The Ukulele

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What is the Ukulele?

The Ukulele is a stringed instrument with a very unique sound. It is often dubbed as the “hawaiian guitar”, though it is as far from a guitar as you can get.

The standard, soprano, ukulele has four strings, usually tuned as G, C, E and A.

It is very lightweight, portable, sounds great and it is definitely fun to play! You might have heard its sound from the quite popular cover of Over the Rainbow, played by Israel “iz” Kamakawiwo`ole.

On this page you can find links to other sites, and a chord table which might help you in becoming a better uke player.

For more information about the ukulele, check out this Wikipedia entry.

Oh and definitely check out The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain! They are amazing!

Happy strumming!

Resources

The uke is played by lots of people all over the world. Perhaps the largest ukulele community is The Ukulele Underground. I am honoured to be a member of it!

Sooner or later, you will have to tune your uke. I have written a ukulele tuner that can make this task a tad easier. See here

As a beginner, a site with lots of songs and their chords/tabs is always handy. Richard G. has such a site, really great stuff, containing over one thousand songs. visit his site.

If you are not sure how to play chords of a song, Chordify is a great site. It has uke chord diagrams too!

Chord Grid

When I first started playing the uke, I noted down a couple of chords. Most of these are standards, thus are learnt by every player. In the first column, you have the chord name, while in the second the numbers show the way they are fretted.

In the second column, the first digit indicates string (from bottom to top). The second digit indicates the fret on the string. So, for example, in the case of the C chord, 1 3 means first string, 3rd fret.

The slash symbol (/) indicates different frettings of the same chord.

As always, if you have suggestions, other chords or chord varieties, feel free to contact me, and I should make them available here.

Chord Fretting (String Fret)
C 1 3/1 3, 2 3, 3 4, 4 5
c6 all open
CM 1 3, 2 3, 3 3/1 3, 2 3, 3 3, 4 5
C7 1 1/1 3, 2 3, 3 3, 4 3, 3 4
c#m 1 4, 2 4, 3 4, 4 6
c#7 1 4 2 4 3 4 4 4 3 5
D 2 2, 3 2, 4 2
Dm 2 1, 3 2, 4 2/*1 5, 2 5, 3 5, 4 7
D7 1 2, 2 2, 3 2, 4 2, 1 3
E 1 2, 3 4, 4 1/1 2, 2 4, 3 4, 4 4/1 4, 2 4, 3 4, 4 4, 1 7/1 7, 2 7, 3 8, 4 9
Em 1 2, 2 3, 3 4/*1 7, 2 7, 3 7, 4 9
E7 1 2, 3 2, 4 1
F 2 1, 4 2/1 3, 2 5, 3 5, 4 5
fm 1 3, 2 1, 4 1
f7 2 1, 3 3, 4 2
F#m/Gb 2 2, 3 1, 4 2
G 1 2, 2 3, 3 2/*1 5, 2 7, 3 7, 4 7/*1 2, 2 2, 3 2, 4 2, 2 4, 4 5
GM 1 1, 2 3, 3 2
gm6 1 1, 3 1
G7 1 2, 2 1, 3 2
A 3 1, 4 2
A7 3 1
A# 1 1, 2 1, 3 2, 4 3
Am 4 2
am7 all open
b7 1 1, 2 1, 3 1, 4 1, 3 2
B 1 2, 2 2, 3 3, 4 4
Bm 1 2, 2 2, 3 2, 4 4
bm7 1 2, 2 2, 3 2, 4 2
Bb/B flat 1 1, 2 1, 4 2

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