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Ukulele- Reading Music Series - Primer
Author(s): Curt Sheller
Publisher(s): Curt Sheller Publications
Size: 8.5 x 11
Price, Hard Copy: $15.95
Price, PDF: $3
Learn to read single note melodies in the first/open position. It is a lot easier than you might think with this step-by-step easy to use approach. Tunings: C with low or high G - (GCEA or gCEA).
Reading music is not as hard as one might think. It may be new and unfamiliar but is not hard when you have a proper plan of attack.
Reading music on the ukulele is easier than reading music on guitar or piano. There are only four strings with a smaller range of possible notes.
Music in the key of C with all natural notes, no flats or sharps is pretty easy to play in open position on a ukulele. This would be the same as playing the white keys of a piano.
Standard music notation has been the Lingua Franco of musicians, both professionals and hobbyists for many centuries.
Reading standard music notation opens you up to vast world of published music.
Reading simple melodies in open position is the first step to reading music on the uke.
Ukulele - Reading Music Series: Reading Music in Open Position, Single Note Studies- Primer uses Chuck Anderson's Modular Phonetic Rhythm System.
Future books cover reading accidentals, the signatures, chords charts as well as reading in different positions up and down the ukulele fingerboard. As well as covering reading music in additional popular ukulele tunings: "G", Tuning and "D" Tuning.
Tunings: C with low or high G - (GCEA or gCEA).
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents: Ukulele- Reading Music Series - Primer
- Introduction 5
- Tuning Your Ukulele 9
- Reading Rhythm 13
- String One 17
- Open A 18
- B 20
- C 22
- A B and C 24
- String Two 25
- Open E 26
- F 28
- G 30
- E F and G 32
- String One and Two Review 33
- String Three 35
- Open C 36
- D 38
- C and D 40
- String One, Two & Three Review 41
- Alternate Note Locations 43
- Ties and Rests 45
- Drills & Exercises 51
- String Four 55
- String Four, High “G” 57
- String Four, Low “G” 61
- Songs 65
- Preview 79
Errata: Ukulele- Reading Music Series - Primer
- 9/29/2006 - (20060930.1.3) Updated to reflect the changes to the Modular Phonetic Rhythm system.
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Reading for Ukulele - The Next Steps
Updated: Apr 3, 2020
Reading can be thought of on many different levels. 1) the ability to slowly and painfully work out the written music. 2) the ability to hear the music by looking at the notation. 3) the ability to notate< your ideas in standard music notation. 4) the ability to read music as you read a book or an article. 5) the ability to communicate with other musicians in the written language of music. 6) the ability to learn songs that you have never heard.
Reading Music on Ukulele - Primer
Updated: Apr 3, 2020
There are a few things in music that students and players avoid. These are things like learning to read and knowing the notes of their own instrument. It is hard on guitar - but not so hard on ukulele. With the right guidance and plan of attack. IT IS EASY.
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