Six Essential Ukulele Scales

Based on the fingering principles from my series of books in the QuickStart Scale and Arpeggio Fingerings series.

The Six Essential Ukulele Scales series is based on the fingering principles from my series of books in the QuickStart Scale and Arpeggio Fingerings series.

The six essential scales are: Blues, Major Pentatonic, Mixolydian, Dorian, Aeolian, and Ionian. These six can get you through a wide variety of traditional and contemporary music.

A scale is simply collection of pitches or notes, not really “this is a Jazz scale”, “this is a Blues” or “this is a Rock scale”. It’s how a scale is used that really matters.

Most music starts with a scale. The melody, chords, licks and riffs all can be related back to a particular scale or scales.

Published: Dec 16, 2019 Updated: Dec 16, 2019 Visits: 1

16 Lessons in the “Six Essential Ukulele Scales” Series
Six Essential Scales for `Ukulele

The six essential scales are: Blues, Major Pentatonic, Mixolydian, Dorian, Aeolian, and Ionian. From the six essential scales, you can get through a wide variety of traditional and contemporary music.

Six Essential Scales - Blues/Minor Pentatonic QuickStart Scale Shapes

QuickStart scale shapes summary for Blues/Minor Pentatonic, one of the six essential scales that every ukulele player should know.

Six Essential Scales - Blues/Minor Pentatonic Chords

The Bues/MInor Pentatonic scale is one of the six essential scales that every ukulele player should know.

Six Essential Scales for `Ukulele - C Pentatonic

Essential C Pentatonic or Major Pentatonic scale patterns for ukulele.

Six Essential Scales - Pentatonic/Major Pentatonic Chords

The Pentatonic/Major Pentatonic scale is one of the six essential scales that every ukulele player should know.

Six Essential Scales - Ionian/Major QuickStart Scale Shapes

QuickStart scale shapes summary for Ionian/Major, one of the six essential scales that every ukulele player should know.

Six Essential Scales - Ionian/Major Chords

The Ionian/Major scale is one of the six essential scales that every ukulele player should know. Here are the chords for all 15 Ionian/Major scales.

Six Essential Scales - Aeolian/Natural Minor QuickStart Scale Shapes

QuickStart scale shapes summary for Aeolian/Natural Minor, one of the six essential scales that every ukulele player should know.

Six Essential Scales - Aeolian/Natural Minor Chords

The Aeolian/Natural Minor scale is one of the six essential scales that every ukulele player should know.

Six Essential Scales - Dorian/Minor QuickStart Scale Shapes

QuickStart scale shapes summary for Dorian/Minor, one of the six essential scales that every ukulele player should know.

Six Essential Scales - Dorian/Minor Chords

The Dorian/Minor scale is one of the six essential scales that every ukulele player should know.

Six Essential Scales - Mixolydian/Dominant QuickStart Scale Shapes

QuickStart scale shapes summary for Mixolydian/Dominant, one of the six essential scales that every ukulele player should know.

Six Essential Scales - Mixolydian/Dominant Chords

The Mixolydian/Dominant scale is one of the six essential scales that every ukulele player should know. Here are the chords for all 15 Mixolydian/Dominant scales.

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.

Navigating the C Major Scale

The C Major Scale is typically the first Full Diatonic major scale that most players learn. It’s the first scale to learn when stating to explore music theory - the principles of music.

Navigating the CMajor Scale - Low G

The first lesson on Navigating the C Major Scake did not include string four when using C Tuning - Hig G. I mentioned that mastering the positions and scale using strings three, two and one would set you up for expanding any position to the lower string four.

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