Dominant 7th ‘Ukulele Chords: Diagrams for 12 Basic Shapes

There’s a bluesy twang to be found on the ʻukulele and it is created by dominant 7th chords. Here you’ll find pictures, diagrams, & tab for the 12 main basic chord formations.

If you want to dive into more inversions and shapes you can look at this chart here or download my awesome chord book, ‘Ukulele Chord Shapes. In it I explain how to take all the chords you see on this page and move them across the fretboard. So all of a sudden C7 becomes 11 other chords too!

These chords are technically named “dominant 7th,” but most any uke player you meet will simply call them “seven.” So “C dominant 7th” can be just said (or written) “C7.”

C Dominant 7th

One of the easiest 7th chords, C7 use only one finger on the 1st fret, A-string.

c dominant 7 ukulele chord diagram
c dominant 7 ukulele chord fingering
A |-1-
E |-0-
C |-0-
G |-0-

C#/Db Dominant 7th

Play by barring the 1st fret with your index finger and placing your middle finger on the 2nd fret, A-string.

c# dominant 7 ukulele chord diagram
c# dominant 7 ukulele chord fingering
A |-2-
E |-1-
C |-1-
G |-1-

D Dominant 7th

For this 7th chord, barre the 2nd fret with your middle finger and place your ring finger on the 3rd fret, A-string.

d dominant 7 ukulele chord diagram
d dominant 7 ukulele chord fingering
A |-3-
E |-2-
C |-2-
G |-2-

The Hawaiian D7

A common variation on the D7 shown above is 2020. People call this the “Hawaiian” D7. Perhaps it’s because it sounds better in many Hawaiian contexts. I feel this is because it takes the b7 note out of the highest position, which can sound kind of twangy.

Fun fact: It’s not actually a D7. It’s an F# diminished (which, to be fair is PART of a D7….).


D#/Eb Dominant 7th

Just like D7, only moved up one fret.

d# eb dominant 7 ukulele chord diagram
d# eb dominant 7 ukulele chord fingering
A |-4-
E |-3-
C |-3-
G |-3-

E Dominant 7th

Play like a G7, but move the index finger to the top string, 1st fret.

e dominant 7 ukulele chord diagram
e dominant 7 ukulele chord fingering
A |-2-
E |-0-
C |-2-
G |-1-

F Dominant 7th

To play F7, start by holding an F major. Then add your ring finger on the 3rd fret, C-string and your pinky on the 3rd fret, A-string. An alternative is to leave the pinky off. This isnʻt a true 7th chord, but sounds close enough for most scenarios.

f dominant 7 ukulele chord diagram
f dominant 7 ukulele chord fingering
A |-3-
E |-1-
C |-3-
G |-2-

F#/Gb Dominant 7th

Same as F7, just moved up one fret.

f# gb dominant 7 ukulele chord diagram
f# gb dominant 7 ukulele chord fingering
A |-4-
E |-2-
C |-4-
G |-3-

G Dominant 7th

One of the most common ʻukulele chords, G7 has a distinct triangle shape. Index finger on the 1st fret, E-string; middle finger on the 2nd fret, C-string; ring finger on the 2nd fret A-string. Turn your wrist outwards to fit both fingers onto the same fret.

g dominant 7 ukulele chord diagram
g dominant 7 ukulele chord fingering
A |-2-
E |-1-
C |-2-
G |-0-

G#/Ab Dominant 7th

Play G7 with your last three fingers and then add your index finger behind the nut on the G-string. Slide this whole thing up one fret to create a moveable shape and G#/Ab7. (More moveable shapes here)

g# ab dominant 7 ukulele chord diagram
g# ab dominant 7 ukulele chord fingering
A |-3-
E |-2-
C |-3-
G |-1-

A Dominant 7th

Just stick your index finger on the 1st fret, C-string for this basic 7th ʻukulele chord.

a dominant 7 ukulele chord diagram
a dominant 7 ukulele chord fingering
A |-0-
E |-0-
C |-1-
G |-0-

A#/Bb Dominant 7th

Barre across the 1st fret with your index finger and place your middle finger on the 2nd fret, C-string.

A# Bb dominant 7 ukulele chord diagram
a# Bb dominant 7 ukulele chord fingering
A |-1-
E |-1-
C |-2-
G |-1-

B Dominant 7th

Just like A#/Bb7 only moved up one fret.

b dominant 7 ukulele chord diagram
b dominant 7 ukulele chord fingering
A |-2-
E |-2-
C |-3-
G |-2-

More chords

Major chords

Minor chords

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I’m an ‘ukulele artist from Honoka’a, Hawai’i, where I run this site from a little plantation house in the jungle. I’ve taught workshops internationally, made Herb Ohta Jr. laugh until he cried, and once borrowed a uke to jam with HAPA onstage in my boardshorts. More about me