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

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A Guide to Blues Chord Progressions for Ukulele A to Z

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
Pages: 80
Product Code: AGCPB1UKE

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.

Table of Contents

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

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)

    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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