Em - Open Position and Movable Forms

Published: Dec 28, 2010 Updated: Mar 18, 2011 • Visitors: 2 • Page Views: 1

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Open position Em and its movable form and variations.


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Open Position Chord

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Movable Form Chord

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Derived from Dm

This lesson's chord can be learned relative to the Dm open position chord and its movable for chord presented in the previous lesson 10. It is just a different voicing of the root, flat third and fifth of this minor chord.

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

roots(2_blkandGray).png 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 string C.

transposition chart for C

The root is on string 3, the C 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 chord lessons are based on.

Chord Tones - D F A

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

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  • 1 - the Root or letter name of Dm is D
  • b3 - the flat third of Dm is F
  • 5 - the fifth of Dm is A

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.


Derived Chords

7th (pronounced Seventh)

A partial seventh chord can be created by lowering the Root of a major chord two frets.

A seventh chord as a 4-part chord ( 1 3 5 b7 ) and one of the Big Six core chords used to derive other contemporary and jazz chords.

NOTE: A Seventh chord is very ofter referred to as a Dominant Seventh . This is not always accurate as Dominant is a chord function and not actually part of a chord name, which is a capital letter and chord type information not function information. We don't call a seventh function as a I chord in a blues a Tonic Seventh or the IV chord a Sub-Dominant chord, etc...

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.

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.

Power Five Chords

A Power 5 chord contains the root and fifth of a major scale with an optional octave of the root added for a three note power 5 chord. A power 5 chord is technically not a chord in the traditional sense but a dyad or interval. It's more of an implied chord sometimes major and sometimes minor.



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