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Exploring Jazz Chords on Ukulele Published: 2007-01-02 Updated: 2009-11-24

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Exploring Jazz Chords on Ukulele

Author(s): Curt Sheller
Publisher(s): Curt Sheller Publications
Published: 2007-01-02
ISBN-10: 1-60321-007-5
ISBN-13: 978-1-60321-007-2
Size: 8.5 x 11
Pages: 52
Product Code: AGCUKE1STD

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

Exploring Jazz Chords takes the core chords from A Guide to Advanced Chords for Ukulele and shows their use over a variety of common chord progressions based on songs from the standard jazz repertoire.

Building a Solid Chord Foundation using Seventh, Major Seventh, Major 6, Minor Seventh, Minor Sixth, Diminished Seventh, Minor Seventh Flat Five and Augmented Seventh chords.

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

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Table of Contents: Exploring Jazz Chords on Ukulele

  • Foreword
  • Introduction
  • Core Chords
    • Building a Solid “Jazz” Chord Foundation
    • Fingerboard Chart
    • Seventh
    • Major Seventh
    • Minor Seventh
    • Root on String One Transposition Chart
    • Root on String Two Transposition Chart
    • Root on String Three Transposition Chart
    • Root on String Four Transposition Chart
    • m7b5, dim7 and aug7
    • Chord Notation and Symbols
  • Sample Chord Progressions with Example Voicings
    • Blues Progression 1
    • Blues Progression 2
    • Blues Progression 3
    • Blues Progression 4
    • All of Me
    • All of Me - Variation
    • Autumn Leaves
    • All the Things You Are
    • Days of Wine and Roses
    • There Will Never Be Another You
    • Back Home In Indiana
    • Someday My Prince Will Come
    • Have You Met Miss Jones
    • Summer Samba
    • Sweet Georgia Brown
    • Sweet Georgia Brown - Variation
    • Yesterday
    • It’s Only A Paper Moon

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  • 1/52/2007 - (20070102.1.3), (pg 14) m7 chord fourth voicing over should have all the notes in the same fret.

  • 1/2/2007 - (20070102.1.2), Book released
  • 11/30/2006 - Errata File Created

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