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Ukulele Chords: Learn To Play Morning Has Broken

Mar 29, 2008
In this ukulele lesson you will learn to play a popular song with chords on your ukulele. I will show you with easy ukulele tablature notation how to play the chords. Let us start with the C-major chord!

First of all, we will use the C-tuning in this ukulele lesson. This means that your first string will be tuned to an A, your second string to an E, the third string to C and the fourth string to G.

The first string is the string with the highest pitch, that is, the bottom string when you play.

I will use a form of ukulele tab notation that tells you how to put your fingers in order to play the chords. Every number pair tells you which fret to press down and which string to play. Here is the C-major chord:

C: 04 03 02 31

These four number pairs indicate where you are to put your fingers on your four strings to strum the C-major chord on your ukulele. 04 means, play the open fourth string. An open string is a string you play without pressing down a fret. 31 means, press down the third fret on the first string.

I will put the chord names in bracket before the syllable where you are to change to the new chord. Time to take a look at the lyrics and start to sing!

You will sing the song in the key of C. In this song it means that the song starts with a C. Play your third string, the C string, to find your starting tone.

Time for the first line of lyrics:

Morning has (C)bro(Dm)ken, (D7)like the first (F)mor(C)ning

As you can see you will need more ukulele chords to sing and play the song. Let us take a look at the D-minor chord:

Dm: 04 23 32 11

Now it is time to take a look at the G7 chord and F-major chord:

G7: 04 23 12 21

F: 24 03 12 01

Let us continue with the song:

(C)Blackbird has (Em)spo(Am)ken, (D7)like the first (G7)bird

Yes, I am sorry, but it is time for three more ukulele chords, E-minor, A-minor and D7:

Em: 04 43 32 21

Am: 24 03 02 01

D7: 24 03 22 01

Now it is time to finish the first verse:

(C)Praise for the (F)singing, (C)praise for the (Am)mor(D7))ning

(G7)Praise for the (C)sprin(F)ging (G7)fresh from the (C)word

I admit that it is a lot of chords to learn on your ukulele and many chord changes. I suggest that you learn the song one line at a time. You can also devout a bit of your practicing time to changing between chords the way they appear in the song. For example:

C - Dm, Dm - G7, G7 - F, F - C and so on!

Here are two more verses of the song to practice when you have mastered the first verse:

Sweet the rain's (C)new (Dm)fall, (G7)sunlit from (F)hea(C)ven
Like the first (Em)dew(Am)fall, (D7)on the first (G7)grass
(C)Praise for the (F)sweetness (C)of the wet (Am)gar(D7)den
(G7)Sprung in com(C)plete(F)ness (G7)where his feet (C)pass

Mine is the (C)sun(Dm)light, (G7)mine is the (F)mor(C)ning
Born of the (Em)one (Am)light, (D7)Eden saw (G7)play
(C)Praise with e(F)lation, (C)praise every (Am)mor(D7)ning
(G7)God's recre(C)a(F)tion (G7)of the new (C)day
About the Author
Peter Edvinsson invites you to download your free ukulele songs at http://www.capotastomusic.com
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