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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

Published: Mar 15, 2005 Updated: Jun 15, 2006 VISITS: 100

ukulele leadsheet Subjects: chordsbluesjazzprogressionsrepertoireadvancedintermediatebeginnerarrangingcore

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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
ISBN-10: 0-9714044-4-5
ISBN-13: 978-0-9714044-4-1
Size: 8.5 x 11
Size: 8.5 x 11
Pages: 80
Price, Hard Copy: $17.95
Price, PDF: $9

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

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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

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

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  • 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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