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An Introduction to Scales and Soloing on Ukulele using the C Pentatonic Scale. Taking what you might already know and using it in different ways. Exploring the entire ukulele fingerboard. Anyone can have hours of fun just doodling around and exploring the ukulele's possibilities.
Licks, riffs, leads, spontaneous melodies, solos... In the guitar world, this is called Lead Guitar. In the ukulele world, we can call it whatever we want.
I call it Ukulele Doodling! Just like an artist can doodle around and draw whatever he or she fancies, we can do the same on ukulele. Anyone can have hours of fun just doodling around the ukulele – exploring its possibilities.
Sometimes called the Major Pentatonic, the pentatonic scale has been the source of more simple melodies than any other scale. Melodies like Camptown Races and Amazing Grace. Song hooks and licks like My Girl use the pentatonic scale.
C Pentatonic Scale (C D E G A)
For the musically literate, you can think of C Pentatonic as the C major scale with no 4th or 7th scale degrees (F and B). A super easy pentatonic scale to play on piano is F# pentatonic, the black keys only (F-Sharp, G-sharp, A-sharp, C-sharp, and D-sharp).
The ukulele on the right shows all the C, D, E, G, and A notes available from the open strings to the twelfth fret, regardless of the tuning.
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Harmonic Analysis - Scale Selection
Harmonic Analysis is the understanding of the functional sequence of chords. It is the process used to analyze the harmonic structure of a progression, song or composition. This analysis is then used to make scale selections for improvisation and chord substitution. This lesson covers the vertical and horizontal scale selection.
QuickStart Arpeggio Fingerings for Ukulele - Triads C Tuning
QuickStart Scale Arpeggio Fingerings for Ukulele - Triads is a concise, well organized book ideal for any ukulele player beginning to explore the ukulele's full potential as a musical instrument. Arpeggio Fingerings for Ukulele - Triads keeps a sharp focus on essential arpeggios and their fingerings. All material is covered in every key.
Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard - C Tuning
Finally, learn the names of the notes of the fingerboard. Learning the notes of your instrument allows you the flexibility of not having to remember so many shapes. There are simply way too many chords, scale and notes patterns, and shapes to remember. It all comes down the notes.
QuickStart Arpeggio Fingerings for Ukulele, C Tuning - Major Triad
Scale Arpeggio Fingerings for Ukulele - Major Triad is a concise, well organized book ideal for any ukulele player beginning to explore the ukulele's full potential as a musical instrument. Arpeggio Fingerings for Ukulele - Triads keeps a sharp focus on essential arpeggios and their fingerings. All material is covered in every key.
QuickStart Series of Scale and Arpeggio Fingerings Books
QuickStart Scale & Arpeggio Fingerings are a highly organized, efficient system of scale and arpeggio fingerings. Each fingering pattern is shown with a fingerboard shape, TAB and standard music notation. Related chords are also explained for each scale.
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