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    Question Can we substitute chords from guitar to ukulele?

    Hi, I am a beginner ukulele player. In fact I have just ordered my first Ukulele and it has not arrived yet...I am reading up up and learning though and have a question...If I have a song like Twinkle Twinkle Little star here with the chords written for guitar...

    C F C
    Twinkle, twinkle little star.
    F C G7 C
    How I wonder what you are.
    C F C G7
    Up above the world so high,
    C F C G7
    Like a diamond in the sky.
    C F C
    Twinkle, twinkle little star.
    F C G7 C
    How I wonder what you are.

    Can I just substitute in the correct ukulele finger placement for the C, F, and G7 chords then play it as written? Or what do I need to do to transfer it to a ukulee ? Wanting to know so I can play other songs written for guitar but on my Ukulele.
    thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rider View Post
    Can I just substitute in the correct ukulele finger placement for the C, F, and G7 chords then play it as written?
    Yes, you can use the same chords.

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    Great...Thank you!

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    Welcome to UU Rider, here's a chord chart https://ukuchords.com/files/UkuChord...ard.png?x37163
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    What comes to chords with same top 4 string frettings in guitar, they often have same chord names to a baritone ukulele with DGBE tuning.
    Normal ukulele has gCEA tuning that is a "fourth higher", so depends how you mean't, you may need to transpose.

    Use something like https://ukebuddy.com/ukulele-chords that allows to change the tuning to either one as a help, or for to find alternative chord forms to a specific chord.
    There is on side of the head the tuning selection.
    Last edited by Jarmo_S; 03-12-2018 at 09:15 PM.

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    You aren't substituting anything. A chord is a chord.
    I don't want to live in a world that is linear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rllink View Post
    You aren't substituting anything. A chord is a chord.
    THIS^

    If it says play a G chord, it does not matter if it is played on guitar, piano, ukulele, medieval lute, cavaquinho, etc, they all finger it differently as per the instrument, but when sounded out, all the notes are of that chord, or are 'enharmonic', regardless of instrument that the chord is played on...

    Major, Minor, 7th variants, etc, you just PLAY on whatever instrument the fingerings for the NAME of the chord.

    'Music' is portable to any instrument.

    How else would an orchestra or an ensemble work? Spell-casting and Rune Magick?

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    Thanks everyone.

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    But then I read stuff like this. It makes me want to tear my hair out. I'm a beginner as well and a lot of songs I look at are using guitar chords. I'm not sure if I should be changing ie a Bm on guitar to an Em on uke.
    The more I try and read on music theory this way makes me more confused.

    https://takelessons.com/blog/convert...ele-chords-z10
    http://www.theoreticallycorrect.com/...ar-to-ukulele/

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    No. The fingering for ukulele chords is different to guitar chords. If you know how to play chords on the uke and you see chords listed for guitar, just play them with the fingering that you know for the uke.

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