Free Form Chords

You know the notes of the fingerboard, you now the notes of any chords and chord theory.

Free Form Chords

Free Form chords are those chords that do not fall into one of the other categories. They typically don’t show up in chord dictionaries or software programs.You can create these chords when you know the notes of the ukulele fingerboard, know how chords are constructed and know the names of the notes the chord and the intervals that make up the chord.

There is a lesson on these type of chords called Cool Chords, Creating those cool chords not found in dictionaries and chord books.

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Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard (Finally!!!)



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Most players struggle with learning the names of the notes of the ukulele fingerboard. There doesn’t seem to a pattern and notes repeat. There is an easy way and...

...it’s easier that you think!

Most players know the names of the open strings for their tuning. In “C” tuning the open strings are named G C E A, no sharps or flats.

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Creating Cool Ukulele Chords




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Cool Chords - These are the chords do not typically show up in chord dictionaries or song books. These are the chords players ask, “What is that chord?”

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Types of Ukulele Chords Lessons Series



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The types of chords possible on ukulele.

Open position chords, movable form chords, 4-part, a.k.a. jazz chords and free from chords.

Open Position Chords

The basic first chords most players learn. There are the chords in the first one, two, three and fours frets of the ukulele and include at least on open string.

Basic Movable Form Chords

Sometimes called barre chords, these chords are the basic open position that venture beyond the third fret.

4-part Contemporary Chords, a.k.a. Jazz Chords

Beyond basic open position chords and basic movable form chords these are the core set of 4-part chords that are used to build ALL you contemporary 4-part chords using the principles of how chords are constructed and the ukulele fingerboard. From these core chrods you can create all those crazy named chords such as: 9#11, 7#5-9, 13b5, 7+9 on the fly as needed.

Free Form Chords

Free Form chords are those chords that do not fall into one of the above categories. They typically don’t show up in chord dictionaries or software programs. You can create these chords when you know the notes of the ukulele fingerboard, know how chords are constructed and know the names of the notes the chord and the intervals that make up the chord.

Traditional and Contemporary Triads

Somewhere in the mix of the above four chrod categories triads should be explored.

A triad is a three note chord. In traditional chord theory there are four traditional triad chord types: major, minor, diminished and augmented. And four contemporary triad chord types: sus2, sus4, add2 and add9.

Triads can be used harmonically, as chords and melodically, as single notes. Triads are a great way to get started with creating melodic solos and improvising.

In my personal experience and experience with students these are the first real challenging chords after the basic open position chords and movable basic chords.

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Open Position Chords



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The basic first chords most players learn. There are the chords in the first one, two, three and fours frets of the ukulele and include at least on open string.

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Basic Movable Form Chords



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Sometimes called barre chords, these chords venture beyond the third fret.

Movable chord forms are chords with no open strings. Sometimes called barre chords, these chords are transposable by moving each note of the chord the same number of frets up and down the neck.

Each movable form is based on a common open position chord. Movable forms allow you to play chords not found in the open position and in any key.

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Traditional and Contemporary Triads



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triad is a three note chord. In traditional chord theory there are four traditional triad chord types: major, minor, diminished and augmented. And four contemporary triad chord types: sus2, sus4, add2 and add9.

Triads can be used harmonically, as chords and melodically, as single notes. Triads are a great way to get started with creating melodic solos and improvising.

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4-part Contemporary Chords, a.k.a. Jazz Chords



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Core Chords is a series of lessons for building your 4-part chords. These chords commonly called “jazz” chords, are really just 4-part chords used in a wide range of musical styles.

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4-part Contemporary Chords, a.k.a. Jazz Chords

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