Daily Practice Material for the Contemporary Ukulele

An organized collection of daily practice and reference material for the contemporary ukulele player.

Published: Jul 12, 2004 • Updated: Nov 20, 2019 • VISITS: 85

ukulele Subjects: scalesjazzpracticeintervalsintermediateadvanced

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Daily Practice Material for the Contemporary Ukulele

Product Code: PMG1UKE
Author(s): Curt Sheller
Publisher(s): Curt Sheller Publications
Published: 2004-07-12
ISBN-10: 1-60321-010-5
ISBN-13: 978-1-60321-010-2
Size: 8.5 x 11
Size: 8.5 x 11
Pages: 68
Price, Hard Copy: $15.95
Price, PDF: $3

An organized collection of daily practice and reference material for the contemporary ukulele player. This material can be used to develop the vocabulary and knowledge necessary for single note playing.

Material includes: Scales, Intervals, Arpeggios and Sequences, the source material for improvisation.

Scales and Modes

Scales should be viewed as a collection or stream of notes and explored in as many keys as possible. This section covers essential scales needed by the contemporary ukulele player as well as some additional scales that are useful for more advanced improvisation.

What is the difference between a scale and mode?

First some history...

Pythagoras (569BC- 475BC) - discovered the numerical ratios which determine the intervals of the musical scale. Theses are the seven tones of the C Ionian or C Major scale. Pythagoras noticed that vibrating strings produce harmonious tones when the ratios of the lengths of the strings are whole numbers, and that these ratios could be extended to other instruments. In fact Pythagoras made remarkable contributions to the mathematical theory of music. He was a fine musician, playing the lyre, and he used music as a means to help those who were ill.

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Table of Contents

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Table of Contents: Daily Practice Material for the Contemporary Ukulele

  • Introduction 4
  • Scales, Intervals, Arpeggios and Sequences
  • Scales & Modes 7
  • Scale & Mode History 8
  • Modal Scales
    • Ionian, Dorian, Phrygian,Mixolydian 10
    • Lydian, Aeolian, Locrian 11
  • Traditional Scales
    • Harmonic Minor, Tonic (Melodic or Jazz) Minor 12
    • Diminished, Whole Tone 12
  • Contemporary Scales
    • Blues, Pentatonic 13
    • Altered Scales
    • Mixolydian +4, Mixolydian -2 -6 14
  • Additional Mixolydian Alterted Scales 14
  • Altered Scale Choices
    • Locrian, Tonic Minor, Major, Diminished 15
  • Summary 17
  • Additional Scales
    • Bebop Scales 18
  • Applying Scales
  • Improvisation 21
  • Tonal Centers 22
  • Target Practice 23
  • Practicing 24
  • Scale Diary 26
  • Melodic Analysis 27
  • Intervals 31
    • What is an Interval? 32
    • Simple Intervals 32
    • Compound Intervals 32
    • Chromatic Intervals 33
    • Inversions 33
    • Famous Melodic Intervals
    • Ascending 33
    • Descending 34
    • Notation Intervals 33
    • Ascending 33
    • Intervalic & Functional Notation 33
    • Interval Qualities and Resolution Tendencies
    • Diatonic & chromatic 37
    • Interval Examples
      • Seconds 39
      • Thirds 40
      • Fourths 41
      • Fifths 42
      • Sixths 43
      • Sevenths 44
      • Octaves 45
      • Ninths 46
      • Tenths 46
      • Elevenths, Twelths, Thirteenths 47
  • Sequences 49
    • Intervalic
    • Seconds, Thirds, Fourths, Fifths 51
    • Sixths, Sevenths, Octaves, Ninths 52
    • A One Octave Thirds Example 53
    • A Two Octave Thirds Example 54
  • Arpeggio Sequence Examples (triads) 55
  • Sequence Examples by Starting Interval
    • Seconds 56
    • Thirds 57
    • Fourths 58
    • Fifths 59
    • Sixths 60
    • Sevenths 61
    • Octaves 62
  • Practice 63
    • Cycles and Sequences 64
    • Key Signatures 65
  • Charts
    • Chord Building Chart 68
    • Major & relative Minor Keys Full Diatonic Tonality Chart 70
  • 6 String Guitar Fingerboard Charts 72

Errata: Daily Practice Material for the Contemporary Ukulele

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  • 3/10/2004 - (03102004.1330) changes to sample intervals page and fixing various typos
  • 12/16/2003 - Errata File Created

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Related Lessons

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What is the different between a Scale and a Mode?

The term scale and mode are used interchangeably and in a strict theory sense there is a big difference between a scale and a mo

Related Book Files, Resources and Assets

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Ukulele Fingerboard Chart for C Tuning, Low or High G

Ukulele Fingerboard Chart for C Tuning, Low or High G.


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Ukulele Fingerboard Chart for D Tuning, Low or High A

Ukulele Fingerboard Chart for D Tuning, Low or High DG. Shows natural, sharp and flat notes for the ukulele fingerboard. This tuning can be used on a soprano, concert or tenor ukulele.


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Ukulele Fingerboard Chart for G Tuning, Low or High D

Ukulele Fingerboard Chart for G Tuning, Low or High D. Shows natural, sharp and flat notes for the ukulele fingerboard. This tuning can be used on a baritone or tenor ukulele.


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Book Books

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QuickStart Arpeggio Fingerings for Ukulele - Triads C Tuning

A highly organized, efficient system of scale and arpeggio fingerings for C tuning.

QuickStart Scale Fingerings for Ukulele, C Tuning - Aeolian Scale

The Aeolian or Natural Minor is one of six essential scales for ALL ukulele players.

QuickStart Scale Fingerings for Ukulele, C Tuning - Blues Scale

The Blues or Minor Pentatonic is one of six essential scales for ALL ukulele players.

QuickStart Scale Fingerings for Ukulele, C Tuning - Dorian Scale

The Dorian or Minor scale is one of six essential scales for ALL ukulele players.

QuickStart Scale Fingerings for Ukulele, C Tuning - Ionian Scale

The Ionian scale is a major scale more commonly known by its traditional name - Major.

QuickStart Scale Fingerings for Ukulele, C Tuning - Mixolydian Scale

The Mixolydian or Dominant is one of six essential scales for ALL ukulele players.

QuickStart Scale Fingerings for Ukulele, C Tuning - Pentatonic Scale

The Pentatonic or Major Pentatonic is one of six essential scales for ALL ukulele players.

QuickStartScale Fingerings for Tenor and Baritone Ukulele, Volume I, G Tuning

Six essential scales for G tuned ukuleles.

Related Songs

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Any Song Will Do

When any song here can be used for the concepts in the lessons.

Related Lesson Series

Related Lessons Series for Daily Practice Material for the Contemporary Ukulele at this time.

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QuickStart Scale and Arpeggio Fingering Series

QuickStart Scale and Arpeggio Fingering Series are a concise, well organized series of books and lessons ideal for any ukulele, guitar or fretted string player beginning to explore scales and arpeggios. Unlike so many other instruction books on the market, QuickStart Scale and Arpeggio Fingering Series keeps a sharp focus on the six critical scales, their fingerings and their related chords. All material is covered in every key.

Six Essential Ukulele Scales

The Six Essential Ukulele Scales series is based on the fingering principles from my series of books in the QuickStart Scale and Arpeggio Fingerings series.

The six essential scales are: Blues, Major Pentatonic, Mixolydian, Dorian, Aeolian, and Ionian. These six can get you through a wide variety of traditional and contemporary music.

A scale is simply collection of pitches or notes, not really “this is a Jazz scale”, “this is a Blues” or “this is a Rock scale”. It’s how a scale is used that really matters.

Most music starts with a scale. The melody, chords, licks and riffs all can be related back to a particular scale or scales.

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