A Guide to Blues Chord Progressions for Ukulele A to Z

26 Blues Progressions in C and G Tuning.

Published: 15 Mar 2005 Updated: 22 May 2024Visits: 842Code: AGCPB1UKE

INSTRUMENTS: Chords Main: Ukulele Others: Ukulele
Subjects: Chords • Blues • Jazz

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A Guide to Blues Chord Progressions for Ukulele A to Z

26 Blues Progressions in C and G Tuning.

Product Code: AGCPB1UKE
Author(s): Curt Sheller
Publisher(s): Curt Sheller Publications
Published: Mar 15, 2005
Updated: May 22, 2024
ISBN-13: 978-1-60321-195-6
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Pages: 78
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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.

NEW 2nd Edition, C Tuning

New & Updated 2nd Edition for C Tuning – High or Low G. • A Guide to Blues Chord Progressions for Ukulele A to Z – C Tuning, 2nd Edition • Minor tweaks and new format for the Example chord progressions.

NEW 2nd Edition, G Tuning

New & Updated 2nd Edition for G Tuning – High or Low G. • A Guide to Blues Chord Progressions for Ukulele A to Z – C Tuning, 2nd Edition • Minor tweaks and new format for the Example chord progressions.

Table of Contents

A Guide to Blues Chord Progressions for Ukulele A to Z

  • Contents
  • Introduction 5
  • Chord Substitution Principles
    • Passive Chords
    • Active Chords
    • Direct Substitution
    • Replacement
    • Expansion
    • Superimposable
    • Non-superimposable
    • Note Substitution
    • The Minor Third Substitution Principle
      • bVII7
      • bII7
      • III7
  • Blues Progressions
    • Basic “Major” I IV V Progression - Example A
    • Basic “Major” I IV V Progression - Example B
    • Major “Quick Four” Progression - Example D
    • Minor “Quick Four” Progression - Example E
    • Linking Substitution - Example G
    • Linking Substitution - Example H
    • Linking Substitution - Example I
    • Diminished Seventh Passing Chord - Example J
    • Measure Seven and Eight Linking - Example K
    • Diatonic Linking Substitution - Example L
    • Chromatic Linking Substitution - Example M
    • Mixed Chromatic and Diatonic Substitution - Example N
    • “Backdoor” Substitution - Example O
    • Confirmation Changes - Example P
    • Lewis Changes - Example Q
    • Coltrane Blues - Example R
    • The Tri-Tone Substitution - Example S
    • The Tri-Tone Substitution - Example T
    • The Tri-tone II V Substitution - Example U
    • The Tri-tone II V Substitution - Example V
    • The Tri-tone II V Substitution - Example W
    • The Tri-tone II V Substitution - Example X
    • The Tri-tone II V Substitution - Example Y
    • The Tri-tone II V Substitution - Example Z
  • Rhythm Changes
    • Rhythm Changes - Basic
    • Rhythm Changes - Jazz Variation
  • How to Practice Chord Progressions
  • Conclusion

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Errata

A Guide to Blues Chord Progressions for Ukulele A to Z

  • 5/1/2024 NEW UPDATED 2nd Edition for ANY tuning.
  • 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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Harmonic Analysis for Scale Selection and Chord Substitution

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Ukulele Fingerboard Chart for G Tuning, Low or High A – D G B E

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Key Signatures — Circle of Fourths and Fifths – ANSI A & A4 sizes

A handy reference chart of all 15 major and relative minor key signatures. US Letter 8.5 x 11 sized (ANSI-A) , A4

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A to Z Blues Progressions for Ukulele - Example A

Solo ukulele recording of the example A blues progression.

A to Z Blues Progressions for Ukulele - Example B

Solo ukulele recording of the example B blues progression.

A to Z Blues Progressions for Ukulele - Example C

Solo ukulele recording of the example C blues progression.

A to Z Blues Progressions for Ukulele - Example D

Solo ukulele recording of the example D blues progression.

A to Z Blues Progressions for Ukulele - Example E

Solo ukulele recording of the example E blues progression.

A to Z Blues Progressions for Ukulele - Example F

Solo ukulele recording of the example F blues progression.

A to Z Blues Progressions for Ukulele - Example G

Solo ukulele recording of the example G blues progression.

A to Z Blues Progressions for Ukulele - Example H

Solo ukulele recording of the example H blues progression.

A to Z Blues Progressions for Ukulele - Example I

Solo ukulele recording of the example I blues progression.

A to Z Blues Progressions for Ukulele - Example J

Solo ukulele recording of the example J blues progression.

A to Z Blues Progressions for Ukulele - Example K

Solo ukulele recording of the example K blues progression.

A to Z Blues Progressions for Ukulele - Example L

A to Z Blues Progressions for Ukulele - Example M

A to Z Blues Progressions for Ukulele - Example N

A to Z Blues Progressions for Ukulele - Example P

A to Z Blues Progressions for Ukulele - Example Q

A to Z Blues Progressions for Ukulele - Example R

A to Z Blues Progressions for Ukulele - Example S

A to Z Blues Progressions for Ukulele - Example T

A to Z Blues Progressions for Ukulele - Example U

A to Z Blues Progressions for Ukulele - Example W

A to Z Blues Progressions for Ukulele - Example X

A to Z Blues Progressions for Ukulele - Example Y

A to Z Blues Progressions for Ukulele - Example Z

Solo ukulele recording of the Example Z blues progression.

Blues in G - Lead Sheet

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Will order more advanced stuff when I am improved:-)) I'm very impressed by your variations on the blues form (Coltrane sequence for instance). - Pete Cornish

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