Click These Beginner Mandolin Chords to See What Songs They Appear in
Click on the 4 beginner mandolin chords below.
You’ll see easy songs that get progressively harder.
Click Chord Diagrams to See Songs
Did you click that last diagram (Em)? You should’ve seen a list of 4-chord songs that use G + D + C + Em.
And that's how the Search Songs by Chord tool works. Just plug in the chords you already know - and you'll see easy songs you can start playing right away.
Try it yourself - using whatever mandolin chords you want.
As you add more chords to your searches, the amount of music grows exponentially.
For example, check out the 12 mandolin chords below (all of which are clickable). If you learned 1 new chord a month, you'd be able to play thousands of songs within a year.
Click Diagrams for Songs
Why These 12 Mandolin Chords (and Why This Order)?
As a beginner, you can learn these chords in any order you want. But using the exact sequence above lets you play the most music every time you add a new mandolin chord to your practice.
I know this thanks to the Next Best Chord feature.
The order above also has the added benefit of starting you off with easy mandolin chords like G, C, D, and Em. You only need 1 or 2 fingers to play them, which is another reason why so many students and teachers start with these beginner mandolin chords first.
Still Struggling with Beginner Chords on the Mandolin?
I don’t personally play the mandolin (yet). But I do play guitar and ukulele. And I know how frustrating it is when just starting out. If you’re still having trouble getting a clear sound from the mandolin, here are some resources that might help:
It’s also important you understand what "enharmonics" are. In music notation, the same mandolin chord may go by 2 different spellings. For example, A# and Bb are both ways of writing the same chord sound and fingering. To learn more, check out this great guide to enharmonics.
Finally, there are many different ways to finger the same mandolin chord. The beginner diagrams above are simply suggestions. And I created them as someone who plays guitar and ukulele - but not the mandolin (yet). If you prefer using different chord fingerings, go for it.
Create Your Own Mandolin Chord Learning Path
The chord paths above start with G major. But you don’t have to begin your journey there. Use Search Songs by Chord tool map out your own path. Just type in the mandolin chords you already know, and it’ll show you what songs you can play with those chords (and only those chords).
Try it yourself.
If you don’t know any mandolin chords yet (or you don’t want to start with G major), no problem. For a complete list of different starting points, check out the dictionaries of:
If you ever get stuck, use the Next Best Chord tool to see what new chord to add to your practice.
Thanks for Reading
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Thanks so much for reading. And happy strumming.