Chord a Day, January 3rd - G

Learn a new chord everyday of January.

PUBLISHED: Jan 1, 2013 • UPDATED: Dec 12, 2018 • LESSON CODE: ULCAD0103 • VISITS: 40

ukulele Subjects: chordscore

Chord a Day, January 3rd - G

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for January 3rd is G.

G is a primary chord in the common keys of G, C, and D.

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

G 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

ULCAD0103

Learn a New Chord a Day Everyday

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for January 3rd is G.

G is a primary chord in the common keys of G, C, and D.

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

G 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 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 your, the recommended fingering for G is:

Recommended Fingering
0 1 3 2

Chord_grid_legand.png

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

ULCAD0103

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 G are:

G B D

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

Recommended Fingering

LH_fingersAll though additional fingerings are possible for many chords. Fingering for any given chord depends 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 your, the recommended fingering for G is:

Recommended Fingering
0 1 3 2

Alternate Fingering(s)

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

Alternate fingering(s) for G:

  • 0 1 2 1 - Finger is placed flat across strings one, two and three.
  • 0 1 3 1 - Finger is placed flat across strings one, two and three. This is a variation of the above fingering.
  • 0 2 4 3 - This fingering is good if you're going to move/transpose the chord up the neck and used finger one for string four.

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.

Chord Photos

Photos typically are NOT a good way to show a chord as they can't always show efficient, ergonomic chord fingering.

This following photos I'm sure where intended to show a chord and inadvertently shows several points of bad technique:


  • A) Thumb too high in a non-supporting role.
  • B) Too far from the fret.
  • A) Knuckle collapsed. The end knuckle of the third finger is the weakest knuckle on the hand and needs more work.
  • A) Too far from the fret. Right behind the fret is the position of least effort to get a clear note. Any further away from the fret and you need to press harder.

"Impolite Fingering" - Try not to flip people the bird as in the second photo above. Finger one, the index finger is the only finger that is really capable of a Full Barre across all the four strings.

* Fingers Not Over Fingerboard And Out Of Position. All the non chording fingers in the above photos are out of position. Most likely to show a chord fingering – but not good fingering and really drives home the point of why photos are not the way to show a chord.

If you're using efficient fingering and keeping all the fingers over the fingerboard and ready to go and as close to the action as possible. You might not be able to see in the photo if a finger is actually being used to play a given chord. This is true for most chord photos.

In the photos for the Open Position C Chord I took for January 1 . I kept the other fingers out of the way for the photo and that is NOT how I would actually play those chords or recommend to others.

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 G are: G B D

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

Next Steps

After memorizing todays G 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!

Related Lessons

Related Lessons for Chord a Day, January 3rd - G at this time.

top

Comparing the High G and Low G, C Tunings

Exploring the differences in these two common C tunings.

Basic Open Position `Ukulele Chord Chart

A core set of basic `ukulele chords* that ALL Ukulele players should know.

Chord Shapes and Learning `Ukulele Chords

Even memorizing a few hundred is time-consuming and not practical.

Learning the `Ukulele Fingerboard (Finally!!!)

It's easier then your think.

Naming Chords on `Ukulele

Determining the correct name of a chord.

Natural, Sharp and Flat Notes of the `Ukulele Fingerboard - C Tuning

A chart in standard music notation of the natural, sharp and flat notes of the ukulele fingerboard.

Movable `Ukulele Chords

A series of weekly ukulele lessons for learning your chords beyond the third fret.

Reading Ukulele TAB - Alternate Notation

An alternate form of musical notation for stringed instruments.

Standard Music Notation

A complete lesson on standard music notation.

The Learning Process - The Mind, Hands and Ears

Making the connection between the Mind, the Hands and the Ear.

The Harmonized Major and Minor Scale Charts

Transposing Individual `Ukulele Chords

Moving Notes, Chords, Scales or Any Musical Passages from One Key to Another Key.

G - Open Position and Movable Forms

The chord from the hood -– "Yo! 'G'".

Related Lesson Files, Resources and Assets

Related Assets for Chord a Day, January 3rd - G at this time.

top

Basic Ukulele Chord Chart

A chart of the most common ukulele chords in the most common keys of C, G, D, A, and E.

Key Signatures - Cycle of Fourths and Fifths

A handy reference chart of all 15 major and relative minor key signatues.


Members Only
Log-in to access.

Related Lesson Books

Related Books for Chord a Day, January 3rd - G at this time.

top

A Guide to Ukulele Chords for Lefties

Covers the basic ukulele chords that ALL ukulele players SHOULD know - for Lefties.

A Guide to Ukulele Chords, 2nd Edition

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

Related Videos

Related Videos for Chord a Day, January 3rd - G.

top

Chord a Day, January 3rd - G

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for January 3rd is G.

Site Membership Plans to LearningUkulele.com

Basic Plan - A limited selection of basic lessons — ( currently over 140 ) and 100+ songs for ukulele as well as basic general music reference material — Completely FREE — Simply Register/Signup. HOWEVER - I've been doing ukulele and LearningUkulele.com since 2003 and probably have given too much away already - as reflected in my income from the site in relationship to the time spent on the site. So help support this site and its continued development by signing up for one of the below Premium Access Plans or buy a few of my books. - Thanks, Curt

Premium Gold Plan - The Premium Plan gives you Unlimited 24/7 access to ALL lessons, downloads, songs, play-along jam tracks, videos, email access to Curt, resources and related assets. As well as ALL books by Curt Sheller as FREE downloads.

Forever Premium Gold Plan - The Forever Premium Gold Plan gives you Unlimited 24/7 access to ALL lessons, downloads, songs, play-along jam tracks, videos, email access to Curt, resources and related assets. As well as ALL books by Curt Sheller as FREE downloads. Pretty much everything on the site and NEVER worry about a subscription or surprise payment again. And jump the queue for my responding to any questions.

If your anything like me (Curt) and getting Subscription overload with everything on-line wanting money from you once a month — I'm with you. For like minded individuals this forever plan is a pay once and never be bugged again.

The price for Unlimited Forever access is right around the cost of a few months of private lessons. I can guarantee that is more material on-line to keep you bust for a long, long time. And, you get all of my books for FREE. That along is more than the cost of this plan.

NOTE: Each higher membership level includes ALL the benefits of the lower membership levels. The Private Lesson Plans include all the benefits of a Premium Access Plans as long as you remain a student on on the schedule.

Just browsing over both books, they look fantastic! I'm a guitarist and uke player for over 25 years and was thinking about writing a ukulele book but you've already written what I think are the best, most comprehensive and thorough books I've ever seen for the instrument. I just might end up buying every book you've written and I'll be giving my highest recommendation for your books to my friends and students. Thank you so much for taking the time to write such great books!Peter Rhee

Aloha, Curt, All I can say is WOW! What you have accomplished is simply incredible! All the bestGlen Hirabayashi, The Aloha Boys

Folks, if you haven't stopped by Curt's site, do so right now! ..And get his books, they are fantastic. This guy knows his stuff and is able to pass it along too.Alan Johnson Proprietor, The 4th Peg

I can highly recommend Curt's Uke books — I have four of them and they are excellent.fatveg — Portland

Thanks for visiting and checking out the site!

curtieAnim.gif

Original Curtie Animation from 1987 for my first web site on a Macintosh II.
33 years ago.

“Built for myself (Curt), and sharing with the `Ukulele community!”

LearningUkulele.com has one of the largest collections of lessons, songs, and TABS, luthiers, ukulele builders, ukulele festival and club information, and, ukulele links on the web. I’ve been on the ®Internet since the early 1990's and This site just never stops growing!!!

Content is added and updated almost daily - so check back often.