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    Default Common Chords You Just Can't Get

    What are the common chords that are driving you nuts as you learn? For me right now Bm, Bb and B are killing me. Finding fingerings that come out clean and I can transfer to and from are proving to be exceptionally difficult. I know they will come across eventually, much like E and even G were troublesome. But these are the ones right this second that are oh, so frustrating...

    This is a thread for venting, bringing up your own difficult chords, tips/advice and experiences in learning. Have at it!
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    I can't recall any challenging shapes. The ones you want to play I usually play with the index finger as full barre and then with an A or Am shape played with middle and ring fingers. If you don't use the barre methods just practice barring all strings at fret 3 (that's a cm7) before you add any other fingers or move to fret 1.

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    I don't find the B, Bm, Bb difficult; however, what you find easy, the E chord, I find very difficult. I can never get the E to ring cleanly in a hurry.

    BTW, those B, Bm, Bb chords can be difficult if your nut is too high, making it difficult to barre the 1st and 2nd fret.

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    I think I might be too experienced (AKA old) to participate in this properly, but I'm having trouble with the transition from the 9 8 7 11 E chord to the 9 8 7 7 E chord to the 9 9 8 12 Am chord.

    OK, I'll show myself out now...

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    Quote Originally Posted by robinboyd View Post
    I think I might be too experienced (AKA old) to participate in this properly, but I'm having trouble with the transition from the 9 8 7 11 E chord to the 9 8 7 7 E chord to the 9 9 8 12 Am chord.

    OK, I'll show myself out now...
    Never too experienced! That’s what this thread is about. Looking forward to the day I’m that comfortable playing so high on the fretboard.
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    I'm having huge issues finding a comfortable grip on the uke to shift to and from barre chords, the uke wobbles, I can't find a way to make it stable.

    So I either just go for all barre chords or stick to normal ones.

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    The 1402 E-chord is a bear. I keep trying to play it but my fingers just don't want to cooperate. (I can do a 1304 Emaj7 slowly.)

    Practice, practice, practice.

    I play an alternate 4442 E instead. Because I can.
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    There are probably lots of chords that I dont fret clean enough, but one I dread is Fmaj7.
    I dont know if that is considered a common chord, but it is common in the songs and keys I like to play.
    The 5557 shape is not that tricky, but 2413 is a finger twister.
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    Quote Originally Posted by UkingViking View Post
    There are probably lots of chords that I dont fret clean enough, but one I dread is Fmaj7.
    I dont know if that is considered a common chord, but it is common in the songs and keys I like to play.
    The 5557 shape is not that tricky, but 2413 is a finger twister.
    On re-entrant uke I usually use a 2410 shape and on low G the 5500 works well for Fmaj7.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kenn2018 View Post
    The 1402 E-chord is a bear. I keep trying to play it but my fingers just don't want to cooperate. (I can do a 1304 Emaj7 slowly.)

    Practice, practice, practice.

    I play an alternate 4442 E instead. Because I can.
    I primarily play in E. For E major, which I seldom play because I think in minor, I use 1X02--a nice two finger E major chord. For E maj7, I tend to use 4446. However, to be honest, I almost always substitute Em6 4434 for Emaj7

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