Overview

(For in-depth details including 13 videos and downloads CLICK HERE.)

Who is it for?

This system may be beneficial to players who have trouble playing multiple chord shapes due to physical limitations or other issues. Only a single bar finger is needed and a second finger may be used on top to provide additional pressure to the barring finger.

In addition to the simple bar chords, advanced players may create complex arrangements by adding single notes played over open strumming or by adding fingers above the bar. For example, a finger placed 3 frets above the bar on the 1st string will provide an enhanced Dominant-7 version of the barred chord.

How it works

1) One Finger Ukulele is a way of re-tuning your uke so that you can play rich, full sounding chord substitutes with only one finger shape. These substitute chords will sound great when playing with others or when accompanying your own singing.

2) Tuning (from 4th-1st string) is C-G-C-G. This results in your ukulele being tuned to an open, two-octave C Major 5th chord.

3) See chart below. Note that all common ukulele chords (except diminished* and augmented) include the same unaltered 1st and 5th notes of a scale as that of the major 5th chord. Therefore, any major 5th chord will sound proper as a substitute for, or when played with any other chord type (minor, 7th, m7, etc.) And since you are playing the common 1-5 notes in two-octaves, your sound is always rich and full.
*In ukulele music, a diminished chord symbol is commonly used to indicate the diminished 7 chord shown in the chart. Single notes or muted string strums may be used in place of Dim/Aug chords as they are typically used in short duration or as passing chords.

4) Only the chord letter (C, Bb, F, etc.) is played, based on the note found on the 4th string at any given fret. All variations (minor, 7th, etc.) are ignored. This works in a similar way to the “power chords” used in electric guitar. Barring any fret will give you a major 5th chord based on the note of the 4th string at that fret which serves as a substitute for the variations.

The neck shown below has our Chordfinder strip (available in our online store) installed for quick location of chords. You may also mark your own neck or memorize the positions.

Equipment Needed

1) This system of playing works best with and is easiest to play on a baritone ukulele. No string change is necessary, chord tension is low, and the longer neck is advantageous. AND you will be able to play your baritone along with all other types of ukuleles in their native GCEA tuning!

2) Tenor ukuleles may be used, but you must change strings** and the string tension is slightly harder, negating some of the benefits for players with severe hand strength issues. One Finger Ukulele is possible but not feasible on ukes smaller than tenor.

**With tenors you must move the 3rd string to the 2nd position and install a new wound 3rd string in the range of .029-.031w and a new wound 4th string in the range of .039-.041w. The required new strings are available in our online store or you can purchase them yourself.

That’s it! Watch the first two videos below if you like for a recap of this info. And again, for an in-depth study of One Finger Ukulele including 13 videos and downloads, CLICK HERE.)

 

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