4 Basic Ukulele Chords

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Ok, so you finally got that beautiful uke. It's time to learn some basic ukulele chords! In this article, we show you how to start with these 4 simple chords you will probably use for most of the songs.

But before starting, be sure that your ukulele is properly tuned. Here is how to tune your ukulele.

Chord: C

The first chord we are going to learn is C. This is the easiest of all. All you have to do is pick up your ring finger and put in the third house the first rope. That simple. Now, while your left-hand ring finger is in this house, your other hand will simply slide your thumb down to touch all the strings.

Chord: Am

Now the second chord to learn is also very easy. Also, we will only need one finger to form the Am chord. Place your middle finger on the second house on the last string (the reason for using this finger is to make it easier to pass the F chord later).

Practice changing from C to Am
Now, as a workout to start creating chord agility, switch the chord between C and Am. Start playing fast and it will increase your pace as you gain confidence and agility. Remember to keep on a steady pace.

Chord: F

The third chord I'm going to teach you is F. He only has one more finger than the others I've already taught. So you will need two fingers now. Your middle finger will go in the second house on the last rope. And your index finger will go in the first house of the second string. The other two strings will be open (without any finger). Now touch all the strings by sliding your thumb down.

Practice changing C Am / C F
Now what you can do is practice switching between the three chords. It may take a while for you to get used to it, but a little practice and dedication in a few minutes you will already be able to keep up. Come on, switch from C to Am after C to F.

Start slowly, and increase your pace as you gain confidence. After much training, this chord change will be recorded in your brain and will be natural and automatic. Here's how to do this workout:

So these were the C, Am and F chords. Believe it or not, there are some numbers you can already play with just these three chords. Even so, let's learn one more chord today.

Chord: G

Last but not least is G. For anyone who has never played guitar, I will teach to play the G chord in ukulele. First, you place your index finger on the second house on the third string. Then put your middle finger in the second house, only on the first rope. And finally, place your ring finger on the third house on the second string. The secret of this chord is at the angle of your hands, the right angle is the most comfortable, you will understand what I am talking about when you find the right angle.

The chords should look like this:

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To get you started, here are 15 songs you can play with these very simple ukulele chords!