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In this installment: The key of E

This is the eighth installment of a series of articles designed to help those at the beginner/intermediate level learn mandola chords, as they would apply to each given key. Here we are covering the key of E in this article. So letís get started with the basic chords in the key of E.

The Basic chords in the key of E                                                                 Chart 1

Now let me explain the chord charts in case you donít understand them. They represent the mandola's neck. From right to left are the strings and the horizontal lines represent the frets. Got it? Good. Each finger is represented by a number from 1-4, with 1 being the index finger, 2 being the middle finger, 3 being the ring finger and 4 being the pinky. The "0" means that the string isnít fretted, just plucked. Whenever you see a line connecting the dots, it means that all of the dots are pressed down by the same finger. Which is called "barring" the chord. Simplified: one finger lays across the strings. Above, Iíve shown the basic chords for the key of E. Below are some additional chords that I refer to as substitute chords.

Some substitute chords for the key of E                                                     Chart 2

In chart 2, I have listed what are called substitute chords. Letís say you played the first chords listed in chart 1, in the order that they were listed. For the E major chord, you can substitute a E major 7th chord. The F sharp minor chord can be replaced by the F sharp minor 7th chord. The same is true for each of the remaining. Play them. Has a jazzy ring to it, doesnít it? Some people refer to substitute chords as orchestral chords but it doesnít matter. A rose by any other name still has a thorn. Iíve included additional substitute chords so that you can improve your chordal vocabulary. Youíll be the life of the party and the envy of all your peers. You will be on your way to achieving greatness. The sky is the limit. Letís move on to some more substitute chords.

                                                                                                                                              Chart 3

So now weíll close by saying that we hope you will find this article useful in the process of learning mandola chords. If there is something you think we should add, just send a letter or E-mail and weíll be happy to give your suggestions some consideration. We covered 20 chords in this lesson and in each future installment weíll cover 20 more. So keep on playing and weíll see you next time.

Bob Craypoe

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