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Chords and Music Reference Charts

Handy reference charts for basic chords that form the foundation of of your chord vocabulary on ukulele.

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Basic Open Position `Ukulele Chord Chart

A core set of basic ukulele chords that ALL Ukulele players should know - at least - in the five common keys of C, G, D, A and E. As well as the seventh chords for common keys.

The chart is organized in common keys and covers basic chords in these keys. Of the 15 possible major and relative minor keys in music. There are five common keys to get started with: C, G, D, A, and E. These keys allow you to play quite a few popular songs. There's more in common between songs that your might think.

This chord chart is great for beginners and new members to ukulele clubs.

**Understandably this is one of the most popular and top lessons on the site. Chords are what we do the most on ukulele as you can't know too many chords. But, in the long run, there are far too many chord shapes to memorize all the possible chords. You need to learn a bit about how they are constructed and work to get beyond this basic chart.

Master the chords on this chord chart, and when you venture past the third fret, you'll see that it's not as foreign chord territory as you might have thought.

Here are direct links to the Key Signature lessons for the common keys covered in the chart with a lot more information. Each key is a series of lessons covering the primary and secondary chords of the key with common progressions and more!

Did I mention it's FREE!!!

Several years ago I created a series of lessons called A Chord a Week, where each week I took a basic open position chord, which happens to be one of the chords from this chart and went over the chords you can derive from your basic chords.

Here a lot of the chords that are in the first row of the chart and their seventh chords:

The chart is also available for *Lefties.

UL700b

Basic Open Position `Ukulele Chord Chart for Lefties

A core set of basic chords that ALL Ukulele players, even lefties - should know in five common keys: C, G, D, A and E. With the common seventh chords in every key.

The chart is organized in common keys and covers basic chords in those keys. Of the 15 possible major and relative minor keys in music. There are five common keys to get started with: C, G, D, A, and E. These will allow you to play quite a few popular songs.

This chart is great for new members of ukulele clubs and is organized into common keys of the songs that are most popular played at ukulele jams.

Understandably this is one of the most popular lessons on the site. Chords are what you do the most on ukulele.

Master these open position chords and when you venture past the third fret you will see that it's not as foreign chord territory as you might have thought.

See the Related Material / Related Lessons for individual lessons for each of the common keys of C, G, D, A, and E that are covered in this *Basic Open Position Chord Chart*. Each lesson covers the key signature, primary and secondary chords and common progressions for the key.

Here are direct links to the Key Signature lessons for the common keys covered in the chart with a lot more information. Each key is a series of lessons covering the primary and secondary chords of the key with common progressions and more!

Did I mention it.s FREE.

Several years ago I created a series of lessons called [A Chord a Week](/lessons/code. UL200). Each week I took a basic open position chord, which happens to be one of the chords from this chart and went over the chords you can derive from your basic chords.

Here a lot of the chords that are in the first row of the chart and their seventh chords:

The chart is also available for *Lefties.

UL700c

Core Ukulele Chords - Sevenths

These chords are movable chord forms based on core 4-part seventh chords and triads with duplicated and/or omitted notes.

The first four seventh chords on the chart are the four seventh chords that are used to build ALL - yes all of your 4-part contemporary chords, commonly called jazz chords

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Basic Open Position `Ukulele Chord Chart - Baritone Tuning

A core set of basic chords that ALL Ukulele players should know in common keys.

There are C tuning versions available for right and left hand players.

Learning the Fingerboard

These reference charts along with the Learning the Fingerboard series of books will have knowing the notes of the ukulele neck like it's you native tongue.

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Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard - C Tuning Fingerboard Chart

The natural, flat and sharp note names of the ukulele fingerboard in C tuning, low or high G.

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Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard - G Tuning Fingerboard Chart

The natural, flat and sharp note names of the ukulele fingerboard in G tuning, low or high D. Common on the baritaon ukulele and can also be used on a tenor ukulele.

G tuning, the low D variant is the same as the thin-high four open strings as the guitar in standard tuning. This allows guitar player to transition to ukulele with little effort. However, there are some in the ukulele community that thing “Why not just play the guitar?”

The Principles of Music

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Key Signatures and the Cycle of Fifths and Fourths

There is a load of information in traditional Key Signatures. Unlocking the principles in this circle leads to a better understanding of music and how things work.

A key signature is a series of sharp or flat symbols placed on the staff, designating the notes that are to be consistently played higher or lower than their equivalent natural notes. Key signatures are generally written immediately after the clef at the beginning of a line of musical notation.

Each major and minor key has an associated key signature that sharpens or flattens the notes which are used in its scale.

Although a key signature can be written using any combination of sharps and flats, these are the most common major and minor key signatures.

A key signature is not the same as a key; key signatures are merely notational devices. They are convenient mainly for diatonic or tonal music.

Standard Music Notation

Fingerboard Charts in Standard Music Notation

Natural, Sharp and Flat Notes of the Ukulele Fingerboard - C Tuning, low and high “G”.

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Natural, Sharp and Flat Notes of the `Ukulele Fingerboard - C Tuning

Standard music notation, the natural, sharp and flat notes of the ukulele fingerboard for C tuned ukuleles. Covers both high C and low G tuning variations.

Tuning Variations

C Tuning comes in two versions where string four is either tuned to "G", a major second below string one or low "G", where string four is is a  perfect fifth below string three - middle C.

The PDF contains both the high "G" and low "G" C tuning variations.

Both natural, sharp and flat notes are shown from the open strings to fret (12)

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