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Ukulele for Guitar Players

A guide to transferring the accumulated experience and knowledge gained as a guitar player to the ukulele.

PUBLISHED: Jul 12, 2006 UPDATED: Jul 12, 2006 • VIEWS: 78 • BOOK CODE: UKEGTR

Instruments: ukulele guitar Subjects: chordsscalesintermediatebeginnertransposing

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Ukulele for Guitar Players

Product Code: UKEGTR
Author(s): Curt Sheller
Publisher(s): Curt Sheller Publications
Published: 2006-07-12 00:00:00
ISBN-13: 978-1-60321-001-0

Size: 8.5 x 11
Size: 8.5 x 11
Pages: 98
Price, Hard Copy: $19.95
Price, PDF: $3

You already know more than you think!

A guide to transferring the accumulated experience and knowledge gained as a guitar player to the ukulele.

Covers chords, scales, reading and the three most common ukulele tunings.

This book is for current and former guitar players discovering the ukulele for the first time or returning to the instrument

Ukulele for Guitar Players is a guide to transferring the accumulated experience and knowledge gained as a guitar played to the ukulele. Or exploring the possibilities that the ukulele offer. Covers chords, scale and an introduction to reading standard music notation on ukulele.

The ukulele is both a different instrument than the guitar and at the same time a lot like the guitar.

Guitar players that also play the ukulele find that it gives them a different and fresh look at how they also approach the guitar.

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<h4>Regarding my book Ukulele For Guitar Players</h4>

Ex-Beatle George Harrison received a gift from his good friend Tom Petty shortly before his death - a ukulele. Paul McCartney also gifted Harrison a ukulele. That's when I knew ukuleles were going mainstream. No more Don Ho jokes. No more Arthur Godfrey jokes. Ukuleles were cool. Ukulele For Guitar Players by Curt Sheller bets there's a new wave of guitar players discovering the uke for the first time, or returning to the instrument. Modern virtuosos include Jake Shimabukuro, James Hill, and ukulele jazz legend Lyle Ritz. The book enables guitar players to make the transition to the ukulele by using basic open-position chords, movable-form chords, triads, advanced-jazz chords, and essential scales. An introduction to reading standard music notation on ukulele, Sheller highlights both the similarities and the differences between the instruments. One gets the feeling if George Harrison was still with us, he'd be getting this book as a gift. (, Posted on March 30th, 2006 in Monthly, Gear) </div>

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents: Ukulele for Guitar Players

  • Introduction
  • Ukulele History
  • Common Ukulele Sizes
  • Common Ukulele Tunings
    • “C” Tuning
      • C Tuning, High “G”
      • C Tuning, Low “G”
    • “D” Tuning
      • D Tuning, High “A”
      • D Tuning, Low “A”
    • “G” Tuning
      • G Tuning
      • G Tuning, High “D”
      • Summary
  • Open Position Chords
    • The Ukulele Chord Diagram
    • “G” Tuning
      • “G” Tuning Open Position Chords
      • Baritone Ukulele & Guitar
      • Transferring Chords to “G” Tuning
    • “C” Tuning
      • “C” Tuning Open Position Chords
      • “C” Tuning Relative to Guitar
      • Transferring Chords to “C” Tuning
    • “D” Tuning
      • “D” Tuning Open Position Chords
      • “D” Tuning Relative to Guitar
      • Transferring Chords to “D” Tuning
    • Tuning Transposition Chart
    • Transposing Chords
    • Summary
  • Movable Chord Forms
    • “G” Tuning F Movable Form Chords
    • “G” Tuning Bb Movable Form Chords
    • “C” Tuning Bb Movable Form Chords
    • “C” Tuning Eb Movable Form Chords
    • “D” Tuning C Movable Form Chords
    • “D” Tuning F Movable Form Chords
  • Triads
  • 4-Part Jazz Chords
    • Major Triads
    • Minor Triads
    • Diminished Triads
    • Augmented Triads
    • Seventh Chords
  • Scale Interval Formula Chart
  • The Fifteen Major Scales (Keys)
  • Essential Scales
    • The Pentatonic Scale
    • Additional Blues Scale Shapes
    • The Pentatonic Scale
    • Additional Pentatonic Scale Shapes
    • Identifying the Names of the Notes
    • Getting More Information
    • What Are a Scale’s Associated Chords?
    • Blues vs. Minor Pentatonic
    • Expanding the Blues Scale
  • Reading Standard Music Notation
    • Round the Mulberry Bush
    • The Third Uke Man
    • Second Story Uke
  • Learning The Ukulele Fingerboard

Errata: Ukulele for Guitar Players

  • 2/21/2007 - Added sample pages
  • 2/3/2006 - Book Released (20060305.1.1)
  • 1/1/2006 - Errata File Created

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