Introduction: 1 Progression, 4 Chords, 100s of Songs! (Beginner Ukulele R-H Players)
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)
Songs and lyrics to play when you learn the chords.
*TUNING IS IMPARITIVE! THE NORMAL TUNING FOR A UKULELE FROM STRING 4-1 IS G-C-E-A*
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Step 1: FINGER NAMES
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)
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
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
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
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
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!
GO OUT AND PLAY!!!