Basic Ukulele Chord Chart for Beginners

The first thing we are taught when learning to play a ukulele is, how to strum correctly and a few of its major chords. Learning chords not only helps you to pick up songs of your choice, but it also helps to boost your confidence in playing the instrument well. The chord progression, which is basically changing from one chord to another, is one thing which is very important when learning a ukulele. The quicker and smoother you transition, the easier it will be for you to pick up songs. Ukulele Chord Chart for Beginners helps you learn the chords easily.

Ukulele Chord Chart Basics

For starters, there are four strings in a Ukulele, similar to a bass guitar. Secondly, you’ll have to know how to hold the instrument in a proper manner, which is basically positioning one hand (depending on whether you use your righty or a lefty) between the Ukulele’s neck and its soundhole.

Before we start taking a look at the ukulele chord chart, keep in mind which finger each number represents.

  • 1 represents the index finger
  • 2 represents the middle finger
  • 3 represents the ring finger
  • 4 represents the pinkie finger

Let us understand the keys involved

Given below is a list of all the keys which will be included in the Ukulele Chord Chart.

  • A
  • B♭ or A#
  • C
  • B
  • D♭ or C#
  • D
  • E
  • E♭ or D#
  • F
  • G
  • G♭ or F#
  • A♭ or G1

However, keep in mind that we will not be looking at all the chords because some of them require extreme practice and swift movement of the fingers. Here, we will only be looking at the basic chords from each key, including the chord of the key itself.

Let’s look at the chords based on each key

(P.S. – Not all chords are given because like we have already mentioned above, it won’t be possible for a beginner to play them. The ones given below are from the most basic Ukulele Chord Chart, just to help you get started.)

ukulele chord chart

  • A Key – The middle finger (2) is placed on the second fret of first string and the index finger (1) is placed on the first fret of the second string. The third and fourth strings are left open.
  • Bb or A# Key – The index finger (1) is placed on the third fret of the fourth string, the middle finger (2) is placed on the second fret of the third string, the ring finger (3) and pinkie are placed on the first fret of the third and fourth strings respectively.
  • B Key – The pinkie (4) is placed on the fourth fret of the fourth string, the ring finger (3) is placed on the third fret of the third string and the middle finger (2) and index finger (1) are placed on the second fret of third and fourth strings respectively.
  • C Key – All the strings are left open except the fourth string where the index finger (1) is placed on the third fret.
  • Db or C# Key – The index finger (1), the middle finger (2) and the ring finger (3) are placed on the first fret of the first, second and third strings respectively. The pinkie (4) is placed on the fourth fret of the fourth string.
  • D Key – The index finger (1) is placed on the second fret of the first string, the middle finger (2) is placed on the second fret of the second string and the ring finger (3) is placed on the second fret of the third string. The fourth string is left open.
  • Eb or the D# Key – The first string is left open. The middle finger (2) is placed on the third fret of the second string, the ring finger (3) is placed on the third fret of the third string and the index finger (1) is placed on the first fret of the fourth string.
  • E Key – The index finger (1) is placed on the first fret of the first string. The ring finger (3) is placed on the fourth fret of the second string. The third-string is left open and the middle finger (2) is placed on the second fret of the fourth string.
  • F Key – The middle finger (2) is placed on the second fret of the first string, the second string is left open, the index finger (1) is placed on the first fret of the third string and the fourth string is left open.
  • Gb or the F# Key – The pinkie (4) is placed on the third fret of the first string, the index finger (1) is placed on the first fret of the second string, the ring finger (3) is placed on the second fret of the third string and the middle finger (2) is placed on the first fret of the first string.
  • G Key – The first string is left open. The index finger (1) is placed on the second fret of the second string, the ring finger (3) is placed on the third fret of the third string and the middle finger (2) is placed on the second fret of the fourth string.
  • Ab or the G# Key – The pinkie (4) is placed on the fourth fret of the first string. The index finger (1) is placed on the second fret of the second string, the ring finger (3) is placed on the third fret of the third string and the middle finger (2) is placed on the second fret of the fourth string.

These are the twelve main key chords which you must learn to play before moving towards more complex chords. Since they are the major chords, it is from them that you learn to play the other minor chords.

Thus, practice and learn these chords really well and try the progression of chords too, in order to understand quick changes, which will in turn aid in playing the more complex chords.

Happy strumming!

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