I am playing on a gCEA concert ukulele. As a relic of probably incorrect self-taught guitar playing (D major), I am faster to a G major chord by playing a partial barre chord. That's index finger on fret 2 across strings 2-3-4, and ring finger on fret 3 of string 3. The left thumb supports the partial bar on the backside of the neck.

Current fingering:

partial bar g chord

Since I'm pretty fast to get to this chord, and the tone is good, I'm finding it tough to break the habit and re-train myself with the proper fingering.

Correct fingering:

proper g chord

But my question is - will my current fingering inhibit my play in the future?


Similar to this question, but yet another fingering.

  • Who says what the 'correct' fingering is? What authority do they have? Play it how you like - if it doesn't inhibit the sound or moving from/to other chords, who's going to put you in the naughty corner? – Tim Jan 3 at 13:07
  • thanks @Tim. Switching to a partial barre means shifting the thumb behind the fretboard to support the chord, so although for my basic strumming it's ok, as I progress, I may want to break the habit now. – philshem Jan 3 at 13:09
  • That pretty well answers your question then. – Tim Jan 3 at 13:10
  • Why would you need to shift your thumb? It belongs behind the fretboard anyway, IMO. I play a lot of bar chords on ukulele, and my thumb just stays back there, whether barring or not. – Biscuit Taylor Jan 4 at 20:56
  • @BiscuitTaylor see, for example, tip1 here: ukuleletricks.com/improve-barre-chords-on-ukulele To get the most leverage, ensure that the ball of your thumb is pressed firmly into the neck of the ukulele. – philshem Jan 5 at 8:21

It is probably a good idea to get confident with one fingering first. As you progress you can learn other variants. Your fingering of the G chord is for example practical, if you change from a G to a Gmaj7, you only need to lift the ring finger. If a song has a change from G to G6, the 3-finger-variant would allow you to lift only one finger to make the change.

I think it is beneficial to learn different fingerings and not restrict yourself to one. There is certainly not one right way to play a chord and the most important thing is that it sounds good.

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    thanks @ramiro. it's a good tip to get comfortable with multiple fingerings. – philshem Jan 4 at 7:26

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