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Basic Ukulele Chords For Beginning Players

Struggling to find which chords you should learn? Look no further, you can find them here!

What to expect

  • You'll learn what the chord diagrams are for all the major chords
  • Also for all the minor chords
  • And also the major seventh chords
  • With these basic chords, you'll already be able to play a lot of songs

the guide

When you are just starting out with playing the ukulele it can be quite overwhelming, especially if it’s your first instrument ever. Chord diagrams, painful fingers, strumming, feeling the rhythm, tablatures, etc… There are dozens of chords and hundreds of ways to play them. While the UkuChords chords chart already shows you the easiest way to play all of the “main chords” (168 in total), it can be slimmed down quite a bit more.

Major Chords

Everything starts with the seven major chords: A B C D E F G (= La Ti Do Re Mi Fa Sol). The most important ones in this list are A C D E F and G. The B isn’t used that much and isn’t that easy to play either. Another chord that isn’t easy to play is the E chord, unfortunately this one is used quite a lot in songs. More information on how to play the E chord can be found right here.

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Minor Chords

After the major chords, we have the minor chords. Minor chords are widely used and they can give the song a more intimate feel, while major chords are more uptempo and happy. The ones that are most important to learn when you are starting are Am, Dm and Em. I won’t get to technical about how they are formed.

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Seventh Chords

Some people may argue about this, but I think that the 7th chords are also very important, and actually not that difficult to play. They can add a groovy feeling to the song and are used a lot in jazz / souls songs. My favorite is the F7 but I suggest your learn all of them (except maybe the B7).

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Conclusion

In my opinion, these are the basic chords that every ukulele player should begin with. You can pick a few to start with and then expand. If you know all these chords, you will already be able to play a lot of songs. Keep in mind that you can always transpose a song to a different key to make it a little bit easier!

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