Here are some ukulele chord patterns to help you get started. You can find the chord diagrams above on the page for each major ukulele chord progression. These chords are arranged in four modes. The first mode is called “A”, the second mode is called “D2”, the third is called “E2” and the fourth mode is called “G2”.
A major chord progression
When you hear this tune, it may sound to you like a “major” chord progression. But when you look at the chord diagrams, you’ll notice that the D chord is missing and instead we have a D2 chord and the 3rd fret is E. This is not just a minor minor chord, as many people assume, it’s actually a major major chord. It’s just that it’s in a diminished key. So there is some extra vibrato here, not just a simple vibrato. It’s a vibrato that lets the string sound a little higher in pitch because there’s more “vibration” in that chord.
Here’s an example from this song when the C chord is missing. The C chord just lifts the whole string up the first string and then the strings on the next two strings and then the C. It’s not a major chord, it’s not a diminished chord, it’s just a major chord. In a diminished key these chords would be a G major chord, not G E2.
Click to hear ukulele chord sequence 1
The next song has a very different way of building the chords before we get to the bass notes. The first four chords in this first song have not been built in the typical minor key like in the previous chord progression. Instead the chords begin in the key of G. There are no D, D F1 or D Calt, because of a chromatic (a sound that changes pitch after a particular interval of note).
Instead our chord sequences for this song start with these six chords built in the same key as the melody. Notice that these chords all have a D in the middle and a major seventh in the bottom note. We’ve created a major chord progression that starts with two major thirds. But don’t let that make the pattern sound complicated. If you play a major chord progression like this you will hear some notes in the middle of the pattern in your ear and you won’t be able to play your melody.
The final chord progression in the song is built using