Getting Started with `Ukulele - Lesson Six
<div class="card card-cogs"> <p>For lesson <b>six</b> we'll add and build on the lesson and material from lesson five.</p>
<p>In lesson <b>six</b> you'll learn to following:</p>
<ul class="links-bold links-weekly-getting-started"> <li>Review of the Key Fret Concept for learning the ukulele fingerboard</li> <li>Four Finger, Single Note, Single String Fingering Drill Variations</li> <li>Primary Chords - Key of A (A, D and E)</li> <li>Common Chord Progressions for A Major</li> <li>Core Strumming Pattern Four</li> <li>Melodic Ear Training</li> </ul> </div>
NOTE: Although these lessons are presented as a weekly series, you can and should take as long as you like to master each week's lesson as there is a lot of material in each lesson in the series.
The individual lessons in this series are viewable from the Lessons button bar above.
The Fingerboard - Key Frets Review
After memorizing the key frets: open strings, fret (5) and fret (7). And the secondary key frets: fret (2) and fret (10). Go back and review and memorize the frets from string one to string four.
Know the notes of the neck needs to be second nature and instant recal. This is one are of learning the ukulele that you don't even need to have the ukulele with you and can be done any time.
Technique - Next Steps
After the basic one, two, three and four finger single string finger gymnastics. The next phase can open be determined by addressing and observing your current technique. Without this direct one-on-one observation there are several route that you can take. Either repeating notes, open strings, developing your barre, double stops or exploring the moving the basic four finger-four frets default fingering position around the fingerboard.
Moving the four fret, four finger position around the fingerboard is all about the Six Finger Principles from The Six Secrets of Ukulele Fingering which explores the basic, slide, pass, contraction, stretch and leap fingering principles.
Primary Chords - A Major
The key of A major is on of the common keys that include C, G, D, A and E.
As we learned in week one’s lessons - the primary chords are the three major chords that are the main chords of the key. The primary chords create the tension and resolution in music that gives a chord progression emotion – a feeling of rest and resolution or constance and dissonance.
Learn the A, D, E and E7 open position chords. With these four chords you can play countless songs in the key of A major.
Ultimately any chord can go an any chord so practice all the following combinations:
This will cover all possible connections. Practice switching at a SLOW tempo and slowly increase the tempo as you get comfortable with the chords.
Visualize the next chord while you are on the current chord.
With these Three Chords you can play a lot of songs.
Common Progressions - Key of A
With the primary and secondary chords in the key of A.
Core Strumming Pattern Four
This is the last of the four core strumming patterns. Theses are some of the most famous strumming patterns used - this one in particular is very popular.
Melodic Ear Training
Now that you know a bit about intervals, it’s time to start and recognize them by ear. This is where you can truly start to learn to Play by Ear
Functional pitch recognition involves identifying the function or role of a single pitch in the context of an established tonic. Once a tonic has been established, each subsequent pitch may be classified without direct reference to accompanying pitches. For example, once the tonic G has been established, listeners may recognize that the pitch D plays the role of the dominant in the key of G. No reference to any other pitch is required to establish this fact.
End of Lesson - Thanks, Hope You Enjoyed It!
Repeating Note Single String Fingering Drills • Updated: Feb 26, 2013
Building on the single note 1, 2, 3, and 4 finger basic gymnastics. Now with a repeating note or two. This series of lessons although the examples are shown for ukulele are appropriate for any fretted string instrument like guitar, banjo or mandolin.
Chord Switching - Double Stops • Updated: Apr 27, 2014
Switching chords are all about finger independence and working together. This can be developed using the double stop fingering drills presented in this lesson.
A double stop is a term borrowed from violin technique where you are stopping two strings or two notes - an interval.
Double Stop Chordal Drills
These series of drills develop finger independence and finger co-operation in pairs. The term double stop is borrowed from the violin string family and simply means that two notes are _stopped_ and sound together.
Primary Chords - A Major • Updated: Feb 8, 2013
<p>The primary chords for any major key are the <b>I</b>, <b>IV</b> and <b>V</b> chords of its corresponding major scale. For A Major the primary chords are: <b>A</b>, <b>D</b>, <b>E</b> and <b>E7</b></p> <p>From the primary and secondary chords of a major key countless songs and chords progressions can be played.</p>
A Guide to Ukulele Strums
Updated: Apr 11, 2019
Learn a variety of strums and rhythmic patterns in wide range of musical styles. One of the first skills a ukulele player learns is the art and craft of strumming, playing rhythm. This refers to an accompaniment technique suitable for the singer, singer - songwriter or someone who plays a support role for another instrument.
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.
Six Secrets of Ukulele Fingering
Updated: Dec 22, 2020
Learn the six fingering principles to navigating the ukulele fingerboard. Fingering is one of the most universal topics. Whether your style is Rock, Blues, Country, Jazz or Classical, these principles will improve your technique, your solos, even your sight reading. Think of fingering as a series of pathways. When you learn to connect these pathways, there are benefits not only to technique but also to creativity.
Harmonic Analysis for Scale and Chord Selection Updated: Jan 1, 2003
Harmonic Analysis is the process used to determine the harmonic function of chords within a chord progression or song. A chord progression is defined as a sequence of chords, each chord has a root and is a particular chord type. The relationship of a chord's to a scale determines its function within that scale's tonality.
Modular Phonetic Rhythm by Chuck Anderson Updated: Jan 1, 2003
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.
Getting Started Series of `Ukulele Lessons Updated: Jan 1, 2003
This series of lessons is intended to take a beginning ukulele player, just Getting Started through the basics. Your goal, as well as mine, is to help you create a solid foundation for future learning and development with this fun, cool instrument - the ukulele. This series of lessons are also a great refresher for all players who've been playing for awhile or are in a position to offer assistance or advice to fellow players.
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