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The Major Scale

The most important scale in music.

by Curt Sheller, Curt Sheller Publications

Not called the learning scale for a reason. The major scale is a great scale for learning how music and chords work. It’s a core scale from which a majority of your core, essential scales can be derived.

For learning the names of the chord tones of all you chords, the major scale is the scale used.

There are 15 major scales: C, G, D, A, E, B, F#, C#, F, Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, Gb, Cb. Yes fifteen (15) NOT just the twelve - the three enharmonic equivalent scale B/Cb, C#/Db, F#,Gb although not common keys are essential scale and need to be mastered.

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The Ionian scale is a major scale more commonly known by its traditional name - Major.

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One octave scale fingering solutions for strings four and three and any finger with the Ionian scale chords are covered in all keys. Sample chord progressions for practice are included.

Tunings: C with low or high G - (GCEA or gCEA).

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QuickStart Scale Fingerings for Ukulele, Volume I, D Tuning

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Just browsing over both books, they look fantastic! I'm a guitarist and uke player for over 25 years and was thinking about writing a ukulele book but you've already written what I think are the best, most comprehensive and thorough books I've ever seen for the instrument. I just might end up buying every book you've written and I'll be giving my highest recommendation for your books to my friends and students. Thank you so much for taking the time to write such great books! — Peter Rhee

Aloha, Curt, All I can say is WOW! What you have accomplished is simply incredible! All the best — Glen Hirabayashi, The Aloha Boys

Folks, if you haven't stopped by Curt's site, do so right now! ..And get his books, they are fantastic. This guy knows his stuff and is able to pass it along too. — Alan Johnson Proprietor, The 4th Peg

I can highly recommend Curt's Uke books — I have four of them and they are excellent. — fatveg — Portland

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