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    The G and A strings are both playing a Bb note. So you could omit one string and still get the three notes of the Bb, playing either x211 or 321x.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Down Up Dick View Post
    I don’t do E chords.
    I avoided E for a while, but about a year ago I started playing with an acoustic group in a park on Sundays and being mostly guitars, they used a lot of E, so I just buckled down and in a week or so, I got it. Again, with my fingers having a slight back bend, I'm able to use my middle and ring fingers to hold down the G, C, E strings and my index on the A string.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rainbow21 View Post
    The G and A strings are both playing a Bb note. So you could omit one string and still get the three notes of the Bb, playing either x211 or 321x.
    Yeah, I know. Also, some tunes use only the F and C7 chords. I play the heck out of those. If a Bb chord has a melody note on the A or E string, one only hasta play the G and C or mebbe E strings. I get down on those Babies too.

    But today, all that is past. Today is git Bb day!
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    My Bb practice song was "I'm Into Something Good" by Herman's Hermits. I found the chords on "Ultimate Guitar" and transposed it (using the handy buttons on the bottom of the screen) so you constantly go back and forth between F and Bb throughout the song.
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    I have the “American Roots Music For Ukulele”, and it’s just full of tunes in F. So, of course, I only used for a few tunes and the clawhammer ones. Actually, I haven’t used it much at all. In addition to F having the dreaded Bb, I usually sing (which I’ve been doing lately) in C or D.

    But now C for baritone uses the . . . you know what. So, I’m gonna give it another whack.
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    Thanks, Grandma, I watched the video, and I’ll try all that stuff in my Bb attack. Do you play Bb?

    I’ve been playin’ stringed instruments for quite a while now, but four finger chords are still anathema to me. I usually just try to avoid ‘em but not this time.
    Last edited by Down Up Dick; 03-04-2020 at 09:02 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by prb035 View Post
    With the Bb chord I also struggled for what seemed to be ages So I started by learning the Gm7 using a 1/2 barre (1120) and once I was completely comfortable with holding that shape I started to add the ring finger on the 3rd fret of the 4th string to form a Bb chord
    Ha! Good idea! I’ll try that too. Thanks again.
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    prbo35, if I offended you, I’m sorry. I didn’t mean anything by it.
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    Get mean with it Dick. Don't be the nice guy. You can whup it.
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    I play the Bb with a full finger barre on fret 1 (all 4 strings). Once i could get a barre it was easy (easier than trying to barre 2 strings).

    Also much more efficient switching between minor chords and major chords and learning the whole fret board

    Watch this video, he really helps with barre chords, also with your LEFT elbow pull the body of the uke toward you and push out a bit with your torso. I think what he talks about below works better with uke than guitar, or at least is easier to apply.

    Last edited by Davoravo; 03-04-2020 at 10:22 AM.

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