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

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

PUBLISHED: Jan 2, 2005 UPDATED: Jun 11, 2019 • VIEWS: 141 • LESSON CODE: UL32

Instruments: ukulele Subjects: theoryreadingascendingdescendingbeginner

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

Up, Down, Ascending, Descending, Higher, Lower, Top, Bottom, What is up, down, higher, lower, top, bottom, ascending, descending?

Up, down, higher, lower, top, bottom, ascending, descending refers to musical pitch and not to direction as we know it. Up and higher refers to the raising of musical pitch. Down and lower refer to the lowering of musical pitch. Top refers to the upper note of a chord voicing or musical phrase and bottom refers to the lowest note.

This also is how music is written in standard music notation and TAB.

On a piano it's easy to see which way is which. To the right is up and higher and to the left is down and lower. The ukulele doesn't have the same benefit of direction and being color coded.

The only gravitational refernece that we can make that aligns with our familiar orientation to earth and gravity is the stroke direction - whether single or multiple notes. Down is down and up is up. ALL other reverences should be re;ated to musical direction.


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