Learning Ukulele with Curt

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`Ukulele • Piano Comparison

Piano has is so much easier when it comes to learning the names of the notes (the keys) of the keyboard. The standard piano keyboard is color coded. With the white keys being one of the seven letters of the musical alphabet "A B C D E F G" and the black keys either sharp or flat notes depending the direction and / or key, scale, melody or tonality.

`Ukulele Blues, Example D

"Major Quick Four Progression - Example D". From the book A Guide to Blues Progressions for Ukulele from A to Z.

`Ukulele Blues, Example J

"Diminished Seventh Passing Chord - Example J". From the book A Guide to Blues Progressions for Ukulele from A to Z.

`Ukulele Chords and Progressions

An overview of the Ukulele Chords and Chord Progression lessons available.

`Ukulele Scale Diagram Explained

The "Ukulele Scale Diagram" is an alternate notation and visual why of showing a scale using a grid pattern representing the strings and frets of the Ukulele Fingerboard.

`Ukulele Struming Pattern 6.1T

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

`Ukulele Strums - Core Pattern 4.1

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

`Ukulele Strums - Core Pattern 4.1T

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.

`Ukulele Strums - Core Pattern 6.1

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

`Ukulele Strums - Getting Started

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.

`Ukulele Strums and The Modular Phonetic Rhythm System

Strums are Inseparably Linked to Rhythm. Any strum can be broken down to its Modular Phonetic rhythmic syllables. Modular Phonetic Rhythm, by Chuck Anderson is a system for learning rhythm. It teaches rhythm phonetically - just as language does. Remember 'Strums ARE rhythm'

´Okina

The ´okina, also called by several other names, is a unicameral consonant letter used within the Latin script to mark the phonetic glottal stop, as it is used in many Polynesian languages.

12/8 Strum

The 12/8 Strum has application in Blues, Broadway, and 50’s Ballads.

4-part Contemporary Chords, a.k.a. Jazz Chords

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

4-Part Movable 7th Chord Forms

Based on the open position seventh chords: A7, C7, E7, and G7. These movable seventh forms allow you to transpose the open position seventh chords to any key.

4-Part Triads

A 4-part triad is created by lowering the root of a triad the corrext number of steps (a.k.a.) frets to get the "seventh" of the chord. For a flat seventh it's two frets for a major seventh its' one fret.

A - Open Position and Movable Forms

Open position A chords and its movable form and variations.

A Guide to Ukulele Strums Introduction

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.

A Practical Approach to Exploring Scales

On ukulele there aren't many positions where you can play a one octave scale from the root to octave. An instrument like the guitar with the additional lower strings five and six allows one to play a one octave scale in multiple positions in the basic 4-fret, 4-finger position. On ukulele there might be one or two depending on the scale and the key - and whether your using a low string four tuning. This lesson offers a practical approach to practicing your scales on ukulele.

A to Z Blues Progressions, Example - A

Example A blues progression from my book "A Guide To Blues Chord Progressions For Ukulele A To Z".

A to Z Blues Progressions, Example - B

Example B blues progression from my book "A Guide To Blues Chord Progressions For Ukulele A To Z".

A to Z Blues Progressions, Example - C

Example C blues progression from my book "A Guide To Blues Chord Progressions For Ukulele A To Z".

A to Z Blues Progressions, Example - D

Example D blues progression from my book "A Guide To Blues Chord Progressions For Ukulele A To Z".

A to Z Blues Progressions, Example - E

Example E blues progression from my book "A Guide To Blues Chord Progressions For Ukulele A To Z".

A to Z Blues Progressions, Example - F

Example F blues progression from my book "A Guide To Blues Chord Progressions For Ukulele A To Z".

A to Z Blues Progressions, Example - G

Example G blues progression from my book "A Guide To Blues Chord Progressions For Ukulele A To Z".

A to Z Blues Progressions, Example - H

Example H blues progression from my book "A Guide To Blues Chord Progressions For Ukulele A To Z".

A to Z Blues Progressions, Example - I

Example I blues progression from my book "A Guide To Blues Chord Progressions For Ukulele A To Z".

A to Z Blues Progressions, Example - J

Example J blues progression from my book "A Guide To Blues Chord Progressions For Ukulele A To Z".

A to Z Blues Progressions, Example - K

Example L blues progression from my book "A Guide To Blues Chord Progressions For Ukulele A To Z".

A to Z Blues Progressions, Example - L

Example L blues progression from my book "A Guide To Blues Chord Progressions For Ukulele A To Z".

A to Z Blues Progressions, Example - M

Example M blues progression from my book "A Guide To Blues Chord Progressions For Ukulele A To Z".

A to Z Blues Progressions, Example - N

Example N blues progression from my book "A Guide To Blues Chord Progressions For Ukulele A To Z".

A to Z Blues Progressions, Example - O

Example O blues progression from my book "A Guide To Blues Chord Progressions For Ukulele A To Z".

A to Z Blues Progressions, Example - P

Example P blues progression from my book "A Guide To Blues Chord Progressions For Ukulele A To Z".

A to Z Blues Progressions, Example - Q

Example Q blues progression from my book "A Guide To Blues Chord Progressions For Ukulele A To Z".

A to Z Blues Progressions, Example - R

Example R blues progression from my book "A Guide To Blues Chord Progressions For Ukulele A To Z".

A to Z Blues Progressions, Example - S

Example S blues progression from my book "A Guide To Blues Chord Progressions For Ukulele A To Z".

A to Z Blues Progressions, Example - T

Example T blues progression from my book "A Guide To Blues Chord Progressions For Ukulele A To Z".

A to Z Blues Progressions, Example - U

Example U blues progression from my book "A Guide To Blues Chord Progressions For Ukulele A To Z".

A to Z Blues Progressions, Example - V

Example V blues progression from my book "A Guide To Blues Chord Progressions For Ukulele A To Z".

A to Z Blues Progressions, Example - W

Example W blues progression from my book "A Guide To Blues Chord Progressions For Ukulele A To Z".

A to Z Blues Progressions, Example - X

Example X blues progression from my book "A Guide To Blues Chord Progressions For Ukulele A To Z".

A to Z Blues Progressions, Example - Y

Example Y blues progression from my book "A Guide To Blues Chord Progressions For Ukulele A To Z".

A to Z Blues Progressions, Example - Z

Example Z blues progression from my book "A Guide To Blues Chord Progressions For Ukulele A To Z".

A/Bb Movable Form Ukulele Chords

The "A/Bb Movable Form Ukulele Chords", based on the open position "A, Am, and A7" chords allow you to transpose these to any key. The movable form chords are the next step after learning the core open position chords.

A7 - Open Position and Movable Forms

Open position A7 chord and its movable form and variations.

Adjacent String Pairs Fingering Drills

Building on the one, two, three and four finger finger gymnastics, these adjacent strings drills add a change of direction to the exercises.

Advanced Guide to Chords - Chord Building Chart

Chords can be categorized into four basic chord types; Major, Minor, Diminished and Augmented. Here are the formulas for building the 11 basic 4-part chord types as well as the traditional triads. This chart can be used as a companion to any volume of The Advanced Guide to Guitar Chords and A Guide to Advanced Chords for Ukulele, which presents a highly organized and efficient approach to the mysterious subject of 4-part chords.

Advanced Single Note Fingering Drills for `Ukulele

To develop strong and independent left hand technique these series of graduated drills or finger gymnastics will increase your the comfort zone of usable technique. This lesson expands basic single string drills using multiple strings.

Altered Scales Choices

Alterted scale choices for improvisation.

Altered Seventh Chords on `Ukulele

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. You can then create more advanced chords like 9#11, 7#5-9, 13b5, 7+9 on the fly as needed from your core set of chords.

Alternate Fingerings for F7

Alternate fingerings for F7 in C tuning. The same fingerings would apply to C7 in G tuning and G7 in D tuning.

Alternating Thumb Style Series - Videos

Fingerpicking for Ukulele – Alternating Thumb Style videos all in one place. The videos are FREE to view for the months of April and May. After that they are for site members with Premium Site Access only.

Alternating Thumb Style, Additional Practice Material

Additional practice material for developing and exploring the possibilities of the alternating thumb on ukulele no found in the book.

Alternating Thumb Style, Additional Time Signatures

The patterns in the previous chapters were all in 4/4, common time with four beats per measure or pattern. The alternating thumb fingerpicking style can be used with additional time signatures.

Alternating Thumb Style, Banjo Rolls on Ukulele

Exploring banjo rolls on ukulele. In bluegrass music, a banjo roll or roll is a repeated accompaniment pattern of eighth notes. Each roll pattern is a right hand fingering pattern, which can be played while holding any chord position.

Alternating Thumb Style, Building a Solid Foundation - The Basics

As the subtitle of this Fingerpicking Basics lesson for Ukulele implies, this lesson's focus is on the alternating thumb part of the style. Commonly called Travis Picking on guitar and Scrugg's Style for banjo. For guitar it’s an alternating bass note style with the thumb playing the lower, bass notes.

Alternating Thumb Style, Conclusion

Fingerpicking for Ukulele – Alternating Thumb Style explored a lot of material. This style of fingerpicking or fingerstyle be can used in a wide variety of music. It’s a great addition to your music toolbox. A special thanks to my musical mentor Chuck Anderson, Glen Hirabayashi and Jan BroFka-Berends for their contributions to this book.

Alternating Thumb Style, Embellishments

Hammer-ons, Pull-offs, and Slides are the most basic embellishments and an integral part of rock, folk, country, bluegrass, and pop music styles.

Alternating Thumb Style, Examples Progressions

Common progressions can be used after mastering the individual patterns with a single chord and moving on the songs and common chord progressions.

Alternating Thumb Style, More Rhythmic Variations

More rhythmic variations can be incorporated into this style of fingerpicking, creating a variety of syncopated patterns.

Alternating Thumb Style, Patterns Summary

Summary of the core Alternating Thumb patterns from the Alternating Thumb Fingerpicking for Ukulele book.

Alternating Thumb Style, Reading TAB

Tablature, or "TAB" for short, is a musical notation system for indicating instrument fingering rather than musical pitches in the standard music tradition. Tablature is common for fretted stringed instruments such as the lute, vihuela, or guitar. Tablature has been around for centuries and was common during the Renaissance and Baroque eras.

Alternating Thumb Style, Remembering the Patterns

In addition to the individual rhythmic make-up of the pattern which is represented in the Standard Music Notation. Musical direction and the strings can help in remembering the patterns. The string pattern can really help with getting the plucking hand to actually execute the pattern as intended.

Alternating Thumb Style, Rhythmic Variations

Rhythmic variations can be incorporated into this style of fingerpicking, creating a variety of syncopated patterns. All previous patterns were steady in nature, with the thumb alternating and playing on every downbeat. Many of the following patterns are syncopated, creating rhythmic variety.

Alternating Thumb Style, The Pinch

All the previous lessons in the "Fingerpicking for Ukulele, Alternating Thumb Style Series" where melodic, single notes only. This lesson introduces The *Pinch, where any one of the thumb/index finger or thumb/middle finger combinations can be played together - harmonically.

Alternating Thumb Style, Thumb and One Finger - Level Four

All the previous lessons in the "Fingerpicking for Ukulele, Alternating Thumb Style Series" where melodic, single notes only. This lesson introduces The *Pinch, where any one of the thumb/index finger or thumb/middle finger combinations can be played together - harmonically.

Alternating Thumb Style, Thumb and One Finger - Level One

In this lesson we’re introducing the index finger once to the alternating thumb pattern mastered in the Alternate Thumb Fingerpicking Style - Introduction. There are four possible patterns when adding the index finger once in common or cut time.

Alternating Thumb Style, Thumb and One Finger - Level Three

In this lesson we’re introducing the index finger three times to the alternating thumb pattern mastered in the Alternate Thumb Fingerpicking Style - Introduction. There are three possible patterns in common or cut time.

Alternating Thumb Style, Thumb and One Finger - Level Two

In this lesson we’re introducing the index finger twice to the alternating thumb pattern mastered in the Alternate Thumb Fingerpicking Style - Introduction. There are six possible patterns in common or cut time.ssible variations in this lesson.

Alternating Thumb Style, Thumb and One Finger - The Middle Finger

In this lesson we’re reolacing the index finger with the middle finger for the patterns mastered in chapters/lessons two, three and four.

Alternating Thumb Style, Thumb and Two Fingers - Level Four

In this lesson we're introducing the middle finger to the fingerpicking patterns mastered in lesson/chapter five. There's only one pattern in common or cut time. this pattern is demonstarted on the four possible string orders.

Alternating Thumb Style, Thumb and Two Fingers - Level Three

In this lesson we're introducing the middle finger to the fingerpicking patterns mastered in lesson/chapter four. There's three patterns in common or cut time.

Alternating Thumb Style, Thumb and Two Fingers - Level Two

In this lesson we’re introducing the middle finger to the fingerpicking patterns mastered in chapter/lessons four. There are six possible patterns in common or cut time.

Am - Open Position and Movable Forms

Open position Am chord and its movable form and variations.

B7 - Open Position and Movable Forms

Open position B7 chord and its movable form and variations.

Backdoor Chord Progressions

In jazz and jazz harmony, the chord progression from IV7 to bVII7 to I has been nicknamed the backdoor progression or the backdoor II-V. This name derives from an assumption that the normal progression to the tonic, the II-V-I turnaround (II-V7 to I, see also authentic cadence) is, by inference, the front door. It can be considered a minor plagal cadence in traditional theory.

Banjo `Ukuleles

The Banjolele (brand name; sometimes banjo ukulele or banjo uke) is a four-stringed musical instrument with a small banjo-type body and a fretted ukulele neck. 'Banjolele', sometimes also spelled 'banjelele' or 'banjulele' is a generic nickname given to the instrument, which was derived from the 'banjulele-banjo' introduced by Alvin D. Keech in 1917.

Baritone `Ukuleles

The Baritone ukulele is the largest of the standard, most common sized ukuleles. It is tuned just like the thin, higher four strings of a standard tuned guitar (D G B A). This makes it a great starting instrument for little tikes wanting to play guitar but can't handle the steel strings and larger body size of the most acoustic guitars.

Barre Chords

"barre", the old English spelling vs. bar which refers to a measure of music, is used to indicate a placing of a finger across two or more strings. If covering all the strings it's called a full barre and if fewer than all the strings it’s a partial barre. It’s a classical guitar technic used for guitar, ukulele, mandolin and other fretted string instruments regardless of style. In classical guitar notation, there are music symbols for indicating both a full barre, the letter C with option Roman numerals CVII for the fret position and a partial barre using a ¢VII with a line through it like a cent sign. Pretty rare for anything other classical guitar music.

Basic `Ukulele Chord Fingering

The art and science of chord fingering. Learning your basic open position chords in common keys. We have four fingers and there're all not equal. Some shorter then others and some stronger that others. Everybody's hand is a little different. This does play a role in fingering chords.

Basic `Ukulele Strums and Variations

"A strum is the execution of a specific rhythmic pattern, at tempo, in a particular style." A strum can be broken down into its rhythmic syllables. These rhythmic syllables are defined by what particular style is being performed. Basic ukulele strums and variations to get you started.

Basic Blues Progressions in A Major

Basic and Quick Change blues chord progressions in the key of A major using the core 7th chords from the Big Six series of lessons. This is great way to explore this core chord in various keys.

Basic Blues Progressions in Ab Major

Basic and Quick Change blues chord progressions in the key of Ab major using the core 7th chords from the Big Six series of lessons. This is great way to explore this core chord in various keys.

Basic Blues Progressions in Bb Major

Basic and Quick Change blues chord progressions in the key of Bb major using the core 7th chords from the Big Six series of lessons. This is great way to explore this core chord in various keys.

Basic Blues Progressions in C Major

Basic and Quick Change blues chord progressions in the key of C major using the core 7th chords from the Big Six series of lessons. This is a great way to explore this core chord in various keys. These are the two most common blues progressions used in traditional and contemporary music.

Basic Blues Progressions in D Major

Basic and Quick Change blues chord progressions in the key of D major using the core 7th chords from the Big Six series of lessons. This is great way to explore this core chord in various keys.

Basic Blues Progressions in Db Major

Basic and Quick Change blues chord progressions in the key of Db major using the core 7th chords from the Big Six series of lessons. This is great way to explore this core chord in various keys

Basic Blues Progressions in E Major

Basic and Quick Change blues chord progressions in the key of E major using the core 7th chords from the Big Six series of lessons. This is great way to explore this core chord in various keys.

Basic Blues Progressions in Eb Major

Basic and Quick Change blues chord progressions in the key of Eb major using the core 7th chords from the Big Six series of lessons. This is great way to explore this core chord in various keys.

Basic Blues Progressions in F Major

Basic and Quick Change blues chord progressions in the key of F major using the core 7th chords from the Big Six series of lessons. This is great way to explore this core chord in various keys.

Basic Blues Progressions in G Major

Basic and Quick Change blues chord progressions in the key of G major using the core 7th chords from the Big Six series of lessons. This is great way to explore this core chord in various keys. These are the two most common blues progressions used in traditional and contemporary music.

Basic I VI II V Introduction in Key of C

A common variation of the** I V **chord progression and introduction: C Am Dm G

Basic Movable Form Chords

Sometimes called barre chords, these chords venture beyond the third fret.

Basic Open Position `Ukulele Chord Chart

A core set of basic ukulele chords that ALL Ukulele players should know in the five common keys of C, G, D, A and E. With the possible seventh chords for the same common keys. The chart is organized in common keys and covers basic chords in these keys.

Basic Open Position `Ukulele Chord Chart - Baritone Tuning

A core set of basic chords that ALL Ukulele players should know in common keys.

Basic Open Position `Ukulele Chord Chart for Lefties

A core set of basic ukulele chords that ALL Left Handed Ukulele players should know in the five common keys of C, G, D, A and E. With the possible seventh chords for the same common keys. The chart is organized in common keys and covers basic chords in these keys.

Basic Open Position Guitar Chords

Sometimes referred to as cowboy or folk chords. These chords are played in the fret one, two, and three are of the guitar neck and include at least one open string. Technically the open position includes the open strings and frets one, two, three and four. These are typically the first chords anyone learning to play the guitar learn.

Basic Open Position Guitar Chords - Standard Tuning

Not to leave our guitar players out of the action here is a chart for basic chords for guitar. The basic open position chords that all guitar players should know. These are typically the first chords beginner learn.

Basic Single Note Drills for `Ukulele

Basic one, two, three and four note single string drills for ukulele for developing finger strength and independence. It's critical a player develop the finger strength and independence to explore their full musical potential. By developing a great fingerboard hand, you will be able to explore more challenging musical situations.

Basie Ending

The Count Basie ending is one of the most recognizable endings in classic jazz. It is simple, effective and one ending that all gigging jazz musicians must know.

Bass `Ukuleles

Four sizes of ukuleles are common: soprano, concert, tenor, and baritone. There's also the less common sopranino and the bass ukulele at the extreme ends of the size spectrum.

Bass for Ukulele Players

Every musician should be able to play a little bass. A bass player plays chords - just like ukulele players. However there are not strummed. They are played as individual notes - melodically.

Blues Chord Progressions

The twelve bar blues and its many variants use an elongated, three-line form of the I - IV - V chord progression that has also generated countless hit records, including the most significant output of rock and rollers such as Chuck Berry and Little Richard.

Bossa Nova

Bossa Nova is a genre of Brazilian music, which developed and was popularized in the 1950s and 1960s and is today one of the best-known Brazilian music genres abroad. The phrase bossa nova means literally “new trend”. A lyrical fusion of samba and jazz, bossa nova acquired a large following in the 1960s initially among young musicians and college students. Since its inception, it has remained a vital part of the standard jazz repertoire.

Building a Solid Jazz Chord Foundation for `Ukulele

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.

C - Open Position and Movable Forms

Open position C chord and its movable form and variations.

C/Db Movable Form Ukulele Chords

The "C/Db Movable Form Ukulele Chords", based on the open position "C, Cm, and C7" chords allow you to transpose these to any key. The movable form chords are the next step after learning the core open position chords.

C7 - Open Position and Movable Forms

Open position C7 chord and its movable form and variations.

Chord a Day Videos - February

The videos for all of February's Chord A Day lessons in one place.

Chord a Day Videos - January

The videos for all of January's Chord A Day lessons in one place.

Chord a Day Videos - March

The videos for all of March's Chord A Day lessons in one place.

Chord a Day, February 10th - A9

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for February 10th is A9

Chord a Day, February 11th - A13

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for February 11th is A13

Chord a Day, February 12th - A13

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for February 12th is A13

Chord a Day, February 13th - Bb5add2

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for February 13th is Bb5add2

Chord a Day, February 14th - Csus2

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for February 14th is Csus2.

Chord a Day, February 15th - Gsus2

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for February 15th is Gsus2.

Chord a Day, February 16th - C13

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for February 16th is C13.

Chord a Day, February 17th - C7b9

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for February 17th is C7b9.

Chord a Day, February 18th - Em7

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for February 18th is Em7.

Chord a Day, February 19th - G6

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for February 19th is G6.

Chord a Day, February 1st - C#m

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for February 1st is C#m

Chord a Day, February 20th - dim7

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for February 20th is a diminished seventh chord.

Chord a Day, February 21st - dim7

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for February 21st is a Diminished Seventh chord.

Chord a Day, February 22nd - F#m7b5

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for February 22nd is F#m7b5.

Chord a Day, February 23rd - Asus4

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for February 23rd is Asus4.

Chord a Day, February 24th - A+

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for February 24th is A+.

Chord a Day, February 25th - Cmaj9

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for February 25th is Cmaj9.

Chord a Day, February 26th - Amaj9

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for February 26th is Amaj9.

Chord a Day, February 27th - Am9

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for February 27th is Am9.

Chord a Day, February 28th - Em9

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for February 28th is Em9.

Chord a Day, February 29th - ?

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for February 29th is ( see ya' in 2020).

Chord a Day, February 2nd - F#m

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for February 2nd is F#m

Chord a Day, February 3rd - Bbmaj7

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for February 3rd is Bbmaj7

Chord a Day, February 4th - Dsus2

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for February 4th is Dsus2

Chord a Day, February 5th - F5add2

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for February 5th is F5add2

Chord a Day, February 6th - C5add2

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for February 6th is C5add2

Chord a Day, February 7th - G5

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for February 7th is G5

Chord a Day, February 8th - Gmaj7

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for February 8th is Gmaj7

Chord a Day, February 9th - Cadd9sus4

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for February 9th is Cadd9sus4

Chord a Day, January 10th - C7

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for January 10th is C7

Chord a Day, January 11th - D7

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for January 11th is D7. This partial D7 is ofter referred to as the Hawaiian D7 chord after its use in the Chord sequence C D7 G7, a common turnaround in Hawaiian music. So much so that it's called the Hawaiian Turnaround.

Chord a Day, January 12th - E7

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for January 12th is E7

Chord a Day, January 13th - Gsus4

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for January 13th is Gsus4

Chord a Day, January 14th - A7

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for January 14th is A7

Chord a Day, January 15th - Fm

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for January 15th is Fm.

Chord a Day, January 16th - Cm

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for January 16th is Cm.

Chord a Day, January 17th - E

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for January 17th is E.

Chord a Day, January 18th - C6

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for January 18th is C6.

Chord a Day, January 19th - B7

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for January 19th is B7.

Chord a Day, January 1st - C

Happy New Year - What better way than to start the new year off with learning a new ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for January 1st is C. Originally start 2013, this is a great way to review and learn your chords.

Chord a Day, January 20th - D

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for January 20th is D.

Chord a Day, January 21st - A

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for January 21st is A.

Chord a Day, January 22nd - Eb

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for January 22nd is Eb.

Chord a Day, January 23rd - Gm

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for January 23rd is Gm.

Chord a Day, January 24th - C5

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for January 24th is C5.

Chord a Day, January 25th - Cmaj7

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for January 25th is Cmaj7.

Chord a Day, January 26th - Emaj7

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for January 26th is Emaj7.

Chord a Day, January 27th - Amaj7

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for January 27th is Amaj7.

Chord a Day, January 28th - C9

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for January 28th is C9

Chord a Day, January 29th - Am7

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for January 29th is Am7

Chord a Day, January 2nd - F

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for January 2nd is F. January 2nd happens to be my (Curt) birthday. Sorry, Mom and Dad, you didn't get that tax deduction.

Chord a Day, January 30th - Asus4

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for January 30th is Asus4

Chord a Day, January 31st - Csus4

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for January 31st is Csus4

Chord a Day, January 3rd - G

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for January 3rd is G. G is a primary chord in the common keys of G, C, and D.

Chord a Day, January 4th - G7

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

Chord a Day, January 5th - Dm

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for January 5th is Dm The 'm' is pronounced 'minor'.

Chord a Day, January 6th - Em

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for January 6th is Em The 'm' is pronounced 'minor'.

Chord a Day, January 7th - Am

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for January 7th is Am The 'm' is pronounced 'minor'. This chord, discovered deep in the Lehigh Coal & Navigation Company's coal mine in Mauch Chunk, Carbon County of Pennsylvania by Am.

Chord a Day, January 8th - Cadd9

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for January 8th is Cadd9. Cadd9 is a great contemporary chord in wide use in a variety of styles.

Chord a Day, January 9th - Cadd2

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for January 9th is Cadd2. Cadd2 is a great contemporary chord in wide use in a variety of styles.

Chord a Day, March 10th - B7

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for March 10th is B7.

Chord a Day, March 11th - Eb7

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for March 11th is Eb7.

Chord a Day, March 12th - Ab7

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for March 12th is Ab7.

Chord a Day, March 13th - Db7

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for March 13th is Db7.

Chord a Day, March 14th - Ab7

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for March 14th is Ab7.

Chord a Day, March 15th - Db7

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for March 15th is Db7.

Chord a Day, March 16th - C9

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for March 16th is C9.

Chord a Day, March 17th - F9

Learn a new Ukulele Chord a Day for every day of the year. The chord for March 17th is F9.

Chord a Day, March 18th - G9

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for March 18th is G9.

Chord a Day, March 19th - A9

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for March 19th is A9.

Chord a Day, March 1st - Bb

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for March 1st is Bb. For transposition purposes today's the root on string one or four can be used. This is where really and I mean really knowing the notes of the ukulele fingerboard really pay off.

Chord a Day, March 20th - D9

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for March 20th is D9.

Chord a Day, March 21st - E9

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for March 21st is E9.

Chord a Day, March 22nd - C13

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for March 22nd is C13.

Chord a Day, March 23rd - C13

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for March 23rd is C13.

Chord a Day, March 24th - F7

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for March 24th is F7.

Chord a Day, March 25th - F7#5

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for March 25th is F7#5.

Chord a Day, March 26th - F9#5

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for March 26th is F9#5.

Chord a Day, March 27th - F7b9#5

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for March 27th is F7b9#5.

Chord a Day, March 28th - F7b9b5

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for March 28th is F7b9b5.

Chord a Day, March 29th - F7#9b5

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for March 29th is F7#9b5.

Chord a Day, March 2nd - Bb7

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for March 2nd is Bb7. Using the root on string one from yesterday's Bb chord allows you to reuse the transposition chart or knowledge for the Bb7 shown today.

Chord a Day, March 30th - F7#9#5

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for March 30th is F7#9#5.

Chord a Day, March 31st - C13#9

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for March 31st is C13#9.

Chord a Day, March 3rd - F7

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for March 3rd is F7. We are now entering into the so-called “Jazz” chord, world of chords. Technically “Jazz” chords are simply 4-part contemporary chords that find the use in a wide variety of traditional and contemporary music.

Chord a Day, March 4th - C7

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for March 4th is C7.

Chord a Day, March 5th - G7

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for March 5th is G7.

Chord a Day, March 6th - D7

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for March 6th is D7.

Chord a Day, March 7th - A7

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for March 7th is A7.

Chord a Day, March 8th - E7

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for March 8th is E7.

Chord a Day, March 9th - B7

Learn a new Ukulele chord every day of the year. The chord for March 9th is B7.

Chord Alterations

The "fifth", "ninth", "eleventh" and "thirteenth" of a chord can be altered. Alterations can be applied 1, 2 and 3 at a time. The alternations give a chord added color or tension.

Chord Shapes and Learning `Ukulele Chords

Pick up any chord dictionary, and one thought that should go through your mind is - TOO MANY CHORDS There is now way to memorize all those shapes. It would be better off learning how they came up with all those shapes. Most chord dictionaries are also just like pages transposed to all possible keys.

Chord Spelling - An Alternate Approach

An alternate approach to determining the chord tones of any chord. Bottom-line is, it's the notes that make the chord, not the shape. A C chord is C, E, G - NOT this or that shape.

Chord Spelling - Triads

This lesson presents the traditional approach for learning the chord tones of chords with a little twist to make it a bit easier. A Chord is three or more notes sounded simultaneously - together or almost together. The minimum number of notes required for a chord are three. These three note chords are called triads. Two notes are usually referred to as an interval or dyad. Each note of a chord is called a chord tone.

Chord String Family Organization

Organizing your “Jazz”, 4-part chords for Ukulele and Guitar.

Chord Substitution on `Ukulele

A chord substitution is when one chord replaces another chord or is used in addition to a current chord.

Chord Switching - Double Stops

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.

Classic Endings for `Ukulele

Two Feel, bVImaj7 bIImaj7, Basie Ending, Single, Double and Triple Tags, Chromatic, Take 'A' Train Ending, Shave and a Hair Cut, Lawrence Welk Ending. These are common classic songs ending that are used over and over in the standard song repertoire.

Clave

Just what is a Clave?

Clawhammer `Ukulele Basics- Clawhammer Ukulele 2nd Edition

People have asked me about Clawhammer style. That is not really a style I have master, although I can teach it.

Cm - Open Position and Movable Forms

Open position Cm chord and its movable form and variations.

Color Tones and Chords

The most important notes or chord tones in a chord are the notes that contribute most to the actual sound or “color” of the chord. For a major or minor triad, the third of the chord performs this function. For other chords, any note that makes it different from other chord types with the same root are the color tones.

This lesson is a more for less type of lesson exploring what notes are actually important in chords. The best place to start with this concept is 4-part chords and the Big Six Core Chords.

Common `Ukulele Tunings

Any tuning is possible on a ukulele as long as the ukulele’s construction supports it and a string is available.

Common Chord Progression for Ukulele, C Major

In Western Harmony there is no stronger chord resolution in a major or minor key than then the V chord to the I chord, the dominant to tonic. In the key of C major this is G or G7 to C.

Common Chord Progressions

In Western Harmony there is no stronger chord resolution in a major or minor key than then the V chord to the I chord. In the key of C major this is G or G7 to C.

Common Chord Progressions

Learning the similarities between chord progressions and songs helps you remember a lot of songs. There's a lot more in common between songs than one might think. This series of lessons explores common chord progressions.

Common Chord Progressions for the Key of A

Common chord progressions for the key of A. Using the primary and seconday chords for the key explore these common chord progressions for the key of A.

Common Chord Progressions for the Key of Ab

Common chord progressions for the key of Ab. Using the primary and seconday chords for the key explore these common chord progressions for the key of Ab.

Common Chord Progressions for the Key of B

Common chord progressions for the key of B. Using the primary and seconday chords for the key explore these common chord progressions for the key of B.

Common Chord Progressions for the Key of Bb

Common chord progressions for the key of Bb. Using the primary and seconday chords for the key explore these common chord progressions for the key of Bb.

Common Chord Progressions for the Key of C Major

Sometimes called the “learning key”, the key of C Major is one of the easiest keys to memorize and begin using. C major (often just C or key of C) is a musical major scale based on C, with pitches C D E F G A B C. Its key signature has no flats or sharps. Its relative minor is A minor A B C D E F G A B.

Common Chord Progressions for the Key of C#

Common chord progressions for the key of C#. Using the primary and seconday chords for the key explore these common chord progressions for the key of C#.

Common Chord Progressions for the Key of Cb

Using the primary and secondary chords for the key explore these common chord progressions for the key of Cb. The key of Cb is a pretty rare key but actually an easy key to relate to the key of C. The key of C has ALL natural notes and the key of Cb has all flat notes for the scale: Cb Db Eb Fb Gb Ab Bb Cb`. The names of the notes are the easy part, the chords are typically played as movable form chords with only the Fb ( the enharmonic equivalent name is E ) available as an open string in the C tuning.

Common Chord Progressions for the Key of D

Common chord progressions for the key of D. Using the primary and secondary chords for the key explore these common chord progressions for the key of D. D is one of the common keys that include C, G, *D, A, and E.

Common Chord Progressions for the Key of Db

Common chord progressions for the key of Db. Using the primary and seconday chords for the key explore these common chord progressions for the key of Db.

Common Chord Progressions for the Key of E

Common chord progressions for the key of E. Using the primary and seconday chords for the key explore these common chord progressions for the key of E.

Common Chord Progressions for the Key of Eb

Common chord progressions for the key of Eb. Using the primary and seconday chords for the key explore these common chord progressions for the key of Eb.

Common Chord Progressions for the Key of F

Common chord progressions for the key of F. Using the primary and seconday chords for the key explore these common chord progressions for the key of F.

Common Chord Progressions for the Key of F#

Common chord progressions for the key of F#. Using the primary and seconday chords for the key explore these common chord progressions for the key of F#.

Common Chord Progressions for the Key of G

Common chord progressions for the key of G. Using the primary and seconday chords for the key explore these common chord progressions for the key of G.

Common Chord Progressions for the Key of Gb

Common chord progressions for the key of Gb. Using the primary and seconday chords for the key explore these common chord progressions for the key of Gb.

Common Jazz Chord Progressions

Common Jazz Chord Progressions - there is a lot more common between songs than you might think. This lessons show some common progressions and the jazz standards that use them.

Common Progressions, Major Keys

Every wonder why certain chords seem to popup together time and time again? All harmonic or chord movement in a chord progression is a combination of the active and passive quality of individual chords within the progression or song. Chords provide tension and resolution, the feeling of movement and non-movement in songs and progressions.

Comparing the High G and Low G, C Tunings

Exploring the differences in these two common C tunings, both the high G reentrant tuning associated with he ukulele and the low G variation. There are benefits to exploring both C tunings. Good excuse to have more ukes -:)

Comping the Blues for Guitar, String Family 1234

Using the blues progression will can explore all voicings on string family 1 2 3 4. Using Voice Leading principles we will explore all 4 voicings of a seventh chords. To goal here is to play a different voicing in each measure. By transposing the C7 voicings to F7 (up 5 frets) and G7 (up 2 frets from F7).

Concert `Ukulele

The "Concert" ukulele is sized in between the smaller Soprano ukulele and the tenor ukulele. A concert ukulele typically has 14 to 17 frets. The tuning for the Concert is most commonly G C E A, or C Tuning. The same as the Soprano and Tenor ukulele.

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.

Cool `Ukulele Chords - A7

A cool chord is most likely a Free Form chord. A free form chord typically includes open strings, wide stretches, displaced chord tones and or chord voicings. Plus they just sound cool.

Cool `Ukulele Chords - F Sharp Minor Seven Flat Five

F#m7b5 or F# half-diminished seven is a common chord in the key of G major and Em - especially Em.

Cool `Ukulele Chords - G7

A non-traditional fingering for the G7 chord using the knowledge that the notes of a G7 chord are G B D F.

Cool Chords: C7

This is a movable seventh chord. I use this at fret (5) for D7 in my arrangement of Take the A Train. This allows me to sustain the chord and grab the high E melody on string one at fret (7).

Core `Ukulele Chords, Diminished and Augmented Triads, Strings 1 2 3

A triad is a three note chord. In traditional chord theory there are four triad chord types: major, minor, diminished and augmented. This lesson covers the augmented and diminished triads on string 1 2 3.

Core `Ukulele Chords, Diminished and Augmented Triads, Strings 1 2 3 4

A triad is a three note chord. In traditional chord theory there are four triad chord types: major, minor, diminished and augmented. This lesson covers the augmented and diminished triads on strings 1 2 3 4.

Core `Ukulele Chords, Diminished and Augmented Triads, Strings 2 3 4

A triad is a three note chord. In traditional chord theory there are four triad chord types: major, minor, diminished and augmented. This lesson covers the augmented and diminished triads on strings 2 3 4.

Core `Ukulele Chords, Major and Minor Triads, Strings 1 2 3

A triad is a three note chord. In traditional chord theory there are four triad chord types: major, minor, diminished and augmented. This lesson covers the major and minor triads on string 1 2 3.

Core `Ukulele Chords, Major and Minor Triads, Strings 1 2 3 4

A triad is a three note chord. In traditional chord theory there are four triad chord types: major, minor, diminished and augmented. This chart covers the major and minor triads on strings 1 2 3 4.

Core `Ukulele Chords, Major and Minor Triads, Strings 2 3 4

A triad is a three note chord. In traditional chord theory there are four triad chord types: major, minor, diminished and augmented. This chart covers the major and minor triads on strings 2 3 4.

Core `Ukulele Chords, Traditional and Contemporary Triads

A "Triad" is a three note chord. In traditional music theory, there are four triad chord types: major, minor, diminished, and augmented. Contemporary triads include sus and add.

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 - Creating the Big Six from F7, 1st Voicing

Taking a movable "F7" chord, you can derive each of the Big Six Core Chords. 7, maj7, m7, m7b5, dim7, and aug7 from that voicing.

Core Chords - Creating the Big Six from F7, 2nd Voicing

Taking a movable "F7" chord, you can derive each of the Big Six Core Chords. 7, maj7, m7, m7b5, dim7, and aug7 from that voicing.

Core Chords - Creating the Big Six from F7, 3rd Voicing

Taking a movable "F7" chord, you can derive each of the Big Six Core Chords. 7, maj7, m7, m7b5, dim7, and aug7 from that voicing.

Core Chords - Creating the Big Six from F7, 4th Voicing

Taking a movable "F7" chord, you can derive each of the Big Six Core Chords. 7, maj7, m7, m7b5, dim7, and aug7 from that voicing.

Core Chords - The Big Six - Building a Solid Chord Foundation

The Big Six Core Chords is a series of lessons for building your core, essential 4-part chords. These chords commonly called jazz chords, are really just 4-part chords used in a wide range of musical styles. These chords include: Seventh , Major Seventh, Minor Seventh, Half Diminished Seventh or Minor Seven Flat Five, Diminished Seventh, and Augmented Seventh. These six chords form a core set of chords.

Core Chords for Ukulele - Augmented Major Seventh, Four Voicings

A rare chord, an augmented triad with a major seventh. Used the support the melody when the melody is the major seventh.

Core Chords for Ukulele - Diminished Major Seventh, Four Voicings

A rare chord, a diminished triad with a major seventh. Used the support the melody when the melody is the major seventh.

Core Ukulele Chords - Level One

The remaining chords for The Big Six, Level I Core Chords. The Big Six chords include: Seventh 7, Major Seventh maj7, Minor Seventh m7, Half Diminished Seventh or Minor Seven Flat Five diminished 7 m7b5, Diminished Seventh o7 and Augmented Seventh +7. These six chords form a core set of chords.

Core Ukulele Chords - Sevenths

These chords are movable chord forms based on core 4-part seventh chords and triads with duplicated and/or omitted notes.

Core Ukulele Chords - Triads, Add Chords

A triad is a three note chord. In traditional chord theory there are four traditional triad chord types: major, minor, diminished and augmented. And four contemporary triad chord types: sus2, sus4, add2 and add9. This series of lessons explores contemporary add chords using triads cover is earlier lessons of this series.

Core Ukulele Chords - Triads, Suspended Chords

A triad is a three note chord. In traditional chord theory there are four traditional triad chord types: major, minor, diminished and augmented. And four contemporary triad chord types: sus2, sus4, add2 and add9.

This series of lessons explores contemporary suspended or sus chords using triads cover is earlier lessons of this series.

Counting Triplets

Time to chime in and reveal how simple it is to learn to play triplets and triplet based strums. Counting triplets is as simple as counting anything else. Simply use the counting system we all learned early on - use numbers.

Creating Cool `Ukulele Chords

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?"

Creating Introductions and Turnarounds for `Ukulele

Introductions are a composed or improvised pieces of music that introduce - sets the stage for - a song or composition. Introductions, or intro for short, are used in all types of music. In this lesson, the focus is on introductions in contemporary pop, rock, blues, country, folk and jazz styles.

Creating Intros, Basic I V on C Major

A basic I V introduction in the key of C major: C to G or G7. The Tonic to Dominant.

D - Open Position and Movable Forms

Open position D chord and its movable form and variations.

D7 - Open Position and Movable Forms

Open position D7 chord and its movable form and variations.

Demystifying Cut Time by Chuck Anderson

Cut Time is a source of confusion for many musicians. What exactly does it mean and how do you apply it? Here is a guest lesson by internationally renowned jazz guitarist and educator Chuck Anderson.

Derived Frets from Key Frets

There is nothing that returns more value for time investment when learning a fretted musical instrument like the guitar than really, and I mean really knowing the names of the notes of the fingerboard.

Developing Your Finger One Barre

The ability to place a single finger across more than one string, a “barre” is an essential technique for chords as well single notes and double stops.

Developing Your Single Note Picking

Developing you single note picking starts with holding the pick properly, choosing the proper size and material and actually working on picking on your guitar.

Diminished & Augmented Chords

Movable form "Diminished" and "Augmented" form chords.

Diminished Scale for `Ukulele - C Tuning

The "Diminished Scale" is a symmetrical scale with a repeating pattern of whole steps and half steps. You only need three Diminished scales to cover all 15 keys.

Dm - Open Position and Movable Forms

Open position Dm chord and its movable form and variations.

Dominant Seventh Chords?

Not all seventh chords are actually "dominant" seventh chords. This lesson covers when is a Dominant Seventh Chord NOT truly a Dominant seventh?

Double Time Strum

The Double Time Strum has application in R&B, Funk, and Disco.

E - Open Position and Movable Forms

Open position E chord and its movable form and variations.

E7 - Open Position and Movable Forms

Open position E7 chord and its movable form and variations.

Ear Training

Ear Training is the development of the active and passive capability to relate to music aurally. This includes the ability to recognize melodic and harmonic intervals, chords, chords progressions, rhythm, melody and harmony.

Ear Training - Pitch Recognition

Ear Training is the development of the active and passive capability to relate to music aurally. This includes the ability to recognize melodic and harmonic intervals, chords, chords progressions, rhythm, melody, and harmony.

Effect Pedals and the Ukulele

Typically effects pedals are not used with the ukulele. However there is no reason they can’t be used.

Em - Open Position and Movable Forms

Open position Em chord and its movable form and variations.

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 but have different standard notations when written in music.

Essential `Ukulele Strums - A Guide to `Ukulele Strums

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 - songwriter or someone who plays a support role for another instrument.

Essential Ab Major Scale Patterns for Ukulele

Essential Ab Major scale patterns for ukulele. Learning scales typically starts with learning a position or pattern by shape. For a lot of players that's where it stops. With the many possible shapes between chords and scales to learn - there has to be a better way - There is!!!

Essential Bb Major Scale Patterns for `Ukulele

Essential Bb Major scale patterns for ukulele.

Essential C Blues Scale Patterns for Ukulele

Essential C Blues/Minor Pentatonic scale patterns for ukulele.

Essential C Major Scale Patterns for `Ukulele

Essential C Major scale patterns for ukulele. Learning scales typically starts with learning a position or pattern by shape. For a lot of players that‘s where it stops. With the many possible shapes between chords and scales to learn - there has to be a better way - There is!!!

Essential D Major Scale Patterns for `Ukulele

Essential D Major scale patterns for ukulele.

Essential Db Major Scale Patterns for Ukulele

Essential DbMajor scale patterns for ukulele. Learning scales typically starts with learning a position or pattern by shape. For a lot of players that's where it stops. With the many possible shapes between chords and scales to learn – there has to be a better way – There is!!!

Essential Eb Major Scale Patterns for Ukulele

Essential Eb Major scale patterns for ukulele. Learning scales typically starts with learning a position or pattern by shape. For a lot of players that's where it stops. With the many possible shapes between chords and scales to learn - there has to be a better way - There is!!!

Essential F Major Scale Patterns for `Ukulele

Essential F Major scale patterns for ukulele.

Essential G Major Scale Patterns for Ukulele

Essential G Major scale patterns for ukulele. Learning scales typically starts with learning a position or pattern by shape. For a lot of players that's where it stops. With the many possible shapes between chords and scales to learn - there has to be a better way - There is!!!

Essential Jazz Scales for `Ukulele

After you mastering the six essentials scales below and start to explore more advanced styles of music, especially jazz. There are a few more scales that are needed to cover the broader harmonic palette that a typical jazz tune draws from.

Essential Scales

A scale is a collection of pitches a.k.a. notes, used for creating melodies, either pre composed or improvised on the spot. A scale is also used for the harmony – the chords. The melodies and chords create a tonality. The most common source for these melodies and chords is the Major scale. Also known as the Ionian scale or mode.

Every Finger, Every String

The benefits of being able to play melodies, lick, riffs starting on any finger on any string.

Example Bossa Nova Patterns

Here are few example rhythmic patterns to get the essence the Bossa Nova style.

Exploring Core Chords on Guitar using Strings 1 2 3 4 and C Blues

Using chord "Voice Leading" principles we will explore all 4 voicings of core seventh chords using string family 1 2 3 4 chords.

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.

Exploring Jazz ``Ukulele

Wikipedia defines "Jazz" as a musical art form which originated at the beginning of the 20th century in African American communities in the Southern United States from a confluence of African and European music traditions. The style's West African pedigree is evident in its use of blue notes, improvisation, polyrhythms, syncopation, and the swung note.

Exploring Jazz Chords on `Ukulele, Standard Example - All of Me

Using the jazz standard "All of Me" to explore jazz chords on ukulele.

Exploring Jazz Chords on `Ukulele, Standard Example - All of Me

Using the jazz standard "All of Me" to explore jazz chords on ukulele.

Exploring Jazz Chords on `Ukulele, Standard Example - Autumn Leaves

Using the jazz standard "Autumn Leaves" to explore jazz chords on ukulele.

Exploring Jazz Chords on Ukulele, Standard Example - All the Things You Are

Using the jazz standard "All the Things You Are" to explore jazz chords on ukulele.

Exploring Jazz Chords on Ukulele, Standard Example - Back Home in Indiana

Using the jazz standard "Back Home in Indiana" to explore jazz chords on ukulele.

Exploring Jazz Chords on Ukulele, Standard Example - Have You Met Miss Jones

Using the jazz standard "Have You Met Miss Jones" to explore jazz chords on ukulele.

Exploring Jazz Chords on Ukulele, Standard Example - It's Only a Paper Moon

Using the jazz standard "It's Only a Paper Moon" to explore jazz chords on ukulele.

Exploring Jazz Chords on Ukulele, Standard Example - Satin Doll

Using the jazz standard "Satin Doll" to explore jazz chords on ukulele. This also a great song for an introduction and exploring the very common, "II V" harmonic cell.

Exploring Jazz Chords on Ukulele, Standard Example - Someday My Prince Will Come

Using the jazz standard "Someday My Prince Will Come" to explore jazz chords on ukulele.

Exploring Jazz Chords on Ukulele, Standard Example - Summer Samba

Using the jazz standard "Summer Samba" to explore jazz chords on ukulele.

Exploring Jazz Chords on Ukulele, Standard Example - Sweet Georgia Brown

Using the jazz standard "Sweet Georgia Brown" to explore jazz chords on ukulele.

Exploring Jazz Chords on Ukulele, Standard Example - Sweet Georgia Brown

A variation of the previous lessons using the jazz standard "Sweet Georgia Brown" to explore jazz chords on ukulele.

Exploring Jazz Chords on Ukulele, Standard Example - Take the A Train

Using the jazz standard "Take the A Train" to explore jazz chords on ukulele.

Exploring Jazz Chords on Ukulele, Standard Example - The Days of Wine and Roses

Using the jazz standard "The Days of Wine and Roses" to explore jazz chords on ukulele.

Exploring Jazz Chords on Ukulele, Standard Example - There Will Never Be Another You

Using the jazz standard "There Will Never Be Another You" to explore jazz chords on ukulele.

Exploring Jazz Chords on Ukulele, Standard Example - Yesterday

Using the classic Beatles cone by Paul McCartney "Yesterday" to explore jazz chords on ukulele.

Exploring Jazz Chords on Ukulele, Standard Varition Example - Satin Doll

A variation using the jazz standard Satin Doll to explore jazz chords on ukulele.

Exploring Major Triads on `Ukulele Using a I IV I V Progression - Key of D

Exploring major triads using the primary chords of D major. Triads are one of the first chords that really bring to light the need to know the notes of the neck. This lessons shows the three voicings and the solutions for playing a common 1 4 1 5 progression using D, G and A triads on the string 1 2 3 set.

Exploring Major Triads on `Ukulele Using a I IV I V Progression - Key of G

Exploring major triads using the primary chords of G major. Triads are one of the first chords that really bring to light the need to know the notes of the neck. This lesson shows the three voicings and the solutions for playing a common 1 4 1 5 progression using G, C and D triads on the string 1 2 3 set.

Exploring Major Triads on Ukulele Using a I IV I V Progression - C Major

Building major triads using the primary chords of C major. Triads are one of the first chords that really bring to light the need to know the notes of the neck. This lesson shows the three voicings and the solutions for playing a common "1 4 1 5" progression using C, F and G triads on the string 1 2 3 set.

Exploring Major Triads Plus One - Fingering Solutions 1 2 3 5

Exploring the triads plus one series is best done using the QuickStart series format and the fingering principles from my book The Six Secrets of Ukulele Fingering. The QuickStart series format single fingering solution for starting on each finger on strings four, three, two and one. Using the fingering principles from my book The Six Secrets of Ukulele Fingering allows you to explore scales, arpeggios, intervals and sequences from every finger-every strings, creating multiple pathways through any single note passage.

Exploring Minor Triads Plus One - Fingering Solutions 1 2 b3 5

Exploring the triads plus one series is best done using the QuickStart series format and the fingering principles from my book The Six Secrets of Ukulele Fingering. The QuickStart series format single fingering solution for starting on each finger on strings four, three, two and one. Using the fingering principles from my book The Six Secrets of Ukulele Fingering allows you to explore scales, arpeggios, intervals and sequences from every finger-every strings, creating multiple pathways through any single note passage.

F - Open Position and Movable Forms

Open position F chord and its movable form and variations.

F7 - Open Position and Movable Forms

Open position F7 chord and its movable form and variations.

Fifties (1950s) Chord Progressions

Another common way of extending the I - IV - V sequence is by adding the chord of the sixth scale degree, giving the sequence I - vi - IV - V or I - vi - ii - V, sometimes called the 50s progression.

Finding a Good Teacher

It's unfortunate that there' s no oversight or organization that regulates private music teachers. This is especially true for private guitar and ukulele teachers. Anyone can hang a shingle out advertising private lessons or put content online. So finding a good teacher can be a problem. Here are a few questions you can ask prospective teachers and generally speaking what their answers should be. I'll also input my perspective which should give some info on accurately evaluating a prospective teacher or online content.

Fingering an Open Postion D Major `Ukulele Chord

There are several ways to finger an open position D major chord. Depending on the context of how it's being used, one fingering might be better than another. Discover the "Mushy D" fingering.

Fingering Gymnastics - a.k.a. Fingering Drills Introduction

Ukulele Gymnastics series contains quite a few lessons for developing your finger strength and independence of the fretting hand. The fretting hand is responsible for playing chords and single notes. The fretting hand and plucking hand are responsible for getting the music out.

Fingernail Care

If there is one area of discussion that players recommendations are all over the board on - it's fingernails for classical guitar. The technique and subject for classica guitar is appropriate for ukulele as well. The ukulele is almost a mini classical guitar missing two strings.

Fingerpicking for Ukulele - Getting Started

There are two distinctly different Fingerpicking Styles. The Classical (pima) and "Alternating Thumb Style" commonly called "Travis Picking" in the guitar world and "Scruggs Style" in the banjo world. The focus of this series is on the classical (pima) style.

Fingerpicking on `Ukulele - Alternating Thumb Style

There are two common styles of fingerpicking on ukulele. This series of lessons explores the Alternating Thumb Style. A future series will explore the Thumb and three finger style, the traditional p i m a classical guitar style that we’ll adapt to ukulele.

Fingerpicking on Ukulele - Alternating Thumb Style

The "Alternating Thumb Style" lessons are in their own section and book.

Fingerstyle Basics for `Ukulele - t i m r, ( p i m a )

This lesson covers the common terms used for identifying the fingers used. And, presents a series of single string exercises for exploring and developing the techniques needed for this style.

Fingerstyle on `Ukulele - Single and Multi String Exploration

Exploring fingerstyle on ukulele. This lesson covers the common terms used for identifing the fingers used. And, presents a series of single and multi-string exercises for exploring and developing the techniques needed for this style.

First `Ukulele Lesson

This is a scan of a typical first lesson that ALL students new to the ukulele might get in one of my private one-on-one lessons. View the full lesson for my notes and my comments on what doesn't make it on every the sheet. There's a lot of that goes on in an individual private lesson and is different from student to student.

Fm - Open Position and Movable Forms

Open position Fm chord and its movable form and variations.

Four Famous Core `Ukulele Strums - Pattern - Pattern Four

For ukulele, there are four core, basic strums that will get you started. This is the fourth of the four core patterns. This is the famous Island Strum that you will hear a lot in the Ukulele community.

Four Famous Core `Ukulele Strums - Pattern - Pattern Three

For ukulele there are four core, basic strums that will get you started. This is the third of the four core patterns.

Four Famous Core `Ukulele Strums - Pattern - Pattern Two

For ukulele and guitar there are four core, basic strums that will get you started. This is the second of the four core patterns.

Four Famous Core `Ukulele Strums - Pattern - Review

Review of the four core ukulele strums.

Four Famous Core `Ukulele Strums - Pattern One

For ukulele there are four core, basic strums that will get you started. This is the first of the four core patterns.

Four Finger Slide Fingering Drills for Ukulele

Slide, used when the passage cannot be played within a single 4 fret span or when more notes per string required to produce a particular effect. I's also used in situations where a gradually ascending or descending diagonal motion best solves the physical and musical demands of the passage.

Four Finger-Four Note Basic Single String Fingering Drills for `Ukulele

To play the ukulele effectively, your fingers need physical strength, agility, flexibility and coordination. This four finger-four note drill is designed to get your hands in shape. These exercises work no matter what style of ukulele you play or want to play.

Four Finger, Single Note, Single String Gymnastic Variations

All the basic single string one, two, three and four finger gymnastics can be revisited and variations created by moving a note to higher strings. Rhythmic variation are also possible.

Free Form Chords

"Free Form" chords are those chords that do not fall into one of the other chord categories. They typically don't show up in chord dictionaries or software programs. You can create these chords when you know the notes of the ukulele fingerboard, know the principles of chord construction and know the actual names of the notes the chord as well the intervals that make up a chord.

G - Open Position and Movable Forms

Open position G chord and its movable form and variations.

G/Ab Movable Form Ukulele Chords

The "G/Ab Movable Form Ukulele Chords", based on the open position "G, Gm, and G7" chords allow you to transpose these to any key. The movable form chords are the next step after learning the core open position chords.

G7 - Open Position and Movable Forms

Open position G7 chord and its movable form and variations.

Gallop Strum

The Gallop