Ukulele Chords

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How to Read a Ukulele Chord Diagram

Luckily, you don’t need to be able to read music to play your ukulele — you can play chords just by looking at the pictures. A chord diagram shows you exactly which finger you need to put where in order [more…]

An Explanation of Ukulele Chord Families, Using the C Family

A ukulele chord family is made up of six main chords. Each chord in the family is identified by a Roman numeral so you don’t mix them up with all the other numbers flying around. [more…]

How to Play Moveable Chords on Your Ukulele

Many ukulele chords are open chords, which means that they have at least one string played open. In contrast, in a moveable chord, you fret every string. Moveable chords have a very useful property: they [more…]

Identifying the G-family Chords on Your Ukulele

The G chord family fits very nicely indeed on the ukulele. It has only one tricky chord shape to deal with — Bm — but the good news is that Bm is one of the less-used chords in the family, so it doesn’t [more…]

Identifying the F-family Chords on Your Ukulele

The F chord family only has one tricky chord shape — Bâ™­ — in the very common IV position. So playing your ukulele using chords from the F family is a little trickier than playing from the G family, but [more…]

Identifying the A-family Chords on Your Ukulele

In playing chords in the A family on your ukulele, you use the everyday A, Bm, D, and E7 chords. And, in addition to those chords, you use the slightly trickier C♯m and F♯m chords: [more…]

Identifying the D-family Chords on Your Ukulele

The D chord family isn’t the easiest chord family to play on your ukulele because it contains the moveable Bm chord. Plus, the D chord itself is quite tricky. But lots of songs use this chord family, so [more…]

Basic Ukulele Chords

Basic ukulele chords aren’t all as easy as the C chord, which requires pressing on one string with one finger, but they’re all basic to playing a variety of tunes on the ukulele. So start with the commonly [more…]

How to Play Select Minor Chords on Your Ukulele

Minor chords in music for any instrument — not just ukuleles — are considered the dark, sullen chords. But minor chords help you create beautiful, moody music, so don’t dismiss them. [more…]

How to Play a I–IV–V Chord Progression on Your Ukulele

The good news for ukulele players is that the basis of almost all popular music is just three chords. If you can play the I, IV, and V chords of the basic chord families, you have a strong basis to help [more…]

How to Bend Notes on Your Ukulele

You play a bend on your ukulele by grabbing the string and pushing it across the neck. This action increases the tension in the string and therefore raises the pitch. To play a bend, [more…]

How to Play Barre Chords on Your Ukulele

Barre chords form the basis of many ukulele songs. A barre chord (pronounced ‘bar’) is any chord where you fret more than one string with a single finger. They’re represented in chord diagrams in the same [more…]

How to Slide Notes on Your Ukulele

A slide is a way of transitioning between notes by shifting a finger along the ukulele string. Slides can transition between two fretted notes in either direction along the string. A big advantage of slides [more…]

How to Play Your First Two Ukulele Chords

Fretting chords on a ukulele is pretty easy, and these first two chords -- C major and F major -- are two of the simplest. After you figure out how to play these two chords, you can start playing entire [more…]

Tackling Barre Chords on Ukulele

Barre chords are the foundation of many ukulele songs. Understanding the hand positions and having proper form will create the clear notes needed for most songs. [more…]

Sliding Notes on Ukulele

There are many ways on the ukulele to change notes without picking them. Sliding notes is one of the most versatile techniques for any ukulele player. [more…]

Bending Notes on Ukulele

If you'd like to play a note without picking on ukulele, you can bend it. To bend, on ukulele, is to make the note higher without playing the next note up. [more…]

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