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buddhuu Playing mandolin along with guitar (32) RE: Playing mandolin along with guitar 11 May 10

If the mandolin is playing melody then it's simple.

If the guitarist is playing in D but the mando player only knows the song in G it couldn't be easier to transpose. Just shift everything up a 5th. In other words, move the melody pattern over one course of strings so that any notes played on the G course are played on the D course etc.

It's a good idea to try to think of song/tune chords in terms of numbers, as in Nashville or similar numbering. Once you learn, for example, what the I, IV and V chords are in each key you'll be able to play and song that uses the old three chord trick in any key.

C, G, D, A and their relative minors are all fine keys for mandolin.

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