(5 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

Buzzwagon wrote:

Mrs Buzzwagon has one too, not worth a great deal but passed on to her by her Grandma. I can't tell the difference between the sound of one violin music and another to be honest but its a nice talking point.


I guess a value of one violin doesn't really matter if it's worth a million or not. A sentimental value is important too. And of course, the sound quality that one violin gives is also a factor to know its value.

MrSaturn wrote:

Oh yeah definitely. I use http://www.ukulele.nl/chordfinder.php myself, but for the most part I do not have a definitive 'chart' that I can look at, and the ones I have found are always missing that one chord that I need so I have to look it up elsewheres.

In truth, I did mention it because I wanted to use it; but I also think that it would be a very helpful tool for others that would keep them coming back to the site, even after printing it out.

I'm not sure how much trouble it would be. Chordie already seems to keep pictures of ukulele lessons chords. It would just be a matter of rounding them all up into a page.

I am already just making my own chord chart, to be perfectly honest. But I know that if Chordie had a ukulele chart, that I would use it. And I know others who would also use it. And it would be nice to be able to point people who are learning the ukulele (or any other stringed instrument that chordie offers to convert songs into) to the site that would allow them to print out a few pages of chords. It would be wonderfully useful.

Yeah, that would be very handy. But I guess most ukulele players out there somehow memorizes the chords so that they won't have the need to look it over in the internet.


(15 replies, posted in Other string instruments)

Newbie plucker wrote:

Hi all.  I enjoy playing banjo. It's a great sound and lots of fun to play.  There are many websites with tabs for banjo, however most are very traditional bluegrass or fiddle tunes.  There are many country rock and folk songs that work well on banjo lessons, but it takes a long time to trawl through hundreds of tabs to find suitable tunes.  If anyone else has done this, appreciate your input in order to create a songlist for banjo players.  Please don't exclude slower songs, some of Alison Kraus' recordings sound great on banjo at a slower pace.

Thank you smile

I am not good in playing banjo but I think I am getting there. I go to this forum if I have inquiries about banjo playing. They have banjo music but I'm afraid they ask money for some banjo music. Here it is: http://www.bluegrassworks.com/banjo_tab … _music.php


(15 replies, posted in Other string instruments)

ozmoid wrote:

OK, I am finally getting the "traditional" E chord shape. I realized that my fingernails were getting in the way of me getting a good vertical approach to the strings, so I've started cutting my left nails back to nothing ukulele lessons. That has allowed me to get my fingertips almost perpendicular to the fretboard, which really helps with cramming them all into that one fret. I've also found I need to rotate my wrist clockwise a bit from my normal position to help get my fingers "lined up".

I run out of room to do it around the 5th fret on my concert uke.

In general, I'm using a better hand position for all my chording now, and trying to defeat this E helped. I'm keeping my thumb further down on the back of the neck, which makes my hand stand off from the fretboard better. I'm getting far fewer cases of notes being dulled or deadened by fretting fingers "touching" adjacent strings. Practice practice practice!

For me to get the "traditional" E chord, it sure did take some time to get it right. But at first, expect to wrestle with your fingers and you may experience pain but once you get used to it, you're good to go.


(20 replies, posted in Other string instruments)

ozymandias wrote:

Hi, I found a book that has the chords.  It's called "The Daily Ukulele Lessons" compiled by Liz and Jim Beloff.  Published by Hal.Leonard and Flea Market Music, Inc.  fleamarketmusic.com

I found the book in a local music shop.  It's a great book and has 365 tunes with chords and diagrams.  smile

I know that we almost do stuff online but there are still stuff that we need that are seen or found in an actual music shop. Go to a music shop within your place and grab a ukulele book for chord chart.


(10 replies, posted in Other string instruments)

skiffmick wrote:

Am enjoying my new hobby ukulele.  As an old timer I remember skiffle and think it would be quite easy music for the ukulele lessons.  Can anyone recommend a site or sites that might have music with lyics and chords for any of the following groups {a blast from my distant past].  Vipers Skiffle Group, Chas. McDevitt Skiffle Grroup. Ken Colyer Skiffle Group, Alexis Korner Breakdown Group, Delta Skiffle Group, Wescott Skiffle Group, 2.19 Skiffle Group, Johnney Parker Washboard Band, Avon Cities Skiffle Group, Chris Barber Skiffle Group and Lea Valley Skiffle Group.
There may be others and obviously Lonnie Donegan.  I will keep checking various web sites but have not had much luck so far.  Might be me as am quite  new to ukulele playing and searching the web.
thanks for any help.

Kudos for you. I will agree with dino, check out the early Beatles songs for skiffle music so that you can learn to practice using their song. You might as well start your own Skiffle group someday smile

Doug_Smith wrote:

[Hi Lizzie, and thanks for your first post on Chordie!

  There are lots of Uke players here, but as a guitarist I would think that it would sound strange to capo the Ukulele lessons as you would guitar for sure.  Third fret capo on standard tuned guitar would be GCFA#F.  Just thinking about it I hear a dischord in there.  I may be wrong, but I think you can change the preferences in Chopro to different instruments and tunings, so you might try going back to the piece and see about letting the software have a go at it and print the result.

Let us know how it goes for you, and Take Care;

^ I agree. I read a lot of forums bout not using capo on a uke like putting it a guitar. Most uke players just use bar chords and don't bother with a capo.

The problem with a capo on an ukulele is that the scale length is so short that when you use a capo it puts too much pressure on the strings and they become sharp (#) or a little high. The "intonation" is off because the strings are "bent".

jaygordon75 wrote:

I started playing mandolin lessons in a church praise and worship group several years ago...guitar is my usual weapon of choice but we already had a couple of really good guitar players, so I bought a mandolin. It took me a little effort to learn how since the chords and fingerboard are quite different...but the sound is definately worth it! For basic stuff like chording and rythym it's fairly easy for a guitar player...but like a guitar it can be very difficult to master.

Same scenario here. But not because there are already a good guitar players in our church but I was intrigued in learning one. If it would encourage you, mandolin is easier than to play in aguitar mostly due to the more logical GDAE fifths tuning, well in some ways. More easily reachable chord voicings. Some particular techniques that are more challenging are right hand picking doubled strings and mastering the smooth tremolo so necessary to the sound. If you really desire to learn, go for it. You may regret in the future if you didn't take the courage to learn now.

tonyuku wrote:

Some of the more 'obscure' chords ukulele lessons are not illustrated against the selected tunes - such as the D13.
Is there a comprehensive chord table out there somewhere?

I searched the web for an image on how I play D13. I learned it on one of my ebooks I have. Here you go: http://www.ukuleleyes.com/issues/vol10/no2/pedagogy-corner/laredo-D6-answers.gif

tubatooter1940 wrote:

You're right guitar chords- Bm, D, A, Em, F#m, Bm
(bridge) goes: Em, Bm, Em, F major

Well it seems this guitar chords are accurate. Nice work man. Would it be possible to have this song and the chords be posted here? Thanks.


(10 replies, posted in Guitars and accessories)

bswyers wrote:

I'm getting some GAS symptoms and wonder if anyone has heard of or owns a Kona guitar. I've been checking them out on line and like the looks and the materials they're made with. They seem to be a pretty nice guitar tutorial for the price but with out actually being able to play one (no local dealers) I'm kind of taking a shot in the dark. I'm leaning towards an acoustic-electric model so I have some options. And as some can guess I'm looking for a lefty model. (Not much faith as to my hand healing in a manner that I can continue to play right handed) Not that left or right would make any difference in quality, just explaining my reasons for needing a new guitar when I already own six. Anyhow, any feedback would be appreciated. Thanks    Butch

I have been playing guitar for almost 7 years now and I have tried to play one Kona guitar back then, it was my roommate's guitar. The guitar is completely teal in color except for the bindings and is simply beautiful. And honestly, it plays fantastic! Well that doesn't mean the one that I'm talking about is possibly the one the you would be buying, but more likely you will be very happy with it.


(9 replies, posted in Music theory)

tubatooter1940 wrote:

Starting out in my old days, I needed to learn new songs and had only a 45 RPM record as my source. Super slow going at first. I started the record and tried to find the very first note on my guitar lesson (after I tuned my guitar to the record). Then the second note in the song and so on.
When it came to chords, I would find the tonic ( C for a C chord).
I would then try a C major chord with the record. If that was wrong, I'd go down the list of C minor, C7, C major 7, C+ (augmented), C dim etc... until I found one that sounded right.
It took me a week of nights after work to learn "Crying" by Roy Orbison. I wrote the lyrics big enough to read in a dimly lit bar room and jotted the chords in red ink above the syllable of the word where they changed. Practice allowed me to do this faster as years went by.
It was slow but the only way.
These days most lyrics and chords can be copied and pasted from a website and then printed out in any size font. You have to sing and play them along with the U-Tube video to see if they are correct.

I too do this back in the days. Well the process that tubatooter replied here is called transcribing. I know it won't be sound better than what was advised here but that is how it is done, well basically. Listen with your complete attention to the whole piece or song. Listen to it several times, without stopping it. Go back, and listen to each individual phrase. Sing the melody and choose a guitar chord that you think is appropriate for the song. Then use chord progression to determine all the chords in one song. I hope it helps even though I dropped some technical terms.


(2 replies, posted in Guitars and accessories)

bswyers wrote:

Here's a site I found that I've found very helpful. Tabnplay lets you insert a URL for your favorite song,converts it into an easy to follow format showing how play guitar and lighted dots on the appropriate strings and fret positions. They also have videos showing chord positions. Before anyone gets too excited this site is still under development and not everything or all songs are available. Still a great site and it looks to only get better with time. Go to http://www.tabnplay.com/  Check it out you may find it amusing if not helpful

This is a cool site. Even though it is yet in beta, I've got to say that I'm impressed with the user interface. But what impresses me more is that it could convert the URL's song into chords. But the question is if it is accurate.

Clayh wrote:

Hi, I'm in my school's jazz band as a percussionist, and I how to play guitar (Just not in Jazz Band). We are playing "Hot Chocolate" from the Polar Express movie, and I'm doing guitar on this song because we need a guitarist. I have the music, and it's almost all chords, but they're all really weird (Think F13, Bb13, C7/E). I also have a sheet of all the chord fingerings with the roots circled, but above all the fingerings, it doesn't have the chord name, just the add-ons (I don't know what they're called) like "Maj7", and "7(#11)". I have no idea how to match these to the chords in the song. HELP!


I agree with what Jerome had said. When you see extended chords such as the 9th, 11th and the 13th chord, you could always look for an alternative way to play it. Have you tried using polychords? Polychords are a great cheat to easily play extended chords but they are a bad way of labeling chords. Hope it helps.


(5 replies, posted in Other string instruments)

Irieied wrote:

I was told by a Hawaiian professional uker that the ukulele lessons has always been a strict rhythm instrument for them, maybe that's why?

also, ezfolk.com has picking lessons online for the uke

I also heard the same thing from my previous instructor back then. You could do an exercise such as plucking the 3rd (from the ground) string of your ukulele with your thumb. That's all. Pluck it over and over and over. You are also going to get an introduction to tablature or "tabs", which is a system of writing music that is common when you are doing special things with individual strings.


(32 replies, posted in About Chordie)

guitar0707 wrote:

kindly anyone help me 2 learn guitar chords.i am a new guitar player

Go grab one guitar chord chart and study them bud. You could always check this forum for tips and advices for beginners. Try to check this guys for strumming patterns for different kinds of tempo or beat. http://www.chordie.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=11132

tubatooter1940 wrote:

The rap part is all in F. The singing is: Eb, Ab, Eb, Bb.
if you capo the first fret, you could play guitar the rap part in E and the singing in: D,G,D,A.

Pretty much, this is also the same way I do play the song. I find it a bit hard when it comes to the rap part, can't really strum it correctly.


(7 replies, posted in Song requests)

tubatooter1940 wrote:

I heard two versions, one in Eb and another in D.
A capo on your first fret will put you in Eb where you can use "D" guitar chords changes. I hear four chords, D, G, A and the occasional C.
Such a beautiful lament.

Also the same thing that came to my mind when I listened to some versions of this song. Try to play it in Key of 'D'.

dman4505 wrote:

Here's my newest toy, bought her as a Christmas gift to myself
Sounds good now can't wait to hear her when I really figure out how to play guitar Takamine GS430S
http://i329.photobucket.com/albums/l398 … G_1030.jpg

That looks like exactly what I bought recently. Wait, Takamine GS430S? Man I also bought that same guitar lol. It really sounds good, got to tell you that. It's worth the money.


(4 replies, posted in Song requests)

riveryak wrote:

Hi, sorry for the delay in getting back to you.  The song is "Grown Ocean" by Fleet Foxes, the album just came out today and sounds great. Quite need it for a classical guitar lessons

I found one from my source of chords and tabs. Check it out if it's accurate. I haven't tried it yet, I need to change my strings first. I'll be trying this on a classical guitar
http://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/f/fleet … r2_crd.htm


(4 replies, posted in Song requests)

Tris wrote:

Hi....All , I would like to have a guitar lesson chord of "Memory Of The Year " as some songs I Know " Father " Peter Sue,"Inside Of My Guitar"Bellamy Brothers,or "Dream Of Me" Mac & Katie Kisson etc.Please....if you know the chords and want to share.....I would be very happy and....I love the oldies song . Thanks......Tris-Bali-Indonesia .

I tried to look for it as well but to no avail did I see one. Oldies song is a bit hard to find chords. Ask someone who is best in playing the guitar and they might learn the chords for you.

bunbun wrote:

Some songs I am trying to learn are for electric guitars (some of the leads go down to the 22nd fret and my acoustic only goes to the 20th).

Did I say it was beautiful? How to play guitar


I have no idea on how to use the amp and volume/tone knobs to produce the different sounds I can get out of an electric.

I have never played an electric before and don't know if some of the stuff I hear is normal or an issue with the guitar.

Wifey says we cannot afford it ( I know this is important but I think the guy will give me some time to buy it).

I looked for some stuff on the guitar and could not find anything. Is there anyone who either owns one or has experience with one that could tell me if this is a good buy or not?

If your budget is short, then it could wait. I'm not good on electric guitars since I started on acoustic and love to play it. But I got to admit, there are songs that can be played beautifully in a electric than an acoustic.


(4 replies, posted in Electric)

dino48 wrote:

Intersting I never thought martin ever made an electric guitar how to.

He sure did. The guitars from martin are nice ones. But I don't own one Stinger. But yeah, I've tried playing it and it was good.


(9 replies, posted in Music theory)

steelstrings wrote:

Don't play any of the strings. guitar chords Em7 is this:

0 2  0  0 0  0

Em7/A is this:
0 0  0  0  0 0
Hope this helps!

That is the right one for Em7/A. I'm sure that this is the right chord chart. I had a hard time learning this chord.