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How to Play Ukulele Chords Part 1 | Soprano, Concert, Tenor



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let's talk about different chords that

we can play on our ukulele and first

we're going to cover chords for the

soprano concert and tenor sized ukulele

and then the baritone since it's tuned

differently as you can see we've got a

diagram of the ukulele fretboard the

lines that are going up and down

correspond to the strings the string on

the farthest left should be your left is

going to be the G then it's gonna go see

e a the horizontal lines represent the

frets on the actual neck and so the very

very top line that's going to be the nut

that's the end of the ukulele the line

after that is fret 1 fret 2 fret 3 and

so forth now they'll tell you where to

put your fingers as you can see here on

the a string it's got a circle and the

number 3 that's telling you to put your

third finger on the third fret of the a

string now you see the 0 above the 3

other strings behind the nut that means

that you don't use any fingers and you

just play the string open okay now each

one of those numbers is always going to

correspond to one of your fingers and

the way that we number the fingers for

guitar and ukulele music is your pointer

finger your index fingers one your

middle fingers to your ring fingers

three and pinky is for the thumb

sometimes you'll see the thumb on there

that's notated as T for thumb so let's

take a look at another chord diagram

this is going to be a g7 chord we're

going to use a couple more fingers we've

got the open g string

we've got the second finger on the

second fret as you can see with the

number two that corresponds to your

second finger and it's on the second

line and that's how we know where to put

the finger now the next one we've got

the number one which corresponds with

our index finger and it's on the first

fret of the e-string so go ahead and put

that down and the last one we've got

number three on the second fret of the

a-string

C put that down you're gonna have your

g7 chord and that's how you read the

core diagrams alright let's talk about

some more chords to learn on our ukulele

now we briefly covered for the tenor

soprano and concert size of ukuleles the

C chord and the g7 chord we'll go over

those again but first let's take a look

at a minor and F the a minor chord

starts with your second finger on the g

string and all the other strings remain

open nice and easy

now you can keep your hand in your

finger in that same exact position when

you're getting ready for the F chord

it's a little pro tip right there and

then you're just going to take your

first finger put it down on the first

fret of the E string and now you've got

your F chord now as we remember from the

previous lesson the C chord we're gonna

have open open open

and then third fret with the third

finger on the a string

and to round out four chords that you

know we've got the g7 which goes open

second finger on the second fret of the

C first finger on the first fret of the

e and the last one we've got number

three on the second fret of the a string

now what I would encourage you to do you

know your fingers are probably not as

quick as your mind is right now getting

those chords going okay so I would just

take each one and strum each four or

five times give yourself some time to

switch give yourself some time

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and you really just want to get used to

hearing what they sound like then a

couple of the drills that are going to

really help you is you want to go in

between each chord so if you know the C

chord and you know the g7 chord just

switch back and forth between those two

c g7 C g7 and I always say do it ten

times do it ten times it seems like a

lot it's not very much and after you've

done it ten times it's so much easier

it's ridiculous so just go one two three

four five six seven eight nine ten and

you'll be that fast in no time right you

want to do that in between each

different chord now we're going to go

from C to the F chord and practice that

ten times

and as you do that your fingers are

going to start to get smarter they're

going to get a little bit more

controlled and switching is going to

become easier

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