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Getting Started with `Ukulele - Lesson Seven

PUBLISHED: Jan 9, 2014 UPDATED: Sep 17, 2018 • VIEWS: 0 • LESSON CODE: ULB01-wk-7

Instruments: ukulele Subjects: beginner

Getting Started with `Ukulele - Lesson Seven

For lesson seven we’ll add and build on the lesson and material from lesson six.

In lesson seven you’ll learn to following:

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 and Secondary Frets

If you're like most players learning the ukulele fingerboard, you might know them pretty well in one order - from string four to one - nose to toes, the ceiling to the floor or what ever direction you first learned them. Go back and memorize from the floor to the ceiling, the opposite direction.

Know the notes of the neck needs to be second nature and instant recall. 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.

Primary Chords - E Major

The key of E major is one 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 E, A, B, and B7 open position chords. With these four chords you can play countless songs in the key of A major.

Using the Quarter Notes strum and focus on switching between E, A, B, and B7.

NOTE: Technically the B chord do not fit my description of an open position chord as it does no contain any open strings. However with the key of E being a common key, especially on guitar the B is needed as they it is a primary chord.

Ultimately any chord can go to 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 E

With the primary and secondary chords in the key of E.

Additional Strumming Patterns

Sticking with the basic eighth core strum, here are another two, closely related and popular strumming patterns that can be added to your strumming vocabulary.

Unless a rhythmic pattern is strongly associated with a famous song or particular style it's hard to give it a descriptive name. So, the best way of naming it is by it's two Modular Phonetic Rhythm syllables ( see below lesson ).

Modular Phonetic Rhythm

The Modular Phonetic Rhythm system 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.

This system was developed by Chuck Anderson and forms the foundation for ALL things RHYTHM in the lessons available here.

Through the study of the Modular Phonetic Rhythm system you will can develop a larger vocabulary of stums. Review the introductory lesson on the system and then we'll dive right in it with he next weekly lesson.

Enharmonic Equivalents

An Enharmonic Equivalent is where a musical pitch can have different names depending on the context in which it is functioning. An example is G# produces the same pitch as Ab.

Enharmonic equivalents will sound the same but are notated differently using standard music notation.


End of Lesson - Thanks, Hope You Enjoyed It!

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The open strings and frets (5) and (7), with only natural notes in C tuning are somewhat easy to memorize. These can be considered Key frets.

Learning the Fingerboard, C Tuning - Secondary Key Frets • Updated: Feb 18, 2013

After learning the key frets the secondary key frets start to fill in the remaining fingerboard of the ukulele.

Primary Chords - E Major • Updated: Feb 8, 2013

The primary chords for any major key are the I, IV and V chords of its corresponding major scale. For E Major the primary chords are: E, A, B and B7

From the primary and secondary chords of a major key countless songs and chords progressions can be played.

Three Chord Progressions • Updated: Jan 15, 2016

Three-chord tunes, though, are more common, since a melody may then dwell on any note of the scale. Often the chords may be selected to fit a pre-conceived melody, but just as often it is the progression itself that gives rise to the melody.

`Ukulele Strums - Core Pattern 4.1 • Updated: Jun 23, 2014

Another one of the 72 possible strumming patterns based of the Modular Phonetic Rhythm systems level II rhythmic syllables.

In using music terms to describe the pattern, it is a dotted quarter note and one eight note to four eight notes. Basically one rhythmic rhythmic syllable from the Modular Phonetic Rhythm tied to another syllable from the system. Mater the individual syllables and you'll be able to master all 72 of the possible two syllable patterns.

`Ukulele Strums - Core Pattern 4.1T • Updated: Mar 12, 2013

Another one of the 72 possible strumming patterns based of the Modular Phonetic Rhythm systems level II rhythmic syllables.

The last pattern in this series with the end of the first rhythmic syllable tied to the beginning of the second rhythmic syllable.

Modular Phonetic Rhythm • Updated: Aug 1, 2018

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. This approach is applicable to all ages and to all styles of music. It has applications for the individual musician as well as for groups such as orchestra, jazz band, marching band, small groups etc.

Enharmonic Equivalents • Updated: Feb 13, 2020

An Enharmonic Equivalent is where a musical pitch can have different names depending on the context in which it is functioning. An example is G# produces the same pitch as Ab.

Related Books

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Finally, learn the names of the notes of the fingerboard. - C tuning

A Guide to Ukulele Strums
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Learn a variety of strums and rhythmic patterns in wide range of musical styles.

Ukulele- Reading Music Series - Primer
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Learn to read single note melodies in the first/open position.

Modular Phonetic Rhythm, The Foundation and Workbook 1
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Getting Started Series of `Ukulele Lessons
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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.

Related Lesson Files, Resources and Assets

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Basic Ukulele Chord Chart
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