The Big Ukulele Chord Quiz

Time to test your chord knowledge and musical ear. It’s pretty low tech:

– Grab a pen and paper.
– Answer the questions (using a ukulele to help you is entirely allowed and encouraged).
– There might be spoilers in the comments.
Check the answers here (no peeking).
– Return in triumph or despair and share you score in the comments(some of these questions are pretty tricky, so not too much despair). And I’d be interested to know which rounds you found easy and which were hard.

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Chord Diagrams

Name the chord from the chord diagram (they’re major, minor, or 7).

1.
1

2.
2

3.
3

4.
4

5.
5

Chord Flavour: Diagrams

All these are A chords but are they A, Am, A7, Am7, or Aadd9?

6.
6

7.
7

8.
8

9.
9

10.
10

Chord Flavour: Listening

All these are C chords but are they C, Cm, C7, C6, or Cadd9?

11.

12.

13.

14.

15.

Chord Makeup

Each of these triads of notes makes up a major chord (e.g. the notes of a G chord are G, B and D). Which one? (They’re listed in alphabetical order starting at C to make it harder.)

16. C, E and G.

17. C, F and A

18. C#, E and A.

19. D# F# and B.

20. Eb, G and Bb.

Chord Progression

Match the MP3 to the chord sequence:

a) C – G7 – C – F
b) C – F – G7 – C
c) C – Em – F – C
d) C – Am – Em – F
e) C – A7 – D7 – G7

21.

22.

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24.

25.

Go here to check your answers

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18 Comments

  1. Susan September 17th, 2015 3:48 pm

    I got them all right, but then..my life is all ukulele all the time. I love the listening to chord progressions one. Think I’ll try that on my students. thanks for all you do, Suekulele

  2. maryann September 17th, 2015 11:54 pm

    This is great! Please create more.

  3. Mark September 18th, 2015 8:08 am

    Nice quiz, but I got a lowly 17. Here’s why. As a leftie, I read chord diagrams from the right so that all my tabs work. Out of context that means I can confuse my g7 and f#m. Then I got three of the listening block (q12-14) wrong. Again, in the context of a tune, I’d probably have done better. Finally, I got three of the triads wrong (18-20). I can’t reliably point to all notes on my fretboard so may have been playing some of them wrong. As I can read chords and tab comfortably, I am not sure how knowing the make up of triads would help my playing. Perhaps a proper musician could enlighten me without vanishing into technical language.

  4. Woodshed September 18th, 2015 3:58 pm

    Susan: Wow! Congratulations! I hope your students enjoy it.

    maryann: Depends how popular it is!

    Mark: I think it’s useful when you’re dealing with chord inversions. And it’s very useful to know chord theory when you get into more complicated jazz chords (ones you need to figure out rather than dragging it out of your memory).

  5. Ian September 18th, 2015 5:28 pm

    Great quiz!

  6. Woodshed September 18th, 2015 10:02 pm

    Ian: Glad you enjoyed it!

  7. Nolahorserider September 19th, 2015 4:08 am

    Wow! I love quizzes. However, I missed a few here. But the important thing is I learned something in return. Isn’t that what quizzes are all about ??? Keep them coming. What a challenge!!!

  8. Ruth September 19th, 2015 8:56 am

    I made a couple of stupid mistakes (not reading the question properly) but probably had most trouble with the 16-20 as it revealed a major hole in my knowledge of scales. I was really pleased to get the listening ones right and feel that helping people hear, and then learn to play by ear, makes a real difference to the ability to understand how songs work. Being able to hear a I IV V or a ii V I etc is a really useful skill, and I love it if you gave more help on that. Thanks for a great site!

  9. Woodshed September 19th, 2015 10:35 pm

    Nolahorserider: That’s great! Thanks!

    Ruth: Thanks. That’s definitely something I should write about. I just have to figure out how I recognise chord progressions before I can explain it!

  10. Nola September 21st, 2015 12:06 am

    Okay. I didn’t tell you exactly what you wanted to know. I do not know the notes on all the strings. I am learning them, however. I have never heard of Cadd9, so that was awesome to learn. The chord diagrams (6-10) were quite awesome, I got all but 2 right. Chord Flavor listening (11-15) I missed the Cadd9, but was able to figure out the others. It took me a few minutes to get the chords figured out (16-20) I did miss Eb though! Chord Progression (21-25) was quite easy for me as I got them all right. It was a challenge though. I think teaching more notes on the neck would be quite helpful for newbies like me. (FYI I know them upside down and backwards on the piano keyboard). I should be able to learn them on the Ukulele. I also cannot understand I, IV etc. Perhaps a lesson on that would be interesting. :D Thank you so much for these lessons.

  11. Woodshed September 21st, 2015 6:45 am

    Nola: Thanks very much for the feedback! Really useful.

  12. Rick September 25th, 2015 2:53 am

    I aced the Chord Progressions bit! Got 3 out of 5 on the rest, except for utter failure with the Chord Makeup section–didn’t even know enough to try.

    Great exercise.

  13. Woodshed September 25th, 2015 8:15 am

    Rick: Thanks!

  14. tooney September 26th, 2015 8:18 pm

    Anybody have a spare ear for sale?
    I did well on the “classroom” bits. I knew listening to chords would be the most challenging because of the link you posted to Ear Training.
    Well-rounded quiz, something for everyone. Thanks.

  15. Shawn Britton September 27th, 2015 1:18 am

    11 and 15 wrong. I used my ukulele to cheat so one would think I would recognize a minor from a 7.
    Thanks for the fun quiz.

  16. Woodshed September 27th, 2015 9:24 pm

    tooney: Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it.

    Shawn: Using your uke isn’t cheating!

  17. Lorna October 1st, 2015 7:58 am

    Loved the quiz. As a music teacher I was relieved to get them all right (Phew!) and I loved the variation in the question style. Excellent work!

  18. Woodshed October 1st, 2015 6:11 pm

    Lorna: Congrats! Glad you enjoyed it.

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