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Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard - C Tuning

Finally, learn the names of the notes of the fingerboard. - C tuning

PUBLISHED: Sep 23, 2009 UPDATED: Apr 19, 2017 • VIEWS: 125 • BOOK CODE: ULUNN-C

Instruments: ukulele Subjects: fingerboardreferencereadingunlockingtunings

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Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard - C Tuning

Product Code: ULUNN-C
Author(s): Curt Sheller
Publisher(s): Curt Sheller Publications
Published: 2009-09-23 00:00:00
ISBN-10: 1-60321-021-0
ISBN-13: 978-1-60321-021-8
Size: 4.25 x 5.5
Size: 4.25 x 5.5
Pages: 16
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Price, PDF: $1

Finally, learn the names of the notes of the fingerboard. Learning the notes of your instrument allows you the flexibility of not having to remember so many shapes. There are simply way too many chords, scale and notes patterns, and shapes to remember. It all comes down the notes.

Beyond knowing the names of the open strings, most players find it hard to learn the whole fingerboard. You need to know the names of the notes like it's second nature - just being able to figure them out is too slow.

If your goal is to learn the names of the notes on the fingerboard, then the Learning the Fingerboard series of books is your answer. Each book has a step by step approach to finally mastering the fingerboard.

Introduction


Memorizing the notes of the ukulele fingerboard is not as hard as one would think. Although there doesn’t seem to be any pattern and the same letter can be found on every string. There is a systematic approach that can be used to help remember the notes.


There are four different sized ukuleles in common use today, using any one of three different tunings.

four ukes

“C” Tuning


A ukulele can use any tuning as long as there is a string available and its construction can support the string tension when tuning to pitch.


Of the four common sizes of ukulele the soprano, concert and tenor ukulele can all be tuned using “C” tuning. C tuning is the most common tuning currently in use.


Finally, and really learning and knowing the names of names of the notes of the ukulele fingerboard is liberating musical moment. A major breakthrough in most player’s learning and enjoyment of the ukulele.


Knowing the names of the notes of the fingerboard is separate from learning to read standard music notation. To learn to read music on the ukulele in “C” tuning, see my series of books and lesson: Reading Music on Ukulele.

“C” tuning, both low and high “G” variations, is common on the Soprano, Concert and Tenor ukulele. When string four is tuned to a low “G”, it is referred to as a “Low G”, C tuning.

Key Frets

open

G

C

E

A

In addition to the open strings and fret twelve, which most ukulele players seem to remember. There are two other frets with no sharp of flat notes, frets (3), (5) and (10). These are easy to remember.


fret (5)

C

F

A

D

fret (7)

D

G

B

E

fret (12)

G

C

E

A

These are reference or key frets. From theses frets other frets can be derived.


Frets (1), (4), (6), (9) and (11) can be referenced relative to the open strings, fret (4), fret (6) and fret (11) by flatting or sharping all the notes of those frets.

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How to pay for this book

Thanks for visiting LearningUkulele.com! I hope you’ve enjoyed the site so far. My site does not run ads. It’s supported by visitors, premium site members, and readers like you.

Short Answer

Because this book is only available directly through me (Curt Sheller), this site, and at our Funky Frets family music store. It is the only way this book can earn its keep, and its only source of revenue is visitors and site members like you. If you don’t pay, the book dies, gets no updates, etc…

Good news is you can become a Premium Site Member and get this book for FREE as part of your paid access.

Long Answer

I’m not a venture-funded startup nor a major corporation. I’m—a self-employed musician, author, teacher, graphic artist located in southeastern Pennsylvania, USA. And this web site, books, lessons, songs and content have been grinding along in one form or another along since 1995, the ukulele part has literally been a full time effort since 2003 - literally years of effort have gone into creating this content.

Making my books only available on this, my web site is an experiment in using the web as a serious book publishing platform. My goal is to take my music expertise and knowledge that I've gained from the past 40 plus years of serious study, research and application as a performer, student, author, private music teacher and make it available in your quest to be a better musician, enjoy the ukulele more or just having more fun in what you are doing.

I wanted to deliver and present this material with a high standard of quality typically associated with traditional printed, mass produced books by traditional publishers. While taking advantage of all the web has to offer.

All my, Curt Sheller books are the sole product, with 100% of, and all the effort, graphic design, site coding, content, marketing, fulfillment, etc... - by one person – yours truly. And with the help of a few trusted fellow musicians and friends to review before a book is released to wild.

Your purchase supports all that it takes to keep this site going. And, a membership is the best way to do that. I'll not do the Pateron or Kickstarter route for begging for money ( nothing against fellow artists that go that route - just not my cup-of-tea.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents: Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard - C Tuning

  • Introduction
  • C Tuning - G C E A
  • Learning the Frets
  • Other Ukulele Tunings
  • Enharmonic Equivalents
    • Sharps to Flats
    • Flats to Sharps
  • Fingerboard Charts
    • "C" Tuning Sharps and Natural Notes
    • "C" Tuning Flats and Natural Notes
  • Fingerboard Word Search

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