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Introduction to Scales and Soloing on `Ukulele - Major Pentatonic

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

PUBLISHED: Jan 2, 2005 UPDATED: Apr 3, 2021VIEWS: 243 • LESSON CODE: UL107

Instruments: ukulele Subjects: improvisationscalesquickstartsolo

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Introduction to Scales and Soloing on `Ukulele - Major Pentatonic

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.

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I call it Ukulele Doodling! The later great ukulele artist, Lyle Ritz called it "the fruit of the noodle." 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.

The Pentatonic Scale

Sometimes called the Major Pentatonic, the pentatonic scale has been the source of more simple melodies than any other scale. Melodies like Camptown Races,Oh! Susanna, Amazing Grace, I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Clause, and Sweet Georgia Brown – just the name a few. Song hooks and licks like MyGirluse the pentatonic scale.

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