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    Default Need a chord to replace Eb chord in Unchained Melody

    Hello. I am playing single note backup to Unchained Melody in key of C. Base note followed by strings 3 2 1 2 3. The Bridge of the song has two lines that are F G F Eb. What can I substitute for this Eb. Something that sounds good and is finger friendly? Thank you.

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    A little more context might help. Can you post more of the tab or chord chart?
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    Blue Star 19" baritone Konablaster - DGBE
    KPK pineapple SLN-GCEA
    Cocobolo 16" SC#1-gCEA, SC SLMU
    Ono #42 19" baritone, Ab, LW
    Imua iET-Bb, M600
    Covered Bridge CLN pineapple - Eb cuatro, SC XLL
    Rogue bari
    Bonanza super tenor, cFAD SC LHU
    Kala KSLNG-C Lava
    Guitars:
    Cordoba C1m 1/4, TI CF127, G
    Cordoba Mini M, SC F# EFS
    Jupiter #47, TI CF127, G

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    My problem is that I cannot play an Eb chord on guitar or baritone ukulele. I can only play it on my tenor ukulele due to stiffness of my wrist/fingers. That is why I want to play another chord or alter the Eb some way.

    Unchained Melody is the number I am trying to learn. I got it from Mike Lynch's book, chord melodies. Not sure if book 1, 2, or 3.

    At present time I do not know how to upload a score to this forum or to record something and post it. I am not too computer lit. I need layman (dummie) explanations in order to perform the desired functions. My computer crashed while watching the election results the other night. I just got it back from the shop today. l lost all I had on the computer.

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    Have you tried muting some of the strings and playing the strings you can manage? X X X 3 4 3.

    Also consider looking at variations of the D# chord.
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    Two options for uke are 0331 and 0336. No good?
    Ukelele:
    Iriguchi Tenor "Weeble" - Bb, SC SMU
    Blue Star 19" baritone Konablaster - DGBE
    KPK pineapple SLN-GCEA
    Cocobolo 16" SC#1-gCEA, SC SLMU
    Ono #42 19" baritone, Ab, LW
    Imua iET-Bb, M600
    Covered Bridge CLN pineapple - Eb cuatro, SC XLL
    Rogue bari
    Bonanza super tenor, cFAD SC LHU
    Kala KSLNG-C Lava
    Guitars:
    Cordoba C1m 1/4, TI CF127, G
    Cordoba Mini M, SC F# EFS
    Jupiter #47, TI CF127, G

    Jim's Blog

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Hanks View Post
    Two options for uke are 0331 and 0336. No good?
    I always thought the first of these is the easy standard way for a tenor, but with a baritone easiest would be barring at the 3rd fret for 5343 if my math is correct.

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    Quote Originally Posted by merlin666 View Post
    I always thought the first of these is the easy standard way for a tenor, but with a baritone easiest would be barring at the 3rd fret for 5343 if my math is correct.
    No, that's Ab. Eb with that shape would be way higher up. 3336 is also an option if a full barre is doable.
    Ukelele:
    Iriguchi Tenor "Weeble" - Bb, SC SMU
    Blue Star 19" baritone Konablaster - DGBE
    KPK pineapple SLN-GCEA
    Cocobolo 16" SC#1-gCEA, SC SLMU
    Ono #42 19" baritone, Ab, LW
    Imua iET-Bb, M600
    Covered Bridge CLN pineapple - Eb cuatro, SC XLL
    Rogue bari
    Bonanza super tenor, cFAD SC LHU
    Kala KSLNG-C Lava
    Guitars:
    Cordoba C1m 1/4, TI CF127, G
    Cordoba Mini M, SC F# EFS
    Jupiter #47, TI CF127, G

    Jim's Blog

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    I assumed a baritone tuned DGBE

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    Quote Originally Posted by merlin666 View Post
    I assumed a baritone tuned DGBE
    Oh. Duh. You're right. My bad.
    Ukelele:
    Iriguchi Tenor "Weeble" - Bb, SC SMU
    Blue Star 19" baritone Konablaster - DGBE
    KPK pineapple SLN-GCEA
    Cocobolo 16" SC#1-gCEA, SC SLMU
    Ono #42 19" baritone, Ab, LW
    Imua iET-Bb, M600
    Covered Bridge CLN pineapple - Eb cuatro, SC XLL
    Rogue bari
    Bonanza super tenor, cFAD SC LHU
    Kala KSLNG-C Lava
    Guitars:
    Cordoba C1m 1/4, TI CF127, G
    Cordoba Mini M, SC F# EFS
    Jupiter #47, TI CF127, G

    Jim's Blog

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    Quote Originally Posted by merlin666 View Post
    I always thought the first of these is the easy standard way for a tenor, but with a baritone easiest would be barring at the 3rd fret for 5343 if my math is correct.
    On my tenor I can play 5343. Not a barre on 3. But playing the D chord shape with fingers 2,3,4, and reaching over with index finger to play the note on the 5th fret of the G string.

    I cannot do barre's because when I play a barre with my index finger I cannot bend my wrist enough to arch my fingers so they clear the other strings. I can play a barre for 2222 or 5555. Also 2223 or 2224 and on tenor, somedays 2225. I try to bend the wrist every day, PT's suggestion. Between treatment and trying, maybe my wrist will bend enough to use some barre chords. Would be nice but takes a very long time. At present time, on ukulele I use index and middle fingers to play strings 2 and 3 and my ring finger and pinky to play on the 1st string instead of a barre. This causes string 4 to be left out a lot.

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