Learn a New Ukulele Chord Each Day of 2017!!!
Today's Chord a Day, January 21st - A
Each day of 2017 there’s a new chord you can learn and add to your chord vocabulary. First time here? Start with the January 1st chord.
Soloing and Improvisation on Ukulele Lessons Series
Improvisation is simply the spontaneous creation of a melody using all the techniques and principles that are used for creating melodies. It involves scales, intervals, arpeggios, sequences, fingering, rhythm, developing motifs and much more. And, it's actually not as hard as you might think.
Exploring Improvisation Using Tetrachords
Traditionally, a tetrachord is a series of four tones filling in the interval of a perfect fourth. In modern usage a tetrachord is any four-note segment of a scale or tone row including the augmented fourth (+4). The term tetrachord derives from ancient Greek music theory, it literally means four strings.
A Tetrachord of tetrascale approaches improvisation utilizing this smaller module of four notes vs. a more traditional scale approach. This smaller module becomes a bit more manageable when initially exploring improvisation.
Six Essential Ukulele Scales
The Six Essential Ukulele Scales series is based on the fingering principles from my series of books in the QuickStart Scale and Arpeggio Fingerings.
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.
- Six Essential Scales
- Blues Scale
- Chords of the Blues Scale
- Pentatonic Scale
- Chords of the Pentatonic Scale
- Ionian Scale
- Chords of the Ionian Scale
- Aeolian Scale
- Chords of the Aeolian Scale
- Dorian Scale
- Chords of the Dorian Scale
- Mixolydian Scale
- Chords of the Mixolydian Scale
- Connecting Scale Positions
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