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Learning to play jazz on a ukulele. What are the jazz chords and scales and styles need to explore this form of music?
My main expertise as a musician, guitarist and ukulele player falls squarely in the jazz world. Not your normal influence starting guitar lessons in 1963-64, right when the Beatles where on the Ed Sullivan show for three consecutive Sundays in February 1964. Did the rock'n'roll thing in my teen years. And, with a renewed interest in guitar while in the Navy. I resumed guitar lessons with Paul Bryne who turned me on to jazz. Not, being a singer I loved that style of playing, singing through you instrument. I always did love instrumental guitar and melody chord style on the guitar is the highest form of contemporary guitar.
Having seriously studied jazz guitar and music since 1978 with Chuck Anderson, one of the busiest and most successful private teachers in the world, as well as an internationally recognized master jazz guitarist. Teaching, researching and consulting, he has built an educational practice of international proportions. I've accumulated a lot of knowledge pertaining to jazz on the guitar and now the ukulele.
Here are my many books on learning the elements that every ukulele player venturing in jazz needs to know.
Here is what Peter Rhee said about my (Curt Sheller) books.
"Just browsing over both books, they look fantastic! I'm a guitarist and uke player for over 25 years and was thinking about writing a ukulele book but you've already written what I think are the best, most comprehensive and thorough books I've ever seen for the instrument. I just might end up buying every book you've written and I'll be giving my highest recommendation for your books to my friends and students. Thank you so much for taking the time to write such great books!" - Peter Rhee
A few of my selected chord books useful in the pursuit of playing jazz on ukulele.
Beyond learning basic Ukulele chords most players struggle with advanced chords. Commonly called “jazz” chords, these more sophisticated voicings find a wide use in all forms of music.
A Guide to Advanced Chords for Ukulele presents a highly organized and efficient approach to the mysterious subject of advanced chords. Chord dictionaries are not the answer. Even chord theory does not offer any insight into unraveling the complexity of Ukulele chord voicings.
ISBN-13: 978-0-9714044-8-9 Published: March 2003 Pages 70
Before individual chords become the background of songs, they must be put into orders called chord progressions. This The Advanced Guide to Chord Progressions for Ukulele organizes progressions according to string family, position, voice leading and chord magnetism. The Advanced Guide to Chord Progressions for Ukulele is an excellent preparation for the art of melody and chord on the ukulele and more advanced accompaniment.
Volume I features the principles of voice leading applied to chord progressions. These principles are explained using chords from volume I of The Advanced Guide to Ukulele Chords. Chapters with common major and minor full diatonic, partial diatonic and chromatic chord progressions are also included to further explore voice leading principles presented in the book.
ISBN-13: 978-0-9714044-9-6 Published: January 2004 Pages 0
Exploring jazz chords using a variety of common chord progressions based on songs from the standard jazz repertoire.
Core Chords are the basic set of chords needed to play a wide range of music, in a variety of styles. This set of chords includes basic open position chords, basic movable form chords and the core 4-part “jazz” chords.
This books focuses on the 4-part core “jazz” chords. These jazz” chords are advanced chords that find their way into a wide range of music.
ISBN-13: 978-1-60321-007-2 Published: January 2007 Pages 52
The Blues are at the heart of all American music. It has influenced Country, Rock, Folk, Jazz, Bluegrass and just about every form of American music we listen to today.
26 blues progression in C and G tuning, progressing from basic to advanced jazz progression, with chord grids and substitutions explained.
ISBN-13: 978-0-9714044-4-1 Published: March 2005 Pages 80
A few of my selected scale and arpeggio books useful in the pursuit of playing jazz on ukulele.
Learn to create exciting solos in a variety of contemporary styles!
Scales are used to improvise, create melodies and riffs. With a broad knowledge of the essential scales that are used in contemporary music and a mastery of the ukulele’s fingerboard and fingering principles you’re well on your way.
Six essential scales for C tuned ukuleles. Blues, Pentatonic, Dorian, Mixolydian, Aeolian and Ionian scales are covered in all keys.
ISBN-13: 978-0-9714044-6-5 Published: September 2003 Pages 98
Scale Arpeggio Fingerings for Ukulele - Triads is a concise, well organized book ideal for any ukulele player beginning to explore the ukulele’s full potential as a musical instrument. Arpeggio Fingerings for Ukulele - Triads keeps a sharp focus on essential arpeggios and their fingerings. All material is covered in every key.
ISBN-13: 978-1-60321-016-4 Published: November 2005 Pages 96
Harmonic Analysis is the understanding of the functional sequence of chords. It is the process used to analyze the harmonic structure of a progression, song or composition. This analysis is then used to make scale selections for improvisation and chord substitution.
ISBN-13: 978-0-9714044-2-7 Published: January 2003 Pages 90
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An organized collection of daily practice and reference material for the contemporary ukulele player. This material can be used to develop the vocabulary and knowledge necessary for single note playing.
Material includes: Scales, Intervals, Arpeggios and Sequences, the source material for improvisation.
ISBN-13: 978-1-60321-010-2 Published: July 2004 Pages 68
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