`Ukulele Doodling - An Introduction to Scales and Soloing on `Ukulele

An Introduction to Scales and Soloing on `Ukulele using the C Pentatonic Scale.

Published: Jan 2, 2005 Updated: Jul 2, 2015

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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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