Getting Started with `Ukulele - Lesson Three
For Lesson Three we'll add and build on the lessons and material from lesson two.
In lesson 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.
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!
Learning the Fingerboard, C Tuning - Fret (7) • Updated: Feb 18, 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 (7) is a <em>Key</em> fret. From the key and secondary key frets, adjacent frets can be memorized relative to that fret.
Primary Chords - G Major • Updated: Feb 15, 2013
<p>The primary chords for any major key are the <b>I</b>, <b>IV</b> and <b>V</b> chords of its corresponding major scale. For G Major the primary chords are: <b>G</b>, <b>C</b>, <b>D</b> and <b>D7</b></p> <p>From the primary and secondary chords of a major key countless songs and chords progressions can be played.</p>
Understanding Diatonic Intervals • Updated: Dec 9, 2011
An interval is the distance between two notes. An interval has a name and a type. Intervals can be played one note (melodic) or two notes (harmonic) at a time, ascending or descending.
Simple and Compound Intervals are taken from a major scale.
Chromatic Intervals are NOT taken from a major scale. They are derived from the diatonic intervals.
Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard - C Tuning
Updated: Apr 19, 2017
Finally, learn the names of the notes of the fingerboard. Learning the notes of your instrument allows you the flexibility of not having to remember so many shapes. There are simply way too many chords, scale and notes patterns, and shapes to remember. It all comes down the notes.
A Guide to Ukulele Strums
Updated: Apr 11, 2019
Learn a variety of strums and rhythmic patterns in wide range of musical styles. One of the first skills a ukulele player learns is the art and craft of strumming, playing rhythm. This refers to an accompaniment technique suitable for the singer, singer - songwriter or someone who plays a support role for another instrument.
Bingo Updated: Dec 6, 2015
Bingo, also known as Bingo Was His Name-Oand There Was a Farmer Who Had a Dog, is an English language children's song of obscure origin. In most modern forms, the song involves spelling the name of a dog, and with increasing letters replaced with handclaps on each repetition.
Brown Eyed Girl Updated: Feb 5, 2016
Brown Eyed Girl is a song by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison. Written and recorded in 1967 by Van Morrison and produced by Bang Records chief Bert Berns, it was first released in May 1967 on the album Blowin' Your Mind!. When released as a single, it rose to number eight on the Cashbox charts, and reached number ten on the Billboard Hot 100.
Red River Valley Updated: Mar 19, 2020
Red River Valley is a folk song and cowboy music standard of controversial origins that has gone by different names—e.g., "Cowboy Love Song", "Bright Sherman Valley", "Bright Laurel Valley", "In the Bright Mohawk Valley", and "Bright Little Valley" — depending on where it has been sung.
Harmonic Analysis for Scale and Chord Selection Updated: Jan 1, 2003
Harmonic Analysis is the process used to determine the harmonic function of chords within a chord progression or song. A chord progression is defined as a sequence of chords, each chord has a root and is a particular chord type. The relationship of a chord's to a scale determines its function within that scale's tonality.
Modular Phonetic Rhythm by Chuck Anderson Updated: Jan 1, 2003
Modular Phonetic Rhythm represents a significant advance in the teaching and application of rhythm. Eliminating many inefficient aspects of rhythm education, Modular Phonetic Rhythm streamlines the traditional educational approach, resulting in a reflexive reaction to rhythm.
Getting Started Series of `Ukulele Lessons Updated: Jan 1, 2003
This series of lessons is intended to take a beginning ukulele player, just Getting Started through the basics. Your goal, as well as mine, is to help you create a solid foundation for future learning and development with this fun, cool instrument - the ukulele. This series of lessons are also a great refresher for all players who've been playing for awhile or are in a position to offer assistance or advice to fellow players.
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