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Any Song Will Do

When any song here can be used for the concepts in the lessons.

Published: 23 Jul 2014 Updated: 07 Dec 2015Visits: 94Code: ANYSONG

Topic: Jazz ANY guitar ukulele piano banjo bass drums harmonica lapsteel mandolin music Subjects: Repertoire

Any Song Will Do

This is not really a song, but simply saying that for the purposes of a lot of the lessons and lesson series on this site ANY song will do for exploring the lesson's material and concepts presented in the lesson.

Many players, especially beginning and intermediate players use songs as a way to learn the ukulele. A song can serve as menu or recipe of the music elements that one needs to master for that particular song. From a song you'll get the lyrics, melody, and chords for the song. You'll have to figure out the style a.k.a. rhythm and strums to use, any scales for filled and solos, figure out the harmonic structure in order to make educated chord substitution choices and scale selections. And, hopefully this information can be carried over to other songs.

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Common `Ukulele Tunings • Updated: 11 Apr 2012

Any tuning is possible on a ukulele as long as the ukulele’s construction supports it and a string is available.

Six Essential Scales for `Ukulele • Updated: 09 Nov 2021

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.

Learning the `Ukulele Fingerboard (Finally!!!) • Updated: 20 Oct 2021

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.

Playing by Ear - The Ultimate Goal • Updated: 08 Oct 2015

The ultimate goal for any musician when playing a musical instrument is to "Play by Ear". It’s true whether you’re singing, banging a drum, strumming a guitar, or our favorite instrument, the ukulele. If your fingers can already interpret and follow what your inner ear commands, you’ve obtained your goal and are "Playing by Ear."

Related Lesson Series

Related Lessons Series for Any Song Will Do.

Before You Pick Up Your Uke, Getting Started Basics Updated: 01 Jan 2003

These are the ukulele lessons that every ukulele player just starting out a bit seasoned should take a look at.

Basic Ukulele Chords Charts Updated: 01 Jan 2003

Not so much a series - but the basic chords ALL ukulele players should know.

Common Chord Progressions and Remembering Songs Updated: 01 Jan 2003

Learning the similarities between chord progressions and songs helps you remember a lot of songs. There's a lot more in common between songs than one might think.

Common Ukulele Tunings Updated: 01 Jan 2003

Any tuning is possible on a ukulele as long as the construction supports it and a string is available. There are three somewhat common tunings in popular use today, C, D and G tuning - with C tuning the most popular.

Harmonic Analysis for Scale and Chord Selection Updated: 01 Jan 2003

Harmonic Analysis is the process used to determine the harmonic function of chords within a chord progression or song. A chord progression is defined as a sequence of chords, each chord has a root and is a particular chord type. The relationship of a chord's to a scale determines its function within that scale's tonality.

Jazz Standard Chord Progressions Updated: 01 Jan 2003

These are the chord progressions, extracted from my book "Exploring Jazz Chords on Ukulele" for use with on-line and private students.

Types of Chords Available on Ukulele Updated: 01 Jan 2003

The types of chords possible on ukulele include open position chords, movable form chords, 4-part chords, a.k.a. jazz chords and free from chords.

Modular Phonetic Rhythm by Chuck Anderson Updated: 01 Jan 2003

Modular Phonetic Rhythm represents a significant advance in the teaching and application of rhythm. Eliminating many inefficient aspects of rhythm education, Modular Phonetic Rhythm streamlines the traditional educational approach, resulting in a reflexive reaction to rhythm.

Related Song Files, Resources and Assets

Related Assets for Any Song Will Do.

A Guide to Advanced Chords Series - Chord Building Chart Updated: 31 Dec 2016

Ukulele Fingerboard Chart for C Tuning, Low or High G Updated: 11 May 2019

Ukulele Fingerboard Chart for C Tuning, Low or High G. Shows natural, sharp and flat notes for the ukulele fingerboard. This tuning can be used on a soprano, concert, tenor and baritone ukuleles.

Basic Ukulele Chord Chart Updated: 11 May 2019

A chart of the most common ukulele chords in the most common keys of C, G, D, A, and E.

Open Position Flash Cards for Ukulele C Tuning Updated: 07 Jan 2022

Standard music notation flash chards for learning the notes in open position for C tuning.

Movable 7th Chords for Ukulele Chord Chart - C Tuning Updated: 31 Dec 2016

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