Hearing The Changes are knowing what the chords of a song or chord progressions are and when the when the change. This lesson gets you on the road to developing this ability.
This involves know the chords of the keys and scales that are used for common progressions and songs. And the ability to recognize the sound of intervals, the distance between intervals.
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Here are the first steps to learning to "Hearing the Changes"
Hearing and figuring out the chords to a song takes the same skills as transcribing a song - its limited to the chords of the songs and you might be doing it in real time as the song is being played.
- Marking where the chord actually changes. This can be what measure and beat the chord changes happening or if learning using the lyrics as a reference, the word or syllable.
- Identifying the intervals of the root movement. This is the bass, root movement of ... or low end of the chord. If there is a bass playing on the song that is a good place to start by figuring out the bass line. If it's a simple song there is a good chance that they are fulfilling their primary role as a bass player and playing the actual chord tones of the chords - just as single notes and not strumming each chord like a ukulele or guitar player.
- Identify the starting key. This can give you a great clue as to the chords. Most pop, folk, rock and country songs don't change keys and all the chords will come from that key or be common substitutes. Jazz and songs popular before the rock'n'roll era typically modulated to different keys and didn't stay on one key or tonal area. They had a more sophisticated chord structure going on.
Without some of the skills mentioned above it's often a hit or miss, hunt and peck method of figuring out what the chord changes are to a song.
A to Z Blues Progressions for Ukulele - Example C
Solo ukulele recording of the example C blues progression.
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Harmonic Analysis for Scale Selection and Chord Substitution
Harmonic Analysis is the understanding of the functional sequence of chords. It is the process used to analyze the harmonic structure of a progression, song or composition. This analysis is then used to make scale selections for improvisation and chord substitution.
Modular Phonetic Rhythm, The Foundation and Workbook 1
Modular Phonetic Rhythm represents a significant advance in the teaching and application of rhythm. Eliminating many inefficient aspects of rhythm education, Modular Phonetic Rhythm streamlines the traditional educational approach, resulting in a reflexive reaction to rhythm.
The ability to place a single finger across more than one string, a “barre” is an essential technique for chords as well single notes and double stops.
From A to Z - These are the 26 blues chord progressions, extracted from my book Blues Chord Progressions for Ukulele from A to Z for use with on-line and private students.
Rhythm is in-separately linked to strums. Using the Modular Phonetic Rhythm System developed by Chuck Anderson this series of lessons start with the core four strums all ukulele players use and throughly digs in to the many variations possible.
Learning the similarities between chord progressions and songs helps you remember a lot of songs. There's a lot more in common between songs than one might think.
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Beer Barrel Polka
Beer Barrel Polka, also known as Roll Out the Barrel, is a song which became popular worldwide during World War II. The music was composed by the Czech musician Jaromír Vejvoda in 1927. Eduard Ingriš wrote the first arrangement of the piece, after Vejvoda came upon the melody and sought Ingriš's help in refining it. At that time, it was played without lyrics as Modřanská polka ("Polka of Modřany"). Its first text was written later (in 1934) by Václav Zeman – with the title Škoda lásky ("Wasted Love").
Autumn Leaves is a much-recorded popular song. Originally it was a 1945 French song "Les Feuilles mortes" (literally "The Dead Leaves") with music by Joseph Kosma and lyrics by poet Jacques Prevert. Yves Montand (with Irene Joachim) introduced "Les feuilles mortes" in 1946 in the film Les Portes de la Nuit. The American songwriter Johnny Mercer wrote English lyrics in 1947 and Jo Stafford was among the first to perform this version. Autumn Leaves became a pop standard and a jazz standard in both languages and both as an instrumental and with a singer.
All My Loving
All My Loving is a song by the Beatles, written by Paul McCartney (credited to Lennon–McCartney), from the 1963 album With The Beatles. Though it was not released as a single in the United Kingdom or the United States, it drew considerable radio airplay, prompting EMI to issue it as the title track of an EP. The song was released as a single in Canada, where it became a number one hit. The Canadian single was imported into the US in enough quantities to peak at number 45 on the Billboard Hot 100 in April 1964.
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