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Core Ukulele Chords - The Big Six
Published: 2014-02-26 18:43:50

Core Chords for Ukulele, The Big Six - From four F7 chord voicings or shapes, your can build your massive 4-part, a.k.a., “jazz” chord vocabulary. 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.

12 Lessons in the “Core Ukulele Chords - The Big Six” Series

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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.

This is an expanded and improved version of my Building A Solid Jazz Chord Foundation for Ukulele workshop that I've presented several times at various ukulele festivals over the past several years.

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

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.

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.

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The Big Six Core Chords - F7, Four Voicings, Learning Process

The Big Six Core Chords - F7, four voicings. From shape to chord tones to intervals and back again. Really, learning what a chord is made of.

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

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.

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.

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Core Chords - Creating the Big Six from F7, 1st Voicing

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

This voicing is based off the open position E7 chord. How I categorize this 4-part chord for transposition purposes is - It's a seventh chord with the root on string two. That and knowing the notes of the ukulele fingerboard will allow you to transpose this chord to ANY key.

These six core chords comprise level I for building your more advanced chords.

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

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

This voicing is based off the open position C7 chord. How I categorize this 4-part chord for transposition purposes is - it's a seventh chord with the root on string three. That and knowing the notes of the ukulele fingerboard will allow you to transpose this chord to ANY key.

These six core chords comprise level I for building your more advanced chords.

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

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

This voicing is based off the open position A7 chord. How I categorize this 4-part chord for transposition purposes is - It's a seventh chord with the root on string one. That and knowing the notes of the ukulele fingerboard will allow you to transpose this chord to ANY key.

These six core chords comprise Level I for building your more advanced chords.

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

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

This voicing is based off the open position G7 chord. How I categorize this 4-part chord for transposition purposes is - it's a seventh chord with the root on string four.*” That and knowing the notes of the ukulele fingerboard will allow you to transpose this chord to ANY key.

These six core chords comprise level I for building your more advanced chords.

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The Big Six Core Chords - F7, four voicings, Chord Intervals

The Big Six Core Chords - F7, four voicings. Learning the locations of the chord intervals - the 1 3 5 b7.

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The Big Six Core Chords - F7, four voicings - Chord Tones

The Big Six Core Chords - F7, four voicings. Learning the locations of the chord tones - the actual names of the 1 3 5 b7.

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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.

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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.

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