A Guide to Advanced Ukulele Chords - Volume I

A highly organized and efficient approach to the mysterious subject of advanced chords.

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A Guide to Advanced Ukulele Chords - Volume I

Product Code: AGCUKE1
Author(s): Curt Sheller
Publisher(s): Curt Sheller Publications
Published: 2003-03-15
ISBN-10: 0-9714044-8-8
ISBN-13: 978-0-9714044-8-9
Access Level: 3
CSP: 336078/1AA46507
Size: 8.5 x 11
Pages: 70
eCommerce: 336078/1AA46507

Beyond learning basic Ukulele chords most players struggle with advanced chords. Commonly called “jazz” chords, these more sophisticated voicings find a wide use in all forms of music.

A Guide to Advanced Chords for Ukulele - presents a highly organized and efficient approach to the mysterious subject of advanced chords. Chord dictionaries are not the answer. Even chord theory does not offer any insight into unraveling the complexity of Ukulele chord voicings.

If your goal is to expand your chord vocabulary, A Guide to Advanced Chords for Ukulele is your answer.

Chords can be categorized into four chord types; Major, Minor, Diminished and Augmented. Four-part chords can be voiced across the four strings of the Ukulele.

Chord notation is an inexact science. Some of the more common chord notations are shown throughout the book.

All chords presented can be played on a standard C, C or B tuned four string Ukulele.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents: A Guide to Advanced Ukulele Chords - Volume I

  • Forward
  • Introduction
  • Four Part Major Chord Types
    • Seventh Chords
    • String Family 1 2 3 4 *
    • Major Chord Types *
    • Upper Partial Ninths *
    • Upper Partial Elevenths
    • Upper Partial Thirteenths
  • Four Part Minor Chord Types
    • Minor Seventh Chords
    • String Family 1 2 3 4
    • Minor Chord Types
    • Upper Partial Ninths
    • Upper Partial Elevenths
    • Upper Partial Thirteenths
  • Four Part Diminished Chord Types
    • Half-Diminished Seventh Chords
    • String Family 1 2 3 4
    • Diminished Chord Types
    • Upper Partial Ninths
    • Upper Partial Elevenths
    • Upper Partial Thirteenths
  • Four Part Augmented Chord Types
    • Augmented Seventh Chords
    • String Family 1 2 3 4
    • Augmented Chord Types
    • Upper Partial Ninths
    • Upper Partial Elevenths
    • Upper Partial Thirteenths
  • Altered Chords
    • Lowered Fifth
    • Raised Fifth
    • Lowered Ninth
    • Raised Ninth
    • Raised Eleventh
    • Lowered Thirteenth
  • 4-Part Triads
    • Major Triad
    • Minor Triad
    • Diminished Triad
    • Augmented Triad
  • sus, add & Slash Chords
    • Suspended Chords
    • Add Chords
    • Slash Chords
  • Sample Chord Progressions with Example Voicings
    • C Major Blues
    • I VI II V
    • Rhythm Changes
    • Standard #1
    • Standard #2
    • Standard #3
    • Standard #4
  • Fingerboard Note Charts
    • "C" Tuning - Sharp Notes
    • "C" Tuning - Flat Notes
    • "D" Tuning - Sharp Notes
    • "D" Tuning - Flat Notes
    • "G" Tuning - Sharp Notes
    • "G" Tuning - Flat Notes

Errata

Errata: A Guide to Advanced Ukulele Chords - Volume I

  • 5/27/2008 - Optional instruction for 11th and 13th chords added to chord instruction that where missing this information. Basically a ninth can be added to 11th and thirteenth chords by raising the root two frets.
  • 7/14/2006 - Added record examples of the sample progression from the book.
  • 7/14/2006 - (20070714.1.10) Example progressions: Rhythm Changes (pg 50-51) and Satin Doll for "G" Tuning (pg 54-55) corrected.

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