How I like to play a D chord on the uke

I’ve watched a lot of people trying to get all three fingers into one tiny, little fretspace to play a D chord and I have a better, easier way I’d like to show you.

Just bar the whole fret with your first finger, and then… well, watch this little video and I will show you how to do it:

(Plus I’ll show you a trick for playing a Beatles’ song.)

6 Responses to “How I like to play a D chord on the uke”

  1. Jeff / Humble Uker Says:


    You have a few regular readers at the Berkeley Ukulele Club. Mary said that she really enjoys your “bite size” tutorials and likes your scales. She told me that she’s starting to get a better feel for doing scales now. It was good to see you & Rick from Santa Cruz come up and see how our Club works. Mike DaSilva is a gracious host.

  2. Barb Says:

    These videos are so helpful and COOL! I can’t believe what a wonderful teacher you are! I feel like I could actually be a better player when I watch them…now I just need to practice. That’s a whole other problem.

    • Rhan Wilson Says:

      Of COURSE you can be a better player! And even if you don’t have the time to practice at this moment, absorb the information – like a seed, it will germinate and be ready to sprout up whenever you give it the light of your attention. Grab that uke and have it with you all the time – that way, you can doodle in between other things you have to do. Like in church, or while driving on the highway… (JUST KIDDING)!!!

  3. Jeff / Humble Uker Says:

    Aloha Rhan — Did you ever read the children’s book, The Berenstain Bears — the Bicycle Lesson? Well, dat was anudder good lesson for me and my fringers! You are terrific Rhan.

    • Rhan Wilson Says:

      Jeff – No, I think I have. Perhaps I will check in on it. I am glad you liked this mini-lesson on D chords… and you must realize that all you have to do it move it up the neck and you can apply it to other chords as well. For instance, one fret up and you are talking Eb and Cm, two frets (a whole step) and you have E and C#m, etc.
      Happy plucking!

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