Name and Identify Mandolin Chords

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What's the Name of that Chord?

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The UkuTabs Mandolin Chord Namer is the most accurate and precise mandolin chord naming and building tool available online. Simply click or tap on the fretboard to select the notes you are playing on your mandolin and to name the chord. You can build your own mandolin chords using the chord namer as well. Up to four different names for the constructed mandolin chord will be displayed. Default tuning is GDAE (standard tuning).



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What is a mandolin note?

Pressing any string on any fret produces a note or a pitch. Playing one note on a mandolin is the equivalent of pressing one key on a piano. These notes are combined to construct chords. Definitely check out chromatic mandolin scale where you can see all of the individual notes labeled.

What is the difference between # and b notes?

In the image above, you can see that several notes are named with #. For example, the first fret of the A string is called an A# (A sharp). This can however also be called a Bb (B flat). In reality, these two notes produce the same pitch, so you could say that A# = Bb, C# = Db, D# = Eb, F# = Gb and G# = A#. According to the laws of music it is however depending on the context how these are written. Generalists prefer to mainly use the sharp # notation.

How many notes are there on a mandolin?

Every mandolin has a specific number of frets. A regularly tuned mandolin typically has 12-15 frets. The number of frets determines the number of notes that the mandolin has. The number of frets multiplied by the number of strings, four, equals the total number of notes on your specific mandolin! So after some simple math, the amount of notes on a mandolin ranges from 48 to 80.

What is a mandolin chord?

A chord is a combination of harmonious pitches, or notes. Usually there are three or more notes in a chord. The word chord is derived from the French word for agreement, or accord. So, a music chord is simply multiple pitches sounding together in harmony. These chords are typically named after the note that you can hear most prominently.

What are mandolin tabs?

If you’re just starting out with an instrument, it can be daunting to read music. Don't worry, there is something called tablature, or tabs for short. You can imagine it as a chord diagram on its side. The four horizontal lines represent your strings, starting with the G string on the bottom to the A string on top. Tabs are meant to be read from left to right. The number on the string represents which fret you should press, and therefore which string you should pluck. If the numbers are stacked vertically, then those strings are played at the same time.

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