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Published: 2014-01-08 Updated: 2014-02-12 00:00:00 • 1980

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Practice Tips for A to Z Blues Chord Progressions for `Ukulele

by Curt Sheller, Curt Sheller Publications

Here are a series of practice tips fro getting the most out of the blues chord progressions in the A to Z Blues Progressions for Ukulele book.

One problem that I’ve seen with a lot of my private students is that they tend to not spend enough time with each progression and don’t practice them in tempo.

Start with a slow tempo where you can comfortable switch between all the chords. If you are having any trouble switching play each chord as a whole note with each chord lasting four beats and leave the chord early to have enough time to get to the next chord - or just slow the tempo down to the point where you are successful. With each success increase the tempo a bit until it is at your goal.

Follow this sequence when playing through the progressions.

  1. Play all chords as whole notes where each chord last for four beats or even counts each.
  2. Then as half notes where each chord last for two beats each.
  3. As quarter notes with each chord lasting one beat.
  4. Finally as a dotted half note to an eight note. This is counted 1 and 2 and playing on the one and and of 2.
  5. At this point you can play any rhythmic pattern or strum you would like. Visit the Modular Phonetic Rhythm series of lessons or books by Chuck Anderson for more on rhythm.

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