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CasanovaGuy
12-05-2018, 01:23 AM
Aloha! Just wondering what are some favorite chords in the UU community. They don't have to be complicated or sound "nice." I'm just curious to see what I'm missing out on because I lowkey took a break from the uke to learn guitar lol.

Personally, I like how the add9 chords sound, chords like 0035, 2102, 3563, and 0975. Those chords where you fret stuff higher up the neck and leave some strings open also sound nice, chords like 4606, 6640, and 0067.

I also love the uke equivalent of a power chord (2255 for D, 4477 for E, etc.). It comes in clutch when playing 12-bar blues with other people.

ukantor
12-05-2018, 01:29 AM
Any and all Major7s - they make my toes curl. Mostly, quite easy to play, too.

John Colter.

Anthroterra
12-05-2018, 01:59 AM
I'm a sucker for a simple one- Gm. I have a version of St. James Infirmary that uses it in 2 positions, and it melts me whenever I play it.

Bill Sheehan
12-05-2018, 02:16 AM
Fun to see responses making reference to "melts me" and "makes my toes curl", as such is the beauty of the ukulele, and such is the way I feel, too, when I play certain chords. Probably my two favorites would be G6 (fingered 0202), and a chord whose name I don't know, but it's fingered 6600 (would that be A6?); and if you move that fingering either up one fret, or down one fret, the resulting chords are very pleasant as well !!

ripock
12-05-2018, 02:42 AM
I don't have any toe-curlers, but I am also immune to ASMR videos. I've never had tingles in my life. However I do like 7#9 chords as arpeggios. Same thing with 7+ chords. They seem euphonically dissonant.

tonyturley
12-05-2018, 03:27 AM
I had to Google ASMR videos. Never heard of them. I guess I'm just an old dinosaur who just uses YT for such things as learning chords and songs. Quaint, eh?

ukantor
12-05-2018, 03:52 AM
I hasten to add that the aforementioned toe curling is figurative, not literal. I seldom have an actual physical response to music or sounds, although the climax at the end of Stravinsky's "Firebird" has been known to cause me to ejaculate - in the shout-out-loud sense, of course.

John Colter.

Swamp Yankee
12-05-2018, 04:09 AM
I hasten to add that the aforementioned toe curling is figurative, not literal. I seldom have an actual physical response to music or sounds, although the climax at the end of Stravinsky's "Firebird" has been known to cause me to ejaculate - in the shout-out-loud sense, of course.

John Colter.

...that's not at all creepy :D

I can't think of a single chord that sends me off, but there are chord progressions that I love. One of my favorites is the first few chords of The Beatles' "Fixing a Hole"
F, Caug, Fm7, Fm6.... that's just magical stuff!

bariukish
12-05-2018, 04:15 AM
I like the minor chords. I think they add drama and flavor to many of the classic country-western ballads.

Down Up Dick
12-05-2018, 08:37 AM
I like one-finger chords. If I’m playing well, I’ll try two fingers. :old:

UkingViking
12-05-2018, 08:40 AM
For some odd reason: Dmaj7

Bill Sheehan
12-05-2018, 09:51 AM
For some odd reason: Dmaj7

Ah, yes, I like that one as well !! Very soothing !!

Rllink
12-05-2018, 09:51 AM
Am7 or C6. Love them both.;)

Uncle Rod Higuchi
12-05-2018, 10:50 AM
I'm partial to minor 7ths, Diminished and Augmented chords.
Some minor 6ths and Major 7ths :)

you can see how I use them in the various songbooks at
( ukulelebootcamp.weebly.com ).

if you go there, please take advantage of the Holiday Songbook!

keep uke'in', and Happy Holidays! :)

jimavery
12-05-2018, 11:16 AM
I'm particularly fond of G major, or rather the 2010 shape if only because whatever song I'm marking up with chord diagrams, it seems regardless of what key it's in, what tuning I'm transposing it for, or how jazzy the chords are, there's at least one 2010 in there somewhere. Otherwise, the diminished chords, because they perk up almost any song and you only need to learn one shape to play them all the way up the neck.

captain-janeway
12-05-2018, 12:32 PM
I'm particularly fond of G major, or rather the 2010 shape if only because whatever song I'm marking up with chord diagrams, it seems regardless of what key it's in, what tuning I'm transposing it for, or how jazzy the chords are, there's at least one 2010 in there somewhere. Otherwise, the diminished chords, because they perk up almost any song and you only need to learn one shape to play them all the way up the neck.

Maybe it's my old football injury, but isn't 2010 an F?

robinboyd
12-05-2018, 12:44 PM
I second whoever said major sevenths. CM7 is a particular favourite because it's so easy to play.

Anthroterra
12-05-2018, 01:04 PM
Maybe it's my old football injury, but isn't 2010 an F?

Not if using the tuning in his header, ADF#B :)

Rllink
12-05-2018, 03:10 PM
I like one-finger chords. If I’m playing well, I’ll try two fingers. :old:

Dick, did you know that Lime In The Coconut is C7, the whole song? One of my favorites.

player
12-05-2018, 03:11 PM
I'm learning 15 chords of each key, and the last one on the list is the 7sus4, really creme de la creme!

captain-janeway
12-05-2018, 03:41 PM
Not if using the tuning in his header, ADF#B :)

Thanks. Didn't think of a different tuning

Strumdaddy
12-05-2018, 05:15 PM
I'm a big fan of Major 7ths too:
FM7 as 5500 is a beauty, and G#M7 as 0343, as a way of getting back to G Major then G7 in the key of C
Also Cm6 as 0330 tickles me as a way of getting to D7 in key of G
Another ripper is C6 as 0453 as a substitute for C Major in Hawaiian songs - just slide that shape up one fret from 0342 to hear the palm trees swaying
Great to hear that other people get a kick out of certain chords and progressions - makes me feel less freaky!

ukantor
12-05-2018, 10:25 PM
One progression that is always a pleasure to play, and sounds great, is in "My Foolish Heart" arranged in Bb.

"(Gdim/0101) When you're (F/2010) lost in the (F6/2213) magic of a (F7/2313) kiss (F7+/2314)" - then to Bb for the start of the next verse.

Only small finger movements required, but a very satisfying feeling as they progress up the fret board.

John Colter.

ps. I had trouble pitching my voice to sing this line in isolation. If you start on an F for "When" - that nails it.

70sSanO
12-06-2018, 10:52 AM
Because I play fingerstyle melodies I really like playing with an open G and/or C string intermittently and covering them to add a different dynamic.

I could figure out the actual chords, but I'll just give my shapes that I like to throw in...

C chord... stuff like 0-0-3-7, 0-4-3-3, 0-0-3-3, 0-0-8-7

G... 0-2-3-5, 0-7-7-10, probably not G, but 0-2-3-0 (D variant?) and 0-0-3-2

D... 0-2-2-0, 0-2-2-5, 0-6-5-5

F... 2-0-1-3, 0-0-1-0, probably not F, but it works for some things 0-5-5-7

Am... 0-4-5-3

I just start with a chord and work the melody, see if the range works and then improvise from closed chords when needed for whatever effect. It does make things easy.

John