Introduction: 1 Progression, 4 Chords, 100s of Songs! (Beginner Ukulele R-H Players)

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Have a ukulele and want to impress your friends with a wide variety of songs from 70s, 80s, 90s, and today's pop music? Well with these four simple chords and a little practice, the only hard part is picking a song to jam out to with your friends.

*DISCLAIMER* *THE FOLLOWING INSTRUCTABLE STEPS ARE FOR RIGHT-HANDED PLAYERS, SORRY IF YOU'RE LEFT-HANDED*

Materials you'll need to be successful are really simple and are as follows:

A ukulele (in tune) (doesn't matter which size* as long as it's not a baritone ukulele)

Practice!

Songs and lyrics to play when you learn the chords.

*TUNING*

*TUNING IS IMPARITIVE! THE NORMAL TUNING FOR A UKULELE FROM STRING 4-1 IS G-C-E-A*

Step 1: FINGER NAMES

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The left hand will be forming the chords for the ukulele. Each finger has a number assigned to it, as seen above.

Step 2: KNOW THE STRINGS (AND FRETS)

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The strings also have numbers (1-4) which are numbered from the bottom to the top. The ukulele, like a guitar has frets to divide the neck of a ukulele into sections which can produce different pitches when plucked.

Step 3: C MAJOR CHORD

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One of the easiest chords on the ukulele and the first chord in our four chord progression. By placing your first finger on the first string of the third fret you've done it. Strum and produce a beautiful sound.

Step 4: THE G MAJOR CHORD

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The second chord of the progression is the G major chord. It will take some practice and some muscle memory to get the fingering and transitioning fluid but it just takes practice. Once you have the fingering down, try transitioning from the C major chord to the G major chord and vice versa.

Step 5: A Minor Chord

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Just as easy as the the C major chord, the A minor chord is only one finger but be careful to not touch any of the other strings or you may get a distorted time This is the third chord in the four chord progression. Once again practice transitioning through the chords to become more fluid with the chord changes.

Step 6: F MAJOR CHORD

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The final chord of the progression is a F major chord. Simply put it's an A minor chord with an extra finger. Work on the previous chords and then this one to form some muscle memory of the chords.

Step 7: CONGRATS!

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GO OUT AND PLAY!!!

Comments

daniel.impey.54 (author)2015-09-23

Thank you for sharing this, are you able to give a novice a song or two that this chord progression will work with?

MikB (author)daniel.impey.542015-09-26

"Hey Soul Sister" (Train), "Country Roads" (John Denver), "Man who can't be moved" (Script), "Someone like you" (Adele), awesome four chord songs are everywhere.

Also instead of C, G, Am, F -- try starting half way through the cycle for Am F C G -- now you've got another set of songs, starting from Pink "U And UR Hand", Veronicas "4Ever", Jonas Brothers "SOS" !

C Am F G is another VERY common cycle. All the way from "Stand by me" (Ben E King), to "Let's Marvin Gaye" (Charlie Puth/Meghan Trainor).

CRHood (author)daniel.impey.542015-09-24

Yeah I Love That One. Very Simple And A Good Sing Along

BoboTheEpic (author)2015-09-24

It's mental how frequent this progression is in pop music. If you look out for it, it's EVERYWHERE.

CRHood (author)BoboTheEpic2015-09-24

Exactly whether it be in this key or not the same progression is used in a lot of Western(Hemisphere) music

tomatoskins (author)2015-09-23

So informative! Love it!

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