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barefootgypsy
01-15-2015, 02:45 AM
Hi folks - I've just bought a guitalele. My question is about fingering chords - it's completely different for many chords isn't it - I don't mean the name, I know that - what I mean is, for example E7 on uke and guitalele is A7 on guitar, so that's the chord shape I go for - but the fingering is different to accommodate the extra string.... how do you get round this? Is there a rule of thumb that you can apply, or just relearn all the fingerings? Chord changes seem much harder too. I'd appreciate any advice, thanks!

barefootgypsy
01-15-2015, 08:59 AM
.....and just a little bump..... :)

Camsuke
01-15-2015, 11:03 AM
Hi Lesley, congratulations on your new guitalele. If you get hold of a guitar chord sheet http://www.chordie.com/chords.php you'll soon recognize many similar shapes that you are already familiar with. Similar shapes but different names.
Barre chords (1/2 & full) will also enable movement around the fingerboard. Good luck, they are great fun. Here's my Islander guilele played in an open tuning DADGAD as an example http://youtu.be/x3z6VWz5YPc

OregonJim
01-15-2015, 11:44 AM
how do you get round this? Is there a rule of thumb that you can apply, or just relearn all the fingerings? Chord changes seem much harder too. I'd appreciate any advice, thanks!

The shapes are the same. The fingering may or may not be the same, depending on the shape and how you formed it on the uke. If you fingered your shapes to accomodate movable barre chords (freeing your index finger), then that will carry over to the guitalele. Otherwise, you'll need to learn new fingerings. It's only hard because it's new.

chiefnoda
01-15-2015, 12:20 PM
Hi

Some basic rules if you want to go by:

(1) lowest fret is fingered by INDEX then MIDDLE and RING and Pinky so that chord chape conforms to your hand

(2) If you have to fret two strings on the same fret, INDEX reaches out the furthest then MIDDLE over RING.

(3) and then there are barre chords, ugh

Probably the easie thing is to find a chord chart that indicates which finger goes where. I thought it would be easy bu actually I could not find a good page myself.....

Good luck
Chief

SailingUke
01-15-2015, 12:27 PM
You can also a chord chart for a Requinto. Tuned ADGCEA.

OregonJim
01-15-2015, 03:21 PM
find a chord chart that indicates which finger goes where. I thought it would be easy bu actually I could not find a good page myself.....

Here's one:

http://www.fingerstofrets.com/

Just go up a 4th for the proper name, e.g. "E" becomes "A" on the guitalele.


for example E7 on uke and guitalele is A7 on guitar, so that's the chord shape I go for

You have that backwards. A7 on uke/guitalele is E7 on guitar. E7 on uke/guitalele is B7 on guitar. Count up a 4th to go guitar->uke, or a 5th to go uke->guitar.

KaraUkey
01-15-2015, 09:15 PM
Hi folks - I've just bought a guitalele. My question is about fingering chords - it's completely different for many chords isn't it - I don't mean the name, I know that - what I mean is, for example E7 on uke and guitalele is A7 on guitar, so that's the chord shape I go for - but the fingering is different to accommodate the extra string.... how do you get round this? Is there a rule of thumb that you can apply, or just relearn all the fingerings? Chord changes seem much harder too. I'd appreciate any advice, thanks!
An E7 on a Uke is the same as a B7 on a guitar(+5). Guitar chords on a Guitalele are +4 eg G on a guitar is a C on a guitalele etc.
Guitalele chords on a guitar is +5 eg A C on a guitalele is a G on a guitar.

barefootgypsy
01-16-2015, 03:24 AM
Thanks all for your help, I really appreciate it!

UkeNukem
01-23-2015, 06:25 AM
Another idea. On guitar I use lots of moveable chords where I am only fingering 4 or five of the 6 strings, the unused ones are muted in different ways by how I finger the chord.

For example a moveable 7th chord based on the 5th string (like an open C7) is easy to move up and down and just mute the 6th string with your thumb and the 1st string with your index finger as it fingers the 2nd string.

Another advantage is that by relaxing all your fingers you can mute the whole chord for strumming variety.

UkeNukem
01-23-2015, 06:27 AM
Another idea. On guitar I use lots of moveable chords where I am only fingering 4 or five of the 6 strings, the unused ones are muted in different ways by how I finger the chord.

For example a moveable 7th chord based on the 5th string (like an open C7) is easy to move up and down and just mute the 6th string with your thumb and the 1st string with your index finger as it fingers the 2nd string. As long as flesh is just touching the string it effectively silences it. And you can strum all 6 strings for general laziness!

Another advantage is that by relaxing all your fingers you can mute the whole chord for strumming variety. Google "movable jazz chords" and see what you get.

UkeNukem
01-23-2015, 06:29 AM
Sorry for the double post. for some reason my browser will not allow me to edit a post.

barefootgypsy
01-23-2015, 10:47 AM
Another idea. On guitar I use lots of moveable chords where I am only fingering 4 or five of the 6 strings, the unused ones are muted in different ways by how I finger the chord.

For example a moveable 7th chord based on the 5th string (like an open C7) is easy to move up and down and just mute the 6th string with your thumb and the 1st string with your index finger as it fingers the 2nd string. As long as flesh is just touching the string it effectively silences it. And you can strum all 6 strings for general laziness!

Another advantage is that by relaxing all your fingers you can mute the whole chord for strumming variety. Google "movable jazz chords" and see what you get.Thanks! I'm making a note of all these ideas, it really is helpful - much appreciated!

bubbly193
02-08-2015, 04:53 PM
How confident are you on guitar? For me, I usually remember the transposed chord. I.e if I'm playing a G, remember it transposes to D and play the D shape; Same thing for A(m)(7/9/susx/etc.) and E(m)(7/9/susx/etc.) and other chords. Basically, like playing guitar with the capo up 5 frets from the base. Being a pianist/guitarist helped me lean to transpose like that *snaps*.

UkeNukem
02-09-2015, 07:32 AM
Here's one that shows what I mean. Notice the red dots indicating the root. Once you can play the chord (including the muted strings) at one fret you just move it up/down using the root as the "anchor."

http://www.jazzguitarlessons.net/jazz-guitar-chord-chart.html#Major

UkeNukem
02-09-2015, 07:34 AM
For Ukulele too!

http://www.ezfolk.com/uke/Tutorials/1four5/music-theory/ukulele-chord-forms/ukulele-chord-forms.html

Urban Ukester
06-20-2016, 06:25 AM
Don't know if you are still looking for this -- but if you look up requinto chords online, there is some information. Plus I think a few books on requinto chords. Requintos are tuned the same as guitaleles.

bnolsen
06-21-2016, 04:15 AM
we need an uncle rod's boot camp for guitar!

Orcapod
07-03-2018, 07:37 AM
Here is a guitalele chord chart with finger numbers. It tells what finger to use for each chord shape. Hopefully it will be useful for someone, even though this thread is older.

168 chords with finger numbers. http://vividvision.sakura.ne.jp/sblo_files/ukelele/guitalele/guitalele_chord_chart.pdf

J Music
01-31-2019, 04:12 AM
I made a review and unboxing of a Guitalele and I explain some of this in my video, you can check it out through my channel below, but think of a ukulele as a guitar on capo 5 without the forest two strings. With that in mind, Guitalele is just a guitar on capo 5 essentially. So Em fingering will play an Am. G major fingering will play a D major on Guitalele.

johnnysmash
02-01-2019, 02:02 PM
It surprises me that no one mentioned that you can just play the guitalele just as you play guitar and not worry about what key you are in. That is unless you are playing with others. Then you need to transpose. I solved the problem by buying the EADGBE set of strings made for guitalele. Now everything I played on guitar I can play on guitalele, only easier since the instrument is much smaller.