Reading Ukulele Chord Charts
Parts of Chord Diagrams
- chord name: indicates the root and type of chord.
- circles: placed at the top of the diagram to specify an open string.
- nut: a thick line that indicates the nut of the ukulele. A thin line may be used instead if the chord starts higher on the neck. In this case, a number and the abbreviation 'fr' will appear next to the diagram to indicate the fret number. For example, '3 fr' to indicate that the diagram starts at the third fret.
- frets: horizontal lines represent the frets.
- strings: vertical lines correspond to the four strings of the ukulele. The lines, in order from left to right, represent the strings GCEA.
- dots: dots are placed on the diagram to indicate the location of each note in the chord. Dots may include numbers that specify which finger to use on each note.
- fingering: fingering is provided using numbers from 1 to 4. The numbers correspond to the fingers in the following way: 1 (index), 2 (middle), 3 (ring), 4 (pinky).
- curved lines: a barre is indicated with a curved line connecting two or more notes at the same fret.