Baritone Ukulele Chords: Charts & Diagrams

The baritone ukulele uses chord shapes that are identical to GCEA uke. They are also very similar to guitar, just missing the two top strings.

(Chord charts coming soon!)

Transposing Chords

If you are studying baritone on its own you’ll have a much easier time learning these shapes than if you also play standard ukulele chords. I find that having the same shapes in both tunings is incredibly confusing.

However, if you’re able to transpose the key of the song in your mind and think of your I IV V shapes instead of the actual chord names, you’ll probably have an easier time.

GCEA chords are a perfect 4th higher than baritone chords. This means that a baritone C major is an F major on GCEA uke. Here’s a reference chart:

Baritone to Standard

C     -> F
C#/D# -> F#/Gb
D     -> G
D#/Eb -> G#/Ab
E     -> A
F     -> A#/Bb
F#/Gb -> B
G     -> C
G#/Ab -> C#/Db
A     -> D
A#/Bb -> D#/Eb
B     -> E

If all you have are GCEA uke chords for reference, you can also convert backwards and move up a 5th or down a 4th:

Standard GCEA to Baritone

C     -> G
C#/D# -> G#/Ab
D     -> A
D#/Eb -> A#/Bb
E     -> B
F     -> C
F#/Gb -> C#/Db
G     -> D
G#/Ab -> D#/Eb
A     -> E
A#/Bb -> F
B     -> F#/Gb
This can be simplified and memorized with BEAD-GCF. BEAD-GCF is simply the pattern of 4th intervals through the natural notes. Read backwards it is a pattern of 5ths. Going up, using the first two letters (BE), it can be simply thought of as: a B on the baritone looks the same as the following chord – E – on standard GCEA uke. Going down, it would simply be the reverse: an E on standard GCEA looks the same as a B on baritone. The pattern does repeat from end to beginning, but a 4th from F is Bb, not B. So the whole line would be shifted down by a flat. F on baritone looks like Bb on GCEA. Mahalo to ubulele for the tip.

By Brad Bordessa

I’m an ʻukulele artist from Honokaʻa, Hawai’i. This site is a side project of my main website, Live ʻUkulele. I play a Pono BE-DC solidbody baritone in a rock band. More about me

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