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The Advanced Guide to Chord Progressions for Ukulele - Volume I Published: 2004-01-02 Updated: 2006-06-15

The Advanced Guide to Chord Progressions for Ukulele - Volume I

Author(s): Curt Sheller
Publisher(s): Curt Sheller Publications
Published: 2004-01-02
ISBN-10: 0-9714044-9-6
ISBN-13: 978-0-9714044-9-6
Size: 8.5 x 11
Pages: 80
Product Code: AGCPUKE1

Before individual chords become the background of songs, they must be put into orders called chord progressions. The Advanced Guide to Chord Progressions for Ukulele organizes progressions according to string family, position, voice leading and chord magnetism. The Advanced Guide to Chord Progressions for Ukulele is an excellent preparation for the art of melody and chord on the ukulele and more advanced accompaniment.

Volume I features the principles of voice leading applied to chord progressions. These principles are explained using chords from volume I of The Advanced Guide to Ukulele Chords. Chapters with common major and minor full diatonic, partial diatonic and chromatic chord progressions are also included to further explore voice leading principles presented in the book.

Voice leading* is a technique used to smoothly connect chords. It is based on a small number of variables:

  • Common Tone Location
  • Non Common Tone Location
Common Tone Location

Keep all common chord tones located on the same string and fret.

Non Common Tone Location

Move all non common tones to the closest possible position on the same string in the next chord.

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

Table of Contents

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Table of Contents: The Advanced Guide to Chord Progressions for Ukulele - Volume I

  • Forward
  • Introduction
  • Voice Leading Technique
    • Common Tone Location
    • Non Common Tone Location
  • Voice Leading Examples - Connecting Chords
    • Two Chord Example
    • Three Chord Example
  • How To Practice Chord Progressions
    • Written and Transposed Keys
    • Transposition Charts
  • Progressions
    • Full Diatonic Progressions
      • Major
      • Minor
    • Partial Diatonic Progressions
      • Major
      • Minor
    • Chromatic Progressions
      • Major
      • Minor
    • Common Major Progressions
    • Common Minor Progressions
    • Progressions using Upper Partial chords
    • Progressions using Altered chords
    • Mixed Upper Partial and Altered chords
    • Add and Sus chords
    • Slash chords
  • Advanced Techniques
    • Beyond Strict Voice Leading
    • Harmonic Rhythm

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Errata: The Advanced Guide to Chord Progressions for Ukulele - Volume I

  • 6/2/2006 - Updated ISBN number to new ISBN-13 number.
  • 12/10/2004 - Fingerboard charts had mixed sharps with flats on the Natural Notes and Flats Notes charts and needed to be all flats.
  • 11/20/2004 - Page 10 The G7 chord has the wrong graphic (chord grid). Move the note from string 4 to 2 and the note one string 2 to string 4.
  • 4/1/2004 - New color cover
  • 12/26/2003 - Added a voice leading sample for two of the common progressions.
  • 12/16/2003 - Errata File Created

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