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10 Ukulele Chords Everyone Needs To Know

Updated: May 22




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 Majors


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:


C Major


Place your ring finger on the1 string 3rd fret. Yup its that easy! Done.




G Major


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”!




A Major


Place your index finger on the 3rd string 1st fret and your middle finger on the 4th string 2nd fret.




F Major


Place your index finger on the 2nd string 1st fret and middle finger on the 4th string 2nd fret.




D Major


Place your index finger on the 4th string 2nd fret, middle finger on the 3rd string 2nd fret, and ring finger on the 2nd string 2nd fret. This may take a little practice squeezing all your fingers together.




The Minors


Now you will need to add the “sad” chords to the quiver. If your making a salad, the majors are the veggies and the minors are the toppings. The minor chords add the flavor

to a song. These chords are the A minor, E minor, D minor, G minor, and B minor.


A Minor


Place your middle finger on the 4th string 2nd fret. Like the C major chord, we start with an easy one.




E Minor


Place your index finger on the 1st string 2nd fret. Then place your middle finger on the 2nd string third fret and ring finger on the 3rd string 4th fret. I call this “The Stairs”.




D Minor


Place your index finger on the 2nd string 1st fret, middle finger on the 4th string 2nd fret, and your ring finger on the 3rd string 2nd fret.




G Minor


Place your index finger on the 1st string 1st fret, middle finger on the 3rd string 2nd fret, and your ring finger on the 2nd string 3rd fret.




B Minor


Here is the first bar chord. It can be tricky at first but with practice you will get it. Press down on all the strings on the 2nd fret with your index finger. And with your ring finger place it on the 4th string 4th fret.




The secrets out! Now you know the 10 ukulele chords everyone needs to know. Practice these chords daily and put them into memory. And find your favorite songs and see if they have the chords shown above. Now of course there are other chords your gonna need to learn, but here’s the big 10. Now if you were like me in high school and needed extra credit (Trig class with Ms. Baldwin) here are two extra credit chords. One is infamously challenging to play. Try and you‘ll know.

B Major


Here’s another barred chord. With you index finger bar the 2nd fret. Middle finger on the 3rd string 3rd fret and your ring finger on the 4th string 4th fret.



E Major


Place your index finger on the 1st string 2nd fret, middle finger on the 4th string 4th fret, ring finger on the third string 4th fret, and your pinky on the 2nd string 4th fret.



And if you see a car parked in front of your home with blacked out windows playing the song Bandito Tyler, grab your ukulele and RUN!















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