How to Play G on Ukulele

A shout-out to all the ukulele beginners who are looking to master the knack of ukulele strumming quickly. Finding a reliable source where you can get the right instructions also in an easily digestible manner is rare. But, you’ve got nothing to worry about, as you’ve found us. We will walk you through the chords and how to play them in detail in our article one by one. So, stay put and keep an eye out!

If you’re eager to make your ukulele game strong then you should definitely consider learning the G chord as soon as possible. If you don’t know how and where to start then we are here to guide you. The detail of how to play g on ukulele is in the following for your consideration. So, check out it, without any further ado.

Things You Need to Know Before Starting   

Before getting started, knowing the features of your ukulele is an inevitable step. If you know them already, the quickly check from the below whether you were doing it right or not. Otherwise, if you’re completely naïve at this, then please read the below sections carefully. 

Strings: As you already know there are four strings on the ukulele, now we’ll tell you which one comes after which and what they are known by. So, if you hold your newly purchased ukulele straight in front of you while the strings facing the opposite of your body – then the first string from your left hand is the first string and tunes to the note A.

It is the highest tone string of your ukulele. And then, the very next string after that tunes to the note E. After E, the third string tunes to the note C which is known to be the lowest tone string on your ukulele. And, lastly, the fourth string or the first string from your right hand that tunes to the note G.

Positioning: Speaking of positioning, you should not hold your ukulele straight, instead hold it diagonally as all the professional players do. If you are a right-handed person, then position your ukulele in an angle that its neck faces the ceiling and you have the fourth string closer to your face. Here, your strumming hand is your right hand and your left hand is the fret hand.

In case, if you happen to be a left-handed person, then your strumming hand should be your left hand, and accordingly, the right hand should be the fret hand. So, in this case, you hold the instrument the other way round. Means, then the order of the strings would be reversed for you. The first string would be closer to your face, and the fourth one would be closer to the ground.

N. B. For the ease of understanding, we’ll focus on the process for the right-hand style. If you’re left-handed consider the reverse ways while practicing.

Fretboard: Fretboard is the striped section of the neck of your ukulele. It has fret wires, fret markets, and ukulele strings on it.  You might be thinking what’s here to learn! But, for your knowledge, understanding the frets of the fretboard is a vital step to get started with your ukulele training. Frets are the horizontal lines that go across the neck of the ukulele. Whether you know it or not, to create precise chords, you need to press the strings against the specific frets and then after plucking the strings you will get the tunes. Hence, knowing fret numbers is essential. 

Depending on the type, ukuleles can have 12/18 frets or more. The horizontal line closest to the headstock is the first fret for you. And, the next ones are from the second to the twelfth or more accordingly. Most ukuleles come with fret markers which are basically designate the position of the frets like 3rd, 5th, 7th, and 12th or more (when the fretboard has more frets) for easy reference. The markers usually come wrapping a shape of either blocks or dots, whichever it is, it really comes in handy during your ukulele tuning.

G Chord on Ukulele

Playing the G chord on your ukulele doesn’t involve much of hassle, in fact, you can learn it pretty quickly if you follow our instructions carefully. 

To start, first, position your ukulele as we have mentioned above. Once, you’re done, put your index fingertip on the 2nd fret of the string C. Next, put your middle fingertip on the 2nd fret of the string A. And, lastly, put your ring fingertip on the 3rd fret of the string E. While placing make sure your fingers are not lying flat. They need to be properly curved so as not to put pressure on any other area than these 3 mentioned spots. 

Now, that you’re done placing your fingers on the given fret spot, check whether you’ve done it right or not by plucking each string one by one. If none of the string creates any odd buzz or remains silent, then congratulations, your finger placement attempt came out perfect. If you find any string is buzzing weirdly or making no sound at all, then check whether you’re pressing the right spot or not. 

Also, pressing loosely won’t give you the desired result, so make sure to press tightly instead. Now, after re-settling your fingers, again check the string by plucking if they are tuning right, and with this, you’re done making the G chord on your ukulele. Now, practice hard to get an upper hand in the G chord to create some beautiful tunes soon.  

Final Thoughts

This article is dedicated to those who are lately snooping around to learn how to play g on ukulele. Making G chord isn’t a hell of a task, rather its pretty easy if you can follow the instructions downrightly. Here we have elucidated the method very precisely and also spell out the parts that you need to know before starting your learning. 

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