Baritone?

baritone-vs-soprano

If you have a baritone ukulele (tuned D-G-B-E, or 5 half-steps lower than soprano tuning of G-C-E-A) your chord shapes will differ (at least in name) from the chord shapes played on soprano, tenor and concert ukuleles.

The music sheets with chord charts that Bozeman Ukulele Cabaret provides for play-alongs and lessons do not include Baritone charts.

This means that if you don’t already know Baritone chord shapes, you will need to bring a Baritone chord chart for your reference. (I try to remember to bring them to sessions, but it’s a good idea to have your own, just in case.) Another alternative is to bring a capo, put it on the 5th fret of your baritone, and play soprano chords with us.

Above is an example of a basic Baritone chord chart. Some music stores carry handy little laminated charts like this.

(If you can’t easily find a printable Baritone chord chart, you can also use a guitar chord chart—since guitars are tuned E-A-D-G-B-E—and simply ignore the parts of the chart showing the low A and E strings.)

By the way, here’s how I remember the names of the strings for tuning ukuleles:
— Soprano: Goats Can Eat Anything
— Baritone: Donkeys Grow Big Ears

 

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