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PLUC Weekend Workout

Escape the first four frets of your ukulele with the first in a new series of tutorials from Ukulele Russ. Here he shows you how to move up the C major shape, complete with a couple of song examples:

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PLUC Weekend Workout

Tamás Gáll has just developed a new chord training site called It’s Chordtime, which allows you to change chords to a regular metronome tempo and help become a smoother player. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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PLUC Weekend Workout

Uke Nut is an interesting blog, covering various ukulele resources, including links to a selection of fingerstyle tunes & practice drills. Amongst the instructional postings are some links to a useful site of tools – MusicTheory.net.

Uke Nut has customised the Fretboard Memorisation Tool for a standard gCEA-tuned uke. Use it to practice identifying the notes up to the 10th fret. This will help you develop your skills, including helping you form moveable chords more readily.

Ukulele Fretboard Memorization Tool from MusicTheory.net, customised by Uke Nut

Ukulele Fretboard Memorization Tool from MusicTheory.net, customised by Uke Nut

 

More PLUC fretboard-relatedmoveable chord & quiz posts.

 

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Very, Very, Very Basic Understanding of Music for Absolute Beginners

In this article I shall attempt to lay out the very basis of how music works in a straightforward, easily understood fashion. Please, if you’re a beginner, don’t be put off by the idea of learning and understanding anything about music. The basic stuff is really easy to grasp and will enhance your playing and following of what’s going on when you play with others. If you’re already into music this isn’t for you, it’s for those with no understanding at all.

Musical Notes – The Octave & Chromatic Scale

If you play a note and then double the frequency (ie the number of times a string vibrates in one second) you get the same note but higher. This is called an octave and can be heard on a ukulele if you play an open string and then count 12 frets up the fingerboard and play that note. It’s the same note an octave higher.

Listen to an octave being played from Wikipedia:

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Learn Uke Notes Without Fretting

Ukulele C Tuning Fretboard from Nutthouse Ukulele

Ukulele C Tuning Fretboard from Nutthouse Ukulele
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To help you understand chords & improve your music theory knowledge, it’s a good idea to learn the notes on the fretboard.

There are a number of good introductions on-line, including Kauai RainbowUkulele Strummers & Live Ukulele, where you can dip in & just find out the basics if you don’t have the time (or inclination) to learn more at present.

Play the Fretboard Master Game to test your knowledge & check out some of our other music theory postings for sites & quizzes that may help you learn the notes on the fretboard.

Jeanette

Other music theory postings: PLUCking Ukes – Striking A Chord; PLUC Weekend Workout – Music Reading KnowledgePLUC Weekend Workout – Flashcard Machine Ukulele ChordsPLUC 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 MusicPLUC Weekend Workout – Fretboard Master Game; PLUC Weekend Workout – Guitarator Chord Quiz; PLUC Weekend Workout – Vocal Match Game

 

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