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Chord a Day, January 2nd - F

Learn a new chord everyday of January.

PUBLISHED: Jan 1, 2013 • UPDATED: Dec 12, 2018 • LESSON CODE: ULCAD0102 • VISITS: 79

ukulele Subjects: chords

Chord a Day, January 2nd - F

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for January 2nd is F. January 2nd happens to be my (Curt) birthday. Sorry, Mom and Dad, you didn't get that tax deduction.

Initially, chords are learned based on songs that players would like to play and this means the primary chords of the common keys are typically first. F is a primary chord in the keys of C, F, and Bb.

For a further exploration of this chord and its movable form visit the Movable Ukulele Chords series of lessons.

F is a Core Chord

A core chord is a basic chord that other chords can be derived from - creating new chords from your known chords. Your ever expanding set of core chords creates a solid foundation for playing music on ukulele or any instrument capable of playing chords. There are just far too many chord shapes to memorize all the possibilities. Some chords you can simply create on the fly as needed based on known information and how chords work.

Chord Type(s): Major

Chord Categories: Open Position Triad

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Learn a New Chord a Day Everyday

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for January 2nd is F. January 2nd happens to be my (Curt) birthday. Sorry, Mom and Dad, you didn't get that tax deduction.

Initially, chords are learned based on songs that players would like to play and this means the primary chords of the common keys are typically first. F is a primary chord in the keys of C, F, and Bb.

For a further exploration of this chord and its movable form visit the Movable Ukulele Chords series of lessons.

F is a Core Chord

A core chord is a basic chord that other chords can be derived from - creating new chords from your known chords. Your ever expanding set of core chords creates a solid foundation for playing music on ukulele or any instrument capable of playing chords. There are just far too many chord shapes to memorize all the possibilities. Some chords you can simply create on the fly as needed based on known information and how chords work.

Recommended Fingering

LH_fingersAll though additional fingerings are possible for many chords. Fingering for any given chord depends the science of how our fingers works and on the harmonic context the chord is being used in, what was the previous chord and what's the next chord.

Although you can play any chord with any finger as long as it's yours, the recommended fingering for F is:

Recommended Fingering
2 0 1 0

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Related Lesson: Understanding a Chord Diagram

Open Position chords typically do not show the location of the root or letter name of the chord as these chords are the first chords a ukulele player learns and are almost entirely learned by shape and sound - hopefully, the chords' name. Later on one develops the ability to determine the location of the chord root(s) or letter name within the chord.

Standard Music Notation and TAB

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Standard music notation and TAB for C Tuning, Low and High "G" variations

The same number notation of TAB can be used to describe the open strings and frets to be played when using text only notation or verbal communications. Using an open position C as an example we can describe it as: 0003 indicating open strings four, three and two with fret (3) being fingered on string one. An open position D7 indicated as 2020.

As you can see that are numerous ways to describe a chord, either verbally, Standard Music Notation , TAB , in text, graphically using a Chord Grid , etc.

Chord Spelling

Chord Spelling is simply knowing what the notes of a chord are. The notes of all chords can be determined from its corresponding major scale based on the root of the chord.

The notes for F are:

F A C

The chord tones are the 1 3 5 scale degrees of the parent F Major Scale .

Additional Information

Recommended Fingering

LH_fingersAll though additional fingerings are possible for many chords. Fingering for any given chord depends the science of how our fingers works and on the harmonic context the chord is being used in, what was the previous chord and what's the next chord.

Although you can play any chord with any finger as long as it's yours, the recommended fingering for F is:

Recommended Fingering
2 0 1 0

Alternate Fingering(s)

Here are a few alternate fingerings for today’s F chord depending on the context the chord is being used.

Alternate fingering(s) for F:

  • I've seen players use their thumb to play this chord T 0 2 0. However it's not recommended to take the thumb out of it's primary role of supporting for the fingers.
  • 3 0 2 0

Fingering Notation

Fingering of a chord using text only, without using a chord grid is typically done using the finger numbers from left to right, string four to string one. Here is the text notation for January 1st C chord.

A Typical text representation of a chord fingering without a chord grid.

Note: A Zero (0) fingering notation represents an open string that doesn't require using a finger.

Major Chords

F – Pronounced F major or just plain F. With major chords being the most common chords the “major” part of the chord's name is seldom said and is implied.

Major chords have a bold sound.

F is a core chord and should be memorized. From your core chords other chords can be derived.


Fingering Chords

Additional alternate fingerings might be possible for selected chords. If there isn't an overwhelming musical reason for one fingering over another, let efficiency be the determining factor. Something as simple as longer fingers can reach the lower string four and three goes a long way to being efficient when switching chords.

Factors such as playing notes right behind the fret takes less effort than in the middle of the fret. Less effort leads to overall efficiency in play, lower maintenance for maintaining your technique and efficiency leads to speed. This can help in determining what finger to use. Finger three can overlap finger four and finger two can overlap finger three a little allowing them to get closer to the fret.

Remember – the thumb's primary role is to support the fingers – not play notes. Think of the thumb as a Stagehand. He is unseen, doesn't get any lines BUT is a critical member of the team.

Chord Construction, Notes and Intervals

ALL chords can be be constructed based on the their intervals relative to the major scale of the root or letter name of the chord. The individual names of the notes of the chord can also be determined from the same scale.

The chord tones for F are: F A C

F is the 1 3 5 of the F Major Scale based on the root (F) of the chord.

Next Steps

After memorizing todays F chord and able to switch in time with other chords. The next step is adding various Strums , Fingerpicking patterns, and exploring the Movable Chord versions of today's chord, to your ukulele skills.


End of Lesson - Thanks, Hope You Enjoyed It!

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Ukulele Chord a Day, January 2nd - F

What better way than to start the new year off with learning a new ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for January 2nd is F.

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for January 2nd is F. January 2nd happens to be my (Curt) birthday. Sorry, Mom and Dad, you didn't get that tax deduction.

Initially, chords are learned based on songs that players would like to play and this means the primary chords of the common keys are typically first. F is a primary chord in the keys of C, F, and Bb.

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