Ukulele Chords & Chord Progressions

Ukulele Chords & Chord Progressions lessons available through Curt Sheller Publications

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Chord Lessons

  • Types of Ukulele Chords - An effective organization of the types of chords possible on ukulele. This is the place to start for uderstanding the types of chords possible on ukulele.
  • Basic Open Position Chords for C Tuning

    These are the chords that every ukulele player should know.

  • Movable Form Chords

    After learning the basic open position chords these 20 plus ukulele chord lessons cover the open position forms and their movable forms. This allows you to play basic chords in ANY key.

    A, Am , A7, B7, C, Cm, C7, D, Dm, D7, E, Em, E7, F, Fm, F7, G, Gm, G7, A, Am, A7

  • Core Chords - The “Big Six”

    The 4-part Seventh chord, often called the Dominant Seventh chord can form the foundation for ALL your core contemporary, a.k.a, jazz chords. This series of lessons covers the big six that find a wide use in all forms of contemporary music. Then builds on your core chords with the rest of the 4-part chords.

  • The Dominant Seventh Chord

    Not all seventh chords are actually dominant seventh chords. Learn when a dominant chord is actually a dominant chord.

Cool Chords Lesson Series

These chords are part of the Cool Ukulele Chords Series of lessons.

What is a Chord?

A chord in music is any harmonic set of two to three or more notes that is heard as if sounding simultaneously. These need not actually be played together: arpeggios and broken chords may for many practical and theoretical purposes be understood as chords. Chords and sequences of chords are frequently used in modern western, west African and Oceanian music, whereas they are absent from the music of many other parts of the world.

The most frequently encountered chords are triads, so called because they consist of three distinct notes: further notes may be added to give seventh chords, extended chords, or added tone chords. The most common chords are the major and minor triads and then the augmented and diminished triads. The descriptions "major", "minor", "augmented" and "diminished" are sometimes referred to collectively as chordal "quality". Chords are also commonly classed by their root note so, for instance, the chord C Major may be described as a triad of major quality built upon the note C. Chords are also classified by inversion, the order in which their notes are stacked.

What is a Chord Progression?

A chord progression (or harmonic progression) is a series of musical chords, or chord changes that "aims for a definite goal" of establishing (or contradicting) a tonality founded on a key, root or tonic chord. In other words, the succession of root relationships. Chords and chord theory are generally known as harmony.

A chord progression can be thought of as a harmonic simultaneity succession: it offers an ongoing shift of level that is essential to the music of Europe (at least since 1600), Oceania and South/West Africa. A change of chord, or "chord change", generally occurs on an accented beat, so that chord progressions may contribute significantly to the rhythm, meter and musical form of a piece, delineating bars, phrases and sections.

What is a Chord Progression?

Simply put, a chord progression is a sequence of chords. Songs are chord progressions with melodies and lyrics added.

For a more elaborate description checkout the WidipediA article and link below.

Turns out there are a lot of common chord sequences that make learning a lot of songs easier.

Common Chord Progressions

Basic Ukulele Chords Chart

These charts are available in the lessons section of the site.

The following two charts are for C Tuning and organized by the chords that show up in common keys.

Both charts are FREE.

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