You’re tuned up and ready to play!
It’s time to learn your first ukulele chords.
You might be surprised to know that with just these few ukulele chords you can play hundreds of songs on the ukulele.
These ukulele chords for beginners are where every ukulele player should begin.
Watch the video to discover these chords.
Use the Ukulele Tricks Chord Library to discover even more chords.
How to Play a C Major Chord on Ukulele
To play the C major chord, place the ring finger on the 3rd fret of the bottom A-string. Let the other strings ring open.
How to Play an Am Chord on Ukulele
To play the A minor chord, place the middle finger on the 2nd fret of the top g-string. Let the other strings ring open.
How to Play an F Major Chord on Ukulele
To play the F major chord, place the middle finger on the 2nd fret of the top g-string and index finger on the 1st fret of the E-string. Let the other strings ring open.
How to Play a G7 Chord on Ukulele
To play the G7 chord, place the middle finger on the 2nd fret of the C-string, index finger on the 1st fret of the E-string, and ring finger on the 2nd fret of the bottom A-string. Let the other string ring open.
How to Practice These Chords
For each chord, take the time to position the fingers of your fretting hand to play the chord. Upon doing so, take the thumb from your strumming hand and individually pluck each string of the ukulele to make sure every note of the chord rings out nice and clear.
When you are comfortable with each chord, practice changing from each chord with simple down strums: C to Am to F to G7.
Remember chord positions require a degree of strength and dexterity in the fretting hand to successfully perform the chord. Practice and repetition is required to develop muscle memory.
With your dedicated practice eventually changing between these chords will require little to no effort or thought!
How to Play Songs With These Chords
If you enjoyed learning these chords and would like to make music with them, the next step is to grab the free ukulele lesson book Your First Ukulele Lesson and Then Some where I teach you how to play your first songs with these four chords.