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    What are the most often used Bbm, Ebm and F chord shape combinations?

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    Bbm 334
    Ebm 346
    F. 122 or 578
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    for F I like

    F 5 3 0 1 - you can omit the one or simply do the 53 double-stop

    you can bar Bbm as 3346 and move it up and down the fretboard.

    Am is 2235 A Major is 2245, you can move these up and down the fret board
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    Default Re: Bb Minor Chords

    And Bb? Bb Eb F? Same shapes without flattening the 3rd?

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    for E bar the 3 note chord is preferred but the 4 note works

    Ebm 3 4 6 (6)

    so you could

    F 5 7 8 (8)
    slide down two frets

    Eb 3 5 6 (6)

    change fingers

    Bb 3 3 5 6
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    I really like to use 422X for Em so if I'm in Ebm, I just slide back to 311X. That voicing has a really nice bassy chop to it and also works well transitioning into melody in the E minor or Eb minor minor scales respectively.
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    Default Re: Bb Minor Chords

    Quote Originally Posted by tmsweeney View Post
    Am is 2235 A Major is 2245, you can move these up and down the fret board
    Quote Originally Posted by Sherry Cadenhead View Post
    And Bb? Bb Eb F? Same shapes without flattening the 3rd?
    Sherry, the A major chord mentioned, 2245, the major third is at the 4th fret A string.
    The A minor chord, 2235, the minor third (flatted third) is at the third fret A string.
    These shapes can be move about, example Abm 1124, Am 2235, Bbm 3346, Bm 4457, Cm 5568, etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Gunter View Post
    Sherry, the A major chord mentioned, 2245, the major third is at the 4th fret A string.
    The A minor chord, 2235, the minor third (flatted third) is at the third fret A string.
    These shapes can be move about, example Abm 1124, Am 2235, Bbm 3346, Bm 4457, Cm 5568, etc.
    Thanks, Mark. I'm actually familiar with the moveable chord shapes. The barres are my least favorite, but am working on them.

    Not that it matters, but I intended to ask about Bb, not Bbm in this thread. I'm glad to see the differences, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sherry Cadenhead View Post
    Thanks, Mark. I'm actually familiar with the moveable chord shapes. The barres are my least favorite, but am working on them.

    Not that it matters, but I intended to ask about Bb, not Bbm in this thread. I'm glad to see the differences, though.
    An easy open position Bb to finger is 301x.

    Tackle those barres and movable shapes!! Open position chords sound great but eventually you'll prefer closed chords. They are actually easier in the long run

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    Quote Originally Posted by soliver View Post
    I really like to use 422X for Em so if I'm in Ebm, I just slide back to 311X. That voicing has a really nice bassy chop to it and also works well transitioning into melody in the E minor or Eb minor minor scales respectively.
    That’s a nice chord, but not a minor, as it contains no b3.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sherry Cadenhead View Post
    What are the most often used Bbm, Ebm and F chord shape combinations?
    A lawyer´s answer: It depends.

    Long neck mandolin vs. short neck mandolin: (I play different chords on my short neck Strad-O-Lin than on my expensive F-style mandolin).

    It´s all in a song: I would allways prefer to play chrods close together on the fretboard. This helps to keep the fingering together. So it depends on which chord comes first or may follow the chords that you´re talking about.

    In the end it´s also a matter of personal preference. What sounds the best to you?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sherry Cadenhead View Post
    Thanks, Mark. I'm actually familiar with the moveable chord shapes. The barres are my least favorite, but am working on them.

    Not that it matters, but I intended to ask about Bb, not Bbm in this thread. I'm glad to see the differences, though.
    that shape 2245 is really the open G chord up two frets

    0023 ( +2)
    2245 = A

    the other shape is an open C

    023 +2

    245 = D

    245 +2

    467 = E
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    Quote Originally Posted by tmsweeney View Post
    that shape 2245 is really the open G chord up two frets

    0023 ( +2)
    2245 = A

    the other shape is an open C

    023 +2

    245 = D

    245 +2

    467 = E
    Yep. I see that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill McCall View Post
    That’s a nice chord, but not a minor, as it contains no b3.
    That’s an E5 and a very nice chord you can use for either major or minor and move around the neck
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    Just something to think about...you can use a great Gm7 voicing to play the Bb, unless you don't like the sound of a 6th chord. That's 0011. Ebm played 346x can function as Gb6. And playing a Dm7, 7788, also works as F6. Chords are a lot of fun, especially once you start using sixes, sevens, other extensions and alterations.

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