open Chords and Rhythm
Open Chords and Rhythm
 
In this lesson you’ll get a complete overview of basic open chord shapes, some of which can be played with just two fingers. Sharon shows you the open chord family and then a 4/4 rhythm pattern in which you play the lowest note of each chord and follow it with a strum of the higher strings. You can use this pattern to practice playing any of the open chords you’ve learned. She also gives you some advice and simple exercises to help you practice changing chords.

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