A Guide to Ukulele Chords

Covers the basic ukulele chords that ALL ukulele players SHOULD know.

Published: Jan 2, 2009 • Updated: Dec 5, 2017 • VISITS: 15

ukulele Subjects: chordsrepertoirebeginnerintermediatebasicsrockmovable

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A Guide to Ukulele Chords

Product Code: BC1UKE
Author(s): Curt Sheller
Publisher(s): Curt Sheller Publications
Published: 2009-01-02
ISBN-10: 0-9714044-7-X
ISBN-13: 978-0-9714044-7-2
Size: 8.5 x 11
Size: 8.5 x 11
Pages: 54
Price, Hard Copy: $14.95
Price, PDF: $9

A Guide to Ukulele Chords is designed as a guide to ukulele chords. Covering the basic ukulele chords that ALL ukulele players SHOULD know. A Guide to Ukulele Chords covers movable chord forms, rock chords, how to transpose chords, learning the ukulele fingerboard and includes an introduction to 4-part, a.k.a jazz chords and more…

A Guide to Ukulele Chords is now an updated version - 2nd edition.

From a few core, basic chord shapes and a understanding of how chords are constructed. Your chord vocabulary can be dramatically increased without memorizing countless chord shapes. There are too many chord shapes to memorize.

This book will take the mystery out playing and understanding chords on the ukulele, whether it is a standard, concert, tenor or baritone ukulele in C, D or G tuning, low or high string four.

Tunings: C, G, or D Tunings. Low or high string four variations.

Lefties of the world! Don't feel left out. There is a version for you: A Guide to Ukulele Chords for Lefties

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Table of Contents

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Table of Contents: A Guide to Ukulele Chords

  • Forward
  • Introduction
  • Open Position Chords
    • The Ukulele Chord Diagram
    • “C” Tuning Open Position Chords
    • “D” Tuning Open Position Chords
    • Baritone Open Position Chords
    • Open Position Chord Summary
  • Movable Chord Forms
    • “A/Bb” Movable Form Chords
    • “C/Db” Movable Form Chords
    • “G/Ab” Movable Form Chords
  • 4-Part Movable 7th Chord Forms
    • “C” Tuning - Soprano, Concert & Tenor • (G C E A)
    • “D” Tuning - Soprano, Concert & Tenor • (A D F# B)
    • “G” Tuning - Tenor & Baritone • (D G B E)
    • Generic • All Common Ukulele Tunings
    • Additional 7th Movable Chord Forms
    • Tips for Remembering Chords
  • Diminished & Augmented Chords
  • Rock Uke
    • Power 5 Chords
    • sus Chords
    • Add 9 Chords
  • 4-Part “Jazz”” Chord Forms
    • What is a Chord?
    • A Few Chord Building Rules
    • Creating the 4 Basic Chord Types
    • Building More Advanced Chords
    • Scale Interval Formula Chart
    • Suggested Learning Order
    • Scale Interval Chart
  • Transposing Chords & Progressions
  • Practice Chord Progressions
    • Orlando Blues
    • WC Swing
  • Learning The Ukulele Fingerboard
    • Common Tunings
    • Key Frets
    • "C" Tuning Natural & Sharp Notes
    • "C" Tuning Natural & Flat Notes
    • "D" Tuning Natural & Sharp Notes
    • "D" Tuning Natural & Flat Notes
    • "G" Tuning Natural & Sharp Notes
    • "G" Tuning Natural & Flat Notes

Errata: A Guide to Ukulele Chords

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  • 8/20/2008 - No content changes just some minor font tweaking.
  • 6/2/2006 - Updated ISBN number to new ISBN-13 number.
  • 1/14/2006 - (20060114.1.10) - Change the form name of the movable chords on page 18 to G/Ab Movable Form Chords. Thanks to Christie Weiser for pointing this out.

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These are the ukulele lessons that every ukulele player just starting out a bit seasoned should take a look at.

Even seasoned player should take a look at this series of lessons. You'll probally pick up a few things you didn't know or remember that would be very helpful when teaching beginners just get started.

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Basic Ukulele Chords Charts - As much as I preach the need to not have to rely on chords charts. When you're first learning the ukulele and chords these charts are a real help - just not long a term alternative to actually knowng your chords, where they come from and how to create them when needed.

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