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Mandolin Lessons: Playing 1-4-5 in Minor

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[MUSIC]
Okay,
now we're gonna do one, four, five in
minor keys and
we're gonna use that same dominant chord
on the five chord.
Remember we learned the G major, how to
transform it into a minor.
[MUSIC]
And we're going from G minor to C minor.
Now when we go to this D7, we want the D7
on the, on the five chord.
Or the D chord in the key of G.
[MUSIC]
So
I'm just going to sing a simple little
melody here.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
Sometimes they use the one, one and three.
[MUSIC]
For these two notes.
Then the B7.
So when you're at the C Minor, notice how
this note can stay.
Especially if you use the third finger
there on the C Minor, on the C note.
It stays there for the D7.
[MUSIC]
Okay.
Let's do it now in the key of D minor.
[MUSIC]
We start with.
[MUSIC]
Now we go to G minor.
[MUSIC]
Now A seven,
there's that same note that you're
maintaining.
So here, when you're at the G chord.
We go to the A seven, it's the same note.
So this is a trick when you're learning
new chords to try to figure out what notes
stay from one chord to another, and if
they do try to leave them held down cuz
that's gonna give you that nice ringing
sound.
[MUSIC]
We'll do it in three-four.
[MUSIC]
One two three, one.
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G minor.
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A seven.
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D minor.
[MUSIC]
Now let's review the strumming pattern
I'm using.
[MUSIC]
I am really treating the mandolin like
a guitar right now.
I am being the bass player and the
mandolin player.
You might as well get us to this.
Especially if you are playing with a
guitar, it's kind of a nice picture.
So, I'm playing the bass notes.
And then strum, strum, up, strum, strum,
up, down, down, up, down, down, up.
Bass, down, down, up, bass, down, down,
up.
Bass, down, down, up, bass, down, down,
up, bass.
So on D minor I'm playing the third
string.
[MUSIC]
And then the fourth.
Now on the G Minor, I play the fourth and
then the third.
And on the A seven I do the same, fourth,
third, but when I come back to the D, I
play the D note first,
the third string first, because it's the
root, and that's what bass players do.
They play root.
Fifth.
Root of the chord, fifth of the chord.
So we're imitating that on the mandolin.
[MUSIC]
Fifth, chord D,
and A minor, and D, and A minor.
Now with the key, the G chord its a G now,
which is the fourth string.
G note, D note, G, D,
now on the A chord, it's the A note, and
the E note.
Notice I'm holding this down.
It's a, it's a bugger.
Don't get tendonitis from this but,
notice how my hand has been thrown into
this crazy position.
The thumb is completely wigged out in the,
some contorted thing.
But you do whatever you have to do to get
this chord to ring.
[MUSIC]
If I were to lead my thumb along
the ridge, like I, like I do when I'm
playing lead, I don't feel like I would
have enough support to get those, those
strings to really ring out.
So sometimes I'll even bring that part of
the knuckle in to, to,
to give some support.
But my hands are really big, so your hands
are gonna be a little smaller, you might
do something different but, whatever you
have to do to make it sound is is legal.
So good luck with your minor chords.
[MUSIC]