Major ukulele chords

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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!

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9 Ukulele Chords You Should Know

C Major

Playing a C major chord on ukulele is a snap - simply hold down the third fret on the first string and strum away on all four strings. Typically, this note is played with the third (ring) finger.

Note that instructions in this feature assume the ukulele has been tuned to "standard C" tuning - G C E A. For more info on tuning, read how to tune your ukulele.

G Major

Recognize this chord shape? If you play guitar, you will... it is a D major chord shape. Because of the uke tuning, however, this translates to a G major chord. Put your first (index) finger on the second fret of the third string, your third (ring) finger on the third fret of the second string, and your second (middle) finger on the second fret of the first string. Strum all four strings.

F Major

The F major chord is a much simpler chord to play on the uke than it is on guitar. Place your second finger on the second fret of the fourth string, your first finger on the first fret of the second string, and strum all four strings.

A Minor

Another simple to play chord - to play an A minor on the ukulele, you simply need to hold down the second fret of the fourth string and strum all four strings. This note is typically played with the second (middle) finger.

E Minor

To play E minor on the ukulele, place your first (index) finger on the second fret of the first string. Next, put your second (middle) finger on the third fret of the second string. Lastly, place your third (ring) finger on the fourth fret of the third string. Strum all four strings.

D Minor

Guitar players will recognize the D minor chord shape on the ukulele - it's the same fingering as an A minor chord on guitar. Place your second (middle) finger on the second fret of the fourth string. Now, put your third (ring) finger on the second fret of the third string. Lastly, place your first (index) finger on the first fret of the second string. Strum all four strings. Note that switching the second and third fingers when playing this shape is common.

A Major

To play A major on the ukulele, place your second (middle) finger on the second fret of the fourth string. Next, put your first (index) finger on the first fret of the third string. Strum all four strings on the uke and you're playing an A major chord.

D Major

Guitarists will recognize this shape as an A major chord on the guitar, but on the ukulele, the same chord shape produces a different chord. Place your first (index) finger on the second fret of the fourth string. Next, place your second (middle) finger on the second fret of the third string. Lastly, put your third (ring) finger on the second fret of the second string. Strum all four strings and you are playing a D major chord.

E Major

To play an E major chord on the ukulele, start by placing your second (middle) finger on the fourth fret of the fourth string. Next, place your third (ring) finger on the fourth fret of the third string. Now, put your fourth (ring) finger on the fourth fret of the second string. Lastly, place your first (index) finger on the second fret of the first string. Strum all four strings and you are playing an E minor chord.

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Major Ukulele Chords – Chord Charts

Sometimes it’s hard to visualize a major ukulele chord using just a diagram box. Knowing which fingers go where from a picture can be very helpful.

The lightbulb always seems to go on for my students when they finally see me hold the chord. So while I can’t teach you ukulele in your living room, I took pictures of how to finger all of the open position major ukulele chords.

C Major

The first chord most players learn to play, a C ukulele chord has a nice, open sound. Use your 3rd finger to hold the 3rd fret on the A-string.

c ukulele chord
c major ukulele chord
A |-3- E |-0- C |-0- G |-0-

C#/Db Major

Barre across the 1st fret with your 1st finger and reach your 4th finger up to the 4th fret on the A-string.

c#/Db ukulele chord
c#/Db major ukulele chord
A |-4- E |-1- C |-1- G |-1-

D Major

D can be fingered several ways on the ukulele.

  1. A partial-barre with your 2nd finger on the top three strings, 2nd fret (bend the finger backwards so that it lifts over the A-string.
  2. 1st finger on the top string, 2nd fret; 2nd finger on the C-string, 2nd fret; 3rd finger on the E-string, 2nd fret.
  3. A hybrid between the first two options: partial barre with the 2nd finger on the two top strings, 2nd fret; 3rd finger on the E-string, 2nd fret.
d ukulele chord
d major ukulele chord
A |-0- E |-2- C |-2- G |-2-

D#/Eb Major

1st finger, 1st fret of the A-string; 3rd finger making a partial-barre on the top three strings, 3rd fret.

A variation of Eb/D# is to leave the top string open.

d#/eb ukulele chord
d#/eb major ukulele chord
A |-1- E |-3- C |-3- G |-3-

E Major

A notorious “hard” fingering, the E ukulele chord has mediocre sound for the effort, but is used in plenty of songs. Fingered exactly the same as Eb, just up one fret.

A variation is to barre across the 4th fret with your 1st finger and reach your 4th finger up to fret the 7th fret, A-string. Or simply barre the 4th fret and DON’T play the A-string.

e ukulele chord
e major ukulele chord
A |-2- E |-4- C |-4- G |-4-

F Major

Play with your 1st finger on the 1st fret of the E-string; 2nd finger on the 2nd fret of the G-string.

f ukulele chord
f major ukulele chord
A |-0- E |-1- C |-0- G |-2-

F#/Gb Major

Barre across the 1st fret with your 1st finger; 2nd finger on the 2nd fret, E-string; 3rd finger reaches up to the 3rd fret, G-string.

f#/gb ukulele chord
f#/gb major ukulele chord
A |-1- E |-2- C |-1- G |-3-

G Major

Many people play G backwards in a way that’s hard on your wrist. Be sure that your 1st finger is closest to the ceiling, NOT the other way around.

1st finger on the 2nd fret, C-string; 2nd finger on the 2nd fret, A-string; 3rd finger on the 3rd fret, E-string.

g ukulele chord
g major ukulele chord
A |-2- E |-3- C |-2- G |-0-

G#/Ab Major

Fret exactly like F#/Gb, but slide the shape up so that it starts on the 3rd fret.

g#/ab ukulele chord
g#/ab major ukulele chord
A |-3- E |-4- C |-3- G |-5-

A Major

1st finger on the 1st fret of the C-string; 2nd finger on the 2nd fret of the G-string.

a ukulele chord
a major ukulele chord
A |-0- E |-0- C |-1- G |-2-

A#/Bb Major

Another “hard” chord – at least until you learn E major!

Partial-barre with the 1st finger on the two bottom strings, 1st fret; 2nd finger on the 2nd fret, C-string; 3rd finger on the 3rd fret, G-string.

a#/bb ukulele chord
a#/bb major ukulele chord
A |-1- E |-1- C |-2- G |-3-

B Major

Same as Bb/A#, just moved up one fret.

b ukulele chord
b major ukulele chord
A |-2- E |-2- C |-3- G |-4-

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E Ukulele Chord

Played '1402' on the soprano - Standard Tuning (GCEA). Alternative name: Emajor.
View this chord in: G-Tuning (DGBE)D-Tuning (ADF#B)Slack-Key Tuning (GCEG)

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Diagram/Chart

E
E Photo (Soprano)

For the dreaded E major, we will need to use our pinky, and for many this is simply not easy to do! Take your index finger and place it on the first fret of the G string, and then put your middle finger on the second fret of the A string. Then we need to stretch our pinky up to the fourth fret of the C string. The hand will be in a claw shape at the end and the stretch will feel a little awkward. Here muting strings isn’t as much an issue as the distance of the stretch. Some players will have better luck with the 4442 version of E major below. Both will require plenty of patience and practice.

Chord details

  • Type : triad (major)
  • Intervals :E (T), Ab (3M), B (5J),
  • Formula : 1 3 5
  • Alternative notation : 1 4 0 2
  • Tuning : Standard Tuning (GCEA)

Difficulty

Importance

General

E

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Alternative E positions

We have 4 other positions for this uke chord.

Similar Charts

Scales related to this chord

Selection of famous scales you can play on a E chord to improvise great solos on your Uke.

  • Scales that fit:A Major, B Major, E Major, A Melodic minor, B Melodic minor, A Harmonic minor, Ab Harmonic minor, Db Natural minor, Gb Natural minor, Ab Natural minor, Db Blues, E Major pentatonic, Db Minor pentatonic, D Overtone, E Overtone, Bb Altered, Ab Altered, G Altered bb7, Ab Altered bb7, Bb Super locrian, Ab Super locrian, G Ultralocrian, Ab Ultralocrian, A Hawaiian, B Hawaiian,

E Arpeggio

Create your own E ukulele chord pattern using the notes of the E arpeggio / intervals on the fretboard :

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B Ukulele Chord

Played '4322' on the soprano - Standard Tuning (GCEA). Alternative name: Bmajor.
View this chord in: G-Tuning (DGBE)D-Tuning (ADF#B)Slack-Key Tuning (GCEG)

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Diagram/Chart

B
B Photo (Soprano)

When playing B on the ukulele you can either completely or partially barre your index finger. If using the full finger leave it slightly over the top of the second fret and press down on the rest of the strings, making sure none are muted. A partial barre is using the top of the index finger to play just the E and A strings. On the C string the middle finger plays the third fret, and the ring finger plays the fourth fret of the G string. The last two fingers need to stay as straight up as possible so that they do not interfere with other strings.

Chord details

  • Type : triad (major)
  • Intervals :B (T), Eb (3M), Gb (5J),
  • Formula : 1 3 5
  • Alternative notation : 4 3 2 2
  • Tuning : Standard Tuning (GCEA)

Difficulty

Importance

General

B

major

Alternative B positions

We have 2 other positions for this uke chord.

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Similar Charts

  • Same Fingering (9):Bb, C, Db, D, Eb, E, F, Gb, F11,

Scales related to this chord

Selection of famous scales you can play on a B chord to improvise great solos on your Uke.

  • Scales that fit:B Major, E Major, Gb Major, E Melodic minor, Gb Melodic minor, Eb Harmonic minor, E Harmonic minor, Db Natural minor, Eb Natural minor, Ab Natural minor, Ab Blues, B Major pentatonic, Ab Minor pentatonic, A Overtone, B Overtone, Eb Altered, F Altered, D Altered bb7, Eb Altered bb7, Eb Super locrian, F Super locrian, D Ultralocrian, Eb Ultralocrian, E Hawaiian, Gb Hawaiian,

B Arpeggio

Create your own B ukulele chord pattern using the notes of the B arpeggio / intervals on the fretboard :

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