3/10/17

Easily play chords all the way up the neck on the ukulele


I've discovered after some study that there are 4 reasonable forms for each chord. These are forms that are movable and allow you to play anywhere on the neck.

The idea when playing a fretted instrument and arranging a song for it, is to move the left hand as little as possible. Since there are 4 different forms for each chord, it is possible to find chords that are very close together requiring very little left hand movement to play the entire song!

With these new chord forms you will you be able to play any song, in any key, anywhere on the neck.

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These chords use all of the strings, there are no open strings.


Easily play chords all the way up the neck on the ukulele


Get your chord charts


You will need to know chords like this because there are some accompaniments you will learn here, very soon, that require chords with no open strings and without these special chords - those accompaniments can not be properly played at all.

Click here to get PDF's of the special chord charts and the song we will use to work on them.

If you have the Play ukulele NOW Method and Songbook you will find not only the charts that are used here but some additional ones in the back of the book.

Here are the chord charts and the song you'll need for this lesson:


Easily play chords all the way up the neck on the ukulele

Easily play chords all the way up the neck on the ukuleleEasily play chords all the way up the neck on the ukulele
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Let's try a song using the new chords


First let's try the song, Midnight special.

There are three chords, G, C, and D7. For now, ignore the C7 chord; add it later if you like

Take the following steps:

  1. First, find chords as close together as possible on the chord chart. There is a G on the 2nd fret, and a C on the 3rd fret, and a D7 on the second fret. Those chords are the closest together ad require very little left hand movement.
  2. Practice the basic progression and get to know the chords, strum each chord 4 times then move on to the next chord, G, C, D7, after strumming the D7 4 times go back the the G and start over, (repeat a umber of times)
  3. Now play the song, Midnight Special, using the new chords you learned

Now let's play some additional progressions


Below are some very basic progressions using the principal chords in a few keys, you'll find more on principal chords in the in the Play Ukulele NOW Method and Songbook

Do the following for each chord progression:

  1. Find chords on the chart that are close together requiring minimal left hand movement
  2. Play the progression using those chords, (four strums per chord, repeat a number of times)

Progressions:

repeat each progression a number of times before moving on.

C   /   /   /   F   /   /   /   G   /   /   /

A   /   /   /   D   /   /   /   E   /   /   /   

G   /   /   /   C   /   /   /   D   /   /   /  

E   /   /   /   A   /   /   /   B   /   /   / 

D   /   /   /   G   /   /   /   A   /   /   /



Now try it with 7 chords:

C   /   /   /   F   /   /   /   G7  /   /   /   

A   /   /   /   D   /   /   /   E7  /   /   /   

G   /   /   /   C   /   /   /   D7  /   /   /  

E   /   /   /   A   /   /   /   B7  /   /   / 

D   /   /   /   G   /   /   /   A7  /   /   /


C   /   /   /   F   /   /   /   G   /   /   /   G7  /   /   /   

A   /   /   /   D   /   /   /   E   /   /   /   E7   /   /   /   

G   /   /   /   C   /   /   /   D   /   /   /  D7  /   /   /  

E   /   /   /   A   /   /   /   B   /   /   /   B7  /   /   / 

D   /   /   /   G   /   /   /   A   /   /   /   A7  /   /   /


More:

Now try the above progressions in a different place on the neck with different chord shapes.

Easily play chords all the way up the neck on the ukulele

Easily play chords all the way up the neck on the ukulele

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Easily play chords all the way up the neck on the ukulele

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