Using a key card to write ukulele songs

- Apr 23, 2019-

What I want to point out is that this guide on “how to write songs” is not absolute. You can always improvise, “invent” new ukulele chords and so on. This is very clear now, let us make a song sound good from the beginning. In order for a song to sound good, you need to use chords to match and sound great. You can try a bunch of chords to see if they match, but there is actually a faster way to find matching chords using the “key”.

Key card

You are talking about what this “key” is! ? Ok, it’s basically a set of chords that sound “very good.” This is the key card – you can find it at the bottom of this page – come in handy. To find matching chords to create your song, simply select a key from the card and use any chord (horizontal) on that line. The next step is to create a playing mode, and last but not least, the lyrics. However, you can start with the lyrics and find the matching key. Note: Using the 6/7 / 9 version of the chord can change the feel of the song.

21 Inch Soprano Mahogany Ukulele


If you look closely at the key card, you can see that the I-IV-V chord progression is highlighted on the card. These are the most common chord progressions of all music. This I-IV-V progression is called “bass bass” (or bass) by classical composers – please read this for more details. “I-IV-V Progress” is widely used in blues, rock… basically the first chord you should play is an I chord, followed by an IV chord, and finally a V chord. This combination of chords will sound great. For example, Bruno Mars’ “Liquor Store Blues” is written with the E key because it has the chord C#m-G#m-A-B.

At the top, you can find “Proportion”. The Western scale has seven different degrees, specified by the Roman numeral I.

If you look at the primary key, you can see that it is divided into three “groups”. The three-in-one of I-IV-V is a major chord. The triads of II-III-VI are small chords, and the seven and three sums are a weakened chord. So, if you know the scale well, you can always find IV and V. Simply use the note as the root c


I hope this guide will help you learn how to choose chords to create songs. Feel free to print the “key card”, just click on it and then “Save As”.

Edit by Bonnie

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