Bruce Bernhart Mandolin Webpages


Bruce Bernhart Mandolin Webpages

In Minnesota, Bruce Bernhart has been a mandolin player/enthusiast since the late 1980's

New! Tabs for Popular Fiddle Tunes:

"Dixie Hoedown"
"Temperance Reel"
"Indian Killed a Woodcock"

Updated May 26, 2013

The Bernhart Mandolin Webpages explore the history of the mandolin, buying and building mandolins, basic chord structures, the different styles of playing, song tabs,  the various makes and models of mandolins  available on the market, and the "best of the web" on topics of interest to mandolinists

Bruce Bernhart Mandolin Webpages

Look for additional Bruce Bernhart mandolin lessons and articles

Bruce Bernhart Mandolin Webpages

#18 in the Bruce Bernhart website series
Bruce Bernhart Mandolin Lesson #10:  Different types of Mandolin Chord Structures:

chords include a root (1st), 3rd and a 5th

A 6th is a 1, 3, 5, 6
A Major 7th is a 1, 3, 5, 7
An augmented is a 1, 3, 5#

Minor chords include a 1, 3rd flat, 5

A Minor 7th is a 1, 3rd flat, 5, and a 7th flat.
A Minor 6th is a 1, 3rd flat, 5, 6

Seventh chords include a 1, 3, 5, 7th flat.
A 9th is a 1,3,5, 7th flat, 9
Suspended 7th  is 1,4, 5, 7th flat

Diminished chords include a 1, 3rd flat, 5th flat, 6 (double flatted 7th).

Memorize these chord structures!

9ths, 11ths and 13ths: 

If we stack a third
 upon any seventh chord we now have a Ninth Chord.  If we stack a third upon any ninth chord we now have an Eleventh Chord. Finally, if we stack a third upon any eleventh chord we now have a Thirteenth Chord
.  Pretty easy, eh?

Book Review (from  The history of Regal Instruments of Chicago. 

           REGAL MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS: 1895-1955 by Bob Carlin
- SPECIAL NEW PUBLICATION PRICE OF $29.95 - The only book to trace the history of the Chicago musical manufacturer. With roots in Indianapolis, the Regal familiar to most collectors and players was spun off of music giant Lyon & Healy in 1908. Besides making ukuleles, mandolins, guitars and other stringed instruments for Lyon & Healy, Regal of Chicago supplied the majority of America's wholesalers with "house brand" instruments, and also had a long relationship with Montgomery-Ward. Draws upon period trade magazines, distributor catalogues and extent instruments from both public and private collections. Includes over 350 full-color photographs of guitars, mandolins, ukuleles and banjos. A must-have for all collectors. 318 pp.

Thank you for visiting the Bruce Bernhart Mandolin Websites!

Bruce Bernhart Mandolin Websites

Be sure to check out the other Bruce Bernhart Mandolin Websites:

Bruce Bernhart mandolin rock tabs

Bruce Bernhart mandolin lessons- common scales

Bruce Bernhart on buying and setting up your new mandolin

Bruce Bernhart mandolin lessons- tuning

Bruce Bernhart mandolin lessons- chord patterns

Bruce Bernhart on mandolin history and basic chord structures

Bruce Bernhart on string and saddle adjustment

Bruce Bernhart more tuning tips and whole/half steps

Bruce Bernhart on more chord patterns

Bruce Bernhart on the mandolin family

Bruce Bernhart on mandolin bluegrass chords and patterns

Bruce Bernhart on temperature considerations

Bruce Bernhart lessson on mandolin flats and sharps

Bruce Bernhart lesson on scales, circle of 5ths and meter

Bruce Bernhart on triads, gears

Bruce Bernhart mandolin chord diagrams

Bruce Bernhart on modern emergence of the mandolin

Bruce Bernhart on simple chords

Bruce Bernhart on whole and half-note steps on the mandolin

Bruce Bernhart mandolin practice excercises

Bruce Bernhart on playing waltzes

Bruce Bernhart on majors, minors and sevenths

Bruce Bernhart Mandolin Websites

Also, be sure to check out the Bruce Bernhart RV Websites

Solar power for your RV

The care and feeding of your RV battery

The sport of "geocaching" and RV refrigeration basics

The basics of RV power inversion

RV travel tips and tire care

Advanced discussion on power inversion

Tips on buying a house battery and cold weather maintenance

RV Insurance basics

Buying the right generator for your RV and portable power

RV television reception options

Care and maintenance of the RV air conditioner

Top RV destinations

RV long-term supplies and weight considerations

RV Insurance- Road protection and bodily injury coverage

RV battery types and winter charging considerations

Deep cycle battery basics

Website Builder