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Did you know you can work out your own chord shapes with just 3 bits of information? All you need to know is...

1. how chords are 'spelt' (that is, which notes make up the chord)
2. the notes included in the major scales, and
3. where these notes 'live' on the ukulele

The 3 charts below provide all this information.

Charts Example - the C major chord
The first chart - Chord 'spelling' - 'spells' most chords. Obviously on a 4 stringed instrument you can't play all the notes of 5-, 6- or 7-note chords...you need to select 4 of the notes to create a chord shape The major chord is a triad (3-note) chord 'spelt' 1  3  5
it is made up of the 1st, 3rd & 5th notes of the scale
The second chart - Diatonic Major Scales - lists the notes of each major scale and their position number In the key of C, the major chord is C E G
The third charts - Ukulele Notes - show where each note 'lives' on both C-tuning and D-tuning for all ukuleles except baritones As C is a triad, one of the notes must be repeated on a 4 string instrument. The easiest C chord is C Chord
Chord 'spelling'
Diatonic Major Scales

C-tuning Notes

D-tuning Notes