Whoo!!!, Too Many Chord Shapes to Memorize!!!

Published: Jan 1, 2013 Updated: Dec 29, 2017

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Where is Today's Chord?

"Whoo!!!, Too Many Chord Shapes to Memorize!!!"

Hopefully, that is something you might have realized three months into the Chord a Day saga, that:

After a core set of basic open position chords and a few movable form chords - it's learning how chords are created and how to derive new chords from your core set of ever-expanding existing chords.

It never was my intention to do a whole year's worth of chords. I'm surprised I went three months (January, February, and March). Those three months covered the basic open position chords, a few free form chords and a start of jazz chords and with the blues in March.

Although I did miss one really popular chord that should be there. It's a basic 4-part chord that I was shocked I had missed. Here is a hint: '5500'.

So now that Spring is here in the Northern Hemisphere where I live. It's time to get out and start using all these new chords and really learn how they are used and what substitutes you can use.

See you next year.

Here are a series of lessons to get you going towards that ultimate goal of being to play any chord you ever need.

  • Basic Open Position Chords - These are the core set of chords that the January covered. These are the basic chords that every ukulele player should know.

  • Movable Chords - movable form of the open position chords

  • "Jazz" Chords - these chords all start with the Big Six core chords.

  • “Free Form” Chords - this is where you know how chords are created, constructed and used and don't fit into one of the above categories. With a low G, C tuning, these chords are a kin to closed voicing chords, where all the notes are within one octace - just like most of the chords with a high G, C tuning.

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