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Ukulele For Geeks: Secrets of the Pentatonic Scales
 

Ukulele For Geeks: Secrets of the Pentatonic Scales

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My five minute talk on how to hack the ukulele fretboard with the universal key: pentatonic scales

My five minute talk on how to hack the ukulele fretboard with the universal key: pentatonic scales

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    Ukulele For Geeks: Secrets of the Pentatonic Scales Ukulele For Geeks: Secrets of the Pentatonic Scales Presentation Transcript

    • ukulele for geeks secrets of the pentatonic scales ignite sydney ’09 christian crumlish mediajunkie.com @mediajunkie
    • An easy instrument to learn
      • Just four strings!
      • Punk as hell
      • Enthusiasm beats expertise
      • Learn a few chords (not from me)
      • Learn a few fingering patterns (yay)
      • ???
      • Profit!!
    • Pentatonic Scales for the Win
      • Pentatonic means five tones
      • The black keys on a piano are a pentatonic scale
      • Every combination, even random ones, sounds good
      • Pentatonic scales can be used to accompany any song
    • Many songs use just 5 notes
      • My Girl
      • Under the Boardwalk*
      • Suicide is Painless
      • First There is a Mountain
    • Open strings
      • The open strings on a guitar are in a pentatonic scale
      • The open strings on a uke are in several pentatonic scales (as there are just four)
      • Thus “accidentally” hitting open strings is usually fine
      • The uke is basically “in C”
    • C maj pentatonic
      • C D E G A
      • To make it bluesy add Eb (aka D#)
      • C D (Eb) E G A
    • C min pentatonic
      • C Eb F G A
      • To make it bluesy add Gb (aka F#)
      • C Eb F (Gb) G A
    • Forget the note names
      • It’s all about the patterns, yo
      • Little dippers, all in a row
      • That one weird string interval
      • Find the root or key and the patterns “just work”
      • Make “big dippers” to go to big-boy scales
    • Cowboy Scale (C maj)
    • Little Dipper (C maj)
    • Little Dippers (C maj)
    • Little Blue Dippers (C maj)
    • Cowboy Scale (C min)
    • Blue Cowboy Scale (C min)
    • Little Dipper (C min)
    • Little Dippers (C min)
    • The Key
      • Dippers are movable
      • Whatever key a song is in, just find the relative dippers
      • You don’t need to know the key
      • Just fiddle around till it “locks in,” then follow the pattern up and down the fretboard
    • Big Dippers
      • Five notes often not quite enough
      • “ Under the Boardwalk” is hex atonic
      • Many songs are diatonic, etc.
      • So learn how to extend the little dippers into big dippers to make larger sales
    • Big Dipper (C maj)
    • Big Dippers (C maj)