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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Want to brush up on your knowledge of the fretboard? Need to know how to relate written music to the notes you play? Then head over to Tom Potts’ handy Ukulele Note Finder tool.
All you need to do is hover over a position on the fretboard & it’ll tell you where else you’ll find notes of the same pitch (ie octave) elsewhere on other strings. Or, if you are looking at a piece of music, go to the bottom of the screen, find the note on the stave you have to identify, & it gives you your various playing options on the fretboard.
In the example below, you can see there are four high Cs (C5) on a standard gCEA-tuned 12 fret instrument. The open C string is an octave lower – C4 / middle C. Use the various search boxes on the right hand side of the PLUC site pages to look up more articles, tools & tips from us about very basic understanding of music, notes & fretboards if this is all unfamiliar to you!
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People learn ukulele & music theory differently, so I was interested to find the Rainbow Music site, which offers free on-line music lessons, basing learning round colour-coded musical notes.
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Another interesting learning resource site I found this week is memrise. Its main section is on-line language courses, with novel ways of getting you to learn the vocabulary (along with mnemonics, submitted by fellow learners, which may or may not seem useful to you!) but it covers a lot more under Other Topics..
It’s a free sign-up. You do short, timed tests to build your knowledge & can return as often or infrequently as you wish to practice. There is a reasonable Musical Notation section with all manner of items to help your music theory knowledge, such as:
- Chord Spelling – Beginner & Intermediate 1 (learn what notes make up each chord);
- Major Key Signatures & Minor Key Signatures (get to grips with the numbers of sharps or flats in each key);
- Ukulele Chords – Major, Minor, Dominant Sevenths & Minor Sevenths (identify pics of the chords to improve your playing).
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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 Rainbow, Ukulele 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.
Other music theory postings: PLUCking Ukes – Striking A Chord; PLUC Weekend Workout – Music Reading Knowledge; PLUC Weekend Workout – Flashcard Machine Ukulele Chords; 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