Jon Thysell

Father. Engineer. Retro games. Ukuleles. Nerd.

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Free Left-Handed Ukulele Chord Charts and Diagrams (GCEA, DGBE, GCEG & DGBD)

Not long after I released my free standard ukulele chord charts and slack key ukulele chord charts I got a request for some left-handed versions, where the diagrams were horizontally mirrored. Now it’s a little controversial, but for the ukulele at least, the main argument against switching the order of your strings is that it makes it harder for you to find and use resources designed for “right-handed” players. From a tab/diagram perspective, it’s essentially a different tuning.

Well, I myself already use non-standard slack-key tunings on some of my ukes, where there are exactly five printed uke books using those tunings. None have great chord charts. So for those southpaws who really do just want a nice set of mirrored diagrams, I feel for you. Play what makes you happy. I understand how frustrating it can be to constantly tweak charts in your head- it’s why I started making chord charts in the first place.

The next version of Chordious will have an option to easily mirror charts, but in the meantime, here are mirrored versions of all of the charts I’ve released in the past:

Left-Handed Ukulele Chord Chart (Standard GCEA) [1.2M PDF]
Left-Handed Ukulele Chord Chart (Baritone DGBE) [1.2M PDF]
Left-Handed Mini Ukulele Chord Charts [1.1M PDF]

Left-Handed Ukulele Chord Chart (Slack Key GCEG) [1.2M PDF]
Left-Handed Ukulele Chord Chart (Baritone Slack Key DGBD) [1.2M PDF]
Left-Handed Mini Slack Key Ukulele Chord Charts [1.2M PDF]

As before, all of these chord charts are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. Basically it means you’re free to do whatever you want with these charts, even sell them, as long as you credit me with having made them in the first place.

And again, as an added bonus, I’m also giving away the individual chord images I generated for the charts. Do whatever you want with them. Hell, you could print them out on stickers and “fix” all of your “right-handed” songbooks.

Left-Handed GCEA Ukulele Chords PNG [306k ZIP]
Left-Handed DGBE Ukulele Chords PNG [307k ZIP]

Left-Handed GCEG Slack Key Ukulele Chords PNG [306k ZIP]
Left-Handed DGBD Slack Key Ukulele Chords PNG [307k ZIP]

Enjoy and happy strumming!

/jon

P.S. The program I wrote to create the images is available and includes an easy option to mirror diagrams for left-handed use. Download Chordious today!

Free Ukulele Chord Charts and Diagrams (Standard GCEA & Baritone DGBE)

If you search online, you’ll find a ton of free ukulele chord charts for you to print out and enjoy. I’ve collected and used many over the years, but none were ever “perfect” for my needs.

A few weeks ago, I started fooling around with the idea of creating some charts of my own. To that end I started looking for software to help be generate the chord diagrams- but I didn’t find anything with the kind of power and flexibility that I wanted.

So I went ahead and wrote a program of my own. After weeks of tweaking, I’m finally happy with the results.

Here they are, the first versions of my very own free ukulele chord charts!

Ukulele Chord Chart (Standard GCEA) [445k PDF]
Ukulele Chord Chart (Baritone DGBE) [445k PDF]
Mini Ukulele Chord Charts [1.1M PDF]

The first two are each a single letter-sized page (8.5″ x 11″) and contain 120 chords each. The third has both sets of chords, each tuning on half of a single letter-sized page. It’s perfectly portable, designed to be folded or cut in half. Throw a spare in your gig bag!

My design choices included:

  1. Stay close to the nut, opting for open chords where possible.
  2. No chords where some strings aren’t played. (I hate those.)
  3. No marks for barres or finger positioning.
  4. Prefer labeling with flats instead of sharps.

All three chord charts are under licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. Basically it means you’re free to do whatever you want with these charts, even sell them, as long as you credit me with having made them in the first place.

But wait, there’s more! As an added bonus, I’m also giving away the individual chord images I generated for the charts:

GCEA Ukulele Chords PNG [304k ZIP]
DGBE Ukulele Chords PNG [304k ZIP]

To top it off, I don’t care what you do with these raw images. With the program I wrote, I can create all kinds of custom chord images at will. So, to the extent possible under law, I waive all copyright and related or neighboring rights to these images. Use them in your own charts and song sheets. Use them for education. Use them for commercial purposes. Don’t ask for permission. Give me credit if you feel like it, just don’t take credit because that’s not cool.

Enjoy and happy strumming!

/jon

P.S. Stay tuned for more chord charts in the future!

P.P.S. Yes, I’ll eventually release the program I wrote to generate the diagrams. It’s just not quite ready for prime-time.

P.P.P.S. I’ve released the program I wrote to create the images. Download Chordious today!