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Exploring Improvisation on `Ukulele Using Tetrachords

A tetrachord is a series of four tones filling in the interval of a perfect fourth. This smaller module becomes a bit more manag

PUBLISHED: Jan 2, 2005 UPDATED: Jan 12, 2014 • VIEWS: 2 • LESSON CODE: UL115

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Exploring Improvisation on `Ukulele Using Tetrachords

Traditionally, a tetrachord is a series of four tones filling in the interval of a perfect fourth. In modern usage a tetrachord is any four-note segment of a scale or tone row including the augmented fourth (+4). The term tetrachord derives from ancient Greek music theory, it literally means four strings.

A Tetrachord of tetrascale approaches improvisation utilizing this smaller module of four notes vs. a more traditional scale approach. This smaller module becomes a bit more manageable.

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