Ukulele Open Chords [Part 2]

Continuing on now, we have 9 more chords for you three types of chords, Major, Minor and 7th, this time on D, A and E.

As for the last lesson, a VERY useful exercise for you to do is to compare the chords with the same root, for example, play A, A min and A7 and see how they are related. Do that with each chord and you'll start to make connections which will make it easier to remember the chord grips and also help unlock the fretboard (helps for guitar too!).

Where is "B" I hear you ask! Well B is only playable as a movable chord shape (kinda like F on the guitar) so we're going to check them out in a couple of lessons time!


Most of these chords would be considered the basic so you should check them out but the best way to learn new chords is to put them into practice! So learn loads of songs and you'll eventually know all the chords you need :)

Some of you may wonder why I have not included finger numbers on the diagrams. Well it's because it's a lot more free than the guitar and you might choose to play different chords with different fingers depending on what you are moving to or from! So use your nut and find a way that is comfortable to play a chord and when you are using it, see if it's still working for you ;)

The Three D's

These grips can be a little tricky, especially on a small uke with big fingers! But they are commonly used and it just takes a little more practice to get the fingers crammed in - don't give up on them!!

The Three E's

E major is a bit of an awkward one as far as uke grips go (you should probably start using fingers 1, 2 and 4). E minor is pretty easy. For the E7 you could use fingers 1,2 and 3 but guitarists might prefer to play it like the top part of an open B7 chord and use fingers 1, 3 and 4!

The Three A's

We like the A's, they're pretty easy :)

Have fun with these and when you're ready, check out the next lesson in which we'll learn the notes on the Uke!!

Ukulele Beginner Course