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Essential Jazz Scales for `Ukulele

Melody, chords, licks and riffs all can be related back to scales.

Published: 05 Oct 2012 Updated: 06 Apr 2020Visits: 88Code: UL04j

Topic: Scales ukulele Subjects: Intermediate Scales Advanced Jazz

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Essential Jazz Scales for `Ukulele

A scale is simply a collection of pitches or notes, not really “this is a Jazz scale", “this is a Blues” or “this is a Rock scale”. It’s how a scale is used that really matters.

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Most music starts with a scale. The melody, chords, licks and riffs all can be related back to a particular scale or scales.

After you mastering the six essentials scales below and start to explore more advanced styles of music, especially jazz. There are a few more scales that are needed to cover the broader harmonic palette that a typical jazz tune draws from.

Checkout the Related Video below for Examples in C Tuning, Open Position .

Due to the rich harmonic content of songs and somposition in the jazz repertoire the essential scale are, with their alternate names :

Scale Modes

  • Ionian (Major)
  • Dorian (Minor)
  • Phrygian
  • Lydian
  • Mixolydian (Dominant)
  • Aeolian (Natural Minor)
  • Locrian

Traditional Scales

  • Harmonic Minor
  • Jazz Minor - Descending Melodic Minor, Tonic Minor
  • Whole Tone
  • Diminished

Alterted Scales

  • Mixolydian +4 (Lydian Dominant)
  • Mixolydian -2 -6
  • Whole Tone
  • Diminished

Contemporary Scales

  • Blues (Minor Pentatonic)
  • Pentatonic (Major Pentatonic)

And a few other altered and add note scales are common. After master the above scales is should be no problem deriving additional scales from these essential scales.

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The Seven Scale Modes, Open Position Examples

The seven scale modes on ukulele in open postions with TAB and scale diagrams.

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