Naming Chords on `Ukulele

Determining the correct name of a chord.

Published: Jan 2, 2005 Updated: Jun 15, 2018 Visits: 4

ukulele Subjects: jazzchordstheory

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A Chord can have alternate names based on how it is being used. A chord's function is an important determining factor in naming a chord.

So unless you know the harmonic function of a given chord, you might not be able to accurately name it.


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Determining the Name of a Chord?

A Chord can only be named in the context of how it is being used and after determining how it's functioning within that context.

  • A Chord can have alternate names based on how it is being used. A chord’s function is an important determining factor in naming a chord.

  • A Chord can NOT be named by its fingerboard shape.
  • A Chord can NOT be named by its lowest note.
  • A Chord might NOT have a root.

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