Cm - Open Position and Movable Forms

PUBLISHED: Dec 28, 2010 • UPDATED: Mar 18, 2011 • LESSON CODE: UL79 • VISITS: 5

ukulele Subjects: chordsbeginnerintermediatecore

Cm - Open Position and Movable Forms

Open position Cm and its movable form and variations.

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Open Position Chord

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Movable Form Chord

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Tough Fingering?

With a barre of finger three or four for this chord necessary to play the chord. It puts the chord in the realm of being a little tough to play and switch between other chords.

This chord is great when used in a melody and chord arrangement but not particularly useful strummed. For that reason we'll skip past this chord a go right to next weeks chord, Dm which has a lot more potential.

Two Roots?

In the open position and movable forms of this chord there are two possible locations for the root or letter of the chord.

String four and string one both contain the root of the chord and can used for transposition purposes.

Movable Chord Forms

trans_ExampleMovable chord forms are chords containing no open strings. These chords are transposable to different keys by moving the chord form the same number of frets up and down the neck.

Each movable form is based on a common open position chord. These movable forms allow you to play chords not found in the open position.

Movable form chords allow you to play in any key and transpose chords, progressions and songs to any key. From basic movable form chords more advanced chords can be created.

The functional range of a movable form chord up the fingerboard of your ukulele depends on the ukulele's size (soprano, concert or tenor), the number of frets to the body (10, 12, 14, etc) and whether you have a cut-away for access to higher frets. Not all chords can be transposed a complete octave (12 frets).

Movable form chords can be used along with open position chords. As you learn more movable form chords you'll have a variety of alternate voicings for any given chord.

Movable form chords can be transposed up and down the fingerboard using the root of the chord and a transposition chart.

Transposing Movable Form Chords

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These lessons use the root of a chord to transpose to different keys.

Determine what string the root is on or would be on if not present in the chord's voicing.

Chord Transposition Chart

This transposition chart can be used for any chord where the root, or letter name of the chord is on the A string .

transposition chart for A

The root is on string 1, the A string.

Use the Root or implied root of the chord to transpose to different keys.

Ukulele ChordsA larger sized transposition chart is available in my book Ukulele Chords . This is the book these expanded chord lessons are based on.

Chord Tones - C Eb G

The chord tones of a C minor ( Cm ) chord are the 1st, flatted 3rd and 5th scale degrees of the A Major Scale ( C D E F G A B C' ) or C Eb G

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  • 1 - the Root or letter name of Cm is C
  • b3 - the flat third of Cm is Eb
  • 5 - the fifth of Cm is G

Chord Fingering

Chord fingering is dependent on several factors. The chord your on, the previous chord, the next chord, your hand and fingers. All chord fingerings shown are recommended fingerings and not mandatory. Most chords have alternate fingerings dependent on the context. The same chord might even be fingered one way in one part of a song or progression and an alternate fingering in another part.

Open Position Chord

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Movable Form Chord

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Open Position Chord

Movable Form Chord

Derived Chords

sus or suspended Chords

A sus chord implies the suspension of the third of a major, minor or seventh chord. The most common and historical use of this suspension involves raising the third of a major or seventh chord to the fourth for a sus4, or 7sus4. In some contemporary music, the suspension can also be accomplished by lowering the third of a major or minor chord to a second for a sus2 chord.

The term is borrowed from the contrapuntal technique of suspension, where a note from a previous chord is carried over to the next chord, and then resolved down to the third or tonic, suspending a note from the previous chord. However, in modern usage, the term concerns only the notes played at a given time; in a suspended chord, the added tone does not necessarily resolve and is not necessarily "prepared" (i.e., held over) from the prior chord.

add2/add9 Chords

Technically the add 2 and add 9 are different chords. Both the 2 and the 9 are the same letters but in different octaves. For all practical purposes, you can treat both the add2 and add9 chords as the same. Depending on whether you are using a low "G" or high "G", C tuning the added ninth might be a second. Whether you call it an add9 or add2 depends on whether the added note is in the same octave as the root of the chord.

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