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Types of Chords Available on `Ukulele

ChordChordsChords – That IS what we do the most of. Think of your chord vocabulary just as you would your actual word vocabulary. With a broader available music vocabulary, the better you'll be able to communicate as an accompanist. Either to accompany yourself, others or when creating a solo melody and chord arrangement of a song.

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Of the three main, core, basic elements of music, MelodyHarmonyRhythm. It's the harmony — the chords, and chord progressions, a.k.a. songs, that you'll do the most of.

What Is A Chord?


Chord — A group of three or more different notes sounded together or almost together. Traditional three note chords are a called a triad. Two notes are an interval or dyad. Chords with four notes are a tetra-chord or 4-part chord, six notes are 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 A Chord's Harmonic Function within a tonality or chord progression.

The Harmonic Function is a critical part of a chord and only once you determine the chord's, harmonic function and only then you can name a chord , as the same shape cord can have many possible names – but only one name at a time.

Chord Progression — A series of chords played in a particular order or sequence.

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.

Types of Ukulele Chords Chords for learning purposes are organized into one of the four categories below.

1. Open Position Chords Your basic chords in the first four frets, including the open strings that most players learn first. There are, at most 20 chords in this category to get you through the common chords for the basic keys.

2. Basic Movable Form Chords Your basic Open Position Chords, re-fingered and transposed up the fingerboard to different keys. This includes the open strings as well. In C Tuning, the Bb major, based on the open position A major chord is the first movable form we learn that fits this category.

3. Jazz” Chords These contemporary 4-part chords find their way into a wide variety of music. This is a massive category where you really start to learn how chords construction works and can create any, yes ANY chord you run across.

4. Free Form Chords These are the chords that don't fit into one of the four chord categories or are a basic triad. This is where you “REALLY”, and I mean really know the ukulele fingerboard and the notes of the chord and can create it.

And at the heart of an overwhelming number of the chords we play are; TRIADS.

Traditional and Contemporary Triads Triads are the foundation for all chords in the above categories. Triads are also great for when you are improvising. The “adjacent set of three strings” are how these can be learned. The Basic Open major and minor chords are triads with one of the notes doubled.

Basic Open Position Chords for C Tuning — Chord Chart

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. Videos for each chord were added in 2020.

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

Click on any chord above to go that specific lesson.

Core Chords — The Big Six

These chords, often call Jazz Chords, find their way into a wide range of traditional and contemporary music. They form the foundation for building those chords with the wacky names such as 13-9, #11, 9b5, etc.

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 Dominant Seventh chord is truly a dominant chord.

Cool Chords Lesson Series

Here are a few of the chords that are part of the Cool Ukulele Chords Series of lessons.

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

Here are a few other links to check out.

Basic Ukulele Chords Charts

C Tuning

for Right Handed Player • C Tunings

for Left Handed Players • C Tuning

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.

These charts are available in the lessons section of the site by clicking on the buttons below the charts.

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

These 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.

G Tuning

for Baritone Players

Core Ukulele Chords - Sevenths • C Tuning

Basic Open Position `Ukulele Chord Chart - Baritone/G Tuning in the common keys of C, G, D, A, and E - with seventh chords in all keys. Includes diminished and augmented chords.

These charts are available in the lessons section of the site by clicking on the buttons below the charts.

Core Ukulele Chords - Sevenths • These chords are movable chord forms based on core 4-part seventh chords and triads with duplicated and/or omitted notes.

All Additional Reference Charts are Available on the Books Page . Select "Chart" the Main Categories section.

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