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The Advanced Guide to Chord Progressions for Ukulele - Volume I

Exploring voice leading and chord magnetism.

PUBLISHED: Jan 2, 2004 UPDATED: Jan 10, 2020 • VIEWS: 15 • BOOK CODE: AGCPUKE1

Instruments: ukulele Subjects: chordsjazzprogressionsscalesadvancedintermediate

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The Advanced Guide to Chord Progressions for Ukulele - Volume I

Product Code: AGCPUKE1
Author(s): Curt Sheller
Publisher(s): Curt Sheller Publications
Published: 2004-01-02 00:00:00
ISBN-10: 0-9714044-9-6
ISBN-13: 978-0-9714044-9-6
Size: 8.5 x 11
Size: 8.5 x 11
Pages: 80
Price, Hard Copy: $19.95
Price, PDF: $9

Before individual chords become the background of songs, they must be put into orders called chord progressions. The Advanced Guide to Chord Progressions for Ukulele organizes progressions according to string family, position, voice leading and chord magnetism. The Advanced Guide to Chord Progressions for Ukulele is an excellent preparation for the art of melody and chord on the ukulele and more advanced accompaniment.

Volume I features the principles of voice leading applied to chord progressions. These principles are explained using chords from volume I of The Advanced Guide to Ukulele Chords. Chapters with common major and minor full diatonic, partial diatonic and chromatic chord progressions are also

Volume I features the principles of voice leading applied to chord progressions. These principles are explained using chords from volume I of The Advanced Guide to Ukulele Chords. Chapters with common major and minor full diatonic, partial diatonic and chromatic chord progressions are also included to further explore voice leading principles presented in the book.

Voice leading is a technique used to smoothly connect chords. It is based on a small number of variables:

  • Common Tone Location
  • Non Common Tone Location

Common Tone Location

Keep all common chord tones located on the same string and fret.

Non Common Tone Location

Move all non common tones to the closest possible position on the same string in the next chord.

Tunings: C Tuning with a low or high G - (GCEA or gCEA)

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents: The Advanced Guide to Chord Progressions for Ukulele - Volume I

  • Forward
  • Introduction
  • Voice Leading Technique
    • Common Tone Location
    • Non Common Tone Location
  • Voice Leading Examples - Connecting Chords
    • Two Chord Example
    • Three Chord Example
  • How To Practice Chord Progressions
    • Written and Transposed Keys
    • Transposition Charts
  • Progressions
    • Full Diatonic Progressions
      • Major
      • Minor
    • Partial Diatonic Progressions
      • Major
      • Minor
    • Chromatic Progressions
      • Major
      • Minor
    • Common Major Progressions
    • Common Minor Progressions
    • Progressions using Upper Partial chords
    • Progressions using Altered chords
    • Mixed Upper Partial and Altered chords
    • Add and Sus chords
    • Slash chords
  • Advanced Techniques
    • Beyond Strict Voice Leading
    • Harmonic Rhythm

Errata: The Advanced Guide to Chord Progressions for Ukulele - Volume I

  • 6/2/2006 - Updated ISBN number to new ISBN-13 number.
  • 12/10/2004 - Fingerboard charts had mixed sharps with flats on the Natural Notes and Flats Notes charts and needed to be all flats.
  • 11/20/2004 - Page 10 The G7 chord has the wrong graphic (chord grid). Move the note from string 4 to 2 and the note one string 2 to string 4.
  • 4/1/2004 - New color cover
  • 12/26/2003 - Added a voice leading sample for two of the common progressions.
  • 12/16/2003 - Errata File Created

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Related Lessons

Related Lessons for The Advanced Guide to Chord Progressions for Ukulele - Volume I at this time.

Common Chord Progression for Ukulele, C Major • Updated: Feb 15, 2016

In Western Harmony there is no stronger chord resolution in a major or minor key than then the V chord to the I chord, the dominant to tonic. In the key of C major this is G or G7 to C.

Common Chord Progressions • Updated: Jun 11, 2019

In Western Harmony there is no stronger chord resolution in a major or minor key than then the V chord to the I chord. In the key of C major this is G or G7 to C.

Common Chord Progressions • Updated: Sep 10, 2013

Learning the similarities between chord progressions and songs helps you remember a lot of songs. There's a lot more in common between songs than one might think.

This series of lessons explores common chord progressions.

Common Jazz Chord Progressions • Updated: Jul 9, 2013

Common Jazz Chord Progressions - there’s a lot more common between songs than you might think. This lessons show some common progressions and the jazz standards that use them.

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Related Songs

Related Songs for The Advanced Guide to Chord Progressions for Ukulele - Volume I at this time.

A Child is Born
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A jazz ballad. It was written in 1969 by the jazz trumpeter Thad Jones and Alec Wilder and has since become a jazz standard.

A Foggy Day
Updated: Oct 1, 2011

From the 1937 film A Damsel in Distress and originally titled "A Foggy Day (In London Town)".

Autumn Leaves
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Originally it was a 1945 French song "Les Feuilles mortes" (literally "The Dead Leaves").

Black Orpheus
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A Boss Nova standard from the 1959 film, Orfeu Negro made in Brazil by French director Marcel Camus and starring Marpessa Dawn.

Blue Bossa
Updated: Feb 9, 2016

Blue Bossa is one of the easier songs that beginning jazz players tackle.

Blues in G
Updated: Mar 20, 2018

A basic / standard I, IV, V blues in the key of G major.

Related Lesson Series

Related Lessons Series for The Advanced Guide to Chord Progressions for Ukulele - Volume I at this time.

Common Chord Progressions and Remembering Songs
Updated: Jan 1, 2003

Learning the similarities between chord progressions and songs helps you remember a lot of songs. There's a lot more in common between songs than one might think.

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.

Jazz Standard Chord Progressions
Updated: Jan 1, 2003

These are the chord progressions, extracted from my book Exploring Jazz Chords on Ukulele for use with on-line and private students.

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