As usual, WordPress have sent us a report to show how the site has done over the last year. And if statistics aren’t your thing, do grab our free 2014 PLUC calendar, which contains a handy Circle Of Fifths (our full-sized transposing tool is available here). Read the rest of this entry »
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Two different people asked me about musical keys this week.
A key is a collection of notes in a particular pattern. If you start singing a song on one note & then sing the same song but begin it on a different note, it’s still the same song but is in a different key.You’ll also have to play different chords to make it sound right.
Here are two different versions of The Kinks’ Lola – one on Ukulele Boogaloo & one from Richard G’s Songbook. You’ll notice the difference when you play them – you might find the chords easier to play in one version or that you can sing along better on one. Read the rest of this entry »
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After discussions at recent club nights from Chris & Paul about movable chords & different chord fingerings, here’s another article to help those with little or no music theory background learn about major chords.
Do have a look at our very basic intro to musical notes for complete beginners; notes on the ukulele fretboard and the Circle of Fifths (which helps explain about the different keys) first if you’re totally new to these areas. Read the rest of this entry »
Tags: Beginners Music Theory, Circle of Fifths, Identifying Notes, Key Signatures, Learning Chords, Major Chords, Moveable Chords, Music For Beginners, Music Theory, Musical Key, Musical Notes, Ukulele, Ukulele Chords
Especially when you are new to playing or are learning a tune with some unfamiliar chords, you often find it’s useful having the chord diagrams to hand on your songsheet. To save you drawing them on freehand, here are a few of our members’ tips:
- Colin recommends the self-inking five-fret blank ukulele chord stamp bought recently from Shropshire firm Pencraft. He found it invaluable when going through his songbooks putting the songs into 2nd and 3rd positions. They do two sizes for ukes & each currently costs £10 plus £3 p&p. At present, they include a free Wheel of Fifths and a Ukulele World DVD with every order.
Tags: Blank Chord Chart Sheets, Chord Builder, Chord Diagram, Chord Finder, Chord Font, Chord Namer, Chord Stamp, Chordette, chordrc, Circle of Fifths, DaSilva Ukulele Co, Flickr, khrawlings, Kiwi Ukulele, Live Ukulele, Pencraft, Resource Sites, Scales, Songsheet Generator, Stewart Greenhill, TenByTen Software, UkeBuddy, UkeFarm, Ukulele, Ukulele Freeware, Ukulele Helper, Ukulele Tools, Ukulele Utilities, UkuTabs, Vistaprint
We now have our new PLUC Transposing Tool available for download, with full instructions.
Tags: Chord, Chord Wheel, Circle of Fifths, Circle of Fifths Tool, Circle of Fifths Wheel, Interactive Chord Wheel, Interactive Circle of Fifths Wheel, Interactive Transposing Wheel, Key Signature, Music Theory, Principle Chords, Relative Minor, Tiki King, Transposing Tool, Transposing Wheel, Ukulele, Ukulele Chords
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.
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 Knowledge; PLUCking Ukes – Transposing; PLUC Weekend Workout – Theta Music Trainer; Very, Very, Very Basic Understanding of Music for Absolute Beginners; PLUC Weekend Workout – memrise on-line courses; PLUC Weekend Workout – On-line Ear Trainer; PLUC Weekend Workout – EarMaster Reference Songs For Intervals; PLUC Weekend Workout – Howard Goodall’s Story Of Music; PLUC Weekend Workout – Fretboard Master Game; PLUC Weekend Workout – Guitarator Chord Quiz; PLUC Weekend Workout – Vocal Match Game
Also see the PLUC Transposing Tool
Tags: Berkeley Ukulele Club, Chord, Chord Chart, Chord Progressions, Circle of Fifths, DaSilva Ukulele Co, Gary Jugert, Key Signature, Michael DaSilva, Music Theory, Principle Chords, Relative Minor, Transposing Tool, Ukulele, Ukulele Chords, Ukulele Underground