Hey, no capos needed around here! Let’s finally LEARN this mandolin neck and play sweet licks in any key that’s called! If you’re willing to put in the work, I will help you get there. Enjoy this first lesson in my new course: Learn to Play in Any Key!
If only i could play mandolin…:)
“There are some applications where you do need a capo on a mandolin”
This looks like a really helpful lesson. Thanks, @BanjoBen!
WOW, this is a great lesson @BanjoBen!! I actually feel accomplished!!!
Great looking lesson by the way, I’ll have to check this one out soon.
Found this in the “Sunday funny” thread:
Out of curiosity, why is it less common to use a capo an a mandolin than guitar or banjo? Is it because the mandolin is tuned in fifths?
I’ve always guessed it was cuz the lack of real estate on the fretboard, not a whole lotta room to work with if capoed at 5 to play in C…
Sunday funny was great !!
WOW!!! Ben just what I needed!!! Thanks!!
This is a great lesson. I feel like I have learned so much from it. Thank you Banjo Ben!!!
Hehe when I first got my Mando I made sure and get a capo thought have one for the guitar so I’ll need one for the Mando, WRONG!!! … out of the 9 years I had it I think it went on once and that was to see if it fit LOL
Once you learn the full movable chords it’s like bar chords on the guitar you just move them around but been so long since I played it I’m not even sure it’s in it’s case it may have ran away & joined the Circus just so it’s around others Hehehehe
Well Ben another good refresher maybe I’ll even go check on on my poor abused lonely Mandolin
Thanks & GOD Bless
This is fantastic. Please consider doing a similar series “Learn to Play in Any Key” for Banjo. Thanks for all you do.
I’m looking forward to this one!
I don’t know, but the sentiment I have heard seems to be more of a gut reaction disdain. Like responding to someone who puts ketchup on ice cream. I have used capos, typically for songs where I want open chord shapes (which you can only do in one key without a capo or re-tuning) and the key is wrong for the singer. At a bluegrass jam I am almost always playing closed shapes anyway, so capos don’t even come to mind.
Looking forward to working through the lesson!
I think this is a breakthrough lesson for me Ben! Thank you!
Hey Welcome to the forum here @madden.jesse! Hope your having a great time at a great place!
I’ve had to listen to this lesson about 4 times on different days but I believe I’m starting to get it. It has opened up many doors for me in understanding the mandolin.
Thank you BanjoBen.
Excellent lesson, lots of good information here. Thanks for all you do to help us improve.
Great lesson! Not to get greedy, but could you give us a chord progression (or a few) on guitar to practice over? Or recommend an existing lesson to practice with? I tried to find one, but most don’t have the 2 G measures, 2Cs, 2 Ds etc and I’m not advanced enough to break it up half way through the pentatonic lick yet.
I know, I’m being greedy!
Great lesson, plus it gives my pinky a good workout!