Welcome back to the average ukulele show! This weeks episode I am going to talk about what chords I have been *attempting* to learn.
Firstly, props to any musicians out there. Remembering which chord is which and where to put your finger is so hard, I have a much greater appreciation for any players of the strings instruments in particular. You are all guitar heroes!
Now back to chords! In case you don’t know what a chord is, don’t sweat. I will explain it for you. A chord is essentially notes combined to play together harmoniously. Apparently it’s the first, third, and fifth notes of that notes major scale. This meant absolutely nothing to me and I still do not understand what that means, but I’m not here to argue. Learning ukulele is enough of a task.
Once I mostly knew what a chord was I decided to jump right into it and learn some myself. I used a very helpful website, Ukuguides.com on the page Basic Ukulele Chords For Beginning Players. This page is also where I found these wonderful pictures below.
First I learned the major chords:
A B C D E F G
This video shows me going through each of the major chords. Once I could find where to put my fingers to play the chord I practised strumming a few times. I found A, C, and F to be the easiest and therefore my favourite chords to play. I am still needing to look at a picture, like the one above, to remember what the chord is. I am not even close to having anything memorised yet.
From there, I learnt the minor chords.
Am Bm Cm Dm Em Fm Gm
The minor chords weren't too much of a challenge after practising for awhile. As you can see it still takes me time to move from chord to chord. I also do not have any of these memorised either, besides Am because of how simple it is.
Lastly I decided to get into some treble (HA) and learn the 7th chords.
A7 B7 C7 D7 E7 G7
These seventh chords were treble indeed. I found B7 and F7 took a lot of extra practising and they are still a challenge. My favourites from this group are A7 and C7. I can really rock the note where I only have to hold down own string.
Overall, I found learning the chords to be a task that takes much longer than a week to complete. I am still struggling to remember what each chord is and how to move my fingers to make it work. Again, I am so impressed by all musicians who can play chords much more difficult than these and I hope to turn my ukulele villain into a guitar hero... ? I'm not sure how to tie this title into my post anymore so I better just end it here.
If you happen to be impressed or curious on my strumming, you can find out how I taught myself how to do it here.
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