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A Guide to Ukulele Chords, 2nd Edition Published: 2011-11-24 Updated: 2011-11-24

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A Guide to Ukulele Chords, 2nd Edition

Author(s): Curt Sheller
Publisher(s): Curt Sheller Publications
Published: 2011-11-24
ISBN-10: 1-60321-047-4
ISBN-13: 978-1-60321-047-8
Size: 8.5 x 11
Pages: 50
Product Code: BC1UKE2

A Guide to Ukulele Chords, Second Edition is designed as a guide to ukulele chords. Covering the basic ukulele chords that ALL ukulele players SHOULD know. A Guide to Ukulele Chords covers movable chord forms, rock chords, how to transpose chords, learning the ukulele fingerboard and includes an introduction to 4-part, a.k.a jazz chords and more...

From a few core, basic chord shapes and a understanding of how chords are constructed. Your chord vocabulary can be dramatically increased without memorizing countless chord shapes. There are too many chord shapes to memorize.

This book will take the mystery out playing and understanding chords on the ukulele, whether it is a standard, concert, tenor or baritone ukulele in C tuning, low or high string four.

Foreword

“There are too many chord shapes to memorize,” writes Curt Sheller in his new volume A Guide to Ukulele Chords. No doubt, memorization can be limiting if it isn’t grounded in understanding. So, how are chords made and how are they named? Over the course of the chapters ahead, Mr. Sheller draws on his wealth of musical experience, offering answers to these questions and more. Beginning with the most accessible chords and progressing to the more challenging ones, the lessons that follow are of value to both rookie and veteran players.

A Guide to Ukulele Chords is well organized, informal yet informative and promotes understanding over memorization. “A chord dictionary,” as Mr. Sheller writes, “is not the answer.” A concise guide to understanding chord structure, however, just might be.

James Hill
Canada’s `Ukulele Virtuoso
www.UkuleleJames.com

Introduction

After playing jazz guitar for 20 years, I rediscovered the ukulele. Then I learned that ukulele players struggle (like guitar players) with movable chord forms and the more advanced chords, commonly called “jazz” chords. There was no clear, concise, organized book for guiding an aspiring ukulele player through this maze of chords, so I decided to write one.

This book is a guide to the basic chords all ukulele players should know. It introduces the ukulele fingerboard, movable chord forms and 4-part jazz chords, all in three common ukulele tunings. You can build your new skills on the simplest chords. You can also learn, rock chords and chordal transposition. In addition to doing extensive research, I have tested and improved these materials during several years of studio teaching.

From a few basic chord shapes and an understanding of how chords are constructed, your chord vocabulary can be dramatically increased without endless memorizing. In fact, this book will take the mystery out of playing and understanding ukulele chords on a standard, concert, tenor, or baritone ukulele, using “C” tuning, low or high string four.

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

Lefties of the world! Don’t feel left out. There’s a version for you: A Guide to Ukulele Chords for Lefties

Table of Contents

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Table of Contents: A Guide to Ukulele Chords, 2nd Edition

  • Foreword
  • Introduction
  • Open Position Chords
    • The Ukulele Chord Diagram
    • “C” Tuning Open Position Chords
    • “C” Tuning Chords by Common Keys
    • Open Position Chord Summary
  • Movable Chord Forms
    • “A/Bb” Movable Form Chords
    • “C/Db” Movable Form Chords
    • “G/Ab” Movable Form Chords
  • 4-Part Movable 7th Chord Forms
    • “C” Tuning - Soprano, Concert & Tenor • (G C E A)
    • Generic Forms
    • Alternate Movable 7th Chord Forms
    • Tips for Remembering Chords
    • More Tips for Remembering Chords
  • Diminished & Augmented Chords
    • Power 5 Chords
    • sus Chords
    • Add 9 Chords
  • 4-Part “Jazz” Chord Forms
    • What is a Chord?
    • A Few Chord Building Rules
    • Creating the Four Basic Triads
    • Building More Advanced 4-Part Chords
    • Chord Formula Chart
    • Suggested Learning Order
  • Transposing Individual Chords
    • How to Transpose Chords
  • Practice Chord Progressions
    • Blues in C
    • WC Swing
    • Bebop A Oo-koo-lele
  • Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard
    • Common Tunings
    • Learning the Frets
  • "C" Tuning Natural & Sharp Notes
  • "C" Tuning Natural & Flat Notes

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Strumming requires a specific set of skills:

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Just browsing over both books, they look fantastic! I'm a guitarist and uke player for over 25 years and was thinking about writing a ukulele book but you've already written what I think are the best, most comprehensive and thorough books I've ever seen for the instrument. I just might end up buying every book you've written and I'll be giving my highest recommendation for your books to my friends and students. Thank you so much for taking the time to write such great books!Peter Rhee

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I can highly recommend Curt's Uke books — I have four of them and they are excellent.fatveg — Portland

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