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Today's Chord Each day of 2018 there’s a new chord you can learn and add to your chord vocabulary. If there is one thing you'll do more that anything else - it's play chords. Here's the chord for: Jan 17, 2018.

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Today's Chord

Learn a New Ukulele Chord Each Day of 2018!!!
Today's Chord a Day, January 17th - E

Each day of 2018 there’s a new chord you can learn and add to your chord vocabulary. First time here? Start with the January 1st chord.

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Building a Solid Jazz Chord Foundation for `Ukulele

Commonly called jazz chords, these more sophisticated, contemporary chord voicings find their way into a wide variety of music

by Curt Sheller, Curt Sheller Publications

Commonly called jazz chords, these more sophisticated, contemporary chord voicings find their way into a wide variety of music forms and styles. This lesson is the first on the series that builds your core foundation for these chords.

This is an expanded and improved version of my _Building A Solid Jazz Chord Foundation for Ukulele _ workshop that I've presented several times at various ukulele festivals over the past several years.

The original article, for jazz guitar was published in Just Jazz Guitar magazine. I revised and improved it since the original publication.


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Numeric Chord Formula

The secret / not so secret code to unraveling where the notes of a chord come from.

From knowing the numeric chord formula of any chord you can get to the notes of that chord from its corresponding major scale. And, inversely from the names of the notes of a chord you can get to its numeric formula. For some chords it will be the intervals that come before the names of the chord tones, for other chords it might be the intervals first. The order does not matter, only the outcome.


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