A common question that probably confuses absolute ukulele beginners this - what are the four digit numbers that people print when talking about ukulele chords?
Well this is just a simple form of notation for a ukulele chord without drawing a ukulele chord box and showing with a drawing where the fingers go.
It's really very simple and worth understanding as you wont always see the chord boxes when finding songs to play
To help explain, open my UKULELE CHORD CHART PAGE alongside this beginners guide and read on.
Looking at the top chord chart (standard tuning for soprano in GCEA), lets look at the first chord box on the top line, the C chord. To play that chord, the chord box is showing you the string nearest your face on the far left, and the string nearest the floor on the far right. We have a spot on the A string (the one nearest the floor) at the third fret position. This is the only note that is fretted, and the rest are played open. If you strum this you get a C. Now, without a chord box, how do we express that? Well the notation in 4 digits is 0003. A zero means the string is played open, and of course the 3 means you hold that bottom string at the third.
Lets try another one. Scroll down to the second sheet and find the standard G chord (first one second row down). The diagram is telling you to play the G string open, the C string at the 2nd fret, the E string at the 3rd fret and the A string at the 2nd fret. In digit notation, that would be written 0232. Simple eh?
Have a look at the other chord boxes and see if you can work some others out. To test you, what do the following digit notations represent (using the soprano GCEA chord charts)
A further signal you may see is where the notation requires you to mute or ignore playing a string. To play the G chord without hitting that G string, you would write this as X232 (The cross indicating that string is not to be played)
Have fun - and good luck as always.