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.

Enharmonic Equivalents

An Enharmonic Equivalent is where a musical pitch can have different names depending on the context in which it is functioning.

The Trouble with TAB

TAB, short for tablature is a form of musical notation using numbers and letters on a staff that that corresponds to the number of strings of fretted string instrument.

Reading Music on `Ukulele Series - Reading in Open Position

This series of lessons will allow you finally, to check that Reading item off your music To Do list.

Natural, Sharp and Flat Notes of the `Ukulele Fingerboard - C Tuning

Standard music notation, the natural, sharp and flat notes of the ukulele fingerboard for C tuned ukuleles.

Natural, Sharp and Flat Notes of the `Ukulele Fingerboard - D Tuning

The D Tuning comes in two versions where string four is either tuned to the "A", a major second below string one or low "A" where string fours is a perfect fifth below string three.

Demystifying Cut Time by Chuck Anderson

_This is a guest lesson/article by internationally renowned jazz guitarist and educator _Chuck Anderson__

Key Signatures and the Circle of Fifths and Fourths

There is a load of information in traditional Key Signatures.

Key Signatures - C Major and A Minor

Learn the recognize the key signature for C Major and A Minor.

Key Signatures - G Major and E Minor

G major (or the key of G) is a major scale based on G, with the pitches G, A, B, C, D, E, and F#.

Key Signatures - D Major and B Minor

D major (or the key of D) is a major scale based on D, consisting of the pitches D, E, F#, G, A, B, and C#.

Key Signatures - A Major and F Sharp Minor

A major (or the key of A) is a major scale based on A, with the pitches A, B, C#, D, E, F#, and G#.

Key Signatures - E Major and C Sharp Minor

E major is a major scale based on E, with the pitches E, F#, G#, A, B, C#, and D#.

Key Signatures - B Major and G Sharp Minor

B major is a major scale based on B.

Key Signatures - F Sharp Major and D Sharp Minor

F# major or F-sharp major is a major scale based on F#, consisting of the pitches F#, G#, A#, B, C#, D#, and E#.

Key Signatures - C Sharp Major and A Sharp Minor

C# major (or C-sharp major) is a major scale based on C#, consisting of the pitches C#, D#, E#, F#, G#, A#, and B#.

Key Signatures - F Major and D Minor

F major (or the key of F) is a musical major scale based on F, consisting of the pitches F, G, A, Bb, C, D, and E.

Key Signatures - Bb Major and G Minor

Bb major or B-flat major is a major scale based on B-flat, consisting of the pitches Bb, C, D, Eb, F, G, and A.

Key Signatures - Eb Major and C Minor

Eb major or E flat major is a major scale based on E flat, consisting of the pitches Eb, F, G, Ab, Bb, C, and D.

Key Signatures - Ab Major and F Minor

Ab majorr is a major scale based on A flat, consisting of the pitches Ab, Bb, C, Db, Eb, F, and G.

Key Signatures - D Flat Major and B Flat Minor

Db major is a major scale based on D flat, consisting of the pitches Db, Eb, F, Gb, Ab, Bb and C.

Key Signatures - G Flat Major and E Flat Minor

Gb major is a major scale based on G flat, consisting of the pitches Gb, Ab, Bb, Cb, Db, Eb, and F.

Key Signatures - C Flat Major and A Flat Minor

Cb major is a major scale based on C flat, consisting of the pitches Cb, Db, Eb, Fb, Gb, Ab, and Bb.

Which Way Is Up? - Up, Down, Ascending, Descending, etc...

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

Which Way Is Up? - Up, Down, Ascending, Descending, etc...

Up, Down, Ascending, Descending, Higher, Lower, Top, Bottom!

Standard Music Notation

Rather than do a complete lesson on standard music notation.

Reading Ukulele TAB - Alternate Notation

TAB or Tablature Tablature is an alternate form of musical notation, which tells players where to place their fingers on a particular instrument rather than which pitches to play.

QuickStart Chord Progressions Play-along Tracks, Introduction and Tuning Notes

The QUICKSTART Rhythm Section CD contains 24 unique styles designed for contemporary lead guitar.

QuickStart Chord Progressions, Ionian Play-along Tracks

Four premium practice play-along tracks for mastering and exploring the Ionian scale.

QuickStart Chord Progressions, Aeolian Play-along Tracks

Four premium practice play-along tracks for mastering and exploring the Aeolian scale.

QuickStart Chord Progressions, Mixolydian Play-along Tracks

Four premium practice play-along tracks for mastering and exploring the Mixolydian scale.

QuickStart Chord Progressions, Dorian Play-along Tracks

Four premium practice play-along tracks for mastering and exploring the Dorian scale.

QuickStart Chord Progressions, Pentatonic Play-along Tracks

Four premium practice play-along tracks for mastering and exploring the Pentatonic scale.

QuickStart Chord Progressions, Blues Play-along Tracks

Four premium practice play-along tracks for mastering and exploring the Blues scale.

Modular Phonetic Rhythm

Modular Phonetic Rhythm represents a significant advance in the teaching and application of rhythm.

Modular Phonetic Rhythm, Level II Pairs Worksheet

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

Modular Phonetic Rhythm, Level I Pairs Worksheet

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

Understanding a Guitar Chord Diagram

The traditional/standard guitar chord diagram typically used for showing chords.

Metronome - Playing in Time

There is no way around it.

Rhythm and Strums Level II Rhythmic Pairs - Lesson Three

Modular Phonetic Level II Rhythmic Syllable 4 of 6

Rhythm is inseparably linked to strums

Strumming requires a specific set of skills.

Rhythm and Strums Level II Rhythmic Pairs - Lesson Five

Modular Phonetic Level II Rhythmic Syllable 6 of 6.

Reading Music on `Ukulele Series - Reading in Open Position, Introduction

There are a few things in music that students and players avoid.

Reading Music on Ukulele Series - Reading in Open Position, String One

From the available natural notes in open position there are three notes on string one.

Reading Music on Ukulele Series - Reading in Open Position, String Two

From the available natural notes in open position there are three notes on string two.

Reading Music on Ukulele Series - Reading in Open Position, String Three

From the available natural notes in open position there are two notes on string three.

Reading Music on Ukulele Series - Reading in Open Position, Strings One, Two and Three

Open Position Review

All the natural notes covered on string one, two and three comprise the C Major scale.

Reading Music on Ukulele Series - The Basics

The first step in learning to read is to first recognize the notes on the staff and know where on the fingerboard they are located.

Reading Music on Ukulele Series - Reading in Open Position, Alternate Note Locations

One of the reasons it is hard to read music on the guitar and the ukulele is, alternate note locations.

Reading Music on Ukulele Series - Rest and Ties

A tie extends the rhythmic value of the first note by the value of the next note.

Reading Music on Ukulele Series - Reading in Open Position, Drills and Exercises

You can get the fingers working and trained to follow our ear by playing scales, intervals, sequences and arpeggios.

Reading Music on Ukulele Series - Reading in Open Position, What About String Four?

“C” tuning with a low “G” extends the melodic range to G below middle “C”.

Reading Music on Ukulele Series - Reading in Open Position, Songs

The following songs can be played in open position using the natural notes covered in the previous lessons of this primer.

Reading Music on Ukulele Series - Tuning Your Ukulele

It is important to always have your ukulele in tune.

Reading Music on Ukulele Series - Reading in Open Position, Rhythm

The Ukulele - Reading Music Series uses the Modular Phonetic Rhythm System by Chuck Anderson for learning rhythm.

Understanding Chord Symbols?

A chord's name is comprised of it's letter name, either A, B, C, D, E, F, or G and it's type information symbols which encapsulates the instructions for building a chord.

Reading for `Ukulele Series - C Tuning

This is a series of lessons for reading music for ukulele at a pro level.

Reading for `Ukulele - Lesson One, Introduction

This is a series of lessons for reading music for ukulele at a pro level.

Reading for `Ukulele - Lesson Two, Note Recognition

Once you understand the basic concept of reading, it’s time to get down to the development of the skills.

Reading for `Ukulele - Lesson Three, Open Position

Now that you can recognize the notes on the staff in the Treble clef, it’s time to start connecting that knowledge to the ukulele.

Reading for `Ukulele - Lesson Four, Key Signatures, Sharps

This lessons covers the natural symbol and the sharp key signatures keys.

Reading for `Ukulele - Lessons Five, Key Signatures, Flats

This lessons covers the natural symbol and the flat key signatures keys.

Reading for `Ukulele - Lesson Six, Ties

This lessons's work will advance rhythm by introducing Ties.

Reading for `Ukulele - Lesson Seven, Rests & Position II

Lesson seven covers reading in position II.

Reading for `Ukulele - Lesson Eight, Position III

After spending time on open, first and second position, we’re ready to move into the third position.

Reading for `Ukulele - Lesson Nine, Position IV

Lesson nine covers reading in position IV.

Reading Music on `Ukulele Series - Primer

There are a few things in music that students and players avoid.

FIngerpicking on Ukulele, Lesson Fourteen - How to Read TAB

Tablature (or TAB for short) is a musical notation system for indicating instrument fingering rather than musical pitches in the standard music tradition.

How To Use Metronome

A metronome is a device that produces an audible click or other sound at a regular interval that can be set by the user, typically in beats per minute (BPM)

Modular Phonetic Rhythm, Level IV Pairs Worksheet

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

Modular Phonetic Rhythm, Level III Pairs Worksheet

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

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