How to Play Dm on Ukulele

The way music works is up to you in how you can relay it to your listeners. They may tell a different story each time depending on the tone and pitch and certain songs go along well with certain chords. Basic chords will allow you to play any song you want but after a time you will reach a point where you will come across some songs with a more complicated chord arrangement. 

To get over this boundary you will need to expand your knowledge to some difficult to learn chords. What makes these so tough is the way you have to stretch and fold your fingers across the fretboard to get the correct sound and this is easier said than done for people who have fingers larger than average as they might overlap with different strings. 

The small size of the ukulele also makes this a bit difficult and your fingers may not be used to the pattern at first. It may be straining but after a while, your fingers will get used to the awkward pattern. One such chord is the Dm chord and you may not be able to get it down at first but when you do you will have a greater range of music you can create so to find out how you can learn the Dm chord check out the following.

The Dm Chord

When learning the Dm chord you need to know that it is made up of three essential notes, them being D, F, and A. If you want to play anything a bit solemn in tone and sound then the Dm chord is the perfect fit for any song you play or are writing. In keeping consistency with the minor scale the Dm chord has a sadder tone and it is one that most classical musicians like to utilize due to the melancholy theme it represents.

The Dm chord is a part of the D minor scale and uses the notes of D, F, and A in conjunction as a triad formula that consists of the first, third, and fifth notes that do not sound sharp and instead sound original. The D minor scale utilizes a range of D, E, F, G, B flat, and lastly C although the B flat does not mean that the pitch you make will also sound flat.

Like many common chords, there are several ways through which you can play the Dm chord with some being easier than others. They each have a unique finger pattern so if you are unable to adjust to the position of one type of pattern then you can try the other one. Although the positioning may be a bit different rest assured that the sound will still be the same.

Playing The Dm chord

Before you get down to playing the chord you should know the positioning and tuning of your strings and when you learn to play the ukulele you should know that the string with the lowest pitch is the third-string whereas in a guitar it is the first string that is the lowest.

The standard tuning is GCEA and this is the one followed here. The chord pattern for the ukulele has been relayed below.

Playing Dm In The Open Position

For beginners who are starting, they have an easier time learning through this placement system. For this placement, all you need is three fingers. To get the position down place your first finger or index on the E string of the first fret.

The second or middle finger should then be placed on the second fret of the G string and the last or ring finger should be placed on the second fret of the C string and now all you need to do is to strum all four strings to play this chord. 

Playing Dm In The Fifth Position

This is the alternative to the open position so if you are having trouble with the open position then you can try this one out. In learning this position you need to be aware that the sound you will get from this chord is going to be higher pitch so don’t be too surprised to hear something different.

This is because the placement of this chord starts at the fifth fret on the fretboard. The difference you will see here is the utilization of a barre chord which usually is made easier with a capo on the guitar but as the ukulele has less tension you can do it with only your hands. This utilizes only two fingers but you need to hold multiple strings down at a time so get ready to stretch.

To get this placement down, put your index finger on the A, E, and C strings on the fifth fret and hold them down from an angle but make sure the finger is straight. Then place your ring finger on the seventh fret of your G string and now all that’s left to do is strum. This position may be a bit straining for some.

Final Thoughts

Like any other hobby or job, the longer you stick out the greater your skill and knowledge about it improves. So if you experience difficulty at first don’t stop and keep practicing. To get your fingers across the fretboard much easily you should try out multiple stretching exercises for your fingers as you will be more able to reach awkward and difficult chord positions.

As you will be straining your fingers for a while you should properly warm them up to make the chord shifting much easier. And if you still have trouble getting your fingers down then it may be that your fretboard is too large or small. These are all that we advise and we hope that you can properly use this information to get better at the ukulele.

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