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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 • BOOK CODE: AGCUKE1STD

Instruments: ukulele leadsheet Subjects: chordsjazzprogressionsrepertoirecoreadvancedintermediatebeginner

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Product Code: AGCUKE1STD
Author(s): Curt Sheller
Publisher(s): Curt Sheller Publications
Published: Jan 2, 2007
Updated: Nov 24, 2009
ISBN-13: 978-1-60321-007-2
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Exploring jazz chords using a variety of common chord progressions based on songs from the standard jazz repertoire. 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. These "Jazz" chords are advanced chords that find their way into a wide range of music.

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.

Forward

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.

Introduction

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

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

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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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JazzGuitarLife.com (A review of The Advanced Guide to Guitar Chords Vol.1 by Lyle Robinson of JazzGuitarLife) ... When I received this instructional book for review my first question was, “where was Curt Sheller when I needed him twenty years ago?” If I had access to this book early on I would have most likely progressed quicker than I did, especially when faced with a lead sheet from a fake book with all those “weird” chord names and alterations.

Sheller’s “The Advanced Guide to Guitar Chords Vol.1” provides the beginner and intermediate jazz guitar player with the most common and great sounding chord voicings of all the major, minor, dominant, augmented and diminished chords plus their alterations: 9, 11, and 13ths. As well, he discusses the sus, add, and slash theory of such chord formations.

This is a text that is beautifully laid out and very easy to work through. What little chord theory there is throughout the book is clearly explained and doesn’t bog the student down with too much theoretical discourse. The chord diagrams are clearly defined and there is no confusion about where fingers should be placed. This is definitely a book that you can begin utilizing in a practical playing situation almost immediately. And it’s great for teachers to get their beginning Jazz guitar students to start hearing and playing those wonderful voicings that excited us all early on in our development as Jazz guitar players.

“The Advanced Guide to Guitar Chords Vol.1” is a great beginning for any aspiring Jazz guitarist and I can't wait to check out Volumes two and three.

Thank you - Lyle Robinson, JazzGuitarLife.com

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