ʻUkulele Chord Shapes

“Brad has created the best ukulele chord book I’ve seen to date.”
Andrew Kitakis, Owner of Hawai’i Music Supply

Whether you are an intermediate player looking for your first guide to understanding the fretboard or a seasoned pro in need of a complete reference to complex harmonies, there’s no more detailed and comprehensive a book than ‘s ‘Ukulele Chord Shapes.

Ukulele Chord Shapes Book

With in-depth and easy-to-understand explanations of chord theory and applications, this method can expand your chord vocabulary twelvefold.

A good ukulele chord chart is one of the most important learning tools you can have. Unfortunately, many other chord books waste time and pages showing the same repeating diagrams – often with very little information explaining them!

“If you have questions about ukulele chords, ‘Ukulele Chord Shapes has the answers.”
James Hill, creator of The Ukulele Way

‘Ukulele Chord Shapes is different. It presents a streamlined view of chords, eliminating extraneous memorization and clutter. This reduces your mental workload by 12x when learning new chords and shapes, freeing up space for useful background information about how chords work and using them on the fretboard.

‘Ukulele Chord Shapes Features:

  • 173 chord shapes that will cover 99.9% of your needs in any genre.
  • How to move each shape into all 12 keys (173×12=2076!).
  • The step-by-step theory behind how chords are built.
  • All about slash chords, inversions, fingerings, and more.
  • 55 pages in total available as a beautiful print book or PDF download.
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  • Mobile-friendly PDF format
  • Instant delivery
  • Over 2,500 sold!

$12.99

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The Method:

‘Ukulele Chord Shapes presents chords in a different light than other books: as movable shapes. In this way you can reduce mental clutter and make learning chords 12 times more efficient.

Each shape in the book shows a highlighted root that easily allows you to move a single chord shape into all twelve keys.

chord shape diagrams

But Ukulele Chord Shapes is a lot more than just a reference book. It’s also an in-depth look at the theory and concepts that drive intelligent chordal playing. Learn how to build chords via easy, step-by-step instructions, how to finger them, and how to select the appropriate shapes for your music.

“…I probably have over a hundred dollars worth of uke books that this concisely puts in 55 pages.”
Dave Nye, San Jose, California

When You Buy ‘Ukulele Chord Shapes You Get:

  • Straightforward content formatted for readability and ease-of-use.
  • Big, bold, and user-friendly chord boxes.
  • 34 chord types from the mundane to the exotic.
  • Descriptions, uses, chord symbols, and chord formulas for each chord type.
  • How To Use This Book details every step of using the book.
  • How Chords Work is an easy-to-understand chapter on the theory of chords.
  • 55 pages of chords, chords, and more chords!
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  • Mobile-friendly PDF format
  • Instant delivery
  • Over 2,500 sold!

$12.99

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Or purchase a physical book from Amazon for $19.99

What Other People Are Saying:

“Brad Bordessa has captured a comprehensive look at chords and shapes in a way that makes the whole picture easy and fun to see by a beginner to music, and at the same time gives all the information any pro would need to quickly capture the best path to harmony on this instrument… Great book – well done.”
Daniel Ward, Musician and Educator
“[Brad] has produced this outstanding instructional book combining hands on teaching with music theory that is both understandable for the beginner and detailed enough for the seasoned ukulele player.”
George Kahumoku, Jr., Grammy Award-winning Hawaiian musician
“Brad’s new book is as good as anything I have used, in any format.”
Shaun Deane, Brattleboro, Vermont
“Just read through your ‘Ukulele Chord Shapes eBook and it is really a GREAT book! … For those learning ukulele and struggling with chord shapes, no need to look any further or invest heavily on other books.”
Linda Tan, Singapore
‘Ukulele Chord Shapes … is extremely well written and easy to follow. I highly recommend this book for the ukulele player who wants to expand their knowledge and understanding of chords to a new level!”
Patrick Drigans, Buffalo, Minnesota
“Well organized, concise, thorough information. Have immediately improved my technical knowledge and mechanical competence. Well worth the investment.”
David
“Very useful and practical.”
Marek Frnka – Czech Republic
“Great book…! Each type of chord is explained, and so helps to understand how to harmonize the music, the layout is very clear and all the necessary information is there. By practicing a little every day, we assimilate the whole neck in a few weeks and that’s fantastic…! An example of clear and well thought-out, very good work… I recommend this book for all levels of learning, as understanding is essential in the practice of an instrument.”
Philippe Herzog

FAQs:

I’m a beginner/advanced player. Will I find the content over/underwhelming?

ʻUkulele Chord Shapes is not a chord book for newbies and will be a confusing place to start for someone just seeking diagrams for A, D, and E7 type chords. It’s a method for understanding the fretboard better and requires some background knowledge to get the most out of. I recommend it for intermediate and up players and those with musical backgrounds.

(That said, I have utterly beginner students who are “thinkers” and understand the concepts in the book intellectually, even if they don’t understand the musical underpinnings.)

As for advanced players, I don’t feel like there are many pros out there who use 75% of the chords in this book. Unless you’re a chord weirdo like Benny Chong, it will be a lifetime resource.

What chords types are in the book?

Each chord family presented in ‘Ukulele Chord Shapes has at least four moveable shapes. This gives you arrangement options for any situation.

The chord types that are included:

  • Major
  • Major 6th
  • Major 6/9
  • Major 7th
  • Major 7(b5)
  • Major 7(#5)
  • Major 9th
  • Minor
  • Minor 6th
  • Minor 6/9
  • Minor 7th
  • Minor 7(b5)
  • Minor 7(#5)
  • Minor (Major 7th)
  • Minor 9th
  • Minor 11th
  • Dominant 7th
  • Dominant 7(b5)
  • Dominant 7(#5)
  • Dominant 7(b9)
  • Dominant 7(#9)
  • Dominant 9th
  • Dominant 11th
  • Dominant 13th
  • Dominant 13(b9)
  • Altered*
  • Suspended 2
  • Suspended 4
  • Suspended 7th
  • Add 9
  • Add 11
  • Diminished
  • Diminished 7th
  • Augmented
  • Slash Chords*

* = Special detailed section.

Do I need to know theory to understand the book?

I sure hope not! The moveable shape concept is a simple spatial pattern that should be easy for even a play-by-ear musician to understand.

If you want to dive deeper there is a section on theory guiding you step-by-step through all that is required to build and understand chords. Essentially, you’ll be able to reverse-engineer any ʻukulele chord by the time you’re done.

Satisfaction Guaranteed

‘Ukulele Chord Shapes is written to be hands-down the most extensive and useful chord resource available to ʻukulele players. I don’t want your money if you feel it was ill spent. Just drop me a line if you aren’t satisfied with your purchase and I will send you a full refund – no questions asked.

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  • Mobile-friendly PDF format
  • Instant delivery
  • Over 2,500 sold!

$12.99

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Or purchase a physical book from Amazon for $19.99

Having Trouble?

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Chord Diagram Image Pack

Teacher? Student who wants to bring the ʻUkulele Chord Shapes diagrams into your song sheets?

Now you can download the PNG source images from the book for personal and classroom use. Study moveable chord shapes in your own music by adding reminder images into your song sheets.

  • 165 PNG files
  • Huge 1748px × 2480px image resolution suitable for almost any print job
  • Organized by chord family and inversion
  • Transparent background

Sample image

Download + personal license (for solo study) – $4.99

Download + teacher license (for up to 50 students) – $19.99

Download + club license (for ʻukulele clubs and other high-circulation situations up to 500 people) – $49.99

Please contact for additional license possibilities (i.e. web or magazine use).