Learning Ukulele with Curt

Instrument Specific Books

The majority of the books on the Learning Ukulele with Curt site are for `ukulele, guitar, and general music. However, a lot of concepts in the fingering and music books can be applied to any fretted stringed instrument like mandolin, banjo and bass guitar. Naturally, general music lessons can be applied to any instrument. The books with play-along tracks and songs can be used with any instrument.

Instruments

The Guitar is a musical instrument classified as a fretted string instrument with anywhere from four to 18 strings, usually having six. The sound is projected either acoustically, using a hollow wooden or plastic and wood box (for an acoustic guitar), or through electrical amplifier and a speaker (for an electric guitar). It is typically played by strumming or plucking the strings with the fingers, thumb or fingernails of the right hand or with a pick while fretting (or pressing against the frets) the strings with the fingers of the left hand.

Harmonic Analysis for Scale Selection and Chord Substitution

Updated: 10 Jun 2021

Harmonic Analysis is the understanding of the functional sequence of chords. It is the process used to analyze the harmonic structure of a progression, song or composition. This analysis is then used to make scale selections for improvisation and chord substitution.

Ukulele for Guitar Players

Updated: 12 Jul 2006

"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.

The Advanced Guide to Guitar Chords - Volume I

Updated: 23 Jun 2006

Commonly referred to as jazz chords, this book provides detailed information on voicing 4-part chords. Covers common string families. Beyond learning open and barre chords, most guitarists struggle with advanced chords. Commonly called "Jazz" chords, these more sophisticated voicings find a wide use in all forms of music.

The Advanced Guide to Guitar Chords - Volume II

Updated: 23 Jun 2006

Commonly referred to as "Jazz" chords, this book provides detailed information on voicing 4-part chords. Cover string families not in volume 1. Beyond learning open and barre chords, most guitarists struggle with advanced chords. Commonly called "Jazz" chords, these more sophisticated voicings find a wide use in all forms of music.

The Advanced Guide to Chord Progressions for Guitar - Volume I

Updated: 15 Mar 2002

Volume I of The Advanced Guide to Chord Progressions for Guitar features the principles of voice leading applied to chord progressions. These principles, explained using chords from volume I of The Advanced Guide to Guitar Chords. Chapters with common major and minor full diatonic, partial diatonic and chromatic chord progressions are also included to further explore voice leading.

The Advanced Guide to Blues Chord Progressions for Guitar - Volume I

Updated: 25 Jun 2019

Volume I covers the keys of C, F and Bb. The key of C includes detailed accompanying text explaining the principles behind each progression. Each volume of The Advanced Guide to Blues Progressions for Guitar features basic to advanced blues chord progressions. to be used with the chord voicings from volume I, II & III of The Advanced Guide to Guitar Chords.

The Advanced Guide to Blues Chord Progressions for Guitar - Volume II

Updated: 09 Jan 2018

Volume II covers the keys of E, A, D and G. The key of E includes detailed accompanying text explaining the principles behind each progression. Each volume of The Advanced Guide to Blues Progressions for Guitar features basic to advanced blues chord progressions. to be used with the chord voicings from volume I, II & III of The Advanced Guide to Guitar Chords.

A Guide to Guitar Chords

Updated: 05 Jan 2020

Covers basic guitar chords for beginning to intermediate guitar students. These are the chords that ALL guitar should know - regardless of style.

Daily Practice Material for the Contemporary Guitarist

Updated: 28 Sep 2021

Daily Practice Material for the Contemporary Guitarist is 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.

QuickStart Scale Fingerings for Lead Guitar - Volume I

Updated: 03 Jan 2020

Six essential scales for Guitar. Blues, Pentatonic, Dorian, Mixolydian, Aeolian and Ionian scales are covered in all keys with one octave scale fingerings starting on any finger.

QuickStart Scale Fingerings for Lead Guitar - Blues Scale

Updated: 24 Nov 2009

The Blues or Minor Pentatonic is one of six essential scales for ALL guitar players. One octave scale fingering solutions with the Blues scale chords are covered in all keys. Sample chord progressions for practice are included. Book includes four studio recorded backing tracks for exploring the Blues scales in the book.

QuickStart - Chord Progressions for Lead Guitar - Vol I Book and CD

Updated: 10 Dec 2019

24 play-along tracks for QUICKSTART Scale Fingerings for Lead Guitar. Four tracks each for the six essential scales for exploring improvisation in a variety of contemporary styles.

Modular Phonetic Rhythm, The Foundation and Workbook 1

Updated: 08 Dec 2021

Modular Phonetic Rhythm represents a significant advance in the teaching and application of rhythm. Eliminating many inefficient aspects of rhythm education, Modular Phonetic Rhythm streamlines the traditional educational approach, resulting in a reflexive reaction to rhythm.

Fingerpicking for Ukulele - Alternating Thumb Style, 2nd Edition

Updated: 28 Sep 2021

Fingerpicking for Ukulele - Alternating Thumb Style, 2nd Edition is an new expanded edition which focuses on the alternating thumb fingerpicking style through a series of graduated lessons-chapters incorporating your index and middle fingers with the alternating thumb.

Guitar Fingerboard Chart for Standard Tuning, E A D G B E

Updated: 31 Dec 2020

Guitar Fingerboard Chart for Standard Tuning: E A D G B E

Open Position Guitar Chords - Standard Tuning

Updated: 31 Dec 2020

The Basic Open Position Guitar Chords in Standard Tuning: E A D G B E, that ALL player whould know.

E/F Barre Form Guitar Chords in Standard Tuning

Updated: 31 Dec 2020

E/F Barre Form Guitar Chords in Standard Tuning: E A D G B E. Based on the open position E, Em and E7 chords these are the essential basic movable "barre" form chords for guitar players.

A Guide to Advanced Chord Series - Chord Building Chart

Updated: 26 Jul 2022

Luckily, chord names have the information you need, with a minimum of "Chord Theory" to build any chord you come across.

Key Signatures - Circle of Fourths and Fifths - ANSI A

Updated: 10 Nov 2021

A handy reference chart of all 15 major and relative minor key signatues. US Letter 8.5 x 11 sized.

Key Signatures - Circle of Fourths and Fifths - A4

Updated: 07 Sep 2022

A handy dandy A4 sized reference chart of all 15 Major and Relative Minor Key Signatures.

Basic Open Position `Ukulele Chord Chart - Baritone Tuning

Updated: 19 Feb 2021

Basic Baritone Ukulele Chord Chart - G Tuning: D G B E, Low or High D.

Easy Pop Melodies

Updated: 17 Jun 2022

Play your favorite hits from the Beatles, Elton John, Elvis Presley, the Police, Nirvana and more!

More Easy Pop Melodies - Third Edition

Updated: 17 Jun 2022

This third edition features 20 songs

Even More Easy Pop Melodies – Third Edition

Updated: 17 Jun 2022

Play your favorite hits from the Beatles, the Beach Boys, Adele, Nirvana and more with the 3rd edition to this guitar method supplement, now featuring access to online audio accompaniment tracks for download or streaming!

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Just browsing over both books, they look fantastic! I'm a guitarist and uke player for over 25 years and was thinking about writing a ukulele book but you've already written what I think are the best, most comprehensive and thorough books I've ever seen for the instrument. I just might end up buying every book you've written and I'll be giving my highest recommendation for your books to my friends and students. Thank you so much for taking the time to write such great books!Peter Rhee

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