UkuChords brings you the ultimate online ukulele chord referencing tool! Very advanced, extremely easy to use and above all completely free. Pick a root note at the top and choose the chord variation you're looking for. The chord will pop up on the ukulele fretboard and diagrams will appear below. Use the arrows in the headstock to look for an alternative playing position. Cool, isn't it? Default tuning is GCEA (standard or C tuning) but you can easily change it by choosing a different one or clicking the tuning pegs (desktop only).
The UkuChords chord diagrams are very easy to understand while still containing a ton of information for beginning and advanced ukulele players. To read ukulele chord diagrams you should imagine there is a ukulele in front of you and you are looking at the fretboard with the headstock at the top. The strings are illustrated as vertical lines (from left to right G C E A string) and the frets are the horizontal lines.
All the different chord shapes are represented by dots. Each dot represents the placement of your finger. In the example on the right, you can see an A major chord. So how should you place your fingers? You play the G - first - string at the second fret with your middle finger and the C - second - string at the first fret with your index finger. That little circle (o) at the top of the E and A strings means that you have to play that string open (i.e. not place a finger on it).
When you are just starting out with playing the ukulele it can be quite overwhelming, especially if it’s your first instrument ever. If you want to know more about basic ukulele chords, check out the detailed guide over on UkuGuides. Let's start with the seven absolute basic ukulele chords.
The first basic ukulele chords you should start learning are Am, C, F and G. Learning these four basic chords will allow you to play most popular songs in the C key by for example Bob Dylan,
Taylor Swift and
Creedence Clearwater Revival. Using the schematic above on "how to read chord charts" can help you understand how to place your fingers for these beginner chords.
While these seven ukulele chords already opens up a very wide range of songs that you can play, it’s only the tip of the metaphorical ukulele chords iceberg. Ready for the next step in learning ukulele chords? Go to UkuGuides to learn some major, minor and seventh chords to become a true ukulele guru.
What is a ukulele chord?
A chord is a Acombination of harmonious pitches, or notes. Usually there are three or more notes in a chord. The word chord is derived from the French word for agreement, or accord. So, a music chord is simply multiple pitches sounding together in harmony. These chords are typically named after the note that you can hear most prominently.