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Understanding Ukulele Chords

By Robbert van Renesse

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Understanding Ukulele Chords composed by Robbert van Renesse. For Ukulele (Soprano). Saddle-stitched, Theory & Harmony. All Styles. Intermediate. Book. 48 pages. Published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc (MB.20704).

ISBN 9780786672158. All Styles. 8.5 x 11 inches.

This book is intended for ukulele players who had some experience with their instruments, but would like to increase their musical ability, as well as for guitarists who like to improve their accompaniment skills on the treble strings of the guitar. There exist many excellent introductory ukulele methods, as well as extensive chord dictionaries. Instead, this book is intended for those players who wish to be able to sight read from a fake book, figure out the chords to a song without a chart, create accompaniments to their own songs, create chord solos, extend their chord vocabulary, or further their understanding of harmony.

  • About the Author 
  • Foreward 
  • Your Instrument 
  • Ukulele Tips for Guitarists 
  • The Twelve Notes 
  • The Major Scales 
  • The Major Chord 
  • Chord Roots 
  • The Three 3-Note Shapes 
  • The Minor Chord 
  • Moving Shapes 
  • Chord Progressions 
  • Roman Numeral Notation 
  • Tonic and Dominant Function 
  • Seventh Chords 
  • The Four 4-Note Shapes 
  • Blues 
  • Subdominant Function 
  • Major 6th and Minor 7th 
  • Major 6th/ Minor 7th Substitution 
  • Circle of Fifths 
  • Rhythm Changes 
  • Major 7th 
  • Augmented and 7b5 chords 
  • More Minor Chords 
  • Minor Cadences 
  • Diminished Chords 
  • Suspended Chords 
  • Chord Review 
  • Chord Function Review 
  • Figuring out Chord Changes 
  • Ninth Chords 
  • Eleventh and Thirteenth Chords 
  • Advanced Chord Review 
  • Substitutions 
  • Tritone Substitution 
  • Chord Runs 
  • Seventh Chord Scale 
  • Major/Minor Chord Scales 
  • Creating a Chord Solo 
  • Loch Lomond 
  • Index of Chords 
  • Glossary 

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