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New Premium Lesson Series for Ukulele and General Music

With the amount of work that goes in to preparing quality material and lessons for the site, I've elected to limit the downloads to active students and site members. Visitors can still view the download file images at a reduces size. Members and Students can view larger on-line images when signed in. The actual download will contain the latest and most updated version of the lesson. Curt

Reading for Ukulele - The Next Steps

Reading can be thought of on many different levels. 1) the ability to slowly and painfully work out the written music. 2) the ability to hear the music by looking at the notation. 3) the ability to notate< your ideas in standard music notation. 4) the ability to read music as you read a book or an article. 5) the ability to communicate with other musicians in the written language of music. 6) the ability to learn songs that you have never heard.

This series of lessons picks up after right after the Reading Music on Ukulele - Primer which focused on the open position. This series is a Pro level series of lessons to get you really reading.

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Exploring Improvisation Using Tetrachords

Traditionally, a tetrachord is a series of four tones filling in the interval of a perfect fourth. In modern usage a tetrachord is any four-note segment of a scale or tone row including the augmented fourth (+4). The term tetrachord derives from ancient Greek music theory, it literally means four strings.

A Tetrachord of tetrascale approaches improvisation utilizing this smaller module of four notes vs. a more traditional scale approach. This smaller module becomes a bit more manageable when initially exploring improvisation.

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Reading Music on Ukulele - Primer

There are a few things in music that students and players avoid. These are things like learning to read and knowing the notes of their own instrument. It is hard on guitar - but not so hard on ukulele. With the right guidance and plan of attack. IT IS EASY.

It is really quite easy on a uke. Starting with natural notes in in the open position you can finally check off the Reading Music to do item.

Learning to read standard music notation is really, really easy.

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Weekly Beginners, Getting Started Series

This series of lessons is intended to take a beginning ukulele player just Getting Started. Your goal, and mine is to help you create a solid foundation for future learning and development with this fun, cool instrument - the ukulele.

Spend at least one week, if not more on the material presented in each week's lesson. Each week builds on the previous week of lessons. Take as much time as needed for each lesson.

Suggesting and recommending lessons to visitors and players that haven't had the benefit of a one-on-one personal evaluation with me is a bit of a challenge. Just as any one book can't be tailored to every specific player and their needs. A weekly series of lessons has to be somewhat generic and cover a lot of material. Think of each week's offerigns as a menu of choices.

With the over 500 currently available lessons for ukulele that I've created over the years there's a lot to draw from. So if you don't see a particular topic or lessons you're looking for let me know and I probably have something here or can create a lesson to address your needs.

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Types of Chords Available on Ukulele

The types of chords possible on ukulele.

Open position chords, movable form chords, 4-part, a.k.a. jazz chords and free from chords.

Open Position Chords

The basic first chords most players learn. There are the chords in the first one, two, three and fours frets of the ukulele and include at least on open string.

Basic Movable Form Chords

Sometimes called barre chords, these chords are the basic open position that venture beyond the third fret.

4-part Contemporary Chords, a.k.a. Jazz Chords

Beyond basic open position chords and basic movable form chords these are the core set of 4-part chords that are used to build ALL you contemporary 4-part chords using the principles of how chords are constructed and the ukulele fingerboard. From these core chrods you can create all those crazy named chords such as: 9#11, 7#5-9, 13b5, 7+9 on the fly as needed.

Free Form Chords

Free Form chords are those chords that do not fall into one of the above categories. They typically don't show up in chord dictionaries or software programs. You can create these chords when you know the notes of the ukulele fingerboard, know how chords are constructed and know the names of the notes the chord and the intervals that make up the chord.

Traditional and Contemporary Triads

Somewhere in the mix of the above four chord categories triads should be explored. Triads are the foundation for most chords.

A triad is a three note chord. In traditional chord theory there are four traditional triad chord types: major, minor, diminished and augmented. And four contemporary triad chord types: sus2, sus4, add2 and add9.

Triads can be used harmonically, as chords and melodically, as single notes. Triads are a great way to get started with creating melodic solos and improvising.

In my personal experience and experience with students these are the first real challenging chords after the basic open position chords and movable basic chords.

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Common Chord Progressions and Remembering Songs

Learning the similarities between chord progressions and songs helps you remember a lot of songs. There’s a lot more in common between songs than one might think.

This series of lessons explores common chord progressions.

Remembering songs is lot like remembering the directions for a road trip. There are the turn-by-turn directions, road maps, signs and landmarks. Turn here, turn there, remember this and remember that landmark. With a songs it's the chords, the harmonic cells and form of the song.

With a few music tools and an understanding of the principles of how chords and chords progressions work. You can start unraveling what's going on in a song. There's a lot more in common between songs than you might think. Each song has it's own direction, signs and landmarks.

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Key Signatures - C Major

A key signature is a summary of the sharps or flats in a Major or it's relative Natural Minor scale. This series of lessons covers ALL 15 major and relative minor keys with their primary and secondary chords as well as sample common chord progressions.

In musical notation, a key signature is a collection of sharp or flat symbols placed together on the staff. Key signatures are generally written immediately after the clef at the beginning of a line of musical notation, although they can appear in other parts of a score, notably after a double barline.

Although a key signature may be written using any combination of sharp and flat symbols, about a dozen diatonic key signatures are by far the most common, and their use is assumed in much of this article. A piece scored using a single diatonic key signature and no accidentals contains notes of at most seven of the twelve pitch classes, which seven being determined by the particular key signature.

The key of C major-A minor.

Cover the primary and secondary chords and common chord progressions.

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Essential Ukulele Scale Fingerings

The Essential Ukulele Scales series is based on the fingering principles from my series of books in the QuickStart Scale and Arpeggio Fingerings.

The six essential scales are: Blues, Major Pentatonic, Mixolydian, Dorian, Aeolian, and Ionian. These six can get you through a wide variety of traditional and contemporary music.

A scale is simply collection of pitches or notes, not really “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.

Most music starts with a scale. The melody, chords, licks and riffs all can be related back to a particular scale or scales.

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Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard

If there’s one thing that has the biggest return on your time and investment to learn — it’s really, really knowing the names of the note of the ukulele fingerboard. These series takes a step-by-step approach to finally learning the fingerboard.

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Ukulele Fingering Gymnastics - Basic

This series of lessons develops your finger independence, strength and motor skills to a high level. You don't want to have technique as a limiting factor for play a song or performing anything on the ukulele.

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Fingerpicking on Ukulele

This is a common thumb and two finger strumming style utilizing the thumb, index and middle fingers. Commonly called “Travis” picking in the guitar world. This series of lessons explores and adapts this style to ukulele. Travis Picking is a finger-style made famous by Merle Travis and Chet Atkins. This style is commonly played on steel string acoustic guitars. Pattern picking is the use of "preset right-hand pattern[s]" while fingerpicking, with the left hand fingering standard chords. You'll find this series of lessons to be the most complete and organized series of lessons offered anywhere, GUARANTEED.

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Harmonic Analysis for Scale and Chord Selection

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.

This series of lessons are extracted from my book for use with individual private and on-line students-members.

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Building Your Core Strums for Ukulele

Rhythm is in-separately linked to strums. Using the Modular Phonetic Rhythm System developed by Chuck Anderson this series of lessons start with the core four strums all ukulele use and throughly digs in to the many variations possible.

As rhythm is so linked with strums these lessons are suitable for any stringed instrument like guitar, banjo and mandolin capable of playing chords.

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Understanding Intervals

An interval is the distance between two notes. An interval has a name and a type. Intervals can be played one note (melodic) or two notes (harmonic) at a time, ascending or descending.

Simple and Compound Intervals are taken from a major scale.

Chromatic Intervals are NOT taken from a major scale. They are derived from the diatonic intervals.

This series is all about understanding intervals.

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Basic Ukulele Chords Charts

Not so much a series - but the basic chords ALL ukulele players should know.

Basic Ukulele Chords Charts - As much as I preach the need to not have to rely on chords charts. When you're first learning the ukulele and chords these charts are a real help - just not long a term alternative to actually knowng your chords, where they come from and how to create them when needed.

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Core Ukulele Chords - The Big Six

Core Chords for Ukulele, The Big Six - From four F7 chord voicings or shapes, your can build your massive 4-part, a.k.a., “jazz” chord vocabulary. Beyond basic open position chords, basic movable form chords and a core set of 4-part chords. There are just too many chords shapes too memorize. Learning the principles of how chords are constructed and the ukulele fingerboard are the way to go. Then you can create more advanced chords like 9#11, 7#5-9, 13b5, 7+9 on the fly as needed.

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Triads - Traditional and Contemporary Triads

A triad is a three note chord. In traditional chord theory there are four traditional triad chord types: major, minor, diminished and augmented. And four contemporary triad chord types: sus2, sus4, add2 and add9.

Triads can be used harmonically, as chords and melodically, as single notes. Triads are a great way to get started with creating melodic solos and improvising.

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Cool Chords

Cool Chords are those crazy chords you won't find in a chord dictionary, software, chord chart, etc... They're a product of understanding how chords are constructed and how to derive them from known chords. These are the chords other players will say: “What's that crazy chord you're playing?”.

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Movable Ukulele Chords

Movable Chords are chords without open strings that can be transposed to any key up and down the fingerboard. This series covers the movable chords based on the basic open position chords as well as contemporary 4-part, a.k.a. “jazz” chords.

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Blues Chord Progressions

From A to Z - These are the 26 blues chord progressions, extracted from my book Blues Chord Progressions for Ukulele from A to Z for use with on-line and private students.

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Jazz Standard’s Chord Progressions

These are the chord progressions, extracted from my book Exploring Jazz Chords on Ukulele for use with on-line and private students.

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Solo Ukulele - Creating Melody and Chord Arrangements

In this series the focus is on creating solos melody and chord arrangements of songs from the standard and contemporary repertoire.

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Key Signatures - G Major

The key of G major-E minor.

Cover the primary and secondary chords and common chord progressions.

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Key Signatures - D Major

The key of D major-B minor.

Cover the primary and secondary chords and common chord progressions.

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Key Signatures - A Major

The key of A major-F# minor.

Cover the primary and secondary chords and common chord progressions.

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Key Signatures - E Major

The key of E major-C# minor.

Cover the primary and secondary chords and common chord progressions.

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Key Signatures - B Major

The key of B major-G# minor.

Cover the primary and secondary chords and common chord progressions.

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Key Signatures - F# Major

The key of F major-D# minor.

Cover the primary and secondary chords and common chord progressions.

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Key Signatures - C# Major

The key of C# major-A# minor.

Cover the primary and secondary chords and common chord progressions.

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Key Signatures - F Major

The key of F major-D minor.

Cover the primary and secondary chords and common chord progressions.

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Key Signatures - Bb Major

The key of Bb major-G minor.

Cover the primary and secondary chords and common chord progressions.

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Key Signatures - Eb Major

The key of Eb major-C minor.

Cover the primary and secondary chords and common chord progressions.

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Key Signatures - Ab Major

The key of Ab major-F minor.

Cover the primary and secondary chords and common chord progressions.

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Key Signatures - Db Major

The key of Db major-Bb minor.

Cover the primary and secondary chords and common chord progressions.

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Key Signatures - Gb Major

The key of Gb major-Eb minor.

Cover the primary and secondary chords and common chord progressions.

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Key Signatures - Cb Major

The key of Cb major-Ab minor.

Cover the primary and secondary chords and common chord progressions.

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Ukulele Fingering Gymnastics - Developing Technique

An introduction to proper hand placement for left hand technique on ukulele and a wide variety of finger drills to develop your techniqu.

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Ukulele Fingering Gymnastics - Repeating Notes

Repeating single note fingering drills for developeing your ukulel technique.

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Common Ukulele Tunings

Any tuning is possible on a ukulele as long as the construction supports it and a string is available. There are three somewhat common tunings in popular use today, C, D and G tuning - with C tuning the most popular.

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Ukulele Doodling - The Power of the Triad + One!

Intro to Improvisation using triads + 1 - lessons for developing the ability to improvise or “take a solo”.

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Modular Phonetic Rhythm by Chuck Anderson

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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Reading Standard Music Notation for Ukulele

Reading music on ukulele is all about learning what the notes look like and where there are on the instrument for your favorite tuning.

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Fingerpickng and Fingerstyle UKulele

Ukulele is typically played with the fingers in a strumming style and finger picking. This series explores the two fingerpicking styles/

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Ukulele Strums- Getting Started

Rhythm is in-separately linked to strums. Using the Modular Phonetic Rhythm System developed by Chuck Anderson this series of lessons starts with the core four strums all ukulele use and throughly digs in to the many variations possible.

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Movable Form Ukulele Chords

b>Movable Chords are chords without open strings that can be transposed to any key up and down the fingerboard. This series covers the movable chords based on the basic open position chords as well as contemporary 4-part, a.k.a. “jazz” chords.

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QuickStart Scale and Arpeggio Fingering Series

These are the scales that are not part of any of my books or other lessons. Scales like the Whole Tone and Diminished scales.

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QuickStart Chord Progressions Play-along Series

The QUICKSTART Rhythm Section CD contains 24 unique styles designed for contemporary lead guitar. Each track is devoted to a scale covered in the QUICKSTART Scale Fingerings for Lead Guitar. There are four background tracks for each scale featuring the chords of the scale. These tracks give you the opportunity to explore the sound of each scale in a lead guitar setting.

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Basic Lessons for Getting Started with Ukulele

These are the ukulele lessons that every ukulele play just starting or a bit seasoned should take a look at.

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Chord Switching, Double Stop Drills for Ukulele

Switching chords is all about finger independence and working together. This can be developed using the double stop fingering drills presented in this lesson.

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Chord Switching, Barre Drills for Ukulele

The ability to place a single finger across more than one string, a “barre” is an essential technique for chords as well single notes and double stops.

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Slide Gymnastics for Ukulele

Beyond the basic four fret fingering position, it's on to the remaining fingering principles for navigating the fingerboard. The first in the series is the Slide

Using the Slide fingering principle from the Six Secerts of Ukulele Finger to navigate the ukulele fingerboard.

Slide is used when the passage can not be played within a single 4 fret span or when more notes per string are needed to produce a particular effect.

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Pass Gymnastics for Ukulele

Beyond the basic four fret fingering position, it's on to the remaining fingering principles for navigating the fingerboard. The second in the series is the Pass

Using the * Pass* fingering principle from the Six Secerts of Ukulele Finger to navigate the ukulele fingerboard.

Pass is used when the passage can not be played within a single 4 fret span or when more notes per string are needed to produce a particular effect.

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Miscellaneous Chord Information

Miscellaneous is a series of lessons for covering related chord material not found in the other chord sections.

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The Blues Progression in Common Keys

This series of common blues chord progressions uses the seventh chord vs. a triad to explore the blues chord progresion.

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Music Basics

Lessons in the General Music series. The principles of how music works.

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Playing by Ear

Learning to play by ear is the ultimate goal when learning any musicial instrument. This series of lessons is designed to get you to that goal. Whether it's melodies or chords, it can be done.

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The Big Six Core Chords - Level One

The Big Six chords include: Seventh 7, Major Seventh maj7, Minor Seventh m7, Half Diminished Seventh or Minor Seven Flat Five diminished 7 (m7b5), Diminished Seventh o7 and Augmented Seventh +7. These six chords form a core set of chords.

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The Big Six Core Chords - Level Two

The next series of chords that build on the Bix Six Core Chords and form the foundation for ALL your jazz chords include: Major Sixth ( 6 ), Minor Sixth ( m6 ) and Minor-Major Seventh ( mL7 ).

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The Big Six Core Chords - Level Three

The next series of chords that build on the Bix Six Core Chords and form the foundation for ALL your jazz chords include: Diminished Major Seventh ( dimL7 ) and Augmented Major Seventh ( augL7 ).

These chords are rare and used to support a major seventh melody.

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The Big Six Core Chords - Level Four

The next series of chords that build on the Bix Six Core Chords and form the foundation for ALL your jazz chords include: Alternations and Extensions to the level I, II and II chrods.

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Selecting a Ukulele

This series explores the options for seleting yu first ukulele or you next ukulele.

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Content is always being added and updated. So check-in often. Thanks, Curt

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