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A Guide to Blues Chord Progressions for Ukulele A to Z Published: 2005-03-15 Updated: 2006-06-15

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A Guide to Blues Chord Progressions for Ukulele A to Z

Author(s): Curt Sheller
Publisher(s): Curt Sheller Publications
Published: 2005-03-15
ISBN-10: 0-9714044-4-5
ISBN-13: 978-0-9714044-4-1
Size: 8.5 x 11
Pages: 80
Product Code: AGCPB1UKE

The Blues are at the heart of all American music. It has influenced Country, Rock, Folk, Jazz, Bluegrass and just about every form of American music we listen to today.

Studying the blues chord progressions presented in this book will open a wealth of creative possibilities for exploring chord progressions in all styles of music, not just blues.

This volume covers the keys of C major and C minor. Each example includes detailed accompanying text explaining the principles behind each progression and its chord substitutions.

A Guide to Blues Chord Progressions for Ukulele A to Z starts with a basic three chord, 12 bar blues and progresses through 26 blues progression in C and G tuning up to a sophisticated jazz blues with multiple chord substitutions.

All examples are shown in C and G tuning. Suitable for Soprano, concert, tenor and baritone ukuleles. Get through this book and you'll have a solid jazz chord foundation to build on.

Tunings: C and G. Low or high string four variations.

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Table of Contents: A Guide to Blues Chord Progressions for Ukulele A to Z

  • Contents
  • Introduction 5
  • Chord Substitution Principles 7
    • Passive Chords 7
    • Active Chords 7
    • Direct Substitution 8
    • Replacement 8
    • Expansion 9
    • Superimposable 9
    • Non-superimposable 10
    • Note Substitution 11
    • The Minor Third Substitution Principle 12
      • bVII7 12
      • bII7 13
      • III7 13
    • Blues Progressions 15
      • Basic “Major” I IV V Progression - Example A 16
      • Basic “Major” I IV V Progression - Example B 18
      • Major “Quick Four” Progression - Example D 22
      • Minor “Quick Four” Progression - Example E 24
      • Linking Substitution - Example G 28
      • Linking Substitution - Example H 30
      • Linking Substitution - Example I 32
      • Diminished Seventh Passing Chord - Example J 34
      • Measure Seven and Eight Linking - Example K 36
      • Diatonic Linking Substitution - Example L 38
      • Chromatic Linking Substitution - Example M 40
      • Mixed Chromatic and Diatonic Substitution - Example N 42
      • “Backdoor” Substitution - Example O 44
      • Confirmation Changes - Example P 46
      • Lewis Changes - Example Q 48
      • Coltrane Blues - Example R 50
      • The Tri-Tone Substitution - Example S 52
      • The Tri-Tone Substitution - Example T 54
      • The Tri-tone II V Substitution - Example U 56
      • The Tri-tone II V Substitution - Example V 58
      • The Tri-tone II V Substitution - Example W 60
      • The Tri-tone II V Substitution - Example X 62
      • The Tri-tone II V Substitution - Example Y 64
      • The Tri-tone II V Substitution - Example Z 66
    • Rhythm Changes 69
      • Rhythm Changes - Basic 70
      • Rhythm Changes - Jazz Variation 72
    • How to Practice Chord Progressions 75
    • Conclusion 79

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Errata: A Guide to Blues Chord Progressions for Ukulele A to Z

  • 6/2/2006 - Updated ISBN number to new ISBN-13 number.
  • 4/18/2006 - 200605211.6 - Example K and L had a chord each in the tenor (baritone) examples that where indicated as triads but chord shown is a seventh.
  • 4/18/2006 - 200604181.5 - page 7: "feeling" not Felling and

    Typo on page 7, third paragraph under "Active chords" sub heading. Should read Cm no C (see below)

    Active Chords

    In the key of C minor the active chords are the V, II, VII and IV chords. As triads they are G, Dm, Bdim and F. As 4-part chords they are G7, Dm7b5, Bm7b5 and Fm7.

  • 1/15/2006 - 200601151.4 - Typo on page 7, third paragraph under "Passive chords" sub heading. Should read Cm no C (see below)

    Passive Chords

    In the key of C minor the passive chords are the I, III and VI chords. As triads they are Cm, Eb and Ab and as 4-part chords they are Cm7, Ebmaj7 and Abmaj7.

  • 10/10/2005 - 200510101.3 - A little clear and further clarification of the text.
  • 7/26/2005 - 200507261.2 - Clarified the tunings to reflect the most common naming conventions.
  • 1/13/2005 - 200501131.1 - Fixing a typo to "princples" on the cover and a few pages inside.
  • 1/1/2005 - 200501011.0 - Book Released
  • 11/8/2004 - 20041108 Errata File Created

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From A to Z - These are the 26 blues chord progressions, extracted from my book Blues Chord Progressions for Ukulele from A to Z for use with on-line and private students.

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Harmonic Analysis for Scale and Chord Selection

Harmonic Analysis is the process used to determine the harmonic function of chords within a chord progression or song. A chord progression is defined as a sequence of chords, each chord has a root and is a particular chord type. The relationship of a chord's to a scale determines its function within that scale's tonality.

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Key Signatures - A Major

The key of A major-F# minor.

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The Blues Progression in Common Keys

This series of common blues chord progressions uses the seventh chord vs. a triad to explore the blues chord progression.

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A Guide to Advanced Chords Series - Chord Building Chart

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A to Z Blues Progressions for Ukulele - Example A

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A to Z Blues Progressions for Ukulele - Example B

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A to Z Blues Progressions for Ukulele - Example C

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A to Z Blues Progressions for Ukulele - Example D

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A to Z Blues Progressions for Ukulele - Example E

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A to Z Blues Progressions for Ukulele - Example F

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A to Z Blues Progressions for Ukulele - Example G

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A to Z Blues Progressions for Ukulele - Example H

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A to Z Blues Progressions for Ukulele - Example I

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A to Z Blues Progressions for Ukulele - Example J

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A to Z Blues Progressions for Ukulele - Example K

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A to Z Blues Progressions for Ukulele - Example L

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A to Z Blues Progressions for Ukulele - Example M

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A to Z Blues Progressions for Ukulele - Example N

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A to Z Blues Progressions for Ukulele - Example P

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A to Z Blues Progressions for Ukulele - Example Q

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A to Z Blues Progressions for Ukulele - Example R

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A to Z Blues Progressions for Ukulele - Example S

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A to Z Blues Progressions for Ukulele - Example T

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A to Z Blues Progressions for Ukulele - Example U

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A to Z Blues Progressions for Ukulele - Example W

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A to Z Blues Progressions for Ukulele - Example X

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A to Z Blues Progressions for Ukulele - Example Y

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A to Z Blues Progressions for Ukulele - Example Z

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Blues in G - Lead Sheet

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Blues in G - Premium Play-along Track

A basic blues in the key of G.

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Core Chords are the basic set of chords needed to play a wide range of music, in a variety of styles. This set of chords includes basic open position chords, basic movable form chords and the core 4-part "jazz" chords.

This books focuses on the 4-part core "jazz" chords. These jazz'€ chords are advanced chords that find their way into a wide range of music.

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QuickStart Scale Arpeggio Fingerings for Ukulele - Triads is a concise, well organized book ideal for any ukulele player beginning to explore the ukulele's full potential as a musical instrument. Arpeggio Fingerings for Ukulele - Triads keeps a sharp focus on essential arpeggios and their fingerings. All material is covered in every key.

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QuickStart Scale Fingerings for Ukulele, C Tuning - Blues Scale

The Blues or Minor Pentatonic is one of six essential scales for ALL ukulele players.

One octave scale fingering solutions for strings four and three and any finger with the Blues scale chords are covered in all keys. Sample chord progressions for practice are included.

Tunings: C with low or high G - (GCEA or gCEA).

This book includes access to four studio recorded backing tracks for exploring the scale and improvisation in a variety of settings. Tracks are also great for practicing your chords against.

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QuickStart Scale Fingerings for Ukulele, Volume I, C Tuning

This book is out of print and has been replaced by the individual scale books covering each scale with additional information.

Learn to create exciting solos in a variety of contemporary styles!

Scales are used to improvise, create melodies and riffs. With a broad knowledge of the essential scales that are used in contemporary music and a mastery of the ukulele's fingerboard and fingering principles you're well on your way.

Six essential scales for C tuned ukuleles. Blues, Pentatonic, Dorian, Mixolydian, Aeolian and Ionian scales are covered in all keys.

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Learn the six fingering principles to navigating the ukulele fingerboard.

Fingering is one of the most universal topics. Whether your style is Rock, Blues, Country, Jazz or Classical, these principles will improve your technique, your solos, even your sight reading.

Think of fingering as a series of pathways. When you learn to connect these pathways, there are benefits not only to technique but also to creativity. All fingering on the ukulele can be reduced to 6 principles of motion. Each principle has physical and musical characteristics that you can use to improve your playing.

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