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Getting Started with Ukulele lessons available through Curt Sheller Publications
First thing is to get a ukulele. Get a few, they come in various sizes and all different shapes, wood, finishes, acoustic, electric, solid body, archtop. There is even a banjo and bass ukulele.
Plus they are fun!
You can take you ukulele playing to any level. From a few simple basic chords to complicated solo ukulele arrangements like I have available right here.
The ukulele community is a great, accepting communication of people just wanting to have fun with ukulele.
One of the hardest things about learning a musical instrument is the overwhelming amount of material available. And with the Internet and YouTube this is more more true than ever. Even an instrument deemed to be as simple to learn as the ukulele. However, with the right plan of attack and taking inventory of what you might already know – It can be done.
Here are a few
I've been asked many times to put together a plan of attack for getting started and getting beyond the basics. There is no better recipe for success that a proven plan and organization for development. These lesson pages are intended to provide material for developing your ukulele skills and expanding your music knowledge.
Music..., regardless of your instrument, involves parts or all of these elements: Melody, Harmony and Rhythm. Then putting it all together in Songs, Compositions, Arrangements, Orchestration, etc...
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Here are a few ukulele lessons to get you stated. Lessons on the possible tunings of ukulele, the various sizes, basic chords, strums and more...
The ukulele (pronounced oo-koo-lele) comes in four sizes: Soprano (sometimes called Standard), Concert, Tenor and Baritone.
Any tuning is possible on a ukulele as long as the construction supports it and a string is available. Here are the most common tunings for the Ukulele shown in concert pitch.
From tuning by ear to using an electronic tuner. The below goes over the various tuning methods for tuning your ukulele. You ALWAYS need to play in tune.
TAB or Tablature Tablature is a form of musical notation, which tells players where to place their fingers on a particular instrument rather than which pitches to play.
TAB is sort of a secret language between guitar players and ukulele players. Although a shortcut to getting started it actually serves to alienate one from the rest of the music world.
With fewer alternate note locations than the guitar, reading music on ukulele is a lot easier than you might believe.
The art and science of chord fingering. Learning your basic open position chords in common keys.
Standard music notation, the natural, sharp and flat notes of the ukulele fingerboard for C tuned ukuleles. Covers both high C and low G tuning variations.
What is up, down, higher, lower, top, bottom, ascending, descending on a ukulele? Up, down, higher, lower, top, bottom, ascending, descending should refer to musical pitch and not to direction as we know it.
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 tuning. In “C” tuning the open strings are named G C E A, no sharps or flats.
A Chord can have alternate names based on how it is being used. A chord's function is an important determining factor in naming a chord.
Not all seventh chords are actually "dominant" seventh chords. This lesson covers when is a Dominant Seventh Chord NOT really a Dominant seventh?
Exploring fingerstyle on ukulele. This lesson covers the common terms used for identifing the fingers used. And, presents a series of single string exercises for exploring and developing the techniques needed for this style.
The Major Scale or Ionian scale is a diatonic scale, made up of seven distinct notes, plus an eighth which duplicates the first one octave higher. In solfege these notes correspond to the syllables "Do, Re, Mi, Fa, Sol, La, Ti/Si, (Do)",
TAB, short for tablature is a form of musical notation using numbers and letters on a staff that that corresponds to the number of strings of fretted string instrument. Theses number tell a player which fret to place their fingers on rath
Content is always being added and updated. So check-in often. Thanks, Curt
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