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Exploring Jazz Chords on Ukulele

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

PUBLISHED: Jan 2, 2007 UPDATED: Nov 24, 2009 • VIEWS: 96 • BOOK CODE: AGCUKE1STD

Instruments: ukulele leadsheet Subjects: chordsjazzprogressionsrepertoirecoreadvancedintermediatebeginner

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Exploring Jazz Chords on Ukulele

Product Code: AGCUKE1STD
Author(s): Curt Sheller
Publisher(s): Curt Sheller Publications
Published: 2007-01-02 00:00:00
ISBN-10: 1-60321-007-5
ISBN-13: 978-1-60321-007-2
Size: 8.5 x 11
Size: 8.5 x 11
Pages: 52
Price, Hard Copy: $17.95
Price, PDF: $9

Core Chords are the basic set of chords needed to play a wide range of music, in a variety of styles. This set of chords includes basic open position chords, basic movable form chords and the core 4-part "jazz" chords.

This book's focuses on the 4-part core "jazz" chords. These jazz chords are advanced chords that find their way into a wide range of music.

Exploring Jazz Chords takes the core chords from A Guide to Advanced Chords for Ukulele and shows their use over a variety of common chord progressions based on songs from the standard jazz repertoire.

Building a Solid Chord Foundation using Seventh, Major Seventh, Major 6, Minor Seventh, Minor Sixth, Diminished Seventh, Minor Seventh Flat Five and Augmented Seventh chords.

Tunings: C and G. Low or high string four variations.


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.

In my book A Guide to Advanced Chords for Ukulele I presented 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. This book, Exploring “Jazz” Chords takes the core chords from that book A Guide to Advanced Chords for Ukulele and shows examples using those chords over common chord progressions.

If your goal is to expand your chord vocabulary, A Guide to Advanced Chords for Ukulele is your answer. This book, Exploring “Jazz” Chords takes the core chords from that book A Guide to Advanced Chords for Ukulele and shows examples using those chords over common chord progressions.


Chords can be categorized into four chord types; major, minor, diminished and augmented. Four-part chords based on the major, minor, diminished and augmented chord types 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” tuned four string ukulele, either a high “G” or low “G” string four.

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents: Exploring Jazz Chords on Ukulele

  • Foreword
  • Introduction
  • Core Chords
    • Building a Solid “Jazz” Chord Foundation
    • Fingerboard Chart
    • Seventh
    • Major Seventh
    • Minor Seventh
    • Root on String One Transposition Chart
    • Root on String Two Transposition Chart
    • Root on String Three Transposition Chart
    • Root on String Four Transposition Chart
    • m7b5, dim7 and aug7
    • Chord Notation and Symbols
  • Sample Chord Progressions with Example Voicings
    • Blues Progression 1
    • Blues Progression 2
    • Blues Progression 3
    • Blues Progression 4
    • All of Me
    • All of Me - Variation
    • Autumn Leaves
    • All the Things You Are
    • Days of Wine and Roses
    • There Will Never Be Another You
    • Back Home In Indiana
    • Someday My Prince Will Come
    • Have You Met Miss Jones
    • Summer Samba
    • Sweet Georgia Brown
    • Sweet Georgia Brown - Variation
    • Yesterday
    • It’s Only A Paper Moon

Errata: Exploring Jazz Chords on Ukulele

  • 1/52/2007 - (20070102.1.3), (pg 14) m7 chord fourth voicing over should have all the notes in the same fret.
  • 1/2/2007 - (20070102.1.2), Book released
  • 11/30/2006 - Errata File Created

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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.

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Updated: Dec 31, 2016

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Updated: Oct 14, 2019

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A Guide to Blues Chord Progressions for Ukulele A to Z
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The Advanced Guide to Chord Progressions for Ukulele - Volume I
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Related Songs

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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)".

All of Me
Updated: Apr 9, 2019

A jazz standard written by Gerald Marks and Seymour Simons in 1931.

All The Things You Are
Updated: Dec 9, 2019

Written for the musical Very Warm for May (1939).

Autumn Leaves
Updated: Dec 27, 2017

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

Updated: Dec 6, 2015

Also known as Bingo Was His Name-O_and _There Was a Farmer Who Had a Dog, is an English language children's song of obscure

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.

Blue Skies
Updated: Dec 27, 2017

Written by Irving Berlin in 1926 as a last minute addition to the Rodgers and Hart musical, Betsy.

Updated: May 14, 2013

A Jazz Waltz in the standard jazz repertoire.

Call Me
Updated: May 16, 2013

A Tony Hatch composition first recorded by Petula Clark.

Updated: Oct 1, 2011

By Neal Hefti an American jazz trumpeter, composer, tune writer, and arranger. Best known for the theme music for the Batman tel

Don't Get Around Much Anymore
Updated: Dec 13, 2011

A jazz standard with music by Duke Ellington and lyrics by Bob Russell.

Fly Me to the Moon
Updated: Aug 14, 2020

A popular standard song written by Bart Howard in 1954.

Giant Steps
Updated: Aug 8, 2020

By John Coltrane, first appearing as the first track on the album of the same name (1960).

Girl From Ipanema
Updated: Feb 9, 2016

The Girl from Ipanema (Garota de Ipanema) is an essential jazz standard that every jazz musician should know.

I'll Remember April
Updated: Aug 10, 2020

Published in 1942 and written by Gene de Paul with the lyrics by Patricia Johnston and Don Raye

Joy Spring
Updated: Oct 1, 2011

A bebop standard by Clifford Brown.

Midnight Cafe
Updated: Feb 21, 2016

An original song by Curt Sheller from his 2002 Midnight at the Jazz Cafe CD.

Updated: Dec 27, 2017

A jazz standard written in 1954 by the pianist Erroll Garner.

My Favorite Things
Updated: Feb 2, 2020

From the 1959 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The Sound of Music.

Satin Doll
Updated: Feb 11, 2020

A 1953 song by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn with lyrics by Johnny Mercer.

Shiny Stockings
Updated: Oct 1, 2011

By Frank Foster.

Updated: May 18, 2013

The first two measures of this song adorn Miles Davis' tombstone in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Someday My Prince Will Come
Updated: May 31, 2013

From Walt Disney's 1937 animated movie Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Updated: Oct 1, 2011

A modern jazz standard by Chick Corea.

St. Thomas
Updated: Jan 11, 2016

The most recognizable instrumental in the repertoire of American jazz tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins.

Summer Samba
Updated: May 14, 2013

Also known as So Nice or its original Portuguese title, "Samba de Verão".

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BMI rates "Sunny" number 25 in its "Top 100 songs of the century".

Updated: Oct 1, 2011

The English version of ¿Quién será?, a 1953 mambo song by Mexican composer and bandleader Pablo Beltrán Ruiz.

Take Five
Updated: Oct 7, 2016

Written by Paul Desmond and performed by The Dave Brubeck Quartet on their 1959 album Time Out.

Take the A Train
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Arguably the most famous of the many compositions to emerge from the collaboration of Ellington and Strayhorn.

There Will Never Be Another You
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The song was published in 1942, and is one of the most widely known and performed standards of the jazz repertoire.

Updated: Feb 21, 2018

By Antonio Carlos Jobim. Recorded as an instrumental on Jobim's 1967 album of the same name.

West Coast Blues
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A jazz classic by the last jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery.

What's New?
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A 1939 popular song composed by Bob Haggart, with lyrics by Johnny Burke.

Updated: Oct 1, 2011

By Cy Coleman with lyrics by Carolyn Leigh. Released as a single by Frank Sinatra, and reached number twenty in the US.

Related Lesson Series

Related Lessons Series for Exploring Jazz Chords on Ukulele at this time.

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.

Core Ukulele Chords - The Big Six
Updated: Jan 1, 2003

Core Chords for Ukulele, The Big Six - From four F7 chord voicings or shapes, your can build your massive 4-part, a.k.a., “jazz” chord vocabulary. Beyond basic open position chords, basic movable form chords and a core set of 4-part chords. There are just too many chords shapes too memorize. Learning the principles of how chords are constructed and the ukulele fingerboard are the way to go. Then you can create more advanced chords like 9#11, 7#5-9, 13b5, 7+9 on the fly as needed.

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