These are the chords for a song I am trying to play: https://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/a/amanda_palmer/i_google_you_crd.htm . This is the actual song:

Most of the chords sound great, but I can't figure out how to play the Csus4/c on the Uke. I tried playing the Csus4 instead but it doesn't sound right. What should I be playing here?

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  • Csus4 with a C root can be done on the uke - 4422 will work in low-G tuning. – neilfein Feb 18 '17 at 3:06
  • @coderScissorhands - Since the question you are asking about is how to voice / play a Csus4/C chord on the Uke as shown in the above example, you should reword the question to that so that is is more obvious that the question is about the allowed subjects of - "performance technique" - "music theory" - and - "technical analysis of a specific, complete work, or well defined section thereof " – Alphonso Balvenie Feb 19 '17 at 5:45

Well Csus4/C is redundant since it is asking for a root position Csus4 chord (meaning put the C in the bass). Since the performance is on the piano (keyboard) it can be difficult to create similar sounding chords on a 4 string instrument. I recommend trying out different variations of the Csus4 chord available on the uke (positional). Here is a link to some on Riffspot: http://riffspot.com/chords/ukulele/csus4/ You could also try a partial chord, only voicing the C and F notes, relying on the vocal melody to fill out the chord.

  • The second chord on that list you linked to sounds ok to me, while the first sounds bad. I don't understand why, but I'm glad. Thank you – CoderScissorhands Feb 18 '17 at 14:43
  • the second chord puts the C or root note of the chord on the first string you play, so your brain picks it up as more C-ish than having the G string play the G first. It would be even more effective with a low G strung Uke, as neilfein commented. – Alphonso Balvenie Feb 18 '17 at 19:16
  • Actually it sounds best to me if I play that second chord but then I keep the G-string open. Do you agree? Can you say why? – CoderScissorhands Feb 19 '17 at 2:26
  • Eh, I'm pretty tolerant to chord variations so it just sounds like a different voicing to me. What you end up playing by leaving the G string open is G F G C, putting the C as the highest note and sandwiching the suspension between the 5th of the chord, making it sound much more "suspendish" and open 5th sounding, which lends itself to the tone of the song more probably. – Alphonso Balvenie Feb 19 '17 at 5:27
  • Thank you very much, I love music and like most people, only have an instinctual /implicit feeling for sound. I don't understand much about theory. This helped me to think a bit about how structure connects to perception. – CoderScissorhands Feb 19 '17 at 18:39

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