‘Ukulele Chord Shapes eBook
“If you have questions about ukulele chords, Chord Shapes has the answers.” ~ James Hill

I Thought ‘Ukulele Was Already Easy?!

Here’s a doozy of a link that showed up in my inbox yesterday. I just had to share because it’s so absurd.

[From their site:] “The Ukulele Chord Changer fits all standard ukuleles and allows you to play the ukulele by pressing the chord changer buttons while strumming the uke strings. Chords include C7, C, G7, G, A7, F, D7, and D, as well as a few combinations. Perfect for those who wish to play right away without prior musical experience or lessons! The chord changer is made of durable hard plastic with heavy duty elastic bands that hold it in place on the uke neck. Made in the USA.”

But you never know, it might be that intro to ‘ukulele that somebody has been looking for.

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Meet The Author:

Brad Bordessa

Brad plays 'ukulele on the Big Island of Hawai'i. He writes original music, performs, and hunts unicorns - all with only an 'ukulele.

7 comments… add one
  • Tonya Oct 11, 2014, 3:21 pm

    While it’s really easier to learn the shapes and to put your fingers in those shapes (especially for the first position of these “easy” chords), this device is of interest to me for those folks who’d like to be able to play ‘ukulele (and join in the fun) but have a physical condition which doesn’t permit it.

    A couple of real-world examples: My dad had severe tremor from his teen years onward (not Parkinson’s, a different genetic disease–I’m keeping my fingers crossed it got left behind in the genetic blend that created me); he loved music. He never could “do” it though because his tremor didn’t allow him to evenly push down on a string on the fretboard (but, he’d joke, he thought he could develop a great tremolo). I bought him a Fluke anyway. I also found one of those old ChordMaker devices from the 1950s; it’s very similar to the pix of what you posted above. Success! Dad could more easily focus his fingers on one space (it took two digits for him to get enough “oomph” to press one button) and get to a chord and play. The smile was priceless the first time he did it.

    Second example, Carol in our Ukuleles of Paradise group. She had arthritis, with swollen and disfigured knuckles but she wanted to play an old ukulele her father used to play for his family when she was a girl. Fingering the fretboard wasn’t an option for her. The ChordMaker device was. You can read about what happened here: http://ukuleletonya.com/blog/2006/08/carol-can-play

    I understand the post–it *is* funny to think about making ukulele even easier–but that device looks pretty darn good for some folks who’d otherwise never be able to play ukulele at all. And, if it had the E chord, I might even buy it ;)

    • Brad Bordessa Oct 11, 2014, 7:22 pm

      Thank you for sharing, Tonya. That had not crossed my mind and I appreciate you bringing it to my attention.

  • Brian Oct 11, 2014, 8:39 pm

    What No E chord ?
    But seriously I love it. I love novelty items and I have been looking for one of these for months I have let the original version slip through my fingers on e-bay, and have often kicked myself for not getting one.

    I was in guitar center a few weeks ago and saw one for a guitar (which I have no idea how to play) and nearly bought one, but then I realized I’d have to buy a guitar as well. :( and the last thing I need is a house full of those.

  • Carolinda Carlson Oct 23, 2014, 11:47 am

    Re: an E chord for the chord changer… In the front page of the songbook that comes with the chord changer, there is a chart of other chord harmonies that you can get using the changer. There is E minor and E diminished, but no E major. But you have the uke songbook with 90 songs, all playable with the chord changer. Yes, folks with limited fine motor skills are playing the chord changers.

  • Seymour Blau Nov 11, 2014, 7:17 am

    Where do you purchase one of these? I am 86 and my fingers are not as supple as they used to be and I would love one.

    Thanks

  • Dave Dec 20, 2014, 9:57 am

    My dad has shown an interest in playing ukulele recently but he suffers from a pretty sever case of arthritis and I wasn’t sure whether it would be possible for him. I seemed to remember some devices like this before so maybe there is a way for him!

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