Ukulele For Geeks: Secrets of the Pentatonic Scales

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Published on October 9, 2009

Author: xian

Source: slideshare.net

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

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!!

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

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

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”

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 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

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

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

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

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)

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