Ukulele For Dummies
To enable you to translate music on the page into music that you play on your ukulele, chord diagrams and tablature – or ‘tab’ – help to make life easier. This Cheat Sheet explains these handy helpers and serves up a selection of the chords you’re most likely to use when playing your uke.
Relating Chord Diagrams and Tab to the Ukulele
You don’t need to be able to read music in order to play the ukulele. Chord diagrams and tab enable you to play just by looking at the pictures.
Chord diagrams for the ukulele
The grid represents the first five frets of the ukulele as if the uke is standing vertically. The chord name is written at the top, the dots show where to put your fingers and the number at the bottom shows you which finger to use.
The four lines represent the strings as if the ukulele is facing you – that is, the g-string at the bottom and the A-string at the top. The numbers show the fret to play. You read from left to right and you play the notes shown above each other at the same time.
Getting to Know Chord Families on the Ukulele
Chords are blocks of notes that you play together, and are the perfect place to start learning to play music on your ukulele. Here are the most common ukulele chords divided into chord families.