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    Default transition to guitalele - chord fingering help please!

    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!
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    .....and just a little bump.....
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    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
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    Quote Originally Posted by barefootgypsy View Post
    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.

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    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.....

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    You can also a chord chart for a Requinto. Tuned ADGCEA.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chiefnoda View Post
    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.

    Quote Originally Posted by barefootgypsy View Post
    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by barefootgypsy View Post
    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.
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    Thanks all for your help, I really appreciate it!
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    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.
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