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This lesson is part of the course Theory for Mandolin and Fiddle with Chad Manning.
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Learn the basics of music theory as it relates to four-string instruments tuned in fifths. Chad’s practical approach will deepen your knowledge of chords, scales, and arpeggios, and help you integrate them into your playing.
 
 
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Major Chord Arpeggios
 
Learn how major chord arpeggios are constructed and how to find them on the mandolin/fiddle fingerboard. Chad explains that major chords are constructed of roots, thirds, and fifths: the first, third, and fifth notes in a major scale. Then he shows you different finger patterns for major arpeggios in bluegrass keys, giving you handy ways to visualize each pattern and advice about practicing them in different ways.
 
 
 
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Dominant Ninth Chords  
 
Dominant Ninth Chords  
 
Dominant Ninth Chords
Dominant Ninth Chords
 
Ninth chords are used like dominant seventh chords, so whenever you see a dominant seventh chord in a chord progression, or whenever someone is playing a dominant seventh chord, you can add the ninth to it, for a pretty, jazzy sound.The ninth is a third above the seventh and is also the second step of the underlying scale. Chad shows you a basic ninth chord arpeggio and then gives you some exercises using ninth arpeggios on the chord progression from “Sweet Georgia Brown” in the keys of F and G. He also shows you that the top three notes of a ninth arpeggio are a minor triad. For example, the top three notes of a D9 chord are A, C#, E, the notes of an Am triad.

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