Learning resource for the ukulele including chord theory, ukulele chord charts, tools & ukulele buying guide
yo yo yoCool site!Keef
Nice site Claudio, and thanks for posting your arrangements!Another Kala acacia concert fan,pepamahina
Thanks for posting the music theory bit, it's short and clear.All the bestGady
Very nice blog and interesting uke-friendly rearrangements. Do you use metronome when practicing at home?Misa
Hi Misa,Actually i sometimes use one when writing the tabs. After that i ditch it :)
Claudio, thanks! I am just learning ukulele and your site is most helpful.:)
Thanks - Do let me know if something is missing.
Thanks for making theory so straight forward. I'm not a better player, but at least now I understand music better, so I enjoy it even more.
can you please post the picking pattern for To make you feel my love. I really like your version of the song thank you
In response to the last comment:I have my tabs for this in the arrangements section of the website, however I always end-up deviating from it when I play it.Have you looked at that yet?I have added an intro to this song since and will record another video. Colin Tribe is my teacher and I challenged him to do a version and so he completed his recently. He gave me some great ideas on how to enhance it further.Cheers,ClaudioCheers,Claudio
yes thank you i did see your tab but i don't really read tab i understand the chords its the picking patten that you use that I'm having trouble with can you help thank you
It's not a repeatable pattern. So tab is the only way.
Hi there. I'd love to know what you think of my ukulele covers and original songs as well as my other work. I've only been playing for two months, but let me know. My blog is: http://reblproductions.blogspot.com/I will be posting a medley of Imagine, Don't Look Back In Anger and Unchained Melody very soon so please check that out too!Thanks! :)
I love your site by the way. It's most informative for the beginner :)
Hi Becky,Great progress in 2 months! Singing and playing at the same time is great thing to do as soon as you start.Hint 1: I wish someone told me this on day 1:For strumming see if you can keep your hand going up and down at a regular rate like a metronome. Doesn't mean up and down are equally timed (Could be swing time). I mean you try and keep repeating your up and down with regularity. For the pattern just miss the strings on the appropriate up or down strums. It will help you feel the rhythm and flow better.Hint 2: Follow Ukulele Mike (Mike Lynch) and go through his tutorials.Cheers!Claudio
Hi Claudio, it's Ukulele Kris here, I posted the wrong link on Uke Hunt regarding Fromby covers... here's my reggaeish version of Leaning...http://www.box.net/shared/400ob7ps4r5uh9hyvakb
Bernie de Braun 22/9/2012 AustraliaIam also not a musician but think your site suits all beginers,i have Mahalo 312,Lag44,Ashton cutaway electric and Epiphone LES PAUL ELECTRIC UKE all providing different types of enjoyment.Cheers Bernie keep up the good work.
Cheers 'girl. Missed this comment before. Busy with a baby :)
Hi Claudio,not sure if this was already posted as it disappeared before my eyes as soon as I hit publish. Here's the thing, I'm stuck in hospital for 2 to 3 weeks min. and going nuts. Always wanted to play the uke but can't get to a shop to buy one. If i had to buy online and could afford up to £80 could you make an suggestions? I don't have big hands or fat fingers [middle finger 8.5 cms palm to tip]Any advice would be be invaluable. eg soprano or concert; where to look [tried pmtonline]; would I use a guitar pick. etcThanksDanny firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi Danny,These guys are good.http://www.southernukulelestore.co.uk/Category/2902b515-586b-4c9f-bf9a-1f29d82fd3c3/Soprano?page=4Pick - noSize - soprano because of convenience and a bit cheaper.Look for a solid top rather than laminate. Solid mahogany or spruce.There is a SUS own brand and Ohana that on paper would suit you. Prople say when you buy a guitar or uke you should go and play it but as a beginner you're better off with a recommendation.If you can, find out what strings it has by calling the store. Aquila strings would make a difference if it comes with basic strings.Hand size doesn't make much difference to size choice but it does make a difference how you might finger chords like first position D Major, E major and a couple of others.You'll find that you'll be able to get quite a result after a few hours.Let me know how you go.CheersClaudio
Also it seems that ukes have become cheaper since i wrote my buyers guide. Increased sales have brought prices down a bit. 80 quid can get the beginner something pretty decent.
Your Ukelele Chord Theory, Chord Types - Spelling, there is an asterisk beside the b7 (flat 7) of the Minor 7th. What does it refer to? No other asterisk on the page?
Oh yes i see.It has been a while but maybe i was going to explain it was a minor/minor. You can add different combinations of major 3rds and minor 3rds. I might have left out an explanation as it wasn't worth adding this point.Cheers
Thanks for the quick reply.
Think I may have figured it out. The asterisk beside the b7 of the Minor 7th may have been meant to comment that the Minor 7th is also referred to as the Dominant 7th. The Dominant 7th is shown above, in the list of chords.
But the dominant 7th starts with a major triad with a minor 3rd on top.
On your downloadable uke_chords in key pdf, you include the fifth of the fifth, and fourth of the fourth chords. What is the significance of those chords? (i.e. do they add some particular harmonies?)
Yeah if you look at the fractions i noted in the harmonies, the 4th and 5th notes are very close harmonies to the root. So the 4th or 5th chords of those is still harmonious.Example: In key of C Maj, you don't often see 5th of 5th (D Major) unless you have a key change but interestingly you sometimes see a 4th of 4th (Bb). This is because Bb is a better swap sometimes than Bdim because B isn't that harmonious to C.So I included them as they are worth experimenting with. Deviating from the key a little but doing so harmoniously can create something interesting.
Check out the latest lesson on Ukulele Underground, Wanted Dead Or Alive.Chords are D C G F. It appears to be in a mixed key. F C G D is a circle of 5ths sequence. If you consider this to be a key of C then the D would normally be minor but because it is a 5th of a 5th it works.
Very useful. Thanks.
good information, thanks for sharing. can i check for f major, does it meant that all the Do-Re-mi-fa-so-la-ti we learnt in c major is shifted with f taking the role of do as the base? i heard that f major allows us to play songs that require notes that are below middle c..how it is possible? thanks
Do re mi are the actual names of the notes in some continental countries. E.g Italy. They don't use letters like we do. However the sounds are just shifted up or down to start at an F.F Major can start at any F below or above middle C. You just play the white notes in C but in F you play B Flat instead of B.
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Thank you for this great resource. I love your Ukulele Keys chart. Do you by any chance have charts for more keys? Namely F# and C# Major And Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, G, and Cb Major. I really want to learn these but cannot find a single place that has anything like the chart you created
No sorry.Cb is the same as B.C# is the same as Db.These keys aren't used much unless the singer wants it in a key he/she can sing the song in.To play a # key you can use a capo or just barrel up by 1 fret. If you play the piano, you can work it out with the circle of 5th chart that I made.
Barre rather than barrel. Damn autocorrect.
Love the site, thanks. I am new to playing and enjoying it so much. You have some really useful info here.
This website is awesome. The presentation style is perfect and the chord and harmony theory pages have been invaluable for me. Thanks so much!
Hey Claudio, am just loving your site. Found it for the first time today. I was just taking a look at "2) Tears In Heaven - Eric Clapton" (version 2). I found it much easier to drop the key 2 semitones, which leaves you with much easier chords and transfers - first line of chords therefore goes - G D Em G C G D Of course the picking tabulature would probably be totally messed up ... And as I progress further down I see that the sections " I must be Strong " and "Time can bring you down " may not come out quite as neatly either. But just thought I would mention it anyway. Something to consider when you have nothing else to do ... (ha, ha!)
Thanks for the Chord charts, they are the best I have seen. Do you have a download for the regular chart like you do for the chord 'family' chart?. I wonder why chord charts are never in the same orientation as the uke (or other stringed instrument) as it is held?
That is it. You everything I have.
Hello Claudio, A lot of really useful and helpful information. One question I have at the moment is in the section on minor chords. I thought that the minor chord is the 1st, flat third and the 5th. However in the minor chord section you state; * Major chord is made from a root + major 3rd + minor third and * minor chord is made from a root + minor third + major third. I seem to have misunderstood something but am not sure what. Please help. Many thanks Mike
This amounts to the same thing. A flat 3rd is a minor third and this always adds up to a 5th.Cheers.