Lesson 2: Learning Your First 3 Ukulele Chords

Now that you have learned a couple of [ukulele strumming] patterns, it is time to learn some chords. With these three ukulele chords and the strumming patterns that you have already learned, you will be able

Now that you have learned a couple of [ukulele strumming] patterns, it is time to learn some chords. With these three ukulele chords and the strumming patterns that you have already learned, you will be able to play hundreds of songs.

C Major

The first  ukulele chord to learn  is C major and is very easy, place your ring finger on the A string at the 3rd fret. Use the tip of you finger and press down hard enough for the string to be held tight against the neck of the ukulele. Now practice strumming over all the strings. Brilliant you have played your first ukulele chord. Practice lifting and replacing your finger while strumming, so that you can play the chord without looking at the strings. When you can do this, it is time to learn the next chord.

 

F major

The second chord to learn is F major this is a bit trickier because it involves using two fingers. place your index finger on the E string at the first fret and your middle finger on the G string on the second fret, make sure your fingers are not touching any of the other strings. Practice lifting and replacing your fingers while strumming, until you get the feel for the finger positions, when you are comfortable with this try changing from F major to C major and back again, it takes a bit of practice but you will soon get the hang of it. Then try strumming your ukulele while changing chords. Don’t rush, playing is not about speed, learn to play slowly and you will naturally speed up when your fingers have memorised the chord positions.

G major

Now for the third chord, this time we will use three fingers! G major is played with the index finger on the C string of the 2nd fret, the ring finger on the E string on the 3rd fret and your middle finger on the 2nd fret of the A string, leavening the G string free, like with the other two chords practice lifting and replacing your fingers until you get the hang of it and then practice changing between chords.

 

 

 

 

When you are confident you can play your first chords you can combine them with the strumming patterns you learnt in the previous lesson to play your first song.

Only practice for a short time every day, as your fingers will get sore, after a couple of weeks your fingers will toughen up and you will be able to play for longer without any pain.

 

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