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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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MAJOR SCALE PATTERNS   
 
MAJOR SCALE PATTERNS   
 
Major Scale Patterns
Major Scale Patterns
 

Learn to play major chord arpeggios, as well as some scale patterns that connect the notes of the major chord, over bluegrass chord progression #1 in the key of G. Chad starts by reminding you of the major chord arpeggios and then shows how to play them in quarter notes over bluegrass chord progression #1. You’ll also learn a couple of simple quarter-note scale patterns that connect the chord tones as well as a more complicated eighth-note pattern. Chad also talks about integrating the theory you’re learning into your playing and improvising.


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