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Getting Started with `Ukulele - Lesson Three

PUBLISHED: Oct 31, 2013 UPDATED: Apr 11, 2019 • VIEWS: 21 • LESSON CODE: ULB01-wk-3

Instruments: ukulele Subjects: beginner

Getting Started with `Ukulele - Lesson Three

For lesson three we'll add and build on the lessons and material from lesson two.

In week three you'll learn the following:

  • Learning the Fingerboard, Key Fret (7)
  • Primary Chords for G Major (G, C, and D)
  • Common Chord Progressions for G Major
  • Three Finger - Three Note Fingering Drills
  • Core Strumming Pattern One
  • Understanding Intervals

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.

Learning the Fingerboard, Key Key Fret (7)

You might have noticed that the Fingerboard lesson is always the first topic we cover in each week’s lesson – it is that important.

The third of the key frets with no sharp or flat notes - only natural notes is fret (7) is D G B E from strings four to one. If you are coming to ukulele from guitar you might recognize these as the names of the thin four strings of a standard tuned guitar.

From this weeks fret (7) D G B E you get fret (8) D# G# C F and the fret (6) Db Gb Bb Eb.. We also go Fret (6) from fret (5) in week two’s lesson. Each fret on the ukulele can have more than one name depending on the context the note is being used. For the purpose of names the notes any correct name if fine.

Technique - Three Finger - Three 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.

Primary Chords - G Major

The key of G major is on of the common keys that include C, G, D, A, and E. For guitar G is really common and a comfortable singing key for most males.

As we learned in week one’s lessons - the primary chords are the three major chords that are the main chords of the key. The primary chords create the tension and resolution in music that gives a chord progression emotion – a feeling of rest and resolution or constance and dissonance.

Learn the G, C, D and D7 open position chords. With these four chords you can play countless songs in the key of G major.

Using the Quarter Notes strum and focus on switching between G, C, D, and D7.

Ultimately any chord can go an any chord so practice all the following combinations:

This will cover all possible connections. Practice switching at a SLOW tempo and slowly increase the tempo as you get comfortable with the chords.

Visualize the next chord while you are on the current chord.

With these three chords you can play a lot of songs. Try a few of the ones listed below.

Core Strumming Pattern One

After the basic Quarter Note strum there are four core strumming patterns that can get you started. These are four of the most used strums in contemporary music.

This is the first of the four core strumming patterns. Theses are some of the most famous strumming patterns used.

Understanding Intervals

An intervals is simply the distance from one single note to another single note. They have and name and distance.

End of Lesson - Thanks, Hope You Enjoyed It!

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