Ukulele Chords & Chord Progressions

You will be playing more chords and chord progressions than anything else. These are the bulk of the lessons available here.

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Of the three elements of music Melody - Harmony - Rhythm. It's the harmony - the chords and chord progressions a.k.a. songs that you'll do the most of.

Think you your chord vocabulary just like you actual vocabulary. With a broader available music vocabulary, the better you'll be able to communicate as an accompanist. Either to accompany yourself, other or when creating a solo melody and chord arrangement of a song.

Types of Ukulele Chords

You can organize your chords into these four categories: Open position chords, movable form chords, 4-part "jazz" chords, and free-form chords.

Basic Open Position Chords for C Tuning

A handy-dandy reference chart of open position chords in five common keys of C, G, D A, and E. With seventh chords, diminished and augmented chord for every root.

A Ukulele Chord a Day

The Ukulele Chord a Day series of lessons started in 2013.

Movable Form Chords

After learning the basic open position chords these 20 plus ukulele chord lessons cover the open position forms and their movable forms. This allows you to play basic chords in ANY key.

A, Am, A7, B7, C, Cm, C7, D, Dm, D7, E, Em, E7, F, Fm, F7, G, Gm, G7

Core Chords - The “Big Six”

The 4-part Seventh chord, often called the Dominant Seventh chord can form the foundation for ALL your core contemporary, a.k.a, jazz chords. This series of lessons covers the big six that finds wide use in all forms of contemporary music. Then builds on your core chords with the rest of the 4-part chords.

The Dominant Seventh Chord

Not all seventh chords are dominant seventh chords. Learn when a the Dominant Seventh chord is truly a dominant chord.

Cool Chords Lesson Series

These chords are part of the Cool Ukulele Chords Series of lessons.

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Chord - A group of three or more different notes sounded together or almost together. These three note chords are called triads. Two notes are called an interval or dyad. Chords with four notes are called a tetra-chord or 4-part chord, six a hexachord, etc. Every chord can be given a specific name, based on the notes that constitute the chord and the distances, or intervals, between them and its harmonic function within a tonality or chord progression.

Chord Progression A series of chords played in order.

What is a Chord Progression?

Simply put, a chord progression is a sequence of chords. Songs are chord progressions with melodies and lyrics added.

For a more elaborate description checkout the WidipediA article and link below.

Turns out there are a lot of common chord sequences that make learning a lot of songs easier.

What is a Chord Progression?

A chord progression (or harmonic progression) is a series of musical chords, or chord changes that "aims for a definite goal" of establishing (or contradicting) a tonality founded on a key, root or tonic chord. In other words, the succession of root relationships. Chords and chord theory are generally known as harmony.

A chord progression can be thought of as a harmonic simultaneity succession: it offers an ongoing shift of level that is essential to the music of Europe (at least since 1600), Oceania and South/West Africa. A change of chord, or "chord change", generally occurs on an accented beat, so that chord progressions may contribute significantly to the rhythm, meter and musical form of a piece, delineating bars, phrases and sections.

Common Chord Progressions

Basic Ukulele Chords Charts

for Right Handed Players
for Left Handed Players

Basic Open Positions Chords - C Tuning in the common keys of C, G, D, A, and E - with seventh chords in all keys. Includes diminished and augmented chords.

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The following two charts are for C Tuning and organized by the common chords that show up in common keys.

Both charts are FREE downloads and available in right hand and left hand versions.

Basic Open Positions Chords for Lefties - C Tuning in the common keys of C, G, D, A, and E - with seventh chords in all keys. Includes diminished and augmented chords.

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