How To Play Gm Chords Ukulele

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Ah, the fabled Gm chord, responsible for formulating Gm and Bb ukulele chords, the latter being the former’s relative major. This one will be of much use in basically any style of ukulele music you can think of, as well as any other genres you might be thinking of getting busy with on your trusted ukulele stead.

Since the chord is so closely related to the tonal and harmonic centre of the Western classical tradition,
C major, this chord sees a lot of action, whether as a force at the centre of a piece of music or merely as a channel through which the harmony might progress in any sort of an interesting way.

gm chords ukulele
gm chords ukulele

How to Play the Ukulele Chords Gm

As with almost any chord you can imagine, there are several variations which can be used to play the entire minor triad that comprises the ukulele chords Gm, ranging from the most normal to the most bizarre and wacky, from the more common to the no less important for being uncommon. But, if you’re good with the shape that we use to play G7 ukulele chord, which is considered to be foundational, you will have no trouble playing Gm ukulele chord.

Ukulele Chords Gm: Root Position

By doing the following, you will successfully sound out the entire chord:

Ukulele Chords Gm: Root Position
Ukulele Chords Gm – Root Position
  • Use your index finger to press down on the lower most string, the A string, holding down the 1st fret to sound out the minor 3rd of the Gm chord, Bb ukulele chord.
  • Use your ring finger to press down on the string just above this lower most string, the E string, holding down the 3rd fret in order to sound out the octave doubling of the root note, G.
  • Use your middle finger to press down on the string just above this second lower most string, the C string, holding down the 2nd fret in order to sound out the perfect 5th of the Gm chord, D.
  • The highest string, G, already occupying the root note G, will not require any fretting, seeing as it is already in the parameters of the chord in question.

Ukulele Chords Gm: 1st Inversion

This inversion of the ukulele chords Gm will require all four of your fingers simultaneously, and thus will require a little more of the aspiring ukulele musician than the simple root position. Also, you will have to be familiar with some minor ukulele chords:

Ukulele Chords Gm: 1st Inversion
Ukulele Chords Gm – 1st Inversion
  • Use your index finger to press down on the lower most string, the A string, holding down the 1st fret to sound out the minor 3rd of the Gm chord, Bb.
  • Use your pinky finger to press down on the string just above this lower most string, the E string, holding down the 3rd fret in order to sound out the octave doubling of the root note, G.
  • Use your middle finger to press down on the string just above this second lower most string, the C string, holding down the 2nd fret in order to sound out the perfect 5th of the Gm chord, D.
  • Use your ring finger to press down on the highest string, the G string, pressing down on the 3rd fret so as to sound out and echo the minor 3rd of the Gm chord, Bb.

Ukulele Chords Gm: 2nd Inversion

This version of the chord occupies a different shape and position on the fretboard altogether, several frets ascended from the previous examples:

Ukulele Chords Gm: 2nd Inversion
Ukulele Chords Gm – 2nd Inversion
  • Use your index finger to press down on the lower most string, the A string, pressing down on the 5th fret to sound out the perfect 5th, D.
  • Use your middle finger to press down on the string above this lower most string, the E string, applying pressure to the 6th fret so as to sound out the minor 3rd, Bb.
  • Use your ring finger to press down on the string below the uppermost string, the C string, applying this pressure to the 7th fret so as to sound out the root note G, which is doubled with the open G string just above.

Final Tones

Many if not all ukulele heads would deem this an essential chord to add to your repertoire, your bag of tricks (for want of a more idiomatic expression). Not only this, seeing as it is so close to home on the ukulele it seems vital that this chord should be acquired by any and all seeking to pave a way through the world of ukulele expertise, to make a name for themselves among those that they so admire.

FAQs Ukulele Chords Gm

What ukulele chord is 0231?

If this question is referring to the arrangement of the frets of the ukulele as read in order from top to bottom, then the chord in question in none other than the ukulele chords Gm. Sequentially, the 0 refers to the root G, the 2 to the perfect 5th D, the 3 to the octave doubled root G, and the 1st to the minor 3rd of this minor triad, Bb.

By Nate Pallesen

Nate is just your average (above average) guitar player. He's no Joe Satriani, Jimi Hendrix or Jimmy Page - wait this site is about acoustic guitars (sorry) He's no Django Reinhardt, Chet Atkins, or Michael Hedges, wait? who!? He's no Robert Johnson, Eric Clapton or Ben Harper - more familiar? Anyway you get the point :-)

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