Whole Tone Scale for `Ukulele - C Tuning

You only need two whole tone scales to cover all keys.

Published: 02 Jan 2005 Updated: 14 Jul 2022Visits: 107Code: UL25

Topic: Scales Instruments: ukulele Subjects: Scales • Quickstart • Jazz • Augmented

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The Whole Tone Scale scale is a symmetrical scale with an equal distance between each note or scale degree. Each scale degree is a whole step from the previous.

You only need two whole tone scales to cover all keys.

  • C D E F# G# A# C'
  • C# D# E# Fx Gx Ax C#' (Db Eb F G A B Bb`)

Based on the major scale the Whole Tone Scale contains the following scale degrees: 1 2 3 #4 #5 #6(b7) 8

The whole tone be used over augmented triads and 7b5 and 7#5 chords.

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With the Whole Tone's scale being a symmetrical scale, it's a good candidate for some set fingerings using a few of the fingering principles from the The Six Secrets of Ukulele Fingering , fingering principles.

In the QuickStart Scale Fingerings for Ukulele, C Tuning - WholeTone Scale you will see the Basic and Pass fingering principles used a lot with a slide thrown in at the end to get the last note, the octave.

Whole Tone Scale for `Ukulele - C Tuning…

What IS a Scale?

A scale is simply a collection of pitches or notes, not really a "this is a Jazz scale", "this is a Blues" or "this is a Rock scale". It's how a scale is used that really matters not its name.

Most music starts with a scale. The melody, chords, licks and riffs all can be related back to a particular scale or scales.

The Six Essential scales ( in no particulate order ):

  • Blues (Minor Pentatonic)
  • Pentatonic (Major Pentatonic)
  • Dorian (Minor)
  • Mixolydian (Dominant)
  • Aeolian (Natural Minor)
  • Ionian (Major)

There are two scales that can be the memorized and other essential scales referenced from these two. These two scales are the Major and Natural Minor scales. The Major and Natural Minor scales are traditional scales and common scales in all forms of contemporary music.

This lesson explores the Major and Natural Minor scales and their derivations.

QuickStart Scale and Arpeggio Fingerings for Ukulele

his lesson uses the same page format as the QuickStart Scale Fingering series of books.

QuickStart Scale Fingerings for Ukulele 3 volumes.
C, G, and D tuning. (QuickStart Scale Fingerings for Ukulele )

The QuickStart Scale Fingerings Vol 1 covers the Blues, Pentatonic, Dorian, Mixolydian, Aeolian and Ionian scales.

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