Rhythm Basics

In this free mandolin lesson by Brad Laird you'll learn how the mandolin fits into the blugrass ensemble. In addition to playing lead breaks, the mandolin offers a rhythmic backup sound to bluegrass. Brad elaborates on some techniques taught in the Basic Chop Chords lesson. To learn to play the lead to this song, Boil 'Em Cabbage Down, get the lesson Beginning Mandolin 3. Watch the video and learn how to play along with other bluegrass instruments.

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Here are the chords and chord progression taught in this lesson:

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Moveable Major & Minor Chords by Brad Laird is a downloadable Quicktime lesson that will teach you how to play the twelve possible major chords and twelve possible minor chords. This beginning mandolin video will teach you two chord shapes that you can move up and down the neck to play in different keys. We'll also cover a little music theory so you can better understand this concept. $5.99

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