Top 13 Ukulele Chords(A Beginner's Guide To Ukulele Chords)
If you’re new to ukulele and are wondering where to start, then you can begin with these easy chords! On this page we’ve chosen to break down the top 13 ukulele chords. By learning these basic chords you’ll be able to play many awesome songs on your ukulele in no time.
TIP: Try to play on the fingertips as much as possible to avoid muting the other strings, to get a clear sound.
A Quick Guide To Uke Chord Charts
Before you get started learning the chords, you’ll need to understand how a ukulele chord chart works. Here are the four things you need to know to read a chord chart:
1. A chord chart is designed to illustrate the first five frets of a ukulele, with the vertical lines being the strings and the horizontal lines being the frets. You can see these labeled on a real ukulele in the image above.
2. The four strings, from left to right, are G, C, E, and A, also shown above.
3. The solid circles you'll see in the images below represent where you position your fingers on the strings.
4. Also below, if you see an open circle at the top of the chart, then this represents an open string, so you don’t put any fingers on this string.
And that’s it! Now, onto the chords
C Major Ukulele Chord
The C major chord is super simple as it only requires one finger. Remember, that the open circles represent open strings, so no fingers are needed on the G, C, or E string. Place your third (ring) finger on the A string at the 3rd fret. Your hand should look similar to the photo below.
A Major Ukulele Chord
Once you’ve mastered the C major chord, give the A major chord a go, which uses two fingers. Place your first (index) finger on the 1st fret of the C string and your second (middle) finger on the 2nd fret of the G string. And that’s your A major chord!
A Minor Ukulele Chord
Now let’s try out the A minor chord, which is pretty similar to the A major chord, just one finger less. Place your first finger on the 2nd fret of the G string.
G Major Ukulele Chord
Next, we’ll take a look at the G major chord, which is a little trickier because it uses three fingers. Place your first finger on the 2nd fret of the C string, your second finger on the 2nd fret of the A string, and your third finger on the 3rd fret of the E string. This finger positioning might feel a bit uncomfortable at first, but the more you play, the more you’ll get used to it.
F Major Ukulele Chord
Let’s try out the F major chord. Place your first finger on the 1st fret of the E string, and your second finger on the 2nd fret of the G string. Done!
D Major Ukulele Chord
The D major chord uses three fingers all positioned on the 2nd fret. Place your first finger on the G string, your second finger on the C string, and your third finger on the E string.
This chord can feel crowded with 3 fingers on the same fret, especially for those playing a concert or soprano sized Ukulele. Feel free to experiment with different options, like a barre, which you will learn about below. As long as the G, C, and E strings are being pressed, and the A string is left open, do what feels best for you.
D Minor Ukulele Chord
The D minor chord is similar to the F major chord with an additional finger. Place your first finger on the 1st fret of the E string, your second finger on the 2nd fret of the G string, and your third finger on the 2nd fret of the C string.
E Minor Ukulele Chord
If you’ve mastered all the chords so far, E minor won’t be tricky at all. Place your first finger on the 2nd fret of the A string, your second finger on the 3rd fret of the E string, and your third finger on the 4th fret of the C string.
Tip: Remember to keep your fingers arched high to avoid fretting other strings.
B Major Ukulele Chord
Now, we’re going to move onto some more challenging chords, starting with B major. A B major chord uses what’s called a barre chord. A barre chord is where you use one finger to hold down two or more strings at the same time. To play a B major chord, take your index finger and hold down the 2nd fret on both the E and A strings. Then place your second finger on the 3rd fret of the C string, and your third finger on the 4th fret of the G string.
Tip: When playing a barre chord, place your thumb on the back of the ukulele neck to help you apply more pressure.
This might take a bit of practice, but mastering the barre chord will help you with lots of different chords in the future!
Bb/A# (B flat/A sharp) Ukulele Chord
Once you’ve got the B major chord down, have a go at the B flat chord. Take your first finger and barre the E and A strings at the 1st fret, then place your second finger on the 2nd fret of the C string, and your third finger on the 3rd fret of the G string.
D7 Ukulele Chord
D7 is a 7th chord. Not sure what a 7th chord is? Well, 7th chords are a combo of a triad with the addition of another note. Let’s start with learning D7, which also uses a barre chord. Use your first finger to barre the G, C and E strings at the 2nd fret, then place your second finger on the 3rd fret of the A string. Again, this chord might take a bit of practice, but remember to take your time!
Alternative D7 Chord: Place your first finger on the 2nd fret of the G string. Your second (middle) finger also goes on the 2nd fret, but on the E string. The C and A strings should be left open.
G7 Ukulele Chord
G7 is bit simpler than D7. To play a G7 chord, place your first finger on the 1st fret of the E string, your second finger on the 2nd fret of the C string, and your third finger on the 2nd fret of the A string. And you’ve got it!
E7 Ukulele Chord
Finally, we’re going to end with an E7 chord. Place your first finger on the 1st fret of the G string, your second finger on the 2nd fret of the C string, and your third finger on the 2nd fret of the A string.
Tip: Remember to play with the tips of your fingers. Arching your fingers more can help avoid muting the E string.
TIP: Notice the similarities between chords like F and A and try to switch between chords with as little movement as possible.
By practicing these basic chords, you’ll be well equipped to start learning more complex chords and chord progressions, as well as using them to jam along to your favorite songs.
Remember to take your time and have fun!
5 Different Ways to Play a C Major Chord on Ukulele
An exciting way to take your ukulele playing to the next level is to find new ways to play the same chord on ukulele.
Yes, there are often several different ways to play the same chord on ukulele, and I include many of these chord variations in the Ukulele Tricks Chord Library, but you might be wondering why youd want to find a different way to play a chord on ukulele.
There are many reasons for why youd find a new way to play the same chord:
- Make a chord easier to play
- Add variety to the song youre playing
- Find a new sound
- Blend together with an accompanying ukulele player
- Voice a melody note in a chord to be the highest note in the chord (for example, like in chord melody)
In this lesson, I introduce you to the world of finding chord variations on ukulele by showing you how to play a C major chord on ukulele in five different ways.
Watch the video to learn the five different ways to play a C major chord on ukulele.
C Major Chord: Variation #1
This is the C major chord youre probably most familiar with.
To play C Major Chord Variation #1 on ukulele, place the ring finger on the 3rd fret of the bottom A-string. Let the other strings ring open.
C Major Chord: Variation #2
Lets find new ways to play this common chord.
To play C Major Chord Variation #2 on ukulele, press down or barre the index finger on the bottom two strings at the 3rd fret, place the middle finger on the 4th fret of the C-string, and ring finger on the 5th fret of the top g-string.
C Major Chord: Variation #3
As we find new chord variations, we work our way up the ukulele fretboard. As you go up the fretboard, the notes contained in the chord are notes in a C major chord played at higher octaves giving the chord a different timbre or texture.
To play C Major Chord Variation #3 on ukulele, place the index finger on the 5th fret of the top g-string, ring finger on the 7th fret of the C-string, and little finger on the 7th fret of the bottom A-string. Let the E-string ring open.
C Major Chord: Variation #4
You may recognize the following fretting hand shape from the G chord. Although like a G chord, this is a C chord variation because of its higher position on the ukulele fretboard.
To play C Major Chord Variation #4, place the index finger on the 7th fret of the C-string, ring finger on the 8th fret of the E-string, and middle finger on the 7th fret of the bottom A-string. Let the other string ring open.
C Major Chord: Variation #5
Things are starting to get a little cramped this high up the fretboard!
To play C Major Chord Variation #5, place the middle finger on the 9th fret of the top g-string, index finger on the 8th fret of the E-string, and little finger on the 10th fret of the bottom A-string. Let the C-string ring open.
When to Use These C Major Ukulele Chord Variations
You can use any of these C major chord variations in a song where you see a C chord.
For example, if youre learning a jazzy song, like those in the Jazzy Strummin course, you probably want to opt for Variation #2 of the C major chord above to get a nice muted jazzy strum.
But, if youre playing a chord melody song where the highest melody note is a G note, then, you might want to use Variation #5.
And if youre playing at your ukulele club with a dozen other ukulele players, instead of playing the same chord variation as your fellow band members, maybe you use Variation #3 to fill out the sound and create a nicely blended tone!
Finding chords across the ukulele fretboard is almost limitless. To find more chord variations across the ukulele fretboard, check out the chords in the chord library and scroll through the different variations.
C Major Ukulele Scale
Standard Tuning (gCEA).
View this scale in: G-Tuning (DGBE)D-Tuning (ADF#B)Slack-key Tuning (gCEG)
The major scale is certainly the most important scale in music (at least for Western music) because it is used in many styles like Pop, Rock, Hard Rock, and Jazz. A large part of music theory and harmony in general is based on this scale and its construction.
Don't know what a scale is? Read this first.
Staff Line Notation
- Type : Major (Ionian Mode)
- Number of notes : 7
- Formula : 1,2,3,4,5,6,7
- Notes : C, D, E, F, G, A, B
- Intervals : W,W,H,W,W,W,H
- Degrees : C (I - tonic), D (II - supertonic), E (III - mediant), F (IV - subdominant), G (V - dominant), A (VI - submediant), B (VII - leading tone)
- Chords that fit :
C, C5, Csus4, Csus2, C6, Cmaj7, Cadd9, Dm, D5, Dsus4, Dsus2, D7sus4, Dm6, Dm7, Dm9, DM9, Em, E5, Esus4, E7sus4, Em7, F, F5, Fsus2, F6, Fmaj7, Fadd9, F-5, G, G5, G7, Gsus4, Gsus2, G7sus4, G6, G9, Gadd9, G11, G13, Am, A5, Asus4, Asus2, A7sus4, Am7, Am9, AM9, Bdim, Bm7/b5,
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C Ukulele Chord
Played '' on the soprano - Standard Tuning (GCEA). Alternative name: Cmajor.
View this chord in: G-Tuning (DGBE)D-Tuning (ADF#B)Slack-Key Tuning (GCEG)
Don't know how to read a chord? Read this first.
The easiest ukulele chord that shows every beginner how accessible and beautiful the instrument really is! You simply take the top portion of your ring finger and place it right before the third fret on the A string. Make sure to use enough of your finger to press the string down, but without touching the E string above it.
- Type : triad (major)
- Intervals :C (T), E (3M), G (5J),
- Formula : 1 3 5
- Alternative notation : 0 0 0 3
- Tuning : Standard Tuning (GCEA)
Alternative C positions
We have 2 other positions for this uke chord.
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Scales related to this chord
Selection of famous scales you can play on a C chord to improvise great solos on your Uke.
- Scales that fit:C Major, F Major, G Major, F Melodic minor, G Melodic minor, E Harmonic minor, F Harmonic minor, A Natural minor, D Natural minor, E Natural minor, A Blues, C Major pentatonic, A Minor pentatonic, Bb Overtone, C Overtone, E Altered, Gb Altered, Eb Altered bb7, E Altered bb7, E Super locrian, Gb Super locrian, Eb Ultralocrian, E Ultralocrian, F Hawaiian, G Hawaiian,
Create your own C ukulele chord pattern using the notes of the C arpeggio / intervals on the fretboard :
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.Waka Waka (ukulele play-along) - C
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