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Creating Cool `Ukulele Chords
Cool Chords - These are the chords that don't typically show up in chord dictionaries or song books. They might show up in software programs that produce chords based on some underlying computer algorithm.
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Cool Chords - These are the chords do not typically show up in chord dictionaries or song books. These are the chords players ask, “What is that chord?”
Chords can be grouped into one of four categories: open position chords, basic movable form chords, 4-part contemporary chords and free form chords. It's the free form chord category that these cool chords fall into.
One problem with chords are the number of possible voicings and shapes they produce. Memorizing chord shapes is fine for the basic open position and movable form chords. There are just way too many possible voicings and shapes to memorize and the remembering shapes approach quickly falls apart when applied to 4-part chords and is useless for remembering these free form chords.
What is a Free Form Chord?
A cool chord is most likely a Free Form chord. These free form chords typically include open strings, wide stretches, displaced chord tones and or chord voicings. Plus they just sound "cool".
A Free Form chord is where you know the notes of the chord (chord spelling) and the notes of the ukulele fingerboard. You can then play chords not found in to other three categories.
Checkout Benny Chong as he is the master of these crazy chords.
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A Guide to Advanced Ukulele Chords - Volume I
Updated: Feb 13, 2020
Beyond learning basic Ukulele chords most players struggle with advanced chords. Commonly called 'jazz' chords, these more sophisticated voicings find a wide use in all forms of music. A Guide to Advanced Chords for Ukulele - presents a highly organized and efficient approach to the mysterious subject of advanced chords. Chord dictionaries are not the answer.
Exploring Jazz Chords on Ukulele
Updated: Nov 24, 2009
Exploring jazz chords using a variety of common chord progressions based on songs from the standard jazz repertoire. Core Chords are the basic set of chords needed to play a wide range of music, in a variety of styles. This set of chords includes basic open position chords, basic movable form chords and the core 4-part "jazz" chords.
Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard - C Tuning
Updated: Apr 19, 2017
Finally, learn the names of the notes of the fingerboard. Learning the notes of your instrument allows you the flexibility of not having to remember so many shapes. There are simply way too many chords, scale and notes patterns, and shapes to remember. It all comes down the notes.
Harmonic Analysis for Scale Selection and Chord Substitution
Updated: Nov 20, 2020
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.
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