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A Guide to Advanced Ukulele Chords - Volume I

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

PUBLISHED: Mar 15, 2003 UPDATED: Feb 13, 2020 • VIEWS: 202 • BOOK CODE: AGCUKE1

Instruments: ukulele Subjects: chordsjazzprogressionscoreadvancedintermediate

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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 00:00:00
ISBN-10: 0-9714044-8-8
ISBN-13: 978-0-9714044-8-9
Size: 8.5 x 11
Size: 8.5 x 11
Pages: 70
Price, Hard Copy: $19.95
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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.

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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: 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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Related Lessons

Related Lessons for A Guide to Advanced Ukulele Chords - Volume I at this time.

Core Chords - The Big Six - Building a Solid Chord Foundation • Updated: Jan 23, 2020

Core Chords is a series of lessons for building your core, essential 4-part chords. These chords commonly called jazz chords, are really just 4-part chords used in a wide range of musical styles.

The Big Six chords include: Seventh 7, Major Seventh maj7, Minor Seventh m7, Half Diminished Seventh or Minor Seven Flat Five diminished 7 m7b5, Diminished Seventh o7 and Augmented Seventh +7. These six chords form a core set of chords.

Dominant Seventh Chords? • Updated: Feb 10, 2020

Not all seventh chords are actually "dominant" seventh chords. This lesson covers when is a Dominant Seventh Chord NOT truly a Dominant seventh?

Secondary Dominant V of ... • Updated: Dec 17, 2019

A Secondary Dominant chord is defined as any seventh chord built on a scale root that is not diatonic to the key that resolves up a perfect fourth or down a perfect fifth to a full diatonic chord. These chords function as a dominant (V) chord to the next chord, serving to temporarily tonicize the following chord.

Upper Partial Chord Tones • Updated: Feb 3, 2017

Upper Partials or extensions are the 9th, 11th, and 13ths of a chord. The 9, 11 and 13 can be altered chord tones depending on the type: examples b9, #9, #11, b13.

These numbers, the 9, 11 and 13 refer to the scale tone/chord tone relative to the major scale used for building all chords.

Related Book Files, Resources and Assets

Related Assets for A Guide to Advanced Ukulele Chords - Volume I at this time.

A Guide to Advanced Chords Series - Chord Building Chart
Updated: Dec 31, 2016

Key Signatures - Cycle of Fourths and Fifths
Updated: Oct 14, 2019

Related Books

Related Books for A Guide to Advanced Ukulele Chords - Volume I at this time.

Exploring Jazz Chords on Ukulele
Updated: Nov 24, 2009

Using a variety of common chord progressions based on songs from the standard jazz repertoire.

A Guide to Blues Chord Progressions for Ukulele A to Z
Updated: Jun 15, 2006

26 blues progression in C and G tuning, progressing from basic to advanced jazz progression, with chord grids and substitutions

The Advanced Guide to Chord Progressions for Ukulele - Volume I
Updated: Jan 10, 2020

Exploring voice leading and chord magnetism.

Related Lesson Series

Related Lessons Series for A Guide to Advanced Ukulele Chords - 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.

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