View Full Version : Reading chord diagrams

06-13-2011, 07:22 AM
Hi everybody!
I just started playing ukulele after getting one as a going-away gift (best going-away gift ever? best going away gift ever.) and I'm a little confused about chord diagrams on some of the songs I've been trying to learn. I've played a bit of guitar, so I'm already familiar with the basic chord diagrams, but I'm trying to learn this song:


I can strum along with the single chords, but when it comes to the fills and the instrumental parts, I don't understand AT ALL. There are numbers that are too high to be finger numbers, I don't know what I'm supposed to do when, and the string order is reversed from the regular chord diagrams.

Could someone help me out? Thanks in advance!

mm stan
06-13-2011, 07:41 AM
Aloha Kristina*m,
If you are looking at the tabs....they are the frets you play from left to right... http://liveukulele.com/tabs/how-to-read-tab/ hope it helps...Good Luck, MM Stan

06-13-2011, 07:47 AM
The example below shows the fret order you're playing on the A and E strings. You first pick the 3rd fret of the E string then open on the A string, followed by the 3rd fret then the 5th and back to the 3rd on the E.

F/ C/ F/ C/ G7//
A |---0-3-5---3-5---3-5---3-5-3-2-0---
E |-3-------3-----1-----3-----------3~
C |-----------------------------------
G |-----------------------------------

The numbers taken from the example below are the fret positions i.e. you're pressing the 5th fret of the A string and the 7th fret of the E string simultaneously and plucking them together.

Eb/Bb/F/ C G7//
A |-5-7-8--8-/10-8--8---8-7-
E |-7-8-10-10/11-10-8-8-8-8-
C |-------------------7-----
G |-------------------------

If you're still confused, check out this thread . . . How To Read Tabs (http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?809-How-to-Read-Tabs-Thread)

06-16-2011, 08:02 AM
Ahhh it all makes sense now... thanks so much!
Does that mean that the chords above the fingering chart are an alternative to the finger-picking, if you're not quite ready for that (I'm not sure I am)? Or are they somehow part of the fingering chart and I just don't understand how?
Thanks again!