Ukulele chords

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  1. John Misrahi

    John Misrahi Guest

    Can anyone tell me the voicings for some basic ukulele chords?

    thanks,

    John


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  2. John Misrahi

    John Misrahi Guest

    Actually, I found a chart..But i'm missing Eb for a song I want to
    play..Anyone know how to play an Eb on a uke?

    john

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    >Can anyone tell me the voicings for some basic ukulele chords?
    >
    >thanks,
    >
    >John
    >
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  3. Here comes a useful link for you.
    http://chordfind.com/4-string/
    I hope that clears it all
    Alexander

    "John Misrahi" <lmoukhin@sprint.ca> schrieb im Newsbeitrag
    news:BOSWa.1083$Jf3.13597@newscontent-01.sprint.ca...
    > Actually, I found a chart..But i'm missing Eb for a song I want to
    > play..Anyone know how to play an Eb on a uke?
    >
    > john
    >
    > John Misrahi wrote in message
    > <8PRWa.1080$Jf3.13568@newscontent-01.sprint.ca>...
    > >Can anyone tell me the voicings for some basic ukulele chords?
    > >
    > >thanks,
    > >
    > >John

    >
  4. On Sat, 2 Aug 2003 12:39:33 -0400, "John Misrahi" <lmoukhin@sprint.ca>
    wrote:

    >Can anyone tell me the voicings for some basic ukulele chords?


    I was in Hawaii and picked up (played with, not bought) a uke at one
    of those touristy stands. The one I grabbed was tuned like the top 4
    strings of a guitar, except that the "low" string was an octave high.

    If that's how they're tuned, just use the top four strings of guitar
    chords.
  5. John Misrahi

    John Misrahi Guest


    >I was in Hawaii and picked up (played with, not bought) a uke at one
    >of those touristy stands. The one I grabbed was tuned like the top 4
    >strings of a guitar, except that the "low" string was an octave high.
    >
    >If that's how they're tuned, just use the top four strings of guitar
    >chords.


    As far as I know, that is the 'wrong' way to tune one....though there may be
    different tunings, as with a guitar or banjo...

    My feeling on the top four strings of a guitar tuning is that it makes the
    uke sound like just a crappy guitar that happens to be missing 2 strings ;-p

    I tune mine GCEA

    I think it's a 'standard' tuning.

    I can't figure out how to play an Eb chord though..Anybody?

    john
  6. Hoonoze

    Hoonoze Guest

    "John Misrahi" <lmoukhin@sprint.ca> wrote in message
    news:fY1Xa.1131$Jf3.14601@newscontent-01.sprint.ca...
    >
    >
    > >I was in Hawaii and picked up (played with, not bought) a uke at one
    > >of those touristy stands. The one I grabbed was tuned like the top 4
    > >strings of a guitar, except that the "low" string was an octave high.
    > >
    > >If that's how they're tuned, just use the top four strings of guitar
    > >chords.

    >
    > As far as I know, that is the 'wrong' way to tune one....though there

    may be
    > different tunings, as with a guitar or banjo...
    >
    > My feeling on the top four strings of a guitar tuning is that it makes

    the
    > uke sound like just a crappy guitar that happens to be missing 2

    strings ;-p
    >
    > I tune mine GCEA
    >
    > I think it's a 'standard' tuning.
    >
    > I can't figure out how to play an Eb chord though..Anybody?
    >
    > john
    >


    With that tuning - 1st string, first fret; other 3 strings, third fret -
    voila, Eb major.
  7. On Sun, 3 Aug 2003 02:28:24 -0400, "John Misrahi" <lmoukhin@sprint.ca>
    wrote:

    >As far as I know, that is the 'wrong' way to tune one....though there may be
    >different tunings, as with a guitar or banjo...
    >
    >My feeling on the top four strings of a guitar tuning is that it makes the
    >uke sound like just a crappy guitar that happens to be missing 2 strings ;-p
    >
    >I tune mine GCEA
    >
    >I think it's a 'standard' tuning.
    >
    >I can't figure out how to play an Eb chord though..Anybody?


    OK, so the intervals are the same as on the top 4 strings of a guitar,
    but it's tuned a fourth (or more likely, an octave plus a fourth)
    higher. So play the guitar chord that's a fourth below. For an #b,
    play the 4-string chord that would be a Bb on guitar, In other words,
    Eb could be:

    ----1----
    ----3----
    ----3----
    ----3----

    or

    ----6----
    ----3----
    ----3----
    ----3----
  8. Bulldog

    Bulldog Guest

    GCEA is the standard tuning. "My dog has fleas" was how we sang the notes
    when I learned as a child in Hawaii. Here is a link for Uke chords I have
    found helpful in transposing songs from guitar.
    http://www.st.rim.or.jp/~kunisige/eukulele8.html
    Cheers!
    Bulldog
    --
    "If you dont know where you're going, any road will take you there."
    -George Harrison

    http://artists.mp3s.com/artists/379/bulldogsoundtracks.html


    "John Misrahi" <lmoukhin@sprint.ca> wrote in message
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    > Can anyone tell me the voicings for some basic ukulele chords?
    >
    > thanks,
    >
    > John
    >
    >
    > --
    > -"The other pubs were all
    > furnished with the faux "old country" furniture and trappings that must

    come
    > from some huge "Irish Pub Depot" store, and served Guinness ice cold, just
    > like the Blue."
    > -Drew Avis
    >
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  9. Steve Comeau

    Steve Comeau Guest

    Just add "a guitar capoed at the 5th fret" and you've got it right. In
    fact, that's how I practice ukulele chords when my uke isn't handy.

    Last April, I picked up a 6-string tenor ukulele in Hawaii - the 1st and 3rd
    strings are double courses with a unison and octave string respectively.
    These ukes are usually tuned in "Lo-G" (GCEA) where the 4th string is the
    lowest pitched as opposed to typical soprano and concert ukes that are tuned
    with the 4th string at "hi-G".

    For what it's worth, the lo-G tuning is what Israel Kamakawiwo'ole used on
    his beautiful rendition of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" that folks may have
    heard in movies and TV ads over the last couple of years. I believe that he
    played a Martin concert-size ukulele.

    John Misrahi mentioned wanting to play in Eb. Possible of course, but not
    the first key I would choose. Maybe he's playing along with a wind
    instrument. For strumming in the GCEA tuning, I've found the easiest and
    nicest sounding keys to be F, C, G and A thus far. Gm is cool as well.
    Other keys don't have as many, or any, open chords that give the ukulele an
    opportunity to resonate a little bit.

    All the best

    Steve Comeau


    "Mike McKernan" <mikemck333@optonline.net> wrote in message
    news:pmnoiv8p1k53c350cjv8tftnfejpc39d29@4ax.com...
    > On Sat, 2 Aug 2003 12:39:33 -0400, "John Misrahi" <lmoukhin@sprint.ca>
    > wrote:
    >
    > >Can anyone tell me the voicings for some basic ukulele chords?

    >
    > I was in Hawaii and picked up (played with, not bought) a uke at one
    > of those touristy stands. The one I grabbed was tuned like the top 4
    > strings of a guitar, except that the "low" string was an octave high.
    >
    > If that's how they're tuned, just use the top four strings of guitar
    > chords.
  10. John,

    Major 6th chords sound very good on a uke. Actually the open strings of the
    uke is tuned in a major 6th chord.

    The Eb that you want depends on which voice uke you are playing. There is
    the standard GCEA but there is also ADF#B, a smaller version. Not sure
    about the tenor tuning but the baritone is like the top four strings of the
    guitar. DGBE.

    If you have a standard tuned CGEA then the Eb chord is
    Barre four strings and the third fret, play a D position chord with the last
    three fingers.

    Four strings barred at the 3rd fret, middle finger 3rd string on the 5th
    fret, pinky finger on the 2nd string 6th fret and ring finger on the 1rst
    string 5th fret.

    Pick up the pinky and you have an Eb6 which is a pretty chord.

    Frank
    "John Misrahi" <lmoukhin@sprint.ca> wrote in message
    news:8PRWa.1080$Jf3.13568@newscontent-01.sprint.ca...
    > Can anyone tell me the voicings for some basic ukulele chords?
    >
    > thanks,
    >
    > John
    >
    >
    > --
    > -"The other pubs were all
    > furnished with the faux "old country" furniture and trappings that must

    come
    > from some huge "Irish Pub Depot" store, and served Guinness ice cold, just
    > like the Blue."
    > -Drew Avis
    >
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  11. Steve Comeau

    Steve Comeau Guest

    Hi Frank,

    I think that you described a Bb and Bb6 on a GCEA uke.

    One way to do an Eb is

    1333

    1st string first fret and 3rd fret for the other strings.

    As you pointed out, the uke is already tuned as a major 6th so just bar the
    3rd fret to get an Eb6.

    All the best,

    Steve Comeau


    "Frank Hamilton" <hamprod@mindspring.com> wrote in message
    news:qaP1b.786$jY2.74@newsread1.news.atl.earthlink.net...
    > John,
    >
    > Major 6th chords sound very good on a uke. Actually the open strings of

    the
    > uke is tuned in a major 6th chord.
    >
    > The Eb that you want depends on which voice uke you are playing. There is
    > the standard GCEA but there is also ADF#B, a smaller version. Not sure
    > about the tenor tuning but the baritone is like the top four strings of

    the
    > guitar. DGBE.
    >
    > If you have a standard tuned CGEA then the Eb chord is
    > Barre four strings and the third fret, play a D position chord with the

    last
    > three fingers.
    >
    > Four strings barred at the 3rd fret, middle finger 3rd string on the 5th
    > fret, pinky finger on the 2nd string 6th fret and ring finger on the 1rst
    > string 5th fret.
    >
    > Pick up the pinky and you have an Eb6 which is a pretty chord.
    >
    > Frank
    > "John Misrahi" <lmoukhin@sprint.ca> wrote in message
    > news:8PRWa.1080$Jf3.13568@newscontent-01.sprint.ca...
    > > Can anyone tell me the voicings for some basic ukulele chords?
    > >
    > > thanks,
    > >
    > > John
    > >
    > >
    > > --
    > > -"The other pubs were all
    > > furnished with the faux "old country" furniture and trappings that must

    > come
    > > from some huge "Irish Pub Depot" store, and served Guinness ice cold,

    just
    > > like the Blue."
    > > -Drew Avis
    > >
    > > To reply by email, please remove 'nospam'
    > >
    > >

    >
    >
  12. You're right Steve. That's because I'm a &*#@! guitar player.

    Thanks for the correction.

    Frank




    "Steve Comeau" <notcomeaus@comcast.net> wrote in message
    news:A86dnV3qxsZjsNWiU-KYvg@comcast.com...
    > Hi Frank,
    >
    > I think that you described a Bb and Bb6 on a GCEA uke.
    >
    > One way to do an Eb is
    >
    > 1333
    >
    > 1st string first fret and 3rd fret for the other strings.
    >
    > As you pointed out, the uke is already tuned as a major 6th so just bar

    the
    > 3rd fret to get an Eb6.
    >
    > All the best,
    >
    > Steve Comeau
    >
    >
    > "Frank Hamilton" <hamprod@mindspring.com> wrote in message
    > news:qaP1b.786$jY2.74@newsread1.news.atl.earthlink.net...
    > > John,
    > >
    > > Major 6th chords sound very good on a uke. Actually the open strings of

    > the
    > > uke is tuned in a major 6th chord.
    > >
    > > The Eb that you want depends on which voice uke you are playing. There

    is
    > > the standard GCEA but there is also ADF#B, a smaller version. Not sure
    > > about the tenor tuning but the baritone is like the top four strings of

    > the
    > > guitar. DGBE.
    > >
    > > If you have a standard tuned CGEA then the Eb chord is
    > > Barre four strings and the third fret, play a D position chord with the

    > last
    > > three fingers.
    > >
    > > Four strings barred at the 3rd fret, middle finger 3rd string on the 5th
    > > fret, pinky finger on the 2nd string 6th fret and ring finger on the

    1rst
    > > string 5th fret.
    > >
    > > Pick up the pinky and you have an Eb6 which is a pretty chord.
    > >
    > > Frank
    > > "John Misrahi" <lmoukhin@sprint.ca> wrote in message
    > > news:8PRWa.1080$Jf3.13568@newscontent-01.sprint.ca...
    > > > Can anyone tell me the voicings for some basic ukulele chords?
    > > >
    > > > thanks,
    > > >
    > > > John
    > > >
    > > >
    > > > --
    > > > -"The other pubs were all
    > > > furnished with the faux "old country" furniture and trappings that

    must
    > > come
    > > > from some huge "Irish Pub Depot" store, and served Guinness ice cold,

    > just
    > > > like the Blue."
    > > > -Drew Avis
    > > >
    > > > To reply by email, please remove 'nospam'
    > > >
    > > >

    > >
    > >

    >
    >
  13. Steve Comeau

    Steve Comeau Guest

    You're quite welcome Frank. I'm a &*#@! guitar player too. I just bought
    my first ukulele last April and I'm having fun applying it to stuff I
    learned on guitar as well as writing new songs with it.

    Thanks for being a frequent and thoughtful contributor to this group.

    All the best,

    Steve


    "Frank Hamilton" <hamprod@mindspring.com> wrote in message
    news:OC93b.17535$8i2.13948@newsread2.news.atl.earthlink.net...
    > You're right Steve. That's because I'm a &*#@! guitar player.
    >
    > Thanks for the correction.
    >
    > Frank
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > "Steve Comeau" <notcomeaus@comcast.net> wrote in message
    > news:A86dnV3qxsZjsNWiU-KYvg@comcast.com...
    > > Hi Frank,
    > >
    > > I think that you described a Bb and Bb6 on a GCEA uke.
    > >
    > > One way to do an Eb is
    > >
    > > 1333
    > >
    > > 1st string first fret and 3rd fret for the other strings.
    > >
    > > As you pointed out, the uke is already tuned as a major 6th so just bar

    > the
    > > 3rd fret to get an Eb6.
    > >
    > > All the best,
    > >
    > > Steve Comeau
    > >
    > >
    > > "Frank Hamilton" <hamprod@mindspring.com> wrote in message
    > > news:qaP1b.786$jY2.74@newsread1.news.atl.earthlink.net...
    > > > John,
    > > >
    > > > Major 6th chords sound very good on a uke. Actually the open strings

    of
    > > the
    > > > uke is tuned in a major 6th chord.
    > > >
    > > > The Eb that you want depends on which voice uke you are playing.

    There
    > is
    > > > the standard GCEA but there is also ADF#B, a smaller version. Not

    sure
    > > > about the tenor tuning but the baritone is like the top four strings

    of
    > > the
    > > > guitar. DGBE.
    > > >
    > > > If you have a standard tuned CGEA then the Eb chord is
    > > > Barre four strings and the third fret, play a D position chord with

    the
    > > last
    > > > three fingers.
    > > >
    > > > Four strings barred at the 3rd fret, middle finger 3rd string on the

    5th
    > > > fret, pinky finger on the 2nd string 6th fret and ring finger on the

    > 1rst
    > > > string 5th fret.
    > > >
    > > > Pick up the pinky and you have an Eb6 which is a pretty chord.
    > > >
    > > > Frank
    > > > "John Misrahi" <lmoukhin@sprint.ca> wrote in message
    > > > news:8PRWa.1080$Jf3.13568@newscontent-01.sprint.ca...
    > > > > Can anyone tell me the voicings for some basic ukulele chords?
    > > > >
    > > > > thanks,
    > > > >
    > > > > John
    > > > >
    > > > >
    > > > > --
    > > > > -"The other pubs were all
    > > > > furnished with the faux "old country" furniture and trappings that

    > must
    > > > come
    > > > > from some huge "Irish Pub Depot" store, and served Guinness ice

    cold,
    > > just
    > > > > like the Blue."
    > > > > -Drew Avis
    > > > >
    > > > > To reply by email, please remove 'nospam'
    > > > >
    > > > >
    > > >
    > > >

    > >
    > >

    >
    >

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