Sometimes it’s hard to visualize a major ʻukulele chord using just a diagram box. Knowing which fingers go where from a picture can be very helpful.
The lightbulb always seems to go on for my students when they finally see me hold the chord. So while I can’t teach you ʻukulele in your living room, I took pictures of how to finger all of the open position major ʻukulele chords.
The first chord most ʻukulele players learn to play. Use your 3rd finger to hold the 3rd fret on the A-string.
A |-3- E |-0- C |-0- G |-0-
Barre across the 1st fret with your 1st finger and reach your 4th finger up to the 4th fret on the A-string.
A |-4- E |-1- C |-1- G |-1-
D can be fingered several ways on the ʻukulele.
- A partial-barre with your 2nd finger on the top three strings, 2nd fret (bend the finger backwards so that it lifts over the A-string.
- 1st finger on the top string, 2nd fret; 2nd finger on the C-string, 2nd fret; 3rd finger on the E-string, 2nd fret.
- A hybrid between the first two options: partial barre with the 2nd finger on the two top strings, 2nd fret; 3rd finger on the E-string, 2nd fret.
A |-0- E |-2- C |-2- G |-2-
1st finger, 1st fret of the A-string; 3rd finger making a partial-barre on the top three strings, 3rd fret.
A variation of Eb/D# is to leave the top string open.
A |-1- E |-3- C |-3- G |-3-
The notorious “hard” chord on the ʻukulele. Fingered exactly the same as Eb, just up one fret.
A variation is to barre across the 4th fret with your 1st finger and reach your 4th finger up to fret the 7th fret, A-string. Or simply barre the 4th fret and DON’T play the A-string.
A |-2- E |-4- C |-4- G |-4-
Play with your 1st finger on the 1st fret of the E-string; 2nd finger on the 2nd fret of the G-string.
A |-0- E |-1- C |-0- G |-2-
Barre across the 1st fret with your 1st finger; 2nd finger on the 2nd fret, E-string; 3rd finger reaches up to the 3rd fret, G-string.
A |-1- E |-2- C |-1- G |-3-
Many people play G backwards in a way that’s hard on your wrist. Be sure that your 1st finger is closest to the ceiling, NOT the other way around.
1st finger on the 2nd fret, C-string; 2nd finger on the 2nd fret, A-string; 3rd finger on the 3rd fret, E-string.
A |-2- E |-3- C |-2- G |-0-
Fret exactly like F#/Gb, but slide the shape up so that it starts on the 3rd fret.
A |-3- E |-4- C |-3- G |-5-
1st finger on the 1st fret of the C-string; 2nd finger on the 2nd fret of the G-string.
A |-0- E |-0- C |-1- G |-2-
Another “hard” chord – at least until you learn E major!
Partial-barre with the 1st finger on the two bottom strings, 1st fret; 2nd finger on the 2nd fret, C-string; 3rd finger on the 3rd fret, G-string.
A |-1- E |-1- C |-2- G |-3-
Same as Bb/A#, just moved up one fret.
A |-2- E |-2- C |-3- G |-4-
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