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    It all depends on what chord you're transitioning to as to where to play on the FB. Honestly, the more you practice, the more comfortable you'll be with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kanaka916 View Post
    There's folks who'll play a Gm7 in lieu of A# (Bb) . . .
    this is a good alternative and does'nt sound that different, good shout Kanaka
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    I find the less you think about making the chord shape the easier it becomes
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    First - try the full finger barre - that's probably already been recommended.

    Second, have your uke setup checked. If it's really hard to barre at the first fret, and especially if the chord actually sounds bad, some or even all of the nut slots may be too high. Makes it hard to finger and pulls the tuning sharp at the first couple of frets.

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    Bb is a moveable chord. Try moving it up one fret at a time. At the 2nd fret it'd be a B chord, at the 3rd a C, etc.

    If it gets easier as you go up the neck, I'd also suspect a nut issue like OldePhart said.

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    But is it an issue with the nut holding the strings, or with the nut holding the ukulele?

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    I'd go with the nut holding the ukulele as its the same problem with a Mainland or a KoAloha. the constant to the problem is me.
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    Sorry Bob, I was just joking. You'll get the hang of it. Just drop your wrist so you can arch your 2nd & 3rd fingers cleanly over the first two strings and press your fingertips straight down on the 3rd & 4th strings. Maybe practice making an 'A' chord with your 2nd & 3rd fingers, then move it up one fret and grab the first two strings with your 1st finger (or bar all four strings at the 1st fret). Also, try to relax and not contort your left hand or press too hard.

    I had a similar problem with the 'E' chord for a long time, but then it just started coming to me, and now I can grab it cleanly (most of the time).
    Last edited by Steedy; 11-22-2012 at 06:00 PM. Reason: or bar all four strings...
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    As Steed says, it's mostly having the wrist in the proper position. Try making the chord shape with different angles of the wrist and raising or lowering the uke to get the proper angle.

    And as John suggested; get your uke setup if it hasn't been done professionally. If you bought it off the rack and is not from someone like HMS, Mims or Uke Republic, it probably hasn't been setup outside of the factory. Usually the factories set their action higher than necessary.

    I like a radiused fretboard very much but it's mainly for barring up the neck. I doubt it would help making a Bb first position. Ya need to strengthen up those fingers; that's done with practise.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kauaijim View Post
    Start doing a spider exercise daily. I couldn't hit it for years...YEARS...until I did spiders three times a day for two months. Thanks to Hal Kinneman my teacher on Kauai. Great teacher.
    Hadn't heard of those. I knew a few other exercises. Thanks for the tip. I just looked up a video on it.
    I will be doing spider exercises now.

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