Getting Started with `Ukulele - Lesson Two
For lesson two we'll add and build on the lessons and material from lesson two.
In week two you'll learn the following:
- Learning the Fingerboard, Key Fret (5)
- Secondary Chords - Key of C
- Common Chord Progressions for C Major
- Two Finger - Two Note Fingering Drills
- The Quarter Note Strum - Variations
- Whole Steps and Half Steps Explained
- The Chromatic Scale
NOTE: Although these lessons are presented as a weekly series, you can and should take as long as you like to master each week's lesson as there is a lot of material in each lesson in the series.
The individual lessons in this series are viewable from the Lessons button bar above.
The Fingerboard - Key Fret (5)
The key frets are the three frets that have no sharp or flat notes - only natural notes. Fret (5) is C F A D from strings four to one.
After memorizing the chromatic scale, the seven letters and twelve notes of music we can derive the higher and lower frets from any fret we know.
If you know the open strings, G C E A you get fret (1) for G# C# F A#. Fret (12) is also G C E A this gets you fret (11) Gb B Eb Ab
From this weeks fret (5) C F A D you get fret (6) C# F# A# D# and the fret (4) B E Ab Db.
From three frets you now know over 50% of the fingerboard.
Turns out you only need five frets and you can get the entire fingerboard.
Technique - Two Finger - Two Note Fingering Drills
The Ukulele Gymnastics series contains quite a few lessons for developing your finger strength and independence of the fretting hand. The fretting hand is responsible for playing chords and single notes. The fretting hand and plucking hand are responsible for getting the music out.
Secondary Chords - Key of C
Continuing with the common of key of C major and adding to the primary chords C, F, G and G7 from last week’s lessons. We can add the secondary chords Dm, Em, and Am.
Common Progressions - Key of C
With the primary and secondary chords in the key of C.
The Quarter Note Strum - Variations
Learning an instrument is about building on what you already know. This is a perfect principle for building on strumming patterns.
Whole Steps, Half Steps
There is only one scale that contains ALL 12 notes of music in one octave, the Chromatic Scale.
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Learning the Fingerboard, C Tuning - Fret (5) • Updated: Feb 17, 2013
There is nothing that returns more value when learning a fretted musical instrument like the ukulele than really, and I mean really knowing the names of the notes of the fingerboard. This is not the same as learning to read music â€” but simply knowing the name of any note on the fingerboard.
Fret (5) is a Key fret. From the key and secondary key frets, adjacent frets can be memorized relative to that fret.
Secondary Chords - C Major • Updated: Feb 8, 2013
The secondary chords for any major key are the II, III and VI chords of itâ€™s corresponding major scale. For C Major the secondary chords are: Dm, Em and Am
From the primary and secondary chords of a major key countless songs and chords progressions can be played.
Common Chord Progressions for the Key of C Major • Updated: Feb 25, 2013
Sometimes called the “learning key”, the key of C Major is one of the easiest keys to memorize and begin using.
The key signature for C Major and A Minor contain NO sharps or flats.
C major (often just C or key of C) is a musical major scale based on C, with pitches C, D, E, F, G, A, and B. Its key signature has no flats or sharps.
Its relative minor is A minor, and its parallel minor is C minor.
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