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Ear Training

Music Styles / Genres and How to Play Them on Ukulele. Development of the active and passive capability to relate to music aurally.

Introduction

An introduction to the skills and tools needed to determine the chords of a song or chord progression by ear.

Chord probability, chord species, active and passive chord quality, harmonic rhythm, root movement

Basic Chords in the Key of C Major

These are the most common chords you'll use when first learning the ukulele.

Basic Chords in the Key of C Major

Ear Training

Development of the active and passive capability to relate to music aurally. This includes the ability to recognize melodic and harmonic intervals, chords, chords progressions, rhythm, melody and harmony.

Ear Training Lessons

Where Do Chords Come From?

Nothing magical here. Chords come from the notes of a scale. For simple progressions the most common scale that chords come from are the major scales.

Most basic chords, triads and even more complex 4-part contemporary chords, a.k.a "jazz" chords, are built in thirds. This is accomplished by taking every other note of a scale and playing them together or almost together. This every other note is an interval of a third to it previous note. An interval of a third can be a major third or a minor third. It is the mixing of major and minor thirds that give a chord its type and sound.

A chord contains two parts: Its letter name - the seven letters of the musical alphabet: A B C D E F or G. And, its type or species information, such as major, minor, diminished, augmented, seventh, maj7, m7, etc.

The Major Scale • Updated: Apr 2, 2021

Called the "learning scale" for a reason. The major scale is a great scale for learning how music and chords work. It’s a core scale from which a majority of your core, essential scales can be derived. There are 15 major scales.

Key Signatures - C Major and A Minor • Updated: Sep 21, 2011

Learn the recognize the key signature for C Major and A Minor. Learn their corresponding Major and Natural Minor scales with basic ukulele chords for each scale. Sometimes called the learning key, the key of C Major is one of the easiest keys to memorize and begin using.

Core Chords - Building a Solid Foundation of Contemporary Chords • Updated: Nov 11, 2013

"Core Chords" are a concept that I typically apply to 4-part chords and your more contemporary modern chords. This where a solid foundation of a core set of chords really help in learning the massive amount of chords that are required for play contemporary music or jazz on ukulele or guitar. Not such a task on ukulele with on one four string set of strings to build your 4-part chords vs. the theoretically possible 15 sets available for guitar.

Building a Solid Jazz Chord Foundation for `Ukulele • Updated: Oct 12, 2015

Commonly called "Jazz Chords", these more sophisticated, contemporary chord voicings find their way into a wide variety of music forms and styles. This lesson is the first on the series that builds your core foundation for these chords.

Getting Started

A few basic open position and movable form chords are all that is needed to get you started on your life-long ukulele adventure and hours of fun.

Basic Open Position `Ukulele Chord Chart • Updated: Nov 29, 2019

A core set of basic ukulele chords that ALL Ukulele players should know in the five common keys of C, G, D, A and E. With the possible seventh chords for the same common keys. The chart is organized in common keys and covers basic chords in these keys.

Basic Open Position `Ukulele Chord Chart for Lefties • Updated: Mar 26, 2019

A core set of basic ukulele chords that ALL Left Handed Ukulele players should know in the five common keys of C, G, D, A and E. With the possible seventh chords for the same common keys. The chart is organized in common keys and covers basic chords in these keys.

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