Learning the Fingerboard, C Tuning - 10 step Program

You CAN now master that crazy notes layout of the `ukulele.

Published: 27 Oct 2013 Updated: 05 Apr 2024Visits: 167Code: UL07-C-seq

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Learning the Fingerboard, C Tuning - 10 step Program


Here is a 10-Step Program for really learning the ukulele fingerboard.

No matter how many times you tried, it seems to be difficulty to memorize the names of the notes of the ukulele fingerboard.

Learning the notes of the ukulele fingerboard allows getting beyond memorizing countless shapes and get to what music is. The notes and fingerings and patterns.

Through a series of exercises and drills to actually master the ukulele, fingerboard.

  • Sequential Fret Order — One fret at a time and same string order. One fret at a time along each string, fret by fret. This method is a bit slow and prone to error and takes too long to get the information that you really need — What is this note?
    • Start with doing the Natural Notes: A B C D E F G A…, starting with what ever the open string is.
  • Random Fret Order — One fret at a time and same string order.
  • Key Frets Concept — Primary (Key) Frets, Secondary Frets, and Derived Adjacent Frets from string four to one and one to four. This is the method that is used for this series of lessons.
  • Three Element DrillFret, Name, String? This is the goal. Given two of the three elements, you can name the third. This is when you really, really know the names of the neck.
    Try this away from the Ukulele. This is the a great goal to achieve. and you really are starting to know the notes of the fingerboard (neck).
  • Geometric Shapes — Random shape and name the notes.
  • Chord Shapes
  • Isolation Drill
  • Visualization
  • Name Notes in Rhythm
  • Rapid Note Jumping. Name the note you are on.

This is one of the elements of learning a fretted stringed instrument that really, and I mean really, has one of the biggest returns for the time and effort it takes to really learn the neck. In the corporate the call it the ROI, Return On InvestmentJust what will we get out of it.

NO matter what you are doing, ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS know each note you are playing. As a player there is NO excuse for not knowing the notes or YOUR OWN instrument.

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