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Navigating the C Major Scale

Every Finger, Every String

PUBLISHED: Sep 19, 2018 UPDATED: Feb 4, 2019 • VIEWS: 44 • LESSON CODE: UL6SUF-CMaj

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Navigating the C Major Scale

Navigating the C Major Scale

The C Major Scale is typically the first Full Diatonic major scale that most players learn. It’s the first scale to learn when stating to explore music theory - the principles of music.

With the ukulele’s ability to play notes in alternate locations along the fingerboard this scale can be played in different positions.

Every Finger Every String

Ultimately you should able to play any note using any finger. A great way to explore the fingerboard is to start on every note of a scale and play all available notes in that position ( vertical ) or along the strings ( horizontal ).

We’ll start our exploration using the C major scale and starting on each note of the scale along string three , playing all available notes in a four or five fret span.

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Traditionally, a tetrachord is a series of four tones filling in the interval of a perfect fourth. In modern usage a tetrachord is any four-note segment of a scale or tone row including the augmented fourth (+4). The term tetrachord derives from ancient Greek music theory, it literally means four strings.

A Tetrachord of tetrascale approaches improvisation utilizing this smaller module of four notes vs. a more traditional scale approach. This smaller module becomes a bit more manageable.

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Whether it’s connecting licks, riffs, scale positions, arpeggios, sequences or melodies – navigating the fingerboard and connecting the various positions - it’s all about using sound fingering principles. I’ve adapted Chuck Anderson’s, The Six Secrets of Guitar Fingering to the ukulele in my book The Six Secrets of Ukulele Fingering. It’s from these six fingering principles that connecting positions and navigating the multitude of possible pathways on the ukulele can become second nature.

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