Ukulele Club and Teacher discounts are available for all ukulele and guitar books by Curt Sheller. Curt Sheller Publications is a small publishing company, basically me. I can work directly with teachers and ukulele clubs. I offer a 20% discount when ordering multiple copies of any title by me, Curt Sheller.
As a private music/instrument teacher myself, I know the importance of supplementing your teaching income with performance and product sales. Selling books or writing your own book or books, which I can help with, is a great way to earn some extra income.
Contact Curt at 610 326 7295 for more information or send an email.
Ukulele Clubs and Teachers can order my books using this handy order form at Ukulele Clubs Order form.
The Daily Ukulele
Compiled and Arranged by Liz and Jim Beloff, The Daily Ukulele features 365 well-known songs with easy ukulele arrangements in a easy to read 9X12 format. All arrangements feature melody, lyrics and uke chord grids and are in ukulele-friendly keys that are particularly suited for groups of one to one hundred to play and sing. Includes favorites by The Beatles, Beach Boys and Bob Dylan, folk songs, pop songs, kids songs, Christmas carols and Broadway and Hollywood tunes, all with a spiral binding for easy usage. Also features a tips and techniques section, chord chart and vintage ukulele-themed photos and art throughout. The Daily Ukulele offers ukulele fun all year long! 336 pages.
This book has become the go to book for ukulele clubs.
With the popularity of the ukulele on the rise. There is no shortage of books for learning the ukulele.
Books run from easy beginner books for introducing one to playing the uke to advanced books covering more advance "jazz" chords.
Jim Beloff's Flea Market Music has a great selection song books.
Here are a few links to songs to get a uke player rollin'
A lot of the clubs listed on the Ukulele Clubs page have a list of the songs that the club performs when they get together.
- WidipediA: Three Chord Song
- WidipediA: Common Chord Progressions
- Three Chord Songs
Songs that can be played all the way through using only the I, IV, and V7 chords of the key in which the tune is being performed.
- Three Chord Trick, Olav Torvund's Guitar Site
By just knowing three chords, the I, IV and V7, you can play thousands of songs.
- google spreadsheet: Three Chord Song List: Sheet1
- Two and Three Chord Songs ( PDF file )
Ukulele Chord Charts
FREE ukulele chord charts are available right here on my web CurtSheller.com site at: Ukulele Charts
There're a lot of sites online for looking up and finding chords for the ukulele. Sites with free charts, I even offer a few of those. There's software for your computer and apps for your phones. These are basically chord dictionaries, you look up the chord. Not the way to go in the long run. Charts, software and dictionaries don't really help you learn chords beyond a few basic chords.
If your goal is to expand your chord vocabulary and not have to look up chords anymore then – My book A Guide to Advanced Chords for Ukulele is your answer. A Guide to Advanced Chords for Ukulele presents a highly organized and efficient approach to the mysterious subject of advanced chords. Chord dictionaries are not the answer. Even chord theory does not offer any insight into unraveling the complexity of Ukulele chord voicings.
A companion book to A Guide to Advanced Chords for Ukulele is Exploring Jazz Chords on Ukulele. This book takes the chords covered in A Guide to Advanced Chords for Ukulele and shows one solution using the chord changes to songs commonly in a jazz musician's repertoire.
Beyond a few basic open position and movable form chords there's NO way you can memorize all the possible chords shapes. You wouldn't even want to try. Learning and knowing how chords are created, constructed and work is the way to go. You can checkout all my chord books on the ukulele chords page.
A core set of basic chords that ALL Ukulele players should know in five common keys: C, G, D, A and E. In all common "dominant" seventh chords in every key.
Of the 15 possible major and relative minor keys in music. Ther're five common keys to get started with. These will allow you to play quite a few popular songs.
click on below link for complete lesson.
Basic Open Position Ukulele Chord Chart for Lefties
Lesson Code: UL700b
The links to the chord sites below are here for reference only. I've visited all of the sites and I'm typically not impressed ( see above ). Their inclusion is the list is not an indication of their value or a recommendation from me. After reading above you should know my stance on chord charts, software, apps and the like. A chord chart of basic chords is only a start of building a solid chord foundation. It's from these basic chords you can build your chord vocabulary, knowing a few principles and tools of chord construction you can buid any chord you will ever need.
Some points to remember when visiting and checking out these sites.
Chord dictionaries are not the answer. Even chord theory does not offer any insight into unraveling the complexity of chord voicings. Beyond a few core open position and movable form chords, there is no way to memorize all the possible chord shapes available on ukulele. Knowing how chords work and deriving new chords from these know chords is a lot more beneficial in the long run to enjoying and exploring ukulele.
Be leery of magic potions and too good to be true claims to learning chords. There is no shortcut to doing the work. But with a solid foundation, a few core chords and a well organized plan, it's a goal any player can achieve - Just takes time and is well worth it.
I've had new guitar students say to me, "I know all the chords". Nobody can make that claim but can say, "I can create any chord I ever need". That I would have a chance of believing.
Knowing the notes of chords and the ukulele fingerboard is the way to go for transposing known chords to additional keys and deriving new chords from known chords.
Web site chord finders, mobile phone apps, chord dictionaries, chord charts and watching other players for the chords just doesn't work when the song starts playing. You can't look up chords in the middle of a song. You need to know the chords are what substitutes are possible ahead of time. And, have the ability to switch between chords in performance tempo.
There's no magic or secret to knowing a lot of chords. It's a solid foundation and a lot of work. Not get to work!!!
- Curt Sheller's Chord Charts - link
This is my site, right here. I have FREE basic and core chord charts, eBooks and hard copy books for learning chords and finally learning how chords are created.
- Accords de Ukulele - link
- Brook Adams, Ukulele Chords for the G C E A tuning - link
- Doctor Uke - Theory/What Should I Practice ?
Very nice lesson on learning chords: Approach To Learning Basic Chords
- Brian's Huge Chordlist Collection - link
- Printable Ukulele, Mandolin, Banjo Chord Generator - link
Over 1,000,000 chords by Jim Cranwell
- GoChords - link
Create your own lead sheets, including chord tablature, lyrics and simple notation.
- GravityBoy.com, Ukulele Mandolin Banjo Chord Generator - link
- Japanese Chord Site - link
In Japanese - but usefull for any language.
- KauaiRainbow.com, Chord Magic & Chord Theory - link
- NSA Software - link
- A Compilation of Sing-Along, Folk, & Rock Guitar Songs (with chords and lyrics) - link
Can be transposed to any key.
- Sheep Entertainment : Laiya and Louis Ukulele Ukulele Chordfinder - link
- Stefans Ukulele Chord charts in English - link
- UCHORD - link
A Java program for reading in ChordPro fomatted files and adding ukulele chords for the chords in the song.
- Uke Strummer's Chord Collection and Ukulele Chords - link
A collection of over 2500 ukulele chords for use with a word processor to create song sheets. GCEA & DGBe tunings.
- UkeChordChart.com - link
- Ukulele Chords, King of Charts - link - One problem with this site and a lot of chord sites are the names of the names of the individual notes of the chord use enharmonic note spelling vs. the correct note name. This site also shows a photo of the fretting hand playing the chord. A photo typically sacrifices efficient playing technique to accurately show what finger is playing what note.
- UkeChords 2.1, Palm OS applications - link
- Ukulele Chord Finder & UkeMaster - link
UkeMaster iPhone app From Sheep-Entertainment
- UkuFingers iPhone/iTouch App from Uku The Mighty - link
Uku Fingers is more than a ukulele chord chart that shows you one way to play each chord. It shows you ALL the ways to play each chord – anywhere on the fretboard. Chord forms are color coded to quickly and easily find which inversion or fretboard placement makes the most sense.
- Ukulele Chord Learning Tool 1.2 - link
A Window application - Shows what positions should be held for various chord. It shows a fingerboard, staff, and tab score.
- Ukulele Chords - link
ukulelechords.fm is a free ukulele chord finder with thousands of chords for soprano and concert ukulele (tuned GCEA). There is also a small number of baritone ukulele chords.
- Ukulele Chords - link
A growing collection of contemporary rock and pop chord sheets for ukulele.
- The Ukulele Helper - link
- Ukulele Vault - link
- UkuleleChords.net - link
This is my site, right here, link takes you directly to the ukulele chords lesson page. Used to be a separate site but is not part of this (right here) larger site.
- Ukulizer - link
Ukulele Chord tables and the ability to transpose songs to different keys. Cool site for songs.
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Ukulele Fingerboard Charts
FREE ukulele fingerboard charts are available on my web CurtSheller.com site at: Ukulele Charts