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.
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16 Lessons in the “Six Essential Ukulele Scales” Series
Six Essential Scales for `Ukulele • Updated: Apr 3, 2020
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. A scale is simply a collection of pitches or notes, not really a "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 not its name.
Six Essential Scales for `Ukulele - C Pentatonic • Updated: Mar 14, 2015
Essential C Pentatonic or Major Pentatonic 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!!!
Six Essential Scales - Ionian/Major Chords • Updated: Feb 7, 2013
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.
From the Ionian/Major scale all other diatonic and pentatonic scales can be derived.
The Ionian/Major scale formula is: <p class="lead text-center XBOLD">1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8.</p>
Six Essential Scales - Aeolian/Natural Minor QuickStart Scale Shapes • Updated: Feb 7, 2013
QuickStart scale shapes summary for Aeolian/Natural Minor, one of the six essential scales that every ukulele player should know.
The scale formula for this scale, based on the major scale is:
<p class="lead text-center BOLD">1 2 b3 4 5 b6 b7 8´.</p>
Six Essential Scales - Aeolian/Natural Minor Chords • Updated: Feb 7, 2013
The Aeolian/Natural Minor scale is one of the six essential scales that every ukulele player should know.
Here are the chords for all 15 Aeolian/Natural Minor scales.
The scale formula, based on the major scale is:
<p class="lead text-center BOLD">1 2 b3 5 b6 b7 8.</p>
Six Essential Scales - Dorian/Minor Chords • Updated: Feb 7, 2013
The Dorian/Minor scale is one of the six essential scales that every ukulele player should know.
Here are the chords for all 15 Dorian/Minor scales.
The scale formula, based on the major scale is:
<p class="lead text-center BOLD">1 2 b3 5 6 b7 8.</p>
Six Essential Scales - Mixolydian/Dominant Chords • Updated: May 16, 2014
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.
The scale formula, based on the major scale is: 1 2 3 4 5 6 b7 8.
Connecting Scale Positions on `Ukulele • Updated: Dec 8, 2018
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 CMajor Scale - Low G • Updated: Sep 19, 2018
The first lesson on Navigating the C Major Scale did not include string four when using C Tuning - High 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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