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Navigating the C Major Scale
The C Major Scale is typically the first Full Diatonic major scale that most players learn. It’s the first scale to learn when stating to explore music theory - the principles of music.
With the ukulele’s ability to play notes in alternate locations along the fingerboard this scale can be played in different positions.
Every Finger Every String
Ultimately you should able to play any note using any finger. A great way to explore the fingerboard is to start on every note of a scale and play all available notes in that position ( vertical ) or along the strings ( horizontal ).
We’ll start our exploration using the C major scale and starting on each note of the scale along string three , playing all available notes in a four or five fret span.
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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.
Key Signatures - C Major and A Minor
Learn the recognize the key signature for C Major and A Minor. Learn their corresponding Major and Natural Minor scales with basic ukulele chords for each scale. Sometimes called the learning key, the key of C Major is one of the easiest keys to memorize and begin using.
Connecting Scale Positions on `Ukulele
Whether it’s connecting licks, riffs, scale positions, arpeggios, sequences or melodies – navigating the fingerboard and connecting the various positions - it’s all about using sound fingering principles. I’ve adapted Chuck Anderson’s, The Six Secrets of Guitar Fingering to the ukulele in my book The Six Secrets of Ukulele Fingering. It’s from these six fingering principles that connecting positions and navigating the multitude of possible pathways on the ukulele can become second nature.
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Pass Gymnastics for Ukulele
Beyond the basic four fret fingering position, it's on to the remaining fingering principles for navigating the fingerboard. The second in the series is the Pass.
Using the * Pass* fingering principle from the Six Secerts of Ukulele Finger to navigate the ukulele fingerboard.
Pass is used when the passage can not be played within a single 4 fret span or when more notes per string are needed to produce a particular effect.
Slide Gymnastics for Ukulele
Beyond the basic four fret fingering position, it's on to the remaining fingering principles for navigating the fingerboard. The first in the series is the Slide.
Using the Slide fingering principle from the Six Secerts of Ukulele Finger to navigate the ukulele fingerboard.
Slide is used when the passage can not be played within a single 4 fret span or when more notes per string are needed to produce a particular effect.
Ukulele Fingering Gymnastics - Basic
This series of lessons develops your finger independence, strength and motor skills to a high level. You don't want to have technique as a limiting factor for play a song or performing anything on the ukulele.
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