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Basic Ukulele Chords that you can easily learn to play

There are a few basic Uke chords that you can learn quickly and easily and use when you’re looking for songs to play with your Ukulele.

We’ve divided the chords by Key and grouped them by progressions so you can have a more logical way of learning them by groups, usually used together in songs. So if we talk about a C major, for example, we will then talk about its relative minor and its seventh figure.

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These chords are basic and easy because they require only one or two fingers in most cases.

If you are looking for easy songs to play on Ukulele, have a look at these below:

What are the most basic Ukulele chords you can play?

Let’s start with the most basic Uke chords ever. The C major and A minor. These two only require a finger; anybody can do them in a minute, even if they’ve never played a Uke before!

Here’s how the C major looks:

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Just press the index finger at the third fret of the bottom string, and you’re now ready to go! As long as your Uke is in tune, you will hear a lovely pretty song when you strum down all chords while you press this particular fret.

This chord is generally identified with a happy feeling, a smile on the face, or a bright morning.

Now let’s play a darker chord, the A minor. This chord is also as easy as it can get, as it only requires you to press the index finger in one place. It looks like this:

2.0.0.0

It cannot get easier than this! Just press that index finger at the second fret of the top string.

This minor chord is usually associated with sadness or nostalgic feelings, a rainy day may be a broken heart and a tear on the cheek.

Here are a few more chords that are as easy as these two:

C major and seventh

0.0.0.3 and 0.0.0.1

A minor and A seventh

2.0.0.0 and 0.1.0.0

F major

Raise the challenge with this chord that requires two fingers now:

2.0.1.0

Place your middle finger at the second fret of the top string and then your index finger at the first fret of the third string (musician’s point of view).

Be careful not to let your index finger be too low because you will block the sound of the open strings.

How to play these basic Ukulele chords?

You’re almost ready to play a very simple song; these basic chords will get you enough to play songs like Kodaline’s Love Like This, or Stole the Show by Kygo.

For example, let’s take Kodaline’s song as an example. Listen to this youtube video:

These songs are combinations of the following chords:

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Sometimes they will use a more difficult chord, named G major:

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Or its counterpart G seventh:

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If you liked Kodaline’s song, try another one of theirs All I Want. You’ll see the standard 0.0.0.3 and 2.0.1.0 and also will learn how they introduce a Dm instead of F, it looks like this:

2.2.1.0

If you feel like you want to take a more challenging approach, you might want to try more challenging songs like Twenty Pilot’s House of Gold, or Come Away With Me by Norah Jones.

For the A minor one, try a song like Señorita; you’ll have plenty of fun trying to learn the other songs for that song.

We hope you had fun! Also, we hope this is a good enough intro to start playing chords with your Ukulele.

Check this Ukulele chord finder tool we have on our website, so you can learn to calculate your chords. Also, visit our Songs section to try to learn a few other songs.

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