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PLUCking Ukes – Ten Minute Practice Tips

transpose chart guitar

Transposing Chart  – Guitar (Photo credit: ljguitar)

Over the last few weeks, both Chris & Simon have mentioned how useful it can be to play the same song in a number of different keys, to expand your repertoire to learn the full range of chords. It is also a good way to start understanding more about music theory; to see how chords relate to musical keys & begin understanding how transposing works (ie putting tunes in another key).

Doctor Uke has a good selection of songs on his site in multiple keys: Five Foot TwoAmazing GraceWhy Do Fools Fall In LoveTiptoe Through The Tulips & It’s A Blue World. You’ll soon spot that some keys are easier to play on the uke than others. Going through one of these sheets until you can play all variations easily will give you a good workout.

If you look on several song sites, such as Chordie or Tontonremy & find a song you want to play, there are options on the page to trranspose it, so with a quick press of a button, you can have the song in a new key. Or you can use the PLUC Transposing Tool to work it out manually. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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PLUCking Ukes – Transposing

PLUC CIrcle of Fifths - Free Transposing Wheel

PLUC CIrcle of Fifths – Free Transposing Wheel

We now have our new PLUC Transposing Tool available for download, with full instructions.

Further sites with information about using the Circle of Fifths as a transposing aid include Tiki King – Tools pageInteractive Transposing Wheel.

Other Circle of Fifths music theory postings: PLUCking Ukes – Striking A Chord; PLUC Transposing Tool

 

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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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