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Core Chords - Building a Solid Foundation of Contemporary Chords

A Pro's approach to build your "Jazz" chords.

PUBLISHED: Nov 11, 2013 UPDATED: Nov 11, 2013 • VIEWS: 6 • LESSON CODE: UL42

Instruments: ukulele Subjects: advancedbeginnerintermediatecorechordstriadsjazzrock

Core Chords - Building a Solid Foundation of Contemporary Chords

Core Chords are a concept that I typically apply to 4-part chords and your more contemporary modern chords. This where a solid foundation of a core set of chords really help in learning the massive amount of chords that are required for play contemporary music or jazz on ukulele or guitar. Not such a task on ukulele with on one four string set of strings to build your 4-part chords vs. the theoretically possible 15 sets available for guitar.

Core Chords is a series of UkuleleLessons for building your core 4-part, aka “jazz” chords. These chords commonly called “jazz” chords, are really just 4-part chords that are used in a wide range of musical styles.

These lessons present a highly organized and efficient approach to the mysterious subject of advanced chords. Chord dictionaries are not the answer. Even chord theory does not offer any insight into unraveling the complexity of Ukulele chord voicings.

Building Your Core Chord Foundation

Sometimes called a “Dominant 7th” chord, the 7th chord provides a great foundation for building your core chords.

From the following four 7th chords you can build a set of chords which include: Seventh (7), Major Seventh (maj7), Minor Seventh (m7), Half Diminished Seventh (ø7) or Minor Seven Flat Five (m7b5), Diminished Seventh (°7) and Augmented Seventh (+7). These six chords form a core set of chords.

Beyond Basic Open Position Chords , Basic Movable Form Chords and Core Set Of 4-part Contemporary Chords there are just too many chords shapes too memorize. Learning the principles of how chords are constructed and the ukulele fingerboard are the way to go. Then you can create more advanced chords like 9#11, 7#5-9, 13b5, 7+9 on the fly as needed.

Seventh chords are the chords that have the most possible variations. 9th, 11th, 13th, b5, #5, b9, #9. And, combinations of the same.

From four F7 chord voicings or shapes, your can build your massive 4-part, a.k.a., “jazz” chord vocabulary.

Click on any one of the individual F7 chords above to start the lesson for that particular voicing or shape.

Why this F7?

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Why this F7? Why not a C7, E7, G7 - the other open position seventh chords that these core chords are based on?

This F7 is based on the E7 and the only one of the E7, C7, A7 and G7 open position chords that the Big Six Core Seventh chords, in their first position, first fret (1) transposable versions are a natural letter chord name. That way you don't have to worry about Enharmonic Equivalents such as C#7/Db7, A#7/Bb7, or G#7/Ab7. An yes I know that there is E# - however that is very rare.

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Ukulele Chord a Day, January 10th - C7

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for January 10th is C7. Often called a “C Dominant 7’. The dominant actually refers to its function and is not a chord type. See the Dominant Seventh? lesson for the complete details: https://learningukulele.com/lessons/code/UL42-7-dom

C7 is a primary chord and the dominant chord in the key of F major.

This C7 is one of the open position seventh chords that form the foundation for all of our Big Six core chords include: Seventh (7), Major Seventh (maj7), Minor Seventh (m7), Half Diminished Seventh or Minor Seven Flat Five diminished 7 (m7b5), Diminished Seventh (°7), and Augmented Seventh (+7). These six chords form a core set of chords. The Core Ukulele Chords - The Big Six lesson series can be found here: https://learningukulele.com/series/code/UL42-7

For a further exploration of this chord and its movable form visit the Movable Ukulele Chords series of lessons: https://learningukulele.com/lessons/code/UL200.

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Ukulele Chord a Day, January 11th - D7

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for January 11th is D7. Often called a “D Dominant 7’. The dominant actually refers to its function and is not a chord type.

D7 is a primary chord and the dominant chord in the key of G major.

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Ukulele Chord a Day, January 4th - G7

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for January 4th is G7.

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Building a Solid Jazz Chord Foundation for `Ukulele • Updated: Oct 12, 2015

Commonly called jazz chords, these more sophisticated, contemporary chord voicings find their way into a wide variety of music forms and styles. This lesson is the first on the series that builds your core foundation for these chords. This is an expanded and improved version of my Building A Solid Jazz Chord Foundation for Ukulele workshop that I've presented several times at various ukulele festivals over the past several years.

Learning Core Seventh Chords on `Ukulele • Updated: Mar 16, 2020

Beyond basic open position chords, basic movable form chords and a core set of 4-part chords. There are just too many chords shapes too memorize. Learning the principles of how chords are constructed and the ukulele fingerboard are the way to go. Then you can create more advanced chords like 9#11, 7#5-9, 13b5, 7+9 on the fly as needed.

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