Hi I have borrowed one of my freinds mandolins for a go, I have nevered played one before though I have been playing guitar for about 10 years I have been playing around with the 2 finger cords so far.What I would like to know is what is this G Chop (or any other cord)thing. Is there a sound file or mp3 that I can here is cord and cord progression!
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Paul, it seems that you might benefit from reading up on mandolin and picking up a beginner book on self-teaching the mandolin. The chop is a staple of bluegrass playing. If you listen to the mandolin in almost any bluegrass song, when it isn't playing a solo (lead break) it is playing a fast, staccato chord on beats 2 and 4. This is the chop. The "G chop" is such a chord formed at one of the main fretboard positions, and the so-called G-chop is movable. If you finger the mandolin thusly: 7-5-2-3, this is the G chop, because it is a G chord. If you move it over toward the top of the mando one string and leave out the E string, it is the C chop. Move the C chop up two frets and it is the D chop. Add the second fret on the highest (E) string to the D chop and you have the 4 finger D chop. By moving these three chop chords around, you can play 75% of bluegrass tunes, maybe more. There's a lot more, but I'll stop here for now.