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Remembering Songs MEMBER LESSON
Published: 2013-06-09 Updated: 2016-03-08 00:00:00 • 4059

Remembering Songs

by Curt Sheller, Curt Sheller Publications

Listening to songs and wanting to play the same songs on ukulele - that's what draws most people to the ukulele. That and it looks like a load of fun and easy too play - which it is. Then you need to actually remember the songs that you're learning to play them again. And, hopefully not have to read them off a sheet all the time.

Remembering a song is lot like remembering the directions for a road trip. There are the turn-by-turn directions, road maps, signs and landmarks that will get you to where you are going. Turn here, turn there, remember this and remember that landmark. With a songs it's the chords, the melody, style, the harmonic cells, the form, etc that are part of the song that you want to remember.

With a few music tools and an understanding of the basic principles of how chords and chord progressions - the songs work. You can start unraveling what's going on in any song.

There's a lot more in common between songs than you might think. Each song has it's own direction, signs and landmarks that can be used over and over again to actually remember songs.


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Where to Start

ALL music - melodies, chords, progressions , licks, leads, riff, etc... come from some sort of scale and there's no better scale to start with than the major scale. From the major scale is the most common scale used. From the major scale other essential scales can be derived. From the major scale ALL your chords can be created or derived from. The major scale is your go to / fall back on scale for all you initial music information.

Memorize the Major Scales

The major is one of the most common and important scales to learn and MEMORIZE in ALL 15 keys. The majority of popular and traditional songs are in major keys.

All 15 need to be memorized for creating chords, melodies and improvising. However as far as common keys that songs are created in they're a few common keys for every style that is performed.

go to the Major Scales lesson …

Harmonic Analysis

Harmonic Analysis is the understanding of the functional sequence of chords. It's 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, analyzing and creating melodies and chord substitution.

go to Harmonic Analysis Lesson Series … based on my book Harmonic Analysis for Chords Substitution and Scale Selection.

Learn the The Nashville Number System

This numbering system - based on the principles of music allows for writing a song in NO key to be played in ANY key. Can also be used for comparing songs an identifying the commonality between songs. There is a lot more in common between songs that not.

The Nashville Number System is an informal method of transcribing music by denoting the scale degree on which a chord is built. It was developed by Neal Matthews, Jr. in the late '50s as a simplified system for The Jordanaires to use in the studio and further developed by Charlie McCoy. It resembles the Roman numeral and figured bass systems traditionally used to transcribe a chord progression. By writing chords as numbers, music may be transposed easily. As a simple system of transcription, it can be used with only a rudimentary background in music theory. Improvisation structures can be quickly explained using numbers and chord changes can be communicated mid-song by holding up the corresponding number of fingers. The system is flexible, and can be embellished to include more information (such as chord color or to denote a bass note in an inverted chord).

Learn the Melody

Melodies, licks, riffs - typically are single notes and can be sung and these you can learn. The famous jazz guitarist Jo Pass said, "Learn melodies - No one goes around whistling chord progressions. On ukulele you can learn a melody in one key with a set fingering that can always be the same as a melody will not change. The rhythm might change but the melody typically does not. Happy Birthday's melody is always the same regardless how bad it typically is sung.

Identify the key intervals of a melody for future recall. Based on the major scale Happy Birthday starts with a 5th lower than the root and in the key of F major it is: C C D C F E C C D C G F ... 5 5 6 5 1 , 5 5 6 5 1 2 1, ...

Learn the Chords

For learning the chords of a song or chord progression - unlike the melody that your can sing, hum or whistle - the chords can be understood intellectually and referenced to other songs you learn and know. This can be accomplished using the resources above.

Know the Song Intellectually

Know the song away from the ukulele. You've probably heard this if you have ever been to a ukulele jam session or play-along. It's where someone is yelling out what the next chord is - while they're playing the current chord. They don't have to wait to see what someone else is playing - that is too late. They known what is coming up and can prepare.

As soon as you play the first chord of a song you should be thinking ahead to what the next chords or chords are.

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