From guitar to ukulele: chord shape thinking

Ukulele is much easier to learn than other musical instruments. If you already play the guitar, it’s even easier.

Is ukulele really much easier? Yes, says Danno, who leads the First and Third Thursday evening jam sessions of the Ukulele Union of Boston, a.k.a. UuoB, in the video below.

Extract from my forthcoming book:

If you already play the guitar, playing the ukulele will be easy, because there are two fewer strings. The different kinds of strumming and picking apply, while the chords are merely a simple transposition, i.e. relocation.

Can you figure out the formula for the similarities between the chord diagrams for guitar and ukulele? Hint: skip the lowest two strings of the guitar and see the chord shape for the remaining strings.

The way you finger an A major chord on the guitar is how you’d finger a D major chord on the ukulele. The relationship between these chord shapes has something to do with intervals — the distance between the roots of the chords!

Hopefully this blog post answers the guitarists that come to my ukulele workshops in Historic Lower Mills (Boston).


Author: BLOGmaiden

As one of the earliest bloggers (since 1999), I enjoy meeting people who embrace "out-of-the-box" thinking and fear not the unknown. I believe in collaboration for sustainability because it increases stakeholder value.

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