Chord Charts

The PDF that goes with this post is very similar to a lot of other chord charts BUT it doesn’t have you dotting all over the place to find your chords.  For every popular key, the chords you would find in that key are laid out alphabetically along one line.  For example, the chords you find in F major (or D minor) are [F] [Gm] [Am] [Bb] [C7] [Dm] and [Eb].  These are then followed by the 7th chord that goes with the relative minor (in this case, [A7] goes with [Dm]) and the 7th chord from one sharp higher (in this case [G7]) that is often used in key changes and, finally, the diminished 7th of the tonic chord (in this case [Fdim7]).

I have also included a couple of sheets of common inversions.  Well, you do, don’t you?

Chord Charts


Music Theory for Ukes

Music theory is fascinating stuff but not a lot of it has been aimed directly at Ukulele players.

To try and get around this problem I’ve written a short book (with exercises!) to get your music theory juices flowing.  This first book is written for the DGBE tuned ukuleles (mostly Baritone Ukuleles and a few Tenor Ukuleles).  It could also be useful for Tenor Guitar.

The second book is written for the smaller ukes (Soprano, Concert, Tenor) tuned to GCEA.

You won’t find a single stave in here.  It is aimed at uke players who just need to know what the likes of [Em7] and [F#+] mean and why they got those names and numbers.

I hope it is useful.

For Soprano, Concert and Tenor: Ukulele Adapted MUSIC THEORY GCEA Final

(My thanks to Tim for spotting some errors in this book.  Hopefully corrected)

For Baritone and DGBE-tuned Tenor: Ukulele Adapted MUSIC THEORY DGBE

John Denver (Top 10)

Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr. (December 31, 1943 – October 12, 1997), known professionally as John Denver, was an American singer-songwriter, actor, activist and humanitarian, whose greatest commercial success was as a solo singer, starting in the 1970s. He was one of the most popular acoustic artists of the decade and one of its best-selling artists.

Denver began his music career in folk music groups in the late 1960s. Throughout his life, he recorded and released approximately 300 songs, about 200 of which he composed, with total sales of over 33 million.

He recorded and performed primarily with an acoustic guitar and sang about his joy in nature, his enthusiasm for music, and his relationship trials. Denver’s music appeared on a variety of charts, including country and western, the Billboard Hot 100, and adult contemporary, in all earning him twelve gold and four platinum albums with his signature songs “Take Me Home, Country Roads”, “Annie’s Song”, “Rocky Mountain High”, “Thank God I’m a Country Boy”, and “Sunshine on My Shoulders”.

In the following decade, he continued to record, but also focused on calling attention to environmental issues and testified in front of Congress to protest against censorship in music. He was known for his love of the state of Colorado, which he sang about numerous times. He lived in Aspen, Colorado, for much of his life.

Denver was an avid pilot and died in a single-fatality crash of his personal experimental aircraft at the age of 53.

A gift for ukulele players. Very regular rhythms and chords.

Ukulele Adapted JOHN DENVER 10

The Eagles (Top 10)

The Eagles are an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1971 by Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Bernie Leadon, and Randy Meisner. With five number-one singles, six Grammy Awards, five American Music Awards, and six number one albums, The Eagles were one of the most successful musical acts of the 1970s. At the end of the 20th century, two of their albums, their Greatest Hits (1971–1975) and Hotel California, were ranked among the 20 best-selling albums in the United States according to the Recording Industry Association of America. Hotel California is ranked 37th in Rolling Stone’s list of “The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time” and the band was ranked number 75 on the magazine’s 2004 list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

Transferring their songs to ukulele is something of a challenge because the uke really doesn’t handle long lead guitar riffs. Songs which contain long instrumental sections have been seriously adapted.

Get a drum kit to go with this stuff.

Ukulele Adapted THE EAGLES 10

Ralph McTell (Songbook)

I had a Ralph McTell Top 10 book up here a few weeks ago.

Now the big one!  A songbook with 60 of his songs in (about 20% of his total output).

I’ve included a lot of songs in here; I think that they are all worth the effort. It is NOT a definitive McTell Songbook for the simple reason that not all of his work makes the journey from guitar or piano to ukulele with ease. “Sylvia”, for example, is a beautiful song that needs a piano. “Naomi” is left out of this book for the same reason, as is “Traces”.  If I was doing this for the piano they would be certainties.

In many of the songs I’ve just put chords in for the first verse. If you know the songs you will be able to pick out where the chord changes are.

I hope you like them.