Baritone Ukulele Chord Charts

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.

ʻUkulele Chord Shapes: Baritone Edition

ukulele chord shapes baritone edition coverOne of my flagship resources is my ʻUkulele Chord Shapes series of books. These references take a traditional uke chord book and turn it inside out, removing the fluff that isn’t useful and adding a whole lot of information that you don’t usually get.

By thinking of chords as moveable shapes, you’re able to maximize your chord absorption and understanding of the fretboard.

This book features:

  • 38 chord types
  • 189 shapes
  • Easy theory walk-throughs
  • Detailed explanations of slash and altered dominant chords
  • How to transpose every shape into 12 keys, which equals 2,268 chords!)
“Your book on baritone chords is excellent. […] it is the most comprehensive chord reference I know of.”
Zachary Taylor

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There are two versions of ʻUkulele Chord Shapes! Be sure to find a link specifically for the baritone edition.

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

My passion is sharing what I know about ukulele with folks from around the world. I’ve performed and taught alongside some of Hawai’i’s best musicians and have written three instructional books for uke. I also run Live ʻUkulele.com for GCEA players.

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