So here we are again, friends. The time has come for us to hang out together, happily enjoying yet another: UKE MINUTES! This time, we've brought y'all some Movable Chord Shapes to play around with.

Just in case you missed that 3-second bubbly image of basic Major Chord Shapes and Minor Chord Shapes, here it is again:

Basic Major and Minor shapes

*Remember* This process works for all chord types, too, not just majors and minors. You can use it on 7ths, 9ths, Major7ths, diminshed-ths - whatever you want! Any chord that you know can be moved up or down the fretboard (as far as you fretboard allows). Moving a chord shape up one fret raises the key a half step. Two frets up raises the key a whole step.

For your reference, here are all the note names in half-step intervals:

C | C#(Db) | D | D#(Eb) | E | F | F#(Gb) | G | G#(Ab) | A | A#(Bb) | B

Once you get to the end (B), it loops around back to the beginning (C). For example, if you held a Bb chord (3211) and moved the entire chord shape up a half step - or one fret (4322) - then the chord would become a B. If you moved it another fret up (5433), it would become a C. This fingering would be an "alternate fingering" for your standard C chord (0003).

Thanks a lot, everyone. If you have any questions, comments, ideas, things to chime in, please post away at the FORUM! Let the discussions begin!

Love Always,
- UU Stafff

What Should I Learn Next?
"Chord Families"
"7th Chord Shapes"


  1. Working my way through the Uke Minutes back-issues. All very helpful. Thanks. One thing: is there a web page that has a complete list of the Uke Minutes videos, with summary text? Or a list of the existing pages containing groups of Uke Minutes? This would make it easier for people, like me, starting out with their Uke learning, to find the Uke Minutes video that they need. Thanks again.

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