Ukulele- Reading Music Series - Primer
Author: Curt Sheller
Publisher: Curt Sheller Publications - (80 pages)
Published: July 01, 2006
Size: 8.5 x 11
Product Code: UKEREAD1
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Reading music is not as hard as one might think. It may be new and unfamiliar but is not hard when you have a proper plan of attack.
Reading music on the ukulele is easier than reading music on guitar or piano. There are only four strings with a smaller range of possible notes.
Music in the key of C with all natural notes, no flats or sharps is pretty easy to play in open position on a ukulele. This would be the same as playing the white keys of a piano.
Standard music notation has been the Lingua Franco of musicians, both professionals and hobbyists for many centuries.
Reading standard music notation opens you up to vast world of published music.
Reading simple melodies in open position is the first step to reading music on the uke.
Ukulele - Reading Music Series
Reading Music in Open Position, Single Note Studies- Primer uses Chuck Anderson's Modular Phonetic Rhythm System.
Future books cover reading accidentals, the signatures, chords charts as well as reading in different positions up and down the ukulele fingerboard. As well as covering reading music in additional popular ukulele tunings: “G” Tuning and “D” Tuning.
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- Introduction 5
- Tuning Your Ukulele 9
- Reading Rhythm 13
- String One 17
- Open A 18
- B 20
- C 22
- A B and C 24
- String Two 25
- Open E 26
- F 28
- G 30
- E F and G 32
- String One and Two Review 33
- String Three 35
- Open C 36
- D 38
- C and D 40
- String One, Two & Three Review 41
- Alternate Note Locations 43
- Ties and Rests 45
- Drills & Exercises 51
- String Four 55
- String Four, High “G” 57
- String Four, Low “G” 61
- Songs 65
- Preview 79
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Ukulele Chord Books
A Guide to Ukulele Chords
A Guide to Ukulele Chords is designed as a guide to ukulele chords. Covering the basic ukulele chords that ALL ukulele players SHOULD know. A Guide to Ukulele Chords covers movable chord forms, rock chords, how to transpose chords, learning the ukulele fingerboard and includes an introduction to 4-part, a.k.a jazz chords and more...
From a few core, basic chord shapes and a understanding of how chords are constructed. Your chord vocabulary can be dramatically increased without memorizing countless chord shapes. There are too many chord shapes to memorize.
This book will take the mystery out playing and understanding chords on the ukulele, whether it is a standard, concert, tenor or baritone ukulele in C, D or G tuning, low or high string four.
Tunings: C, G, or D Tunings. Low or high string four variations.
Lefties of the world! Don't feel left out. There is a version for you: A Guide to Ukulele Chords for Lefties
ISBN-13: 978-0-9714044-7-2 Published: January 2009 Pages 54
A Guide to Ukulele Chords for Lefties
Covering basic ukulele chords that ALL uke players MUST know, movable chord forms, rock uke chords, how to transpose chords, learning the ukulele fingerboard and an introduction to 4-part jazz chords and more... FOR LEFTIES
Tunings: C, G, or D Tunings. Low or high string four variations.
ISBN-13: 0-9714044-7-X Published: January 2009 Pages 54
This mini (1/2 size) chord books are the perfect size for every ukulele gig bag or case and a great addition to you music book library.
SPECIAL: $4.97 for Hard Copy This is the same price as the PDF download.
Ukulele Chords covers basic open position and basic movable form chords. From these two chord categories a variety of songs and styles can be played.
Seventh chords, Major Sevenths, Minor Sevenths, Diminished, Augmented chords sus and add chords.
Tunings: C with low or high G - (GCEA or gCEA).
ISBN-13: 978-1-60321-000-3 Published: March 2007 Pages 44
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- 9/29/2006 - (20060930.1.3) Updated to reflect the changes to the Modular Phonetic Rhythm system.
- 6/2/2006 - Updated ISBN number to new ISBN-13 number.
- 4/24/2006 - Book Released
- 3/30/2006 - Preview of Book Release
- 3/30/2006 - Errata File Created
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