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UKULELE NOTES AND CHORDS
What is a ukulele note?
Pressing any string on any fret produces a note or a pitch. Playing one note on a ukulele is the equivalent of pressing one key on a piano. These notes are combined to construct chords. Below is a diagram, in which you can see all of the individual notes labeled.
What is the difference between # and b notes?
In the image above, you can see that several notes are named with #. For example, the first fret of the A string is called an A# (A sharp). This can however also be called a Bb (B flat). In reality, these two notes produce the same pitch, so you could say that A# = Bb, C# = Db, D# = Eb, F# = Gb and G# = A#. According to the laws of music it is however depending on the context how these are written. Generalists prefer to mainly use the sharp # notation.
How many notes are there on a ukulele?
Every ukulele has a specific number of frets. A soprano ukulele typically has 12-15 frets, while the other sizes (concert, tenor and baritone) have 15-20 frets. The number of frets determines the number of notes that the ukulele has. The number of frets multiplied by the number of strings, four, equals the total number of notes on your specific ukulele! So after some simple math, the amount of notes on a ukulele ranges from 48 to 80.
What is a ukulele chord?
A chord is a combination of harmonious pitches, or notes. Usually there are three or more notes in a chord. The word chord is derived from the French word for agreement, or accord. So, a music chord is simply multiple pitches sounding together in harmony. These chords are typically named after the note that you can hear most prominently.
What are ukulele tabs?
If you’re just starting out with an instrument, it can be daunting to read music. Don't worry, there is something called tablature, or tabs for short. You can imagine it as a chord diagram on its side. The four horizontal lines represent your strings, starting with the G string on the bottom to the A string on top. Tabs are meant to be read from left to right. The number on the string represents which fret you should press, and therefore which string you should pluck. If the numbers are stacked vertically, then those strings are played at the same time. Give it a try using the tablature below.