Transposing chords on ukulele (or any other instrument) basically means shifting all the chords in a song up (or down) the same number of steps.
Sometimes the best way to play a uke song with hard chords is just to transpose it into a key with easier to play chords.
You might also want to transpose (change keys) to better match your singing pitch. When the chords in a song force you to sing in a high squeaky voice, or a super-low Johnny Cash voice, it may be time to transpose into a better key.
In “Defeat the E” I talk you through an easy way to transpose on the fly if the song is fairly simple.
But as uke songs get more complex, the process of transposing chords gets more complex, too.
A free tool for transposing ukulele chords:
And that’s why you should check out this FREE tool: http://leewm.freeshell.org/origami/chord-ruler.pdf
It’s a paper slide rule (a musical transposing key-changing slide rule tool) that you can cut out and assemble and keep with your songbooks. Just move the slide to line up the old key and new key, and you can instantly read off all the uke chords you need.
Slick, old-school efficiency!
Tell ’em Danno sent you.
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