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April 6, 2010 | Lizard ear combinations--April Mandolin Sessions

You randomly place your fingers on the mandolin fretboard and strum the chord. You move a finger or two, and the combination pleases the ear. You don't know why, it just sounds good. Only later do you go back and figure out what it is and slap some kind of label on it.

This is the approach of our latest entry for Mel Bay's Mandolinsessions.com bi-monthly webzine we call "Lizard Ear Chords." The notion is simple, the intellect doesn't always have to be engaged to create or enjoy chords, sometimes they just magically happen. We have to take the moment and grab them. Maybe we'll understand them better later (and be able to reproduce them up and down the fretboard), but like a lizard enjoying the warm sunshine on a rock, the point is to embrace the sound for the sake of the sound.

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We'll be soliciting more Lizard Ear Chords for some follow up. Is there something you've discovered lately and want to share? Let us know.

Enjoy: Chord Combinations for the Lizard Ear

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Posted by Ted at April 6, 2010 7:36 AM


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