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Whoo!!!, Too Many Chord Shapes to Memorize!!!

Time to get off the memorizing your chords by shapes.

PUBLISHED: Jan 1, 2013 UPDATED: Dec 29, 2017VIEWS: 413 • LESSON CODE: ULCAD-END

Instruments: ukulele Subjects: chords

Whoo!!!, Too Many Chord Shapes to Memorize!!!

Where is Today's Chord?

"Whoo!!!, Too Many Chord Shapes to Memorize!!!"

Hopefully, that is something you might have realized three months into the Chord a Day saga, that:

After a core set of Basic Open Position Chords and a few Movable Form Chords - it's learning how chords are created and how to derive new chords from your core set of ever-expanding existing chords.

It never was my intention to do a whole year's worth of chords. I'm surprised I went three months (January, February, and March). And, in 2020 I added a video for each chord for 91 videos. Those three months covered the Basic Open Position Chords , Movable Form Chords , a few Free Form Chords , and a start of 4-part Jazz Chords in March.

Although I did miss one really popular chord that should be there. It's a basic 4-part chord that I was shocked I had missed. Here is a hint: '5500'.

So now that Spring is here in the Northern Hemisphere where I live. It's time to get out and start using all these new chords and really learn how they are used and what substitutes you can use.

See You Next Year!!! • 2022

So what's next? Here are a series of lessons to get you going towards that ultimate goal of being to play any chord you ever need. Or, at least say that you can create any chord you ever need. Even when people get very creative in naming chords.

  • Basic Open Position Chords - These are the core set of chords that the January covered. These are the basic chords that every ukulele player should know.
  • Movable Chords - movable form of the open position chords
  • "Jazz" Chords - these chords all start with the Big Six core chords.
  • “Free Form” Chords - this is where you know how chords are created, constructed and used and don't fit into one of the above categories. With a low G, C tuning, these chords are a kin to closed voicing chords, where all the notes are within one octave - just like most of the chords with a high G, C tuning.

The Forgotten Chord

Here is one chord that I forgot to add that is a basic chord that should have been in January or February somewhere.

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The Forgotten Chord

This is a great voicing as a substitute for this Fmaj7 voicing which tends to be a bit dissonant.

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End of Lesson - Thanks, Hope You Enjoyed It!

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