A Guide to Blues Chord Progressions for Ukulele A to Z
26 blues progression in C and G tuning, progressing from basic to advanced jazz progression, with chord grids and substitutions
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A Guide to Blues Chord Progressions for Ukulele A to Z
Product Code: AGCPB1UKE
Author(s): Curt Sheller
Publisher(s): Curt Sheller Publications
Published: 2005-03-15 00:00:00
Size: 8.5 x 11
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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.
Scales and Modes
Scales should be viewed as a collection or stream of notes and explored in as many keys as possible. This section covers essential scales needed by the contemporary ukulele player as well as some additional scales that are useful for more advanced improvisation.
What is the difference between a scale and mode?
First some history...
Pythagoras (569BC- 475BC) - discovered the numerical ratios which determine the intervals of the musical scale. Theses are the seven tones of the C Ionian or C Major scale. Pythagoras noticed that vibrating strings produce harmonious tones when the ratios of the lengths of the strings are whole numbers, and that these ratios could be extended to other instruments. In fact Pythagoras made remarkable contributions to the mathematical theory of music. He was a fine musician, playing the lyre, and he used music as a means to help those who were ill.
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Table of Contents: A Guide to Blues Chord Progressions for Ukulele A to Z
- 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
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)
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)
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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What is the Blues? • Updated: Mar 12, 2019
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. The Blues - a chord progression, a scale, a feeling. This lesson presents an introduction to the blues progression and a couple of scale position of the pentatonic scale to get you started improvising.
Exploring Jazz Chords on Ukulele
Updated: Nov 24, 2009
Exploring jazz chords using a variety of common chord progressions based on songs from the standard jazz repertoire. 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.
QuickStart Arpeggio Fingerings for Ukulele, Triads C Tuning
Updated: Jan 10, 2020
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.
QuickStart Scale Fingerings for Ukulele, C Tuning - Blues Scale
Updated: Jul 1, 2019
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).
QuickStart Scale Fingerings for Ukulele, Volume I, C Tuning
Updated: Jun 24, 2006
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 Secrets of Ukulele Fingering
Updated: Dec 22, 2020
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.
Harmonic Analysis for Scale and Chord Selection Updated: Jan 1, 2003
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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