• One Finger Ukulele

    Play the music you do now, in any key, while using only one finger on the fretboard!


    About the system

    I designed One Finger Ukulele based on the "power chord" concept, because my old hands were wearing out and because I knew someone who’d lost his left thumb and a finger in an accident but still wanted to play. It hurt for me to quickly switch between chord shapes and he could no longer do some shapes at all.

    With One Finger Ukulele, by tuning a baritone differently or re-stringing and retuning a tenor uke, you can play all the chords you need to all the songs you want to play, by only barring one finger. And, by adding a few single note licks here and there, you can play rich, full, performance level accompaniments to sing along with.

    In a Nutshell

    Two notes = many chord substitutes, your brain fills in the rest!

    Note in this chart that most common ukulele chords include the same unaltered 1st and 5th notes of a scale as that of the major 5th chord. Therefore, any major 5th chord will sound proper as a substitute for, or when played with any other chord type (minor, 7th, m7, etc.) And since you are playing the common 1-5 notes in two-octaves, your sound is always rich and full.


    With this strategy, you can play all the chords you need to play with one finger shape. HOWEVER you can also get complicated and add licks and melodies if you like, as there are many opportunities to play individual notes over the top of the droning, open chord that the uke is re-tuned to.


    Note: The finger SHAPE is a BAR, but newbies, don’t be afraid: it’s not as hard as a regular GCEA bar. Since no additional fingers are required other than your index, you can use your middle finger on top of your index while you’re building strength .

  • Playlist on YouTube

    These videos work with the system. Watch for "SEE VIDEO" notes below.

  • One Finger Songbook

    Download the .pdf below