Everyone can learn to play chords on the ukulele here. Illustrative chord examples for beginners. A great overview of chords for the experienced. For complete beginners I have prepared some chords with illustrations of where and with which finger to press the string on the ukulele. And for more experienced players, there is a great overview of ukulele chords at the bottom of the page.
The first 6 steps to playing chords on the ukulele
1. How to read chords on a chart.
So this is the fingerboard. That’s where the chords are pressed. As you can see, I’ve marked the string tunings on it (How to tune a ukulele) G, C, E, A. Where the string tones are now marked is the first fret. That’s the one under the head with the pegs. From there, you count the frets towards the body of the ukulele. The chords are read from right to left. So if you take the first chord, A; you press the second string from the top with your index finger at the first fret and the first string – the topmost string – at the second fret with your middle finger. Hooray, you’re holding your first A chord. It’s not rocket science :).
2. How to learn chords
I won’t give you a guaranteed and exact recipe, but I will tell you how I learned. It doesn’t matter which chord you start with, which chord will follow. You have to learn them all. The way I learned it was by choosing 2-3 chords and alternating them in different order. When I got pretty good at it, I’d add another one.
You can also exercise in front of the TV. It is not important to play (strum the strings), but to feel the correct squeezing of the strings. Train your hand, fingers and strength. Just check that you have squeezed the strings with enough force by occasionally plucking the strings. You can tell by the fact that all the squeezed strings sound and there is no “dull” or “plucked” tone.
When you’re not watching TV, it’s important to practice rhythm and quick chord changes. Don’t try to rush it and play slowly at first. Just make sure you squeeze the chords correctly. The speed will come only with honest practice.
3. Ukulele chords for beginners
These are basic ukulele chords with which you can play a lot of songs and accompaniments. Actually, some songs only need two or three chords. Every beginner should start here. Not until he learns these chords. He can further expand his knowledge. A large overview of chords is below the video in this article.
That’s how I have the chords learned, but while browsing the internet I came across other uses of the fingers. For example. The D chord can be pressed from top to bottom with the fingers – middle, index, ring fingers.
4. Your first song
Když kouknete na na video s fešnou pančelkou Michaelou Košťálovou zjistíte, že učí mačkat akord C malíčkem a ne prsteníčkem. Na video se určitě podívejte, protože se tam naučíte svoji první písničku od Brontosaurů – Večerka, na kterou vám vystačí jen dva ukulele akordy. Bezva ne?
Learn your first song with Michaela Košt’álová
5. A great overview of ukulele chords.
These are certainly not all the chords you will encounter in your playing. It’s tempting to write that these are the most commonly used ones, but that wouldn’t be the right term. Mostly it depends on what style of music you play.
Special chords6. Special chords
You may see the chord Asus2, Asus4 and so on in the notation. For example, some of the songs by Chekhomore are full of such chords. Well, how to play them? Ukebuddy.com has prepared an interesting tool to quickly find out how to play such chords. Chords by Ukebuddy.