Can Ukulele and Guitar Play Together?

Ukulele and guitar both are very popular stringed instruments in the world. Due to their popularity, people always ask me if they can play ukulele and guitar together.

Well, definitely yes, you can play Ukulele and Guitar together. In fact, the combination of ukulele and guitar is one of the most popular combinations of musical instruments around the world.

In this blog post, we’ll discuss how ukulele and guitar can be played together and also I will give you some tips to play both instruments together.

So, read this blog post, if you want to play your ukulele duet with a guitarist.


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What Instrument Goes Well With Ukulele?

Instruments That Complement Ukulele

As you know guitar is a cool instrument play along with ukulele. But are other instruments available there to play duet with this tiny one?

Well, yes, there are some that are perfect to play duet with ukulele.

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In this section, I will show you those instruments.

First off,

  1. Guitar: Guitar and ukulele are both stringed instruments. Both are tuned in similar octaves which makes them ideal to play along. Guitar provides a complementary sound to the ukulele. When you play chords on guitar it adds fullness to the sound.
  2. Bass Guitar: A bass guitar provides the foundation of melody and rhythm. It adds a low-end groove that complements the higher-pitched sound of your ukulele. When they are played together this will create a rich and dynamic sound.
  3. Percussion instruments: Drums, shakers, and other percussion instruments are used to add rhythm and texture to your ukulele performance.
  4. Piano or Keyboard: Piano and keyboard are melody instruments that add harmonic elements to your ukulele performance.
  5. Harmonica: Harmonica is a small, portable instrument that can be easily also to play with the ukulele. If you want a bluesy and folksy sound then Harmonica is the best pair for a ukulele.

Can You Play Same Chords on Ukulele and Guitar?

Yes, you can play the same chords on ukulele and guitar. But the chord structure is different in both instruments.

Ukulele has a simple chord structure that anybody can master in a few weeks.

Ukulele has only 4 strings that’s why it has a simple chord structure. Even you can play the C major chord with just one finger.

The sound of chords is also different in both instruments.

How to Transpose and Match Guitar Chords For Ukulele?

Transposing and matching guitar chords with ukulele chords is not so hard.

  • First, you need to identify the guitar chord you want to transpose.
  • After finding the root note of the chord on ukulele now find the same note on guitar.
  • For example, you can find C note on your guitar on the 3rd fret of the 5th string. On the ukulele, this same C note you can see on 1st fret of the second string.
  • Now find the 2nd note of the chord on ukulele and then guitar.
  • Similarly, you have to find other notes of the chords on both the instruments.
  • After finding all the notes you can form the chord on both instruments.

That’s all.

If you know the basic chord structure then you can find any chord on both instruments and match them.

Sound of chords will be different on both instruments.

Converting Guitar Chords to Ukulele Chords

Converting Guitar Chords to Ukulele Chords

There are several ways to convert guitar chords to ukulele chords. If you know the basic chord structure then you can easily convert guitar chords to ukulele chords.

But if you are a beginner, you can use these tricks to do that.

  1. Use a chord transposing tool or app: On the internet, you will find several online tools and apps that will convert guitar chord shapes to ukulele chord shapes. You can use them as a guide to convert chords.
  2. Ukulele tuning: As you know, ukulele is tuned to GCEA. If you know the tuning and can identify the notes and intervals in the ukulele chords then it will be very easy for you to find the same chords on guitar.
  3. You can use movable chord shapes: As in guitar many chords are movable in different frets. Such as, you can move C major chord on your guitar up two frets to create D major chord. On your ukulele the same principle applied. Such as, C major chord shape can be moved up two frets which will create a D major chord.
  4. Just simplify the chords structure: You should simplify the chords to apply the same chord on different instruments. You can remove some of the notes and then find the chord on guitar or ukulele. This will help you to find the basic chord shape on the instrument.

Some Tips to Play Guitar and Ukulele Together

When you play guitar and ukulele together, it will create a mesmerizing effect. However, you can find difficulties to match them because both have different tonal qualities.

So, I have shared here some tips to help you play both instruments together.

  • Proper tuning: You should ensure both instruments are properly tuned. If not then use an electronic tuner or app to tune them properly.
  • Choose song’s chords: Choose the chords you want to play and practice then together on both instruments.
  • You need another player: Always practice with other players. It will help you learn the chords progressions quickly.
  • Listen to each other’s sound: By listening to your partner you can see how he/she is playing and complement their playing.
  • Experiment with different strumming and picking patterns: Try different strumming and picking patterns with your partner.


It will be very fun to play guitar and ukulele together. This creates a unique and mesmerizing sound effect.

You can use the tips ad tricks shown above to play these instruments together. With practice and patience, you will master the blending of both instruments.


Gautam Roy is a recording engineer and a blogger from India. He loves listening music, playing Guitar and Ukulele, writing, and travelling. He is also an active investor and a successful entrepreneur.

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