moveable patterns
movable patterns


Fingering patterns that give the same kind of chord when applied to all frets of the fretboard. Thus, if you leave the fingering unchanged and change the position of your fret hand to different frets, only the pitch will change. This makes it easy to change the scale or to find chords belonging to the same chord family (progression). — For pentatonic scales see moveable patterns for pentatonic scales.

Major Chords

<class chords>1514. 11.14. 312.1 312.4 134.3 25.1.3 33.31 14.42 3.211 3.215</class>

Minor Chords

<class chords>3.111. 323.1 134.2 212.4 33.21 3.114</class>

Power Chords (5)

open patterns

<class chords>xx11. 11.xx x12.x 3x1x 1xx4.</class>

closed patterns

<class chords>1b1.44 3.51b1</class>

Dominant Seventh Chords (7)


<class chords>1211. 231.3 11.12 1.323 5.431 </class>


<class chords>1111. 131.3 22.13 1.322</class>

Seventh Chords (maj7)


<class chords>2125. 11.13 1.333 4.321</class>


<class chords>2115. 131.3 11.11 21.11 22.14 133.2 </class>

Sixth Chords (6)


<class chords>221.3 11.11 1.313</class>


<class chords>1222. 121.3 22.12</class>

Diminished Chords (dim)

<class chords>1212. 1515. 1545. 34.31 4.515</class>

Augmented Chords (aug)

<class chords>32.21. 21.14 144.3 </class>

Suspended Chords (sus)

Suspended Fourth (sus4)

<class chords>11.24. 3.311. 55.1.1 412.2 412.4 134.4 13.41 </class>

Dominant Seventh Suspended Fourth (7sus4)

<class chords>1.124 41.24 1311. 1341. 331.3 11.22 1.324</class>

Suspended Second (sus2)

<class chords>112.4 33.11 5511. 4.122. 4.124 1344. 1.341</class>

Dominant Seventh Suspended Second (7sus2)

<class chords>1.321</class>

Add Ninth Chords (add9)


<class chords>5211. 11.21 3.213</class>


<class chords>3.113 434.1 4.125</class>

Scales on the Ukulele

The following patterns are all ways to play diatonic scales on the ukulele. The major root note is highlighted in light blue, the minor root note is pink. The halftone steps are marked in red; they are omitted if a pentatonic scale is to be played. The fourth string is played only in a linear tuning and is therefore grayed out. The number to the left below the string names indicates which fret to start on when playing a C major scale.

The arrangement of the scales on the fretboard gives the modal scales according to the mnemonic: „I Don't Play Like Miles and Louis“.


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In the following overview, strings containing the root note (tonica) of the chord are colored light blue. Light gray fields are played open if the first white field lies in the first fret, otherwise they are usually played barred. Red numbers in scales must be omitted when playing a pentatonic scale.


  • Beloff, Jim; Sokolow, Fred: Ukulele Fretboard Roadmaps: The Essential Patterns That All the Pros Know and Use. Milwaukee: Hal Leonard. 2006