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Secondary Dominant V of ... • Updated: Dec 17, 2019
A "Secondary Dominant" chord is defined as any seventh chord built on a scale root that is not diatonic to the key that resolves up a perfect fourth or down a perfect fifth to a full diatonic chord. These chords function as a dominant (V) chord to the next chord, serving to temporarily tonicize the following chord.
Your First `Ukulele Chord • Updated: Feb 29, 2016
Your first ukulele chord is typically an open position "C Major Chord." It's only one finger and ukulele players love to show new players this, the easiest, usable ukulele chord for new players. Especially someone coming from guitar where an open position C major is three fingers and not that easy as the first chord.
Barre Chords • Updated: Dec 27, 2019
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.
Clawhammer `Ukulele Basics- Clawhammer Ukulele 2nd Edition • Updated: Feb 22, 2016
People have asked me about Clawhammer style. That is not really a style I have master although I can teach it. There is great series of lessons titleD Clawhammer Ukulele Basics- Clawhammer Ukulele 2nd Edition from Aaron Keim that covers just that topic.
Aaron is a great player, a builder and teacher that really knows that style of playing. Check out the video series and the accompanying book.
Essential `Ukulele Strums - A Guide to `Ukulele Strums • Updated: Feb 24, 2016
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.
Strumming requires a specific set of skills. They are 1) Memorization of chords 2) The ability to switch chords smoothly and 3) The ability to choose and execute a suitable rhythmic strum. It is this 3rd skill that is our focus of this “A Guide to Ukulele Strums” lesson.
Though strumming looks natural to the casual observer, it’s anything but natural to the beginning ukulele player. Even experienced players have difficulty in identifying and executing certain strums. Though this is one of those topics that is typically taken for granted, there is much to learn about rhythmic feels, accents, dynamics, strum direction, feel, percussive accents, idiomatic styles and tempo variation.
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