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A Guide to Ukulele Chords for Lefties
Author(s): Curt Sheller
Publisher(s): Curt Sheller Publications
Size: 8.5 x 11
Covering basic ukulele chords that ALL uke players MUST know, movable chord forms, rock uke chords, how to transpose chords, learning the ukulele fingerboard and an introduction to 4-part jazz chords and more... FOR LEFTIES
Tunings: C, G, or D Tunings. Low or high string four variations.
“There are too many chord shapes to memorize,” writes Curt Sheller in his new volume A Guide to Ukulele Chords. No doubt, memorization can be limiting if it isn’t grounded in understanding. So, how are chords made and how are they named? Over the course of the chapters ahead, Mr. Sheller draws on his wealth of musical experience, offering answers to these questions and more. Beginning with the most accessible chords and progressing to the more challenging ones, the lessons that follow are of value to both rookie and veteran players.
A Guide to Ukulele Chords is well organized, informal yet informative and promotes understanding over memorization. “A chord dictionary,” as Mr. Sheller writes, “is not the answer.” A concise guide to understanding chord structure, however, just might be.
Table of Contents
Table of Contents: A Guide to Ukulele Chords for Lefties
- Open Position Chords
- The Ukulele Chord Diagram
- “C” Tuning Open Position Chords
- “D” Tuning Open Position Chords
- Baritone Open Position Chords
- Open Position Chord Summary
- Movable Chord Forms
- “A/Bb” Movable Form Chords
- “C/Db” Movable Form Chords
- “G/Ab” Movable Form Chords
- 4-Part Movable 7th Chord Forms
- “C” Tuning - Soprano, Concert & Tenor • (G C E A)
- “D” Tuning - Soprano, Concert & Tenor • (A D F# B)
- “G” Tuning - Tenor & Baritone • (D G B E)
- Generic • All Common Ukulele Tunings
- Additional 7th Movable Chord Forms
- Tips for Remembering Chords
- Diminished & Augmented Chords
- Rock Uke
- Power 5 Chords
- sus Chords
- Add 9 Chords
- 4-Part “Jazz”” Chord Forms
- What is a Chord?
- A Few Chord Building Rules
- Creating the 4 Basic Chord Types
- Building More Advanced Chords
- Scale Interval Formula Chart
- Suggested Learning Order
- Scale Interval Chart
- Transposing Chords & Progressions
- Practice Chord Progressions
- Orlando Blues
- WC Swing
- Learning The Ukulele Fingerboard
- Common Tunings
- Key Frets
- "C" Tuning Natural & Sharp Notes
- "C" Tuning Natural & Flat Notes
- "D" Tuning Natural & Sharp Notes
- "D" Tuning Natural & Flat Notes
- "G" Tuning Natural & Sharp Notes
- "G" Tuning Natural & Flat Notes
Errata: A Guide to Ukulele Chords for Lefties
- 15 Feb 2009 - Errata File Created
- 28 June 2011 - pages, 9 10, and 11 chord fingers fixed for a few chords. - download full chapter here.
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