Types of `Ukulele Chords

Open position chords, movable form chords, 4-part "jazz" chords, and free form chords.

PUBLISHED: Jan 2, 2005 • UPDATED: Dec 31, 2019 • LESSON CODE: UL114 • VISITS: 56

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Types of `Ukulele Chords

Chords, Chords, Chords

That is what you'll be doing the most of.

Naturally, for ukulele, all chords need to be voiced using only the four strings available. You would think that this is limiting when in actuality it's quite liberating when you learn the makeup of chords. This lesson covers the types of chords possible on ukulele.

Chord can be categorized in to four categories: open position chords, movable form chords, 4-part - a.k.a. jazz chords and free from chords.

Open Position Chords

Open Position chords are 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. Learn about 19 open position chords and you'll be able to play a load of songs.

Open Position Chords

Basic Movable Form Chords

Movable Form Chords are the basic open position re-finger to allow transposition the additional keys. The first movable form chord chord players typically learn is Bb.

Basic Movable Form Chords

Traditional and Contemporary Triads

Triads - At the heart of most chords there is a major, minor, diminished or augmented triad. Theses are the fundamental, traditional three note chords that have been around for centuries. The basic major and minor Open Position and Movable Form chords where triads with a duplication of one of the notes in the chord.

Triads are at the heart of the Open Position, Basic Movable Form and 4-Part Jazz chords.

Traditional and Contemporary Triads

“Jazz” Chords

These chords are simply 4-part Contemporary Chords used in a wide variety of music and where you start to learn how chords are constructed and where they come from. Beyond a core set of chords this is where you'll start to realize that they're too many shapes to memorize all the possible chords shapes. You need to build and derive all your chords from a core foundation of chords.

“Jazz” Chords

Free Form Chords

It’s just the notes!!!

Free Form chords are those chords that do not fall into one of the other categories. They typically don’t show up in chord dictionaries or software programs.You can create these chords when you know the notes of the ukulele fingerboard, know how chords are constructed and know the names of the notes the chord and the intervals that make up the chord.

Free Form Chords

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