Ukulele Chords with Fingers

Ukulele chords are relatively easier than guitar chords. The main reason for this is that the Ukulele has four strings and the Guitar has 6 strings. Because of less string numbers, the ukulele chords are easier to play. Moreover, the ukulele strings are comparatively softer than the guitar strings, as a result your fingers won’t feel any pain playing the ukulele chords.

Now let us talk about ukulele chords. You can easily play your regular guitar chords on the ukulele by scaling them down into four strings. There are many other chords designed especially for the ukulele but not all of them are easy. You need to practice them properly to master these ukulele chords. The best way to begin your ukulele chords journey is to learn chords in alphabetical order. But before learning the chords, there are two very important things you need to consider.

The first one is your ukulele. You need a good quality ukulele. If you are a beginner, then it is understandable that you are not interested in making such an investment of buying an expensive ukulele. To be fair, it does not matter how expensive or cheap your ukulele is, you can practice your chords in all of them. The problem is that if you are using a cheap ukulele, it may sound disheartening and out of harmony. So try to buy a moderately priced ukulele to make your chords sound in a standard quality.

Next thing you need is a tuner. There are many kinds of tuners available in the market. Try to pick a reliable one and tune your ukulele properly. Without proper tuning, the most expensive ukulele will sound disheartening.

Another thing to keep in mind is your finger indicators. In ukulele and guitar, your thumb is marked as T, your index finger as 1 and so on to the small finger as 4.

Now that we have a good quality ukulele that is properly tuned, let us see how we play some ukulele chords.

Let’s begin with the easier ones then move up to the complex ones.

A chord

To play all the A chords, you will need your index finger(1) and your middle finger(2). To play the A chord, use your index finger to hold down the C string on the first fret and your middle finger to hold down the G string in the second fret. Here is a diagram of the strings with their names for your convenience. The horizontal lines are the fret lines. The first fret is above the first fret line and the same is applicable for the other frets.

The other two A chords, Am and A7 are easier to play because they only require one finger. In the Am chord, you have to place your middle finger to hold down the G string in the second fret. In the A7 chord, use your index finger to hold down the C string in the first fret.

B chord

One of the most important ukulele chords is the B chord and the Bb chord is considered more important for its use in folk songs. The B and the Bb chord are almost the same. The difference is the fret number. The B chord starts from the second fret, while the Bb chord starts from the first fret. They are a little tricky. Let us look at the B chord. For playing the B chord, you will need your index, middle and ring finger.

First, place your thumb at the back of the uku neck to support your fingers. Then lower your wrist so that all the fingers can reach the strings. Now use your index finger to hold down the A and E string on the second fret. Then use your middle finger to hold down the C string on the third fret and the ring finger for holding the G string on the fourth fret. The same way you play the Bb chord but you have to start from the first fret and finish at the third for it.

The B and Bb both are complicated and tricky chords. You can practice the Gm7 chord before practicing the B chords. It is a less complicated version of the B chord, where everything is the same except you don’t need to use your ring finger.

Also Read: Learn How to B-Chord play on ukulele

C chord

C chord is the easiest among all the ukulele chords. It only needs one finger. For this chord, you need to use your ring finger, marked as 3. Use your ring finger to hold down the A string in the third fret, which is between the second and third fret wires.

Under the C chord category, we have the C7 and Cm chord. The C7 chord also needs one finger. To play the C7 chord, you will need to use your index finger (Number 1 finger) to hold down the A string on the first fret, above the first fret wire. The Cm chord is a little difficult. It needs your three fingers. Finger 2, 3, 4. Use these three fingers to hold down the C, E and A strings in the third fret together, and you will have a Cm chord.

D chords

The D chord requires you to use your index, middle and ring finger sequentially. You place them on the G, C and E string on the second fret sequentially. It is that simple.

But the Dm chord is not that simple. In this chord, you place your index finger on the E string at the first fret, your middle finger and ring finger for holding the G and C strings sequentially on the second fret.

F chord

The F chord is a scaled down version of the Dm chord. You place your index finger on the E string at first fret and your middle finger on the G string at second fret.

The Fm chord is a little complicated. You use your index and middle finger to hold down the G and E cable sequentially on the first fret and your little finger to hold the A string at the third fret.

Also Read: Best One-chord Songs on Ukulele


So, these are some of the basic Ukulele chords you can begin with. By mastering these chords, you can easily play the other chords. Before practising, make sure your strings are perfect and tuned properly. Otherwise, it will sound disheartening.

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