If you’re thinking to learn the ukulele on your own, let us tell you, you’re on the right path. Yes, learning the knack of a ukulele doesn’t really require professional training. In all conscience, spending a huge amount of money doesn’t really worth it when you can easily ace its technique by watching tutorials or reading instructions online.
Now if you are wondering where to find a reliable source to learn the techniques right, then you’ve us for it. We are going to take you through the chords and how to play them one by one thoroughly in our ukulele series. Today we’ll focus on how to play B on a ukulele, so stay with us to learn it in the most convenient way!
Things You Need to Know Before Starting
Before you begin, having in-depth knowledge of the features of your ukulele is inevitable. If you’ve just bought your ukulele and know nothing precisely about it then we here to guide you through. Take a close look at the below sections.
Strings: In general, ukuleles come with four strings, which all refer to different notes in their end. If you already know which strings refer to which notes then you can skip this section. But, if you are not well conversant about them yet, then keep reading.
To learn the string labels without falling into any confusion, we suggest you to hold your ukulele straight keeping the front of the ukulele opposite to your body. Once you hold it in this position, then we will start the counting from your right side. So, the first string that you get from your right is the G string. The string following that is known as the C string. And, next comes the E string followed by the last string which is known as the string A.
One interesting fact about the ukulele string is that, its ascending or descending pattern doesn’t maintain any chronology. Although the first string from your right side (A) is the highest tone string yet the lowest isn’t the last string from that side. Instead, the lowest tone string on the ukulele is the C string, which is the second string from your right side and third string from your left. So, this might seem to you a little daunting at first. But, as you go on with your practice, in no time you will be able to fingerpick them with your eyes off.
Frets: Before you begin your ukulele leaning endeavor, knowing the frets is really important. Especially, when you are aiming to hit the chords. As chords making involves pressing the right strings against the right frets, so without any further ado let’s learn the frets. Frets basically are the metal strips that go across the neck of the ukulele.
Usually, a ukulele has 12 to 18 frets on its neck, where the first one is the fret that is closest to the headstock. And, then the next ones are counted accordingly. For your learning convenience, some ukuleles come with fret markers. These markers are basically signs to designate the numbers of the frets so that you can easily place your fingers on the right frets without doing much calculation.
Positioning: In order to play your ukulele right, first you need to hold it in the right way. So, how do you hold it? Holding it straight is a big No No, you should carry it diagonally instead where the headstock would be facing the ceiling. The next thing you need to do is deciding the fret hand and strumming hand depending on your comfort.
For instance, if you happen to be a right handed person, then your strumming hand should be your right hand and your left hand should be the fret hand. In this holding position, you’ll have the string G closer to your face. Else, if you are a left handed person, then the fret hand and strumming hand would be reversed. Means, in this holding position, the A string would be closer to your face.
B Chord on Ukulele
Starting with chord B is a great way to start learning the ukulele chords. It will let you create some magical tune on your ukulele. So, here’s the step by step instruction for you, follow it carefully.
First, hold your ukulele comfortably (To find your comfortable position, try plucking the string with both hands by switching sides, and settle when you feel at ease of strumming). In order to make the chord B, you’ll be needing to use your index, middle, and ring finger. First, barre the strings A and E with your index finger. Then, put the tip of your middle finger on the 3rd fret of the C string. And, then, put the tip of your ring finger on the 4th fret of the G string. So, it will look almost like a staircase.
To have your finger placement right, make sure your index finger is properly barred over the two strings. And, the other two fingers (middle and ring fingers) are well curved and tipping tightly on the right string and fret. Also, make sure no other fret area is having even the slightest pressure as this may prevent the right tunes from coming out. In this way, once when your placement is done, pluck each string individually to check if the desired tunes are coming out or not. With this, you’re done leaning the finger placement for the chord B, now practice strumming to produce music to your mind.
In this article, we have tried to bring forth the essentials measures that you need to know to start your ukulele chords learning. Here, we have solely focused on how to play B on ukulele. We hope you have enjoyed reading this lesson! If you’re interested to learn the other ukulele chords, then stay tuned with us.