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Essential Jazz Scales for `Ukulele

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

PUBLISHED: Oct 5, 2012 • UPDATED: Oct 5, 2012 • LESSON CODE: UL04j • VISITS: 14

ukulele Subjects: advancedintermediatejazzscales

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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.

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.

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Here are the six essential scales, in open position, the key of C.

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