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Ukulele is a perfect beginner-friendly instrument. If you want to start your musical journey, you need to learn how to strum the perfect chord, which is pretty simple. Luckily, you do not have to know musical jargon or read music to play the uke. All you need are pictures!
Yes, pictures! A chord diagram can help you grasp the basics of the ukulele. And if you are an advanced level player, try some additional chords. If you are wondering how you can learn about chord diagrams, fret not. This is what we are for. We have tried to cover all the aspects of the ukulele blank chord chart for you. Read on!
What is a chord?
Before digging in deeper, let us know what a chord is. It is basically the combination of several notes strummed at precisely the same time. You have to press down the strings on particular frets. Each creation of fretted notes is called a chord.
Also Read: Learn how easy you can remember chords
Components of a ukulele blank chord chart
A picture is worth a thousand words! So is a blank chord chart. It is an empty box representing the fretboard (generally covers 5 frets). The frets are the horizontal lines, and strings are the vertical ones. It has the following parts:
- Vertical lines constitute the ukulele’s strings – beginning from the far left g-string to the far-right A-string.
- The thick horizontal line on top stands as the nut of the ukulele.
- Thin horizontal lines act like the frets. Just below the nut lies the first fret, and the fifth fret is on the bottom line.
- Dots point where to place your fingers on. For example, if there is a dot on the first left line in the middle of the second and first line, you push down the g-string on the second fret. You will see the dots placed vertically between horizontal bars.
- The 0s on top are strings that need to be played open, meaning you do not fret them.
- You are likely to see numbers at the bottom that tell you which finger to use to fret a particular string.
1 = Index finger
2 = The middle finger
3 = The ring finger
4 = The pinky finger
Think of the chords like a mirror image. When you are interpreting chord charts, this will help you form chords quickly. Just imagine your uke neck to be composed of glass, and the frets and your fingers are visible through it.
It would be basically holding the uke in front of you, keeping the fretboard signaling away from you. All you need to do is replicate the chord diagram on your uke.
Where to place your fingers?
If you have played guitar before, you might know that reading a ukulele tab is very much like reading a guitar tab. Four vertical lines on the blank chart represent four strings The first vertical line on your blank chart is usually a G string. This, however, does not necessarily need to be the first or the thickest string.
Commonly, the thickest string is the C string, not a G string.
Note that the chart has a sequence – beginning with G string to the third-string (C), to the second string (E), and lastly, the first string (A).
This is not always the case! Depending on your tuning, this order can be different. So don’t be afraid if your uke does not follow this sequence.
A small tip: If you are a right-handed person strumming with your left hand, and if you follow the blank chord chart G-C-E-A, you should know this trick. Remember that your uke will play an open fret or a G note if you do not press down any fret.
How to use a ukulele blank chord chart?
The blank spaces help you to note chord shapes. To fit your musical needs, the ukulele blank chord diagrams come in a variety of dimensions. On a standard 8.5 x 11″ paper, blank box diagrams are drawn. As per your needs, a different arrangement of rows and columns are there.
1. The Basics
As described above, the chords are represented by the vertical dots. The chord diagrams are simple to grasp. You just need to imagine a uke in front of you. Then touch the fretboard at the top.
All other symbols are more or less easy to explain. Once you get the hang of the basics, you are good to go.
2. Higher up your fretboard
You will notice some numbers at the side of your chord chart. When a chord is strummed higher up your fretboard, the numbers refer to a particular fret number.
If you come across an “X” at the top (or bottom) of a string, it means you should not touch that string at all. Simply saying, you just have to mute it.
There are many ways to use the blank ukulele chart diagrams
Learn the chords
These charts are beginner-friendly, helping you to recall all you have learned to date. Register the chords’ names using dots to label the frets and strings you would hold to create the chord. Instead of dots, you can employ numbers to signal which finger you should use for individual notes.
Record chord progress
If you are currently working on a song – perhaps one that you are composing yourself or learning to play – you can use this blank chart to note your progress.
You can find the blank chord charts on any local music store or even save, download, and print them from the Internet.
It’s a wrap for now! We hope you have gathered all the information you needed about the ukulele blank chord charts.
They are super handy as they are pre-made blank diagrams. You can learn new songs or record the notes you practiced without any extra hassle. So what are you waiting for? Grab them and start strumming!