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Play the third note—B—on the second string, putting your first
finger against the second fret.
If you have not yet learned to read written music quickly,
write in the letters of the notes above or below the notes in the
In addition to playing melodies one note at a time, the
mandolin is used a good deal for playing chord accompani-
ments for songs. To make it as easy as we can for you to learn
the most commonly used chords, we are illustrating them in the
following five figures. These show the principal chords used
when playing music written in the keys of C, G (1 sharp), D
(2 sharps), F (1 flat) and Bb (2 flats), and give the fingering
for each chord.
For an explanation of the three chords given for each key,
please see the section on "Guitar Chords" in the chapter on