7 Most Important Baritone Ukulele Chords to Learn

Most of the ukulele chord charts you find on the internet are for the soprano, concert, and tenor ukuleles – in other words, for ukuleles tuned to GCEA.

Baritone ukuleles, however, have their own tuning. This has caught many a beginner out!

In this article, we show you how to play seven basic baritone chords. 

Baritone Tuning – DGBE

The string notes for the baritone uke are tuned to DGBE:

baritone ukulele string notes

Do they look familiar? Well, if you play guitar, they might do, as they’re the same as the first four strings on a guitar. This makes baritone ukulele tuning infinitely easier for guitarists, as well as learning how to play one.

Take a look below…

baritone ukulele tuning same as guitar


Baritone Ukulele Chord Charts

As we mentioned in the introduction, most guides to ukulele chords for beginners are for ukes tuned to high-G (or ‘re-entrant’) tuning. The baritone uke has its own set of chord shapes, so here are the most common ones (five major and two minor chords).

Each chord diagram shows where to press your fingers (the blue dots).

G Major

To get a G major chord, put your index finger on the third fret of the E string.

G Major Chord Baritone Ukulele

E Major

For an E major, put your index finger is on the first fret of the G string and your middle finger is on the second fret of the D string. Voila! 

E Major Chord Baritone Ukulele

A Major

For an A, hold down the lowest three strings at the 2nd fret. You can do this with three fingers, or barre the three notes with one finger.

A Major Chord for Baritone Ukulele

C Major

Put your index finger on the first fret of the B string and your middle finger on the 2nd fret of the D string. Now you’re playing a C.

C Major Chord for Baritone Ukulele

D Major

The D looks like. Guitarists, does it look familiar?! Yes, it’s the same as the D chord on the guitar.

D Major Chord for Baritone Ukulele

A Minor

Next up we have the A Minor. Again, if you play guitar you’ll recognize the shape instantly.

A Minor Chord Baritone Ukulele

E Minor

Finally, the E Minor Chord is just one note on the D string at the second fret.

E Minor Chord Baritone Ukulele

See how simple that was!

Have fun with these chords and good luck!


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About Ged Richardson

Ged Richardson is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of ZingInstruments.com. He has been featured in Entrepreneur, PremierGuitar, Hallmark, Wanderlust, CreativeLive, and other major publications. As an avid music fan, he spends his time researching and writing about new and old music, as well as testing and reviewing music-related products. He's played guitar in various bands, from rock to gypsy jazz. Be sure to check out his YouTube channel, where he geeks out about his favorite bands.

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