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Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard

This series takes a step-by-step approach to finally learning the fingerboard.

If there's one thing that has the biggest return on your time and investment to learn it's really, really knowing the names of the note of the guitar fingerboard. This series takes a step-by-step approach to finally learning the fingerboard.

PUBLISHED: Jan 1, 2003 UPDATED: Jan 1, 2003 • VIEWS: 684 • SERIES CODE: UL07

11 Lessons in the “Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard” Series

Learning the `Ukulele Fingerboard (Finally!!!) • Updated: Jan 12, 2019

Most players struggle with learning the names of the notes of the ukulele fingerboard. There doesn't seem to a pattern and notes repeat. There is an easy way and it's easier that you think!

Most players know the names of the open strings for their favorite tuning.

In C Tuning the open strings, from ceiling to floor - your nose to toes are named G C E A, no sharps or flats.

Learning the Fingerboard, C Tuning - 10 step Program • Updated: Mar 8, 2019

Here is a 10 step program for really learning the ukulele fingerboard.

Sequential Fret Order - One fret at a time and same string order. Random Fret Order - One fret at a time and same string order. Key Frets Concept - Secondary and derived frets from string four to one / one to four., Three Element Drill - fret, name, string?, Geometric Shapes, Chord Shapes, Isolation Drill, Visualization, Name Notes in Rhythm, Random, Rapid Note Jumps and Skips

This is one the elements of learning a fretted stringed instrument that really and I mean really has one of the biggest return for the time and effort it takes to really learn the neck.

Learning the `Ukulele Fingerboard - C Tuning, Key Frets • Updated: Feb 7, 2020

The open strings and frets (5) and (7), with only natural notes in C tuning are somewhat easy to memorize. These can be considered Key frets.

Learning the Fingerboard, C Tuning - Open Strings • Updated: Mar 18, 2020

There is nothing that returns more value for your investment when learning a fretted musical instrument like the ukulele than really, and I mean really knowing the names of the notes of the fingerboard. This is not the same as learning to read music — but simply knowing the name of any note on the fingerboard - intuitively, second-nature.

At a minimum you need to know the open strings to tune the ukulele. In C tuning they are G C E A.

Learning the Fingerboard, C Tuning - Fret (5) • Updated: Feb 17, 2013

There is nothing that returns more value when learning a fretted musical instrument like the ukulele than really, and I mean really knowing the names of the notes of the fingerboard. This is not the same as learning to read music — but simply knowing the name of any note on the fingerboard.

Fret (5) is a Key fret. From the key and secondary key frets, adjacent frets can be memorized relative to that fret.

Learning the Fingerboard, C Tuning - Fret (7) • Updated: Feb 18, 2013

There is nothing that returns more value when learning a fretted musical instrument like the ukulele than really, and I mean really knowing the names of the notes of the fingerboard. This is not the same as learning to read music — but simply knowing the name of any note on the fingerboard.

Fret (7) is a Key fret. From the key and secondary key frets, adjacent frets can be memorized relative to that fret.

Learning the Fingerboard, C Tuning - Derived Frets from Key Frets • Updated: Mar 27, 2013

From the Key frets in C tuning you get the next higher frets for FREE.

Learning the Fingerboard, C Tuning - Secondary Key Frets • Updated: Feb 18, 2013

After learning the key frets the secondary key frets start to fill in the remaining fingerboard of the ukulele.

Learning the Fingerboard, C Tuning - Fret (2) • Updated: Feb 18, 2013

There is nothing that returns more value when learning a fretted musical instrument like the ukulele than really, and I mean really knowing the names of the notes of the fingerboard. This is not the same as learning to read music — but simply knowing the name of any note on the fingerboard.b

Fret (2) is a Secondary Key fret. From the key and secondary key frets, adjacent frets can be memorized relative to that fret.

Fret (2) is the same as the open strings in D Tuning.

Learning the Fingerboard, C Tuning - Fret (10) • Updated: Feb 13, 2013

There is nothing that returns more value when learning a fretted musical instrument like the ukulele than really, and I mean really knowing the names of the notes of the fingerboard. This is not the same as learning to read music — but simply knowing the name of any note on the fingerboard.

Fret (10) is a Secondary Key fret. From the key and secondary key frets, adjacent frets can be memorized relative to that fret.

Learning the Fingerboard, C Tuning - Derived Frets from Secondary Key Frets • Updated: Mar 15, 2015

From the _Secondary Key _frets in C tuning you get the next higher frets for FREE.

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