ʻUkulele Chord Shapes Ebook

Major ʻUkulele Chords: Diagrams for 12 Basic Shapes

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.

C Major

The first chord most ʻukulele players learn to play. Use your 3rd finger to hold the 3rd fret on the A-string.

c major ukulele chord
c major ukulele chord
A |-3-
E |-0-
C |-0-
G |-0-

C#/Db Major

Barre across the 1st fret with your 1st finger and reach your 4th finger up to the 4th fret on the A-string.

c#/Db major ukulele chord
c#/Db major ukulele chord
A |-4-
E |-1-
C |-1-
G |-1-

D Major

D can be fingered several ways on the ʻukulele.

  1. 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.
  2. 1st finger on the top string, 2nd fret; 2nd finger on the C-string, 2nd fret; 3rd finger on the E-string, 2nd fret.
  3. 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.
d major ukulele chord
d major ukulele chord
A |-0-
E |-2-
C |-2-
G |-2-

D#/Eb Major

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.

d#/eb major ukulele chord
d#/eb major ukulele chord
A |-1-
E |-3-
C |-3-
G |-3-

E Major

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.

e major ukulele chord
e major ukulele chord
A |-2-
E |-4-
C |-4-
G |-4-

F Major

Play with your 1st finger on the 1st fret of the E-string; 2nd finger on the 2nd fret of the G-string.

f major ukulele chord
f major ukulele chord
A |-0-
E |-1-
C |-0-
G |-2-

F#/Gb Major

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.

f#/gb major ukulele chord
f#/gb major ukulele chord
A |-1-
E |-2-
C |-1-
G |-3-

G Major

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.

g major ukulele chord
g major ukulele chord
A |-2-
E |-3-
C |-2-
G |-0-

G#/Ab Major

Fret exactly like F#/Gb, but slide the shape up so that it starts on the 3rd fret.

g#/ab major ukulele chord
g#/ab major ukulele chord
A |-3-
E |-4-
C |-3-
G |-5-

A Major

1st finger on the 1st fret of the C-string; 2nd finger on the 2nd fret of the G-string.

a major ukulele chord
a major ukulele chord
A |-0-
E |-0-
C |-1-
G |-2-

A#/Bb Major

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#/bb major ukulele chord
a#/bb major ukulele chord
A |-1-
E |-1-
C |-2-
G |-3-

B Major

Same as Bb/A#, just moved up one fret.

b major ukulele chord
b major ukulele chord
A |-2-
E |-2-
C |-3-
G |-4-

More ʻukulele chords:

Minor chords

7th chords

By Brad Bordessa

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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