Ukulele Video Lessons - Chord Progression In "D"

Here in this series of ukulele video lessons, we will look at chord progression in “D”. As you continue your training, you need to start learning more about various chords, how those chords work together, and about chord progression. Playing a progression is simpler to do than most people think. They can be a nice, fast way to start sounding great on the ukulele. Even those who are just starting out and who know a few chords, along with the basic strumming pattern, should be able to do this without too much trouble. Let’s look at the different chords you will need for this progression.

Two Options For The Chord Progressions

You will learn two different methods of learning the progression here. Both of these sound great, and they are fun to play.

  • You can play a D, Bm, G, and then an A7
  • Or, you can play D,G, D, and A7

Both of these types of chord progression in “D” will sound fantastic with your basic strumming pattern. Of course, once you learn the basics and can go up and down with the progression, you can start to alternate the rhythm and the patterns to make it sound a bit different if you like.

The Chords You Use

When you are learning to play the chord progression in “D”, you may want to have a ukulele chord chart in front of you to make things a bit easier. This is helpful if you have not yet memorized the chords. Since there are so few involved here, it should not be too difficult to master though.

Let’s look at the chords a bit closer if you don’t have a chart handy, so you can see just what you need to do with your fingers.

  • D – For the D chord, you will use your forefinger on the second fret to hold down the GC and E strings. Your ring finger or pinky can then press down on the fourth fret of the A string to finish off the chord.
  • Bm – The B minor chord will bar all of the strings at the second fret. Your ring finger than then press down on the fourth fret of the G string.
  • G – Here is a fun and great sounding chord. Use your forefinger to press the second fret of the C string, your middle finger to press the third fret of the E string, and your ring finger to fret the second fret of the A string.
  • A7 – Here’s one of the easiest chords you will ever learn. Just use your forefinger to press the first fret of the C string.

Simple Chord Progression

Many people look at the chord progressions and think that they will never be able to do them because they look complex. If you notice though, the chord progression really is quite simple. You can learn them quickly and put them into practice. Playing through the chord progression and altering your strum pattern sounds great, and you are making real music with your ukulele!

Keep On Practicing These Ukulele Video Lessons & Have Fun

When you first start the chord progression in “D”, do you know what will happen? It will go slowly and awkwardly, and it probably won’t sound very good. That’s natural! When you are first learning any chord progression, it takes time to learn the movement from one chord to another. Your fingers need to train and grow accustomed to this. Even though it might be difficult the first few times you run through the progression, you will find that it gets better quickly. The more you practice the better it will sound!

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