Open Position Chords

Published: Nov 4, 2013 Updated: Feb 25, 2015 Visits: 0

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The basic first chords most players learn. There are the chords in the first one, two, three and fours frets of the ukulele and include at least one open string.


The basic first chords most players learn. There are the chords in the first one, two, three and fours frets of the ukulele and include at least one open string.

COpen position chords are the basic, first chords most ukulele players learn. These chords are played in the fret one, two, three and four area of the ukulele and include at least one open string in the chord.

Here is a FREE chart of the Basic Open Position Ukulele Chords in common keys to get you started in C tuning, high or low “G”. For most simple songs the chords all are from the main key and stay in that key.

The basic first chords most players learn. There are the chords in the first one, two, three and fours frets of the ukulele and include at least one open string.

Learning Chords

The The Song Approach is to pick a song that you would like to learn and those are the chords you need to learn. Look them up, ask a friend or take a lesson or two. Then practice away.

A song is like a recipe, it contains ingredients: the chords, lyrics, and melody. The style and arrangement can be like the original recording or your own arrangement.

For basic open position chords in a few common keys, this approach will get you started. Simply memorize the shape and sound of each chord required.

Another approach is to learn the common chords that show up in common keys and songs. This is especially helpful for occasions where you might have never played a particular song before or are reading the chords as you go. This happens a lot at jam sessions, meetup groups and club play-a-longs. Still, just memorize the shape and should of the chord.

All you really need is to know one of each chord you might encounter.

For Folk, Rock, Pop, Country and and Bluegrass common major keys are C, G, D, A, and E.

Common Chords for the Key of C Major and the C Major Scale

The key of C major is one of the most common keys. It’s sometimes called the learning key as it corresponds to the white keys if the piano. It’s a good place to start.

The basic chords are:

  • C major
  • D minor
  • E minor
  • F major
  • G major
  • A minor
  • B diminished

The diminished chord rarely is rarely used and a G7 is substituted for it. A Diminished Seventh chord can also substitute for the diminished chord.

With major chords being the most common chord the “major” part of the chord is typically not said or notated. If you say play a C chord, it’s understood to mean “C Major”. The minor chord type is shortened to “min” or “m”. The diminished notation is shortened to “dim” or a degree sign. Leaving use with an easier to read list.

  • C
  • Dm
  • Em
  • F
  • G
  • Am
  • or Bdim

Any one of the chords can be a seventh chord: C7, D7, E7, F7, G7, A7, and B7. These are 4-part chords containing four notes with no duplicate notes. All but the G7 are chords outside of the key of C major but common.

Here are all the possible open position seventh chords. For the chords that do not have an open position form their basic movable form is shown.

See the Key Signatures series of lessons for the common chords to all 15 major keys.

The second approach, which is almost required with movable form and *jazz* chords is to have a core set of chords and a system for deriving additional chords from those known chords. And, knowing where and how chords are created and used.

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Basic Open Position `Ukulele Chord Chart

A core set of basic ukulele chords that ALL Ukulele players should know - at least - in the five common keys of C, G, D, A and E.

Basic Open Position `Ukulele Chord Chart for Lefties

A core set of basic chords that ALL Ukulele players should know in five common keys: C, G, D, A and E.

Understanding a `Ukulele Chord Diagram

There're a lot different ways to show chord shapes, diagrams and images on a fretted instrument.

Types of `Ukulele Chords

Naturally, for ukulele, all chords need to be voiced using only the four strings available.

Basic Movable Form Chords

Sometimes called barre chords, these chords venture beyond the third fret.

Traditional and Contemporary Triads

triad is a three note chord.

4-part Contemporary Chords, a.k.a. Jazz Chords

Core Chords is a series of lessons for building your 4-part chords.

Free Form Chords

Free Form chords are those chords that do not fall into one of the other chord categories.

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Basic Ukulele Chord Chart

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Ukulele Fingerboard Chart for C Tuning, Low or High G

Ukulele Fingerboard Chart for C Tuning, Low or High G.


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