Chords are the very foundation of music and we figure, while you’re at home during these weird times, it’s never a bad idea to increase your vocabulary by learning some new charts. We’re offering Ukulele and Guitar chord charts for you to learn and share with us! You can download them by clicking on the charts below…
For beginners, these charts probably seem confusing, a whole lot of random lines, dots, and numbers. No need to “fret” we’re here to help!
A guitar chord chart is an image of a fretboard if the guitar was standing vertically and you were looking at it straight on. The vertical lines represent the strings of the guitar. From left to right, the strings (in standard tuning) are low E (6th string), A (5th), D (4th), G (3rd), B (2nd) and high E (1st).
The horizontal lines represent the frets. The dots in the diagram mark where to place your fingers of your fretting hand, with numbers assigned to each finger. Your index finger is 1 and 2 is your middle finger, 3 is the ring finger, and 4 is for your pinky finger. If you ever see a “T” on a chord chard, that indicates to play the note with your thumb.
You might have also noticed Xs and Os on top of the chord chart. The “X” means that you mute the string or don’t play it, while “O” directs you to play that string open, with no fingering on that string.
Ukulele chord charts are similar to guitar, but with less strings (only 4). With your ukulele standing vertically and straight on, just like the guitar chord charts, the strings are illustrated as vertical lines (from left to right G C, E, A string) and the frets are the horizontal lines.
Similarly, each dot represents the placement of your finger. So, how should you place your fingers? You play the C string at the second fret, the E string at the third fret and the A string at the second fret. And the “O” directs you to play that string open, with no fingering on that string. Just like the example above.
Knowing how to properly read a chord chart is a key step in any player’s development. Share your jam sesh on your social channels by tagging Ernie Ball (@ernieball) and using the hashtag (#StayInAndPlay) and we’ll reshare your music on Ernie Ball’s Instagram. We’re all in this together and we encourage you to #StayInAndPlay.
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