Learn a New Ukulele Chord Each Day of 2017!!!
Today's Chord a Day, January 21st - A
Each day of 2017 there’s a new chord you can learn and add to your chord vocabulary. First time here? Start with the January 1st chord.
Welcome to the LearningUkulele.com Site
- 619 lessons and counting...
We, I, Me ( Curt Sheller ) is-are a small independent musician and publishing company catering to the musical needs of musicians worldwide. My various sites include resources, links, lessons, TABs, play-along tracks, videos and related goodies to help you develop as a musician and enjoy your chosen instrument to the fullest. I've been on the web collecting and developing this site for over 20 years. Sort of a digital pack-rat collecting information from around the world. The latest incarnation is this LearningUkulele.com site.
So you might be saying to your self. "Self, or whatever you call yourself - How can there be so many lessons?". Well, most of the lessons are small and dedicated to a single topic or sub topic and really focused on a single task.
And, over 30 years of serious study, research and exploration. That, as well as collection information, all my lessons notes from those years of study can lead to a lot of lessons.
ALL available lessons in a condensed, title's only view.
ALL available lessons in a catalog view with lesson descriptions.
A Lesson Series is a collection related lessons that fall into a logical sequence to study and learn from. Each series has a progression of lessons that build upon the previous lessons.
PDF Downloads Immediate Downloads of Books
Hard copy books are available at Elderly Instruments, Funky Frets and a few select ukulele dealers. Retailers wishing to carry books by Curt Sheller can contact Curt right here on LearningUkulele.com for more info and to get setup.
“I just had a damn guitar in my hands 16 hours a day, and I experimented all the time.” Chet Atkins interview Rolling Stone in 1976.
“A long apprenticeship is the most logical way to success. The only alternative is overnight stardom, but I can't give you a formula for that.”
Chet Atkins from The Book Of Country Music Wisdom
Someone told Chet Atkins, “Man, that guitar sure sounds good!” Chet set the guitar down on a chair and asked him, “Ok, how does it sound now?”
“The self-taught man seldom knows anything accurately, and he does not know a tenth as much as he could have known if he had worked under teachers; and, besides, he brags, and is the means of fooling other thoughtless people into going and doing as he himself had done.” ― Mark Twain
( A little tough talk from Mark, but quite true. Curt )
I started my publishing “empire” of one in 1995 with the QuickStart Series of Scale Fingering books and have been on the web since 1992. I have over 40 years of playing experience and 30 plus years of private teaching experience. I have authored over 50 books for guitar and ukulele. I have performed and presented concerts, clinics and workshops across the USA at various ukulele festivals and shows.
How About More Uke?
Since my re-introduction to the ukulele in 2003 my focus has totally been on the `ukulele and all the wonderful possibilities that this cool and fun instrument has to offer. Sorry guitar ;-(
Building on My Jazz Background
Taking advantage of my jazz guitar skills and over 30 years of private study with internationally recognized virtuoso and master teacher Chuck Anderson, I began pursuing the potential of the ukulele. Researching the field I saw very little material organized at an intermediate or advanced level that really worked for players wanting to explore the ukulele beyond the basics. I have developed an international reputation as a ukulele educator having written many books on the subject of ukulele.
“I practice based on what my biggest problem is that day or that week. Whatever gives me problems, that goes to the top of the list. It changes from week to week” - Kenny Burrell
“Sometimes, you don't need a $5,000 guitar–you need $5,000 worth of lessons” - Chris Smithers
Most Popular Lessons
- Selecting a `Ukulele
- Basic Open Position `Ukulele Chord Chart
- Core Chords - The Big Six - Building a Solid Chord Foundation
- 4-part Contemporary Chords, a.k.a. Jazz Chords
- Learning the `Ukulele Fingerboard (Finally!!!)
- Getting Started With `Ukulele - Beginner Lesson Series
- Types of `Ukulele Chords
- Harmonic Analysis Lesson Series
- Building a Solid Jazz Chord Foundation for `Ukulele
- Getting Started with `Ukulele - Lesson One
- Reading for `Ukulele Series - C Tuning
- Key Signatures - Introduction
- Reading Music on `Ukulele Series - Reading in Open Position
- Songs Using a Common 1 5 6 4 Chord Progression
- Six Essential Scales for `Ukulele
- Open Position Chords
- QuickStart Chord Progressions, Blues Play-along Tracks
- Learning The Blues Scale on `Ukulele
- Ear Training
- Fingering Gymnastics - a.k.a. Fingering Drills Introduction
How About More Uke
Here is a track titled Glen's Cove from my 2016 CD How About More Uke?. Glen's Cove was inspired by Glen Hirabayashi of The Aloha Boys after a weekend long jam session I had with Glen. Glen and his wife Donna came up to the Philadelphia Folk Festival and hung out all weekend with us at our Funky Frets vendor booth.
More about the CD can be found at: www.CurtSheller.com
For Booking a Concert, Workshop or Clinic Contact:
Curt Sheller is available for concerts, workshops, book signings, festivals, etc... Simply contact Curt directly or Kelly for the quickest response or more information. Booking 2017 dates and beyond now.
Visit Curt's site ( www.curtsheller.com ) for music, video, additional information and the most up-to-date performance and workshops dates for Curt and/or the trio.
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“If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.” ― Bruce Lee
619 Lessons and Counting
There are over 619 lessons available with more being added all the time. All lessons are FREE or part of a really low cost site membership. Site members and active students have access to the PDF files, audio examples and video. ALL visitors can view the content of the PDF files.
Lessons are being added and updated all the time. For the latest new and updated lessons visit the New & Updated Lessons page with the latest lessons and updates.
Getting started with ukulele and a few basic open position chords with a few simple strums is relatively easy – it’s not magic. As with any instrument, getting beyond the basics gets a little harder. So, don’t be fooled into thinking that there’s a magic potion for learning the ukulele, or any instrument.
The music you play can be as simple or complex as you want. The Ukulele is a powerful musical instrument for expressions and communication that can be taken to any level you want.
"What's the secret?"
So "What's the secret?" – As I tell all my students when I ask them "Do you want to know the secret?". Naturally they say yes and I tell them - “There is no secret. It's simply hard work and persistence.”
“Press on: Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”
— Calvin Coolidge, The 30th. President [1923-1929]
The Elements Of A Successful Music Program
Here are a few of the elements of a successful music program that would be typically covered in a well rounded musical education. These apply to whether you're taking private lessons or embarking on a self-study program.
Summary of ALL Lessons
Current Lesson Series
The current series of lessons and descriptions of each.
Each lesson in a particular lessons series builds on the material in a previous lesson or group of lessons. Most lessons is a series are created exclusively for on-line and private students.
Lesson Search Page
With so many lessons available on the site, I even find it hard to know what is there and I created 99.9% of the lessons. So I've implemented the ability to search on just about ANY of the lessons listings. You can start with the All Available Lessons page.
Chords, Chords and More Chords
If there is one thing that you'll do more than anything else on ukulele, it's play chords. Chords one after another is called a progression and that is what makes of the harmonic part of a song. And it's wanting to play songs that draw you to the ukulele in the first plays.
Site Membership Plans
From almost FREE to a one-time payment and never pay again, there are three plans levels to choose from with flexible payment options:
Site Membership Includes
- Access to selected Premium Lesson Download material
- Access to selected Premium Play-along jam tracks
- Unlimited 24/7 access to ALL your Student/Member Assets & Resources, including premium play-along tracks and their lead sheets as long as your an active member
- Individual Student/Member Assets & Resources area to manage all the site goodies
- In-Depth Technique Studies
- Selected FREE Book Downloads
- Cancel anytime
- Secure Auto renew membership - don't worry about forgetting to renew
FREE Plan - A limited selection of basic lessons ( over 100 as of 2016 ) and songs for ukulele as well as basic general music reference material — totally FREE — Simply Register / Signup to access associated lessons, books, songs and their related assets.
Basic Plan - A site membership plan so inexpensive that I might as well have called it FREE. The Basic Plan gives you access to a larger selection of lessons, downloads, books, songs and all of the premium play-along jam tracks.
Premium Plan - The Premium Plan gives you access to ALL lessons, downloads, songs, play-along jam tracks, videos, email support, resources and related assets. As well as additional FREE book downloads - depending on your payment plan selected - pay more, get more.
Private Lesson Plans and Pricing
Get personalized one-on-one guidance, at your own pace, anytime and anywhere in the world.
- Initial analysis and assessment of your current skills and goals.
- Personal Member Assets & Account Page account page for books, lessons, songs and individual session notes.
- Personalized plan and learning materials.
- FREE downloads of any of my books used in your sessions using your Member Assets & Account Page.
- Unlimited private email correspondence. Video and audio correspondence, as needed is also part of the plans.
- Unlimited 24/7 access to ALL your Member Assets & Resources, including premium play-along tracks and their lead sheets.
- Unlimited 24/7 access to downloads of any of my books used in your sessions.
- Skype, Facetime or google Hangout sessions on request for checking up on progress.
- All private students are a GOLD level site member.
Just browsing over both books, they look fantastic! I'm a guitarist and uke player for over 25 years and was thinking about writing a ukulele book but you've already written what I think are the best, most comprehensive and thorough books I've ever seen for the instrument. I just might end up buying every book you've written and I'll be giving my highest recommendation for your books to my friends and students. Thank you so much for taking the time to write such great books! — Peter Rhee
Aloha, Curt, All I can say is WOW! What you have accomplished is simply incredible! All the best — Glen Hirabayashi, The Aloha Boys
Folks, if you haven't stopped by Curt's site, do so right now! ..And get his books, they are fantastic. This guy knows his stuff and is able to pass it along too. — Alan Johnson Proprietor, The 4th Peg
I can highly recommend Curt's Uke books — I have four of them and they are excellent. — fatveg — Portland
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One of the largest collections of lessons, songs and TABS, archtop luthiers, ukulele builders, festival information, ukulele links on the web. I’ve been on the web since the early 90's and growing everyday. This site just never stops growing!!!