Mandolin Notes


Two Finger Mandolin Chords

Add fingers as you can

A chord 2 fingerC chord 2 fingerD chord 2 fingerG chord 2 finger

Three/Four Finger Chords

A chordB chordC chordD chordE chordF chordG chord

Minor Chords

A chordB chordC chordD chordE chordF chordG chord

Sevenths Chords

B chordC chordD chordE chordG chordA chordF chord

Notes and the Fretboard

Moving a chord shape up or down the fretboard will raise or lower it to the next chord
on the list below in relation to the lists and the diagram. Remember there's no sharp
or flat between B - C and E - F. In other words, moving a C chord shape on the
fretboard toward the tuning pegs will give you a B chord.

A - A# - B - C - C# - D - D# - E - F - F# - G - G#

A - Bb - B - C - Db - D - Eb - E - F - Gb - G - Ab



Triads are three notes that make up a chord. Major keys follow a 1 3 5 organization so a triad in the key of G major would be any G, B, D. To find those notes, take the root, in this case G, and follow the A-G alphabet to get the other two notes. So, G-A-B-C-D-E-F are the 1, 3, 5. That would make up the G major triad. To get a minor triad, you do the same thing, but drop the 3 note down a half-step. So instead of 1-3-5 a minor triad is written as 1 b3 5 and the Gm or Gminor triad would be G-A-Bb-C-D. -E-F. Augmented triads raise the 5th note up a half-step making 1 3 #5.

1 - 4 - 5 Progression

1 4 5 minor
A D E F#m
B E F G#m
C F G Am
D G A Bm
E A B C#m
F B C Dm
G C D Em


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