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Jazz Ukulele - Reading

Yes! You can play jazz on a ukulele!!!

Reading is the ability to reproduce music from written notation. It includes five phases: note recognition, alternate note locations, rhythm recognition, fingering considerations, communication terminology and interpretations.

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Reading Standard Music Notation

Reading on guitar and to a lesser extent on the ukulele is hard. With note duplication and alternate locations. The fingering issues inherent to the non-equal distant tuning. It's no wonder guitar and ukulele players a like avoid learning to read.

Sight Reading vs. Reading

There are two types of reading. One, is sight reading. This akin to reading a book or magazine. Your reading it in real time without having seen it before hand. This is what studio and show musicians do as part of they job.

The second is reading music to learn a new song or exploring music written in standard music notation. This is a lot easier obtainable goal.

Either way, reading is the ability to read notes, chords and rhythm. Whether it's a simple chord chart or a full blown score. It's definitely doable with the right plan.

The easiest place to start is the open position on the guitar or ukulele.

Reading TAB is NOT reading music.

Learning the Fingerboard Resources

If there in one thing that has the most bang for the buck, and these are FREE,. It's really learning the names of the notes of the ukulele fingerboard in your favorite tuning. This is not reading it's just knowing that fret (5) is C F A D and fret (2) is A D F# B. being able to know the name of any fret on any string like second nature.

Standard Music Notation

Reading Lessons

  • Reading Music on Ukulele - A Primer - A series of nine lessons for learning to read music in open position on ukulele. For C tuning.<
  • Reading TAB & Chord Grids - TAB or Tablature is a form of musical notation, which tells players where to place their fingers on a particular instrument rather than which pitches to play.

    Generally speaking, TAB or tablature is commonly used by informally trained musicians in folk, popular and rock music.

Reading Lessons

Here are all the lessons tagged covering reading.

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Enharmonic Equivalents • Updated: Feb 13, 2020

Different names and notation for the same pitch.

The Trouble with TAB • Updated: Jun 13, 2019

A Form of Musical Notation Using Numbers and Letters on a Staff.

Reading Music on `Ukulele Series - Reading in Open Position • Updated: Sep 4, 2013

Music notation is the Lingua franca of amateur and professional musicians alike

Natural, Sharp and Flat Notes of the `Ukulele Fingerboard - C Tuning • Updated: Aug 3, 2018

A chart in standard music notation of the natural, sharp and flat notes of the ukulele fingerboard.

Natural, Sharp and Flat Notes of the `Ukulele Fingerboard - D Tuning • Updated: Jan 2, 2005

A chart in standard music notation of the natural, sharp and flat notes of the ukulele fingerboard.

Demystifying Cut Time by Chuck Anderson • Updated: Feb 25, 2019

A guest lesson/article by internationally renowned jazz guitarist and educator Chuck Anderson.

Key Signatures and the Circle of Fifths and Fourths • Updated: Nov 18, 2019

The magical, mysterious, and mystical Cycle of Fifths.

Key Signatures - C Major and A Minor • Updated: Sep 21, 2011

Sometimes called the learning key, the key of C Major is one of the easiest keys to memorize and begin using.

Key Signatures - G Major and E Minor • Updated: Sep 14, 2011

Sometimes called the "People's Key", is one of the most frequently-employed keys across classical and popular music.

Key Signatures - D Major and B Minor • Updated: Sep 12, 2011

One of the common Pop, Folk, Country, and Rock keys of C, G, D, A, and E.

Key Signatures - A Major and F Sharp Minor • Updated: Sep 15, 2011

One of the common Pop, Folk, Country, and Rock keys of C, G, D, A, and E.

Key Signatures - E Major and C Sharp Minor • Updated: Sep 12, 2011

One of the common Pop, Folk, Country, and Rock keys of C, G, D, A, and E.

Key Signatures - B Major and G Sharp Minor • Updated: Sep 12, 2011

Based on the B major scale with the pitches: B, C#, D#, E, F#, G#, and A#.

Key Signatures - F Sharp Major and D Sharp Minor • Updated: Sep 12, 2011

Based on the F# major scale with the pitches: F#, G#, A#, B, C#, D#, and E#.

Key Signatures - C Sharp Major and A Sharp Minor • Updated: Sep 12, 2011

Based on the C# major scale with the pitches: C#, D#, E#, F#, G#, A#, and B#.

Key Signatures - F Major and D Minor • Updated: Sep 14, 2011

A common `ukulele and jazz key based of the notes of the F major scale: F, G, A, Bb, C, D, and E.

Key Signatures - Bb Major and G Minor • Updated: Oct 29, 2013

B-flat, one of the popular keys on ukulele is one of the common jazz keys of C, F, Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, and G.

Key Signatures - Eb Major and C Minor • Updated: Sep 12, 2011

One of the common jazz keys of C, F, Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, and G.

Key Signatures - Ab Major and F Minor • Updated: Sep 12, 2011

One of the common jazz keys of C, F, Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, and G.

Key Signatures - D Flat Major and B Flat Minor • Updated: Sep 12, 2011

One of the common jazz keys of C, F, Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, and G.

Key Signatures - G Flat Major and E Flat Minor • Updated: Sep 12, 2011

Based on G Flat Major scale, consisting of the pitches: Gb, Ab, Bb, Cb, Db, Eb, and F.

Key Signatures - C Flat Major and A Flat Minor • Updated: Sep 20, 2011

Based on C Flat Major scale, consisting of the pitches: Cb, Db, Eb, Fb, Gb, Ab, and Bb.

Which Way Is Up? - Up, Down, Ascending, Descending, etc... • Updated: Oct 17, 2011

Up, down, higher, lower, top, bottom, ascending, descending on a guitar?

Which Way Is Up? - Up, Down, Ascending, Descending, etc... • Updated: Jun 11, 2019

What is up, down, higher, lower, top, bottom, ascending, descending?

Standard Music Notation • Updated: Oct 11, 2019

A complete lesson on what is Standard Music Notation.

Reading Ukulele TAB - Alternate Notation • Updated: Feb 12, 2020

An alternate form of musical notation for fretted stringed instruments.

QuickStart Chord Progressions Play-along Tracks, Introduction and Tuning Notes • Updated: May 6, 2012

Premium practice play-along tracks for mastering and exploring improvisation.

QuickStart Chord Progressions, Ionian Play-along Tracks • Updated: May 6, 2012

Premium Ionian practice play-along tracks for mastering and exploring improvisation.

QuickStart Chord Progressions, Aeolian Play-along Tracks • Updated: May 6, 2012

Premium Aeolian practice play-along tracks for mastering and exploring improvisation.

QuickStart Chord Progressions, Mixolydian Play-along Tracks • Updated: May 6, 2012

Premium Mixolydian practice play-along tracks for mastering and exploring improvisation.

QuickStart Chord Progressions, Dorian Play-along Tracks • Updated: Apr 20, 2018

Premium Dorian practice play-along tracks for mastering and exploring improvisation.

QuickStart Chord Progressions, Pentatonic Play-along Tracks • Updated: May 6, 2012

Premium Major Pentatonic practice play-along tracks for mastering and exploring improvisation.

QuickStart Chord Progressions, Blues Play-along Tracks • Updated: May 6, 2012

Premium Blues practice play-along tracks for mastering and exploring improvisation.

Modular Phonetic Rhythm • Updated: Aug 1, 2018

A significant advance in the teaching and application of rhythm, by Chuck Anderson

Modular Phonetic Rhythm, Level II Pairs Worksheet • Updated: Nov 30, 2019

Level II rhythmic syllable pairs for developing your ukulele strums vocabulary and sharpen your reading chops.

Modular Phonetic Rhythm, Level I Pairs Worksheet • Updated: Nov 30, 2019

Level I rhythmic syllable pairs for developing your ukulele strums vocabulary and sharpen your reading chops.

Understanding a Guitar Chord Diagram • Updated: Jun 4, 2012

A chord grid is an alternate and visual why of showing a chord shape.

Metronome - Playing in Time • Updated: Feb 13, 2020

There is no way around it. A musician must be able to play in time.

Rhythm and Strums Level II Rhythmic Pairs - Lesson Three • Updated: Nov 18, 2017

Rhythm and Strums Level II Rhythmic Pairs - Lesson Five • Updated: Apr 26, 2016

Reading Music on `Ukulele Series - Reading in Open Position, Introduction • Updated: Sep 4, 2013

Reading Music on Ukulele Series - Reading in Open Position, String One • Updated: Sep 4, 2013

Reading Music on Ukulele Series - Reading in Open Position, String Two • Updated: Sep 4, 2013

Reading Music on Ukulele Series - Reading in Open Position, String Three • Updated: Sep 5, 2013

Reading Music on Ukulele Series - Reading in Open Position, Strings One, Two and Three • Updated: Sep 4, 2013

Reading Music on Ukulele Series - The Basics • Updated: Mar 23, 2019

The roadmap to reading standard music notation.

Reading Music on Ukulele Series - Reading in Open Position, Alternate Note Locations • Updated: Jan 2, 2006

Reading Music on Ukulele Series - Rest and Ties • Updated: Sep 5, 2013

Reading Music on Ukulele Series - Reading in Open Position, Drills and Exercises • Updated: Jan 2, 2006

Reading Music on Ukulele Series - Reading in Open Position, What About String Four? • Updated: Jan 2, 2006

Reading Music on Ukulele Series - Reading in Open Position, Songs • Updated: Jan 2, 2006

Reading Music on Ukulele Series - Tuning Your Ukulele • Updated: Jan 2, 2006

Reading Music on Ukulele Series - Reading in Open Position, Rhythm • Updated: Jan 2, 2006

Understanding Chord Symbols? • Updated: Jan 18, 0202

The symbols which encapsulates the instructions for building a chord.

Reading for `Ukulele Series - C Tuning • Updated: Dec 26, 2014

Reading music at the Pro level.

Reading for `Ukulele - Lesson One, Introduction • Updated: Feb 17, 2014

Reading for `Ukulele - Lesson Two, Note Recognition • Updated: Feb 18, 2014

Reading for `Ukulele - Lesson Three, Open Position • Updated: Feb 18, 2014

Reading for `Ukulele - Lesson Four, Key Signatures, Sharps • Updated: Feb 18, 2014

Reading for `Ukulele - Lessons Five, Key Signatures, Flats • Updated: Feb 18, 2014

Reading for `Ukulele - Lesson Six, Ties • Updated: Feb 18, 2014

Reading for `Ukulele - Lesson Seven, Rests & Position II • Updated: Feb 19, 2014

Reading for `Ukulele - Lesson Eight, Position III • Updated: Feb 23, 2014

Reading for `Ukulele - Lesson Nine, Position IV • Updated: Feb 19, 2014

Reading Music on `Ukulele Series - Primer • Updated: Jun 19, 2014

Alternating Thumb Style, Embellishments • Updated: Oct 11, 2019

Hammer-ons, Pull-offs, and Slides - the most basic embellishments.

How To Use Metronome • Updated: Jun 11, 2019

The question is NOT whether to use a metronome - it's HOW to use a metronome.

Modular Phonetic Rhythm, Level IV Pairs Worksheet • Updated: Feb 10, 2016

Modular Phonetic Rhythm, Level III Pairs Worksheet • Updated: Feb 10, 2016

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