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Chord a Day, February 13th - Bb5add2

Learn a new chord everyday of February.

by Curt Sheller, Curt Sheller Publications

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for February 13th is Bb5add2.


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Chord Type(s): Power5 Dyad Add
Chord Categories: Open Position

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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
C Tuning - High 'G' and Low 'G' Tunings

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

Derived From

Todays chord, Bb5add2 is a derived chord from Bb. Take any chord progression with Bb in it and explore substituting Bb5add2 for Bb.

Bb chord image

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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 Bb5add2 are:

Bb C F#

These are the 1 2 5 scale degrees of the parent Bb 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 Bb5add2 is:

Recommended Fingering
0 3 1-1

Alternate Fingering(s)

Here are a few alternate fingerings for today’s Bb5add2 chord depending on the context the chord is being used.

Alternate fingering(s) for Bb5add2:

  • 0 4 1-1

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.

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

Note: A Zero (0) fingering notation represents an open string that no finger is required.

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 Bb5add2 are: Bb C F#

Bb5add2 is the 1 2 5 of the Bb Major Scale based on the root (Bb) of the chord.

Power Five Chords

A Power 5 chord contains the root and fifth of a major scale. With an optional octave of the root added for a three note power 5 chord. A power 5 chord is technically not a chord in the traditional sense but a dyad or interval. It's more of an implied chord sometimes major and sometimes minor.

add2/add9 Chords

Technically the add 2 and add 9 are different chords. Both the 2 and the 9 are the same letters but in different octaves. For all practical purposes, you can treat both the add2 and add9 chords as the same. Depending on whether you are using a low "G" or high "G", C tuning the added ninth might be a second. Whether you call it an add9 or add2 depends on whether the added note is in the same octave as the root of the chord.

Next Steps

After memorizing todays Bb5add2 chord and able to switch in time with other chords. The next step is adding various strums and fingerpicking patterns to your ukulele skills.

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