Learn to Play Your First Four Ukulele Chords

Posted by Michael Sabourin on

So you’ve got yourself a ukulele and are ready to learn some chords. Where do you start? Before you can learn to play, make sure your ukulele is tuned and as ready to go as you are. You can learn to do it yourself or have it tuned by a professional, but practicing on an out of tune instrument will make it difficult to know whether or not you’re playing the chords correctly. Once that’s done you’re ready to learn these four simple chords that will allow you to play hundreds of songs on your ukulele, so let’s get started!

The Specific Chords

Just follow these simple steps and you’ll be playing C Major, A Minor, F Major and G7 like a pro in no time. To place C Major, simply place your ring finger on the third fret of the bottom A-string. Leaving the other strings open, strum your ukulele to play the chord. Now, playing A Minor is just as easy, only requiring one finger. Place your middle finger on the second fret of the top G-string. Once again, strum your instrument and bask in the beautiful sound you’ve just created.


Moving on to F Major, this will require two fingers to play correctly. Place your middle finger on the second fret of the top G-string while placing your index finger on the first fret of the E-string. Again, leaving the other string open and untouched, you’ve just learned to play F Major.


Last but not least, we have the G7 chord. This is the most complex of the chords you’ll learn here. Start off by placing your middle finger of the second fret of the C-string. Then, place your index finger on the first fret of the E-string before placing your ring finger on the second fret of the bottom A-string. Strum those strings and you’ve just successfully learned to place four new chords!

Practicing your Chords

If you’ve followed our instructions to the letter but still can’t seem to make a decent sound, don’t worry. Mastering these chords, or any chords for that matter, requires practice. Not only do you need time to learn how to properly place your fingers, but your fingers themselves need to adapt to the odd positions, especially if you’re playing for a long stretch of time.


Once you’ve practiced each chord and have grown comfortable with them, you can move onto switching between them. Practicing over and over again will help with muscle memory and dexterity, and with dedication, playing the ukulele will feel more natural than ever before. You’ll soon be able to move onto learning and playing songs.


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