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    Here's something that's always perplexed me. If I want too stay in a chord form but play a couple of single notes, how do I do that? Is there a video or exercise that teaches that? I lose my place on the fingerboard easily if I'm not anchored in a chord.
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    Quote Originally Posted by belbein View Post
    Here's something that's always perplexed me. If I want too stay in a chord form but play a couple of single notes, how do I do that? Is there a video or exercise that teaches that? I lose my place on the fingerboard easily if I'm not anchored in a chord.
    Try to find a copy of "Mastering Mandolin" by Wayne Fugate. I found it to be an excellent source.
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    Here are the 6 possible shapes working off of the root.
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    Or contact Wayne. He gives Skype lessons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by belbein View Post
    I lose my place on the fingerboard easily if I'm not anchored in a chord.
    Learn the whole fretboard and this will no longer be an issue. It really sounds like you're asking for a quick workaround to avoid having to do this, but any workaround will continue to limit you as a player.
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    The OP's original question is "Chords to notes?" which occurs to me could be better restated as "Notes to chords?". Agree with Craig D. above, learn the whole fret board and also some basic theory of how chords are constructed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by belbein View Post
    ...If I want too stay in a chord form but play a couple of single notes, how do I do that? I lose my place on the fingerboard easily if I'm not anchored in a chord.
    I'm not sure if this will answer your question, but I'll try. Let's say I want to play notes in the key of A. I can use the shape of the "chop" chord, with the root played by my second finger on the E string. [Move this shape one string to the right, to make it an A chord]
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    My hand is hovering slightly above the fretboard. It forms the chop shape [though to some extent this is in my "mind's eye"]. I reach down from that shape to play chord tones, approach notes, and other melody notes. Doing this in practice exercises will anchor the chord form in your mind. Playing simple melodies is the best way to explore the notes in the shape. Expand this kind of practice to basic progressions. I believe there are only 2 useful movable chord shapes for playing basic music. Root on the second finger "chop" and root on the first finger. The latter is this moveable chord:
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    They interlock in patterns on the neck, and cover most of it.
    In all cases there may be other lower or higher notes to play. Using the movable A chord to play in E at the nut, for example.
    This, which I think of as an extension of the previous chord form.
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    Quote Originally Posted by belbein View Post
    Here's something that's always perplexed me. If I want too stay in a chord form but play a couple of single notes, how do I do that? Is there a video or exercise that teaches that? I lose my place on the fingerboard easily if I'm not anchored in a chord.
    Do you mean to arrange, alter a melody or to harmonize ?

    There are arpeggios, broken chords, and there are intervals, consonant or dissonant.

    Cons= 1,5, 8, 12(5).... mostly used. diss equally important.

    This subject is quite complex as far as counterpoint.

    There is no way around practising and studying. Trying or reading. Great Songwriting by Perricone is one, The Chord Wheel another. Or Finding Chords to Match the Notes in Your Melody, Bruce Osborn, quite handy. And many more, depends how seriously you want to go into it.
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    Have fun
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