Getting Started with `Ukulele - Lesson Six
For lesson six we'll add and build on the lesson and material from lesson five.
In lesson six you'll learn to following:
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 Frets Review
After memorizing the key frets: open strings, fret (5) and fret (7). And the secondary key frets: fret (2) and fret (10). Go back and review and memorize the frets from string one to string four.
Know the notes of the neck needs to be second nature and instant recal. This is one are of learning the ukulele that you don't even need to have the ukulele with you and can be done any time.
Technique - Next Steps
After the basic one, two, three and four finger single string finger gymnastics. The next phase can open be determined by addressing and observing your current technique. Without this direct one-on-one observation there are several route that you can take. Either repeating notes, open strings, developing your barre, double stops or exploring the moving the basic four finger-four frets default fingering position around the fingerboard.
Moving the four fret, four finger position around the fingerboard is all about the Six Finger Principles from The Six Secrets of Ukulele Fingering which explores the basic, slide, pass, contraction, stretch and leap fingering principles.
Primary Chords - A Major
The key of A major is on of the common keys that include C, G, D, A and E.
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 A, D, E and E7 open position chords. With these four chords you can play countless songs in the key of A major.
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.
Common Progressions - Key of A
With the primary and secondary chords in the key of A.
Core Strumming Pattern Four
This is the last of the four core strumming patterns. Theses are some of the most famous strumming patterns used - this one in particular is very popular.
Melodic Ear Training
Now that you know a bit about intervals, it’s time to start and recognize them by ear. This is where you can truly start to learn to Play by Ear
Functional pitch recognition involves identifying the function or role of a single pitch in the context of an established tonic. Once a tonic has been established, each subsequent pitch may be classified without direct reference to accompanying pitches. For example, once the tonic G has been established, listeners may recognize that the pitch D plays the role of the dominant in the key of G. No reference to any other pitch is required to establish this fact.
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