Updated: May 22, 2020
I’m just gonna keep this short and sweet... there are 10 ukulele chords everyone needs to know. They are Bu, Bah, Bi, Bo..... hahaha! Just kidding. Please don’t search for those “chords” on the internet. But if you are new to the ukulele here’s a pro tip. Please do not watch some one like Feng E and think you must have some godlike ability to play the ukulele. He makes it look easy! But if you want to really know if the ukulele is easy to learn, click here.
And now here is the worlds greatest secret... you can play almost any song on the ukulele if you learn just 10 chords. There I said it! I hope the ukulele mafia doesn’t come after me now. But I don’t care, the world needs to know!
The first chords everyone learns when they first pick up the ukulele are the majors. They are all relatively easy to learn. These chords are the C major, G major, A major, F major, and D major. The C major is very special! It’s the easiest chord to learn. One note, one finger. The ukulele‘s version of the middle C on a piano. So it‘s a great place to start. Here are the chords diagrams:
Place your ring finger on the1 string 3rd fret. Yup its that easy! Done.
I call this finger placement ”The Triangle”. Place your index finger on the 3rd string 2nd fret, ring finger on the 2nd string 3rd fret, and middle finger on the 1st string 2nd fret. Remember “The Triangle”, or “The Pizza”!
Place your index finger on the 3rd string 1st fret and your middle finger on the 4th string 2nd fret.
Place your index finger on the 2nd string 1st fret and middle finger on the 4th string 2nd fret.