Relating Chord Diagrams and Tab to the Ukulele

By Alistair Wood

Part of Ukulele For Dummies Cheat Sheet

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.

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Ukulele tab

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.

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