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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 composition in the jazz repertoire the essential scale are, with their alternate names :
- Ionian (Major)
- Dorian (Minor)
- Mixolydian (Dominant)
- Aeolian (Natural Minor)
- Harmonic Minor
- Jazz Minor - Descending Melodic Minor, Tonic Minor
- Whole Tone
Essential Jazz Scales for `Ukulele…
- Mixolydian +4 (Lydian Dominant)
- Mixolydian -2 -6
- Whole Tone
- 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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