Playing “First Dance” on the Ukulele: A Lesson In Movable Chord Shapes

By | November 13, 2017

It’s always fun playing along with the recording of your favorite song, isn’t it? When I was first starting out, I found that doing this really improved my rhythm and timing – and the best part was that it felt like I had my own backup band!

There’s a fun song by Never Shout Never called First Dance that prominently features the ukulele. You may have already done an online search for the chords and found sites that showed you how to play the song using the C, F, and G chords. But playing those chords along with the recording didn’t sound quite right, did it?

That’s because the chords you’re playing are in one key and the song was recorded/written in another. Why? Because oftentimes, the chords you find in fake books, song sheets and online sites are transposed into a key that’s easy for beginners, like the key of C. The chord progression is the same but the key is different. That’s why it sounds fine when you’re singing and playing the song by yourself but not fine when you play along with the recorded version.

Here’s how to play along with Never Shout Never’s First Dance using the chords in the original key of the song and how to play those chords in the correct positions on the neck so it sounds exactly the way you hear it on the recording:

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