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    One of my favourite songs, to strum and sing, is "I'm Through With Love". As I play it, it starts with FMaj7.

    Try it:- (FMaj7, 5500)I'm through with (Abdim7, 4545)love, I'll (Gm7, 0565)never fall a-(C7, 3433)gain.

    If I start with Am, it doesn't sound 'wrong', but it sure doesn't sound as absolutely, gloriously right as FMaj7.

    There's nothing like the real thing! (IMHO, of course)

    John Colter

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    One of the main reasons the same chord shape on an ukulele might be identified by different names in a song is to assist the bass player. Typically, but not always, a bass player will play the root note of a chord. So a bass player will play a C note to accompany a C chord, or a C7, Cdim, Caug, etc. But a song may have multiple locations where the chord shape is, for example, 0202, which is both an Em7 and a G6 chord. If the song's composer wants the bass to play an E note for that chord, the chord will be designated as Em7, but if the composer wants the bass to play a G note for that chord, the chord will be designated as G6. This happens a lot with dim7 chords, which can be named for any of the notes that comprise the chord. So the chord shape 1212 can be designated at a G#dim7 (for the note on the G string), a Ddim7 (for the note on the C string) Fdim7 (for the note on the E string) or Bdim7 (for tne note on the A string). The name that's used is to let the bass player know what the root note of the chord is.
    Last edited by mds725; 09-13-2020 at 07:14 PM.

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