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Songbook Spotlight

Colin is currently dipping into of the Ukulele Club of Virginia’s Songbook, containing over two hundred tunes, which are a mix taken from many useful sites across the web. In addition to the full PDF songbook, it’s possible to download a zip file of the individual songs as Word documents. Do have fun looking through & finding some interesting ones to play!

 

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PLUC Weekend Workout

The latest Ukulele Underground YouTube tutorial fits in perfectly with our current moveable chords theme. Aaron explains how to work out how to play the same chord in different ways by using a fretboard diagram. He also shows you tips for easy chord progressions, ways of working out unusual chords you don’t know & learning how to play scales with that same diagram,

If you haven’t understood the principles behind it up until now, I’m sure you’ll find this really helpful as he illustrates it very clearly:

Other PLUC music theory postings.

 

 

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PLUC Member’s Choice 2013 – Katrin

Bentley and my uke.

Bentley and uke. (Photo credit: ohthecuteness)

I don’t really have a ‘favourite’ yet, but I’ve recently discovered Ukulele Underground and its forums. I’m a sucker for message boards and can easily waste my whole day on them, so I’m resisting jumping right into the community, and just lightly lurking for a while so I remember I still have a life. Looks like some fun and valuable stuff on there, though!

And if anyone in the group is also into knitting or crochet, Ravelry has a few uke-related forums.

Katrin

 

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Ukulele Playalongs

After dancing around to Chris’ rendition of Foot Tapper at this week’s club night, a visit to Ukulele Underground revealed a selection of numbers you can bop to in their video lessons section, such as Billie Jean and Gangnam Style (who says we’re not up-to -date?). Many of these can be found on their Ukulele Play-Along channel, so you can strum along with the UU group.

For starters, here’s the Hawaii Five-O Theme - book ‘em, Danno:

 

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PLUCking Ukes – Striking A Chord

For those of you brushing up on your music theory, especially if you’re learning ukulele chords for the first time, here is a nicely laid out chord chart from the DaSilva Ukulele Co’s songlist & tutorials.

English: Music theory circle of fifths diagram

English: Music theory circle of fifths diagram (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Instead of just listing the chords, it summarises a lot of information on one sheet. It’s tabulated by key signature, showing principal chords (I – IV – V7); relative minor (Vm – IIm – III7) & alternative chords (ie  I6/VIm7, diminished, augmented, IV6, VIm6 & IIm6).

This works well if you also print off the uke-specific Circle of Fifths diagram from Gary Jugert on Ukulele Underground. This page shows you the familiar wheel, with notes, chords & key signatures, along with ukulele chords.

These two pages are a good easy reference. If you are interested in knowing more of the basics, there are plenty of good lessons out there you can find – we will pick a few another time.

Even if you don’t understand the theory yet, many tunes will use these sequences of chords or chords from the same key, so it’s useful to recognise their patterns & be used to playing these progressions.

Other music theory postings: Learn Uke Notes Without Fretting; PLUC Weekend Workout – Music Reading KnowledgePLUCking Ukes – TransposingPLUC Weekend Workout – Theta Music TrainerVery, Very, Very Basic Understanding of Music for Absolute BeginnersPLUC Weekend Workout – memrise on-line coursesPLUC Weekend Workout – On-line Ear TrainerPLUC Weekend Workout – EarMaster Reference Songs For IntervalsPLUC Weekend Workout – Howard Goodall’s Story Of Music; PLUC Weekend Workout – Fretboard Master GamePLUC Weekend Workout – Guitarator Chord Quiz; PLUC Weekend Workout – Vocal Match Game

Also see the PLUC Transposing Tool

 

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