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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.
Remembering songs is all about the form and harmonic content and movement with taking in the similarities between songs. And, just like a road map they're landmarks that will trigger memories of how to get through various sections, changes or parts of a song.
This section of a song's page presents some tips on how I try and remember a particular song.
No Road Map for Any Song Will Do check back soon.
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.
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.
Playing by Ear - The Ultimate Goal • Updated: Oct 8, 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."
A Guide to Advanced Chords Series - Chord Building Chart
Updated: Dec 31, 2016
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Ukulele Fingerboard Chart for C Tuning, Low or High G
Updated: May 11, 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.
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Movable 7th Chords for Ukulele Chord Chart - C Tuning
Updated: Dec 31, 2016
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Harmonic Analysis for Scale and Chord Selection Updated: Jan 1, 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.
Modular Phonetic Rhythm by Chuck Anderson Updated: Jan 1, 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.
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