Chord a Day, March 1st - Bb

Learn a new chord everyday of March.

Published: 01 Jan 2013 Updated: 28 Dec 2022Visits: 96Code: ULCAD0301

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Chord a Day, March 1st - Bb


Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for March 1st is Bb.

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Root Position B♭

Chord a Day, March 1st - Bb Lesson Video

The Chord a Day for March dives into Movable Form chords. These chords are based on open positions chords and do not contain any open strings — allowing for ease of transposing to other keys up and down the ukulele fingerboard. This starts you life and journey beyond the third fret.

With the Key of F being a popular ukulele key. Bb is Most likely the first movable, barre chord one learns on the ukulele.

For transposition purposes today's chord, Bb has a root on string one and string four. This is where you really, and I mean really knowing the notes of the ukulele fingerboard finally pays off.

Harmonic Function for Bb

The Harmonic Function of a chord is simply how is a chord being used, in context with other chords in a song or chord progression. Here are the most common harmonic functions for today's chord.

Bb is a Full Diatonic , primary chord in the common Major key(s) of: Bb (I) Eb (IV) , F (V) , and

Bb is a Full Diatonic chord in the common Minor key(s) of: Gm (III) , Eb (VI)

Harmonic Analysis, Scales and Modes

All harmonic and scale analysis utilizes Roman Numerals related to its major or parallel major scale (I II II IV V VII VII, the 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 of the major scale). Technically, the modes are the same or can use a number relative to its parallel major scale. You will see the latter more than the former.

Movable Form Chords

Today's chord, Bb, is a Movable Form Chord based off the Open Position A.

Any chord chord can be transposed along the fingerboard.

Learn a New Chord Each Day!!!

This Learn a New Chord Each Day!!! series of lessons was created and published in 2013 (10yrs ago) and has been added to an expanded ever since. 2020 brought videos to the show. 2023 is bringing more Harmonic information.

For a further exploration of this chord and its movable forms visit the Movable Ukulele Chords Lesson Series page.

To find out even more than you would ever need to know about a Bb chord — continue reading .

Chord Type(s): Major

Chord Categories: Movable Form Triad

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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 numbering 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.

Derived From

Today's chord, Bb is a derived chord from A . Take any chord progression with A in it and explore substituting Bb for A.

View the A chord a day page...

Chord Spelling

Chord Spelling is simply knowing what the notes, the chord tones of a chord are.

The notes of all chords can be determined from its corresponding major scale based on the root of the chord and numeric formula.

The notes for Bb are:

Bb D F

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

Bb is a movable version of the open position A with the root on string one and string four. I've only shown the root on string one. You can uses either root for transposition purposes.

Recommended Fingering

LH_fingersAlthough additional fingerings are possible for many chords. Fingering for any given chord depends the science of how our fingers work and on the harmonic context the chord is being used in, what was the previous chord and what's the next chord. The goal is to play all the notes right behind the frets when possible. Remember longer fingers can reach the lower strings better and finger two and stack on finger three and finger three can stack on finger four.

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

Recommended Fingering
3 2 1-1

Alternate Fingering(s)

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

Alternate fingering(s) for Bb:

A barre across strings one and two is the most efficient finger for this chord. <b>DO NOT barre more strings than necessary unless there's an overwhelming musical reason for the barre.</b> An example when quickly switching between todays chords and tomorrow's Bb7 in a very fast rhythmic pattern.

Fingering Notation

Fingering notation for 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 (nose to toes). Here is the text notation for January 1st C chord.

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

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


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 Bb are: Bb D F

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

Next Steps

After memorizing todays Bb 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.


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