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Ukulele For Guitar Players
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In this lesson Ashley will be discussing the similarities between ukulele and guitar.  For guitar players learning ukulele this is a great lesson to study.

The Number System
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In this lesson we will be studying a system of understanding chords in a different way. It involves taking the chords and converting them to numbers or roman numerals.  This system is important and useful because you can take the numbers of chords and easily apply them to changing keys. And it also provides an easy way to communicate musically with other musicians.

Transposing Songs to Different Keys
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In this lesson we will be learning how to transpose songs to different keys.  We will use and analyze the song Meant To Be as an example.  Bryan originally did the lesson in the key of G and Ashley will be demonstrating how to transpose to the original key of Bb. This concept can be applied to anything and can be especially useful to change the key of songs to match your vocal range.

Explaining Dynamics
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In this lesson we will be discussing dynamics and how they are marked on a chart or tab, and also how to use them to make an impact on the song.  We will be using the song Natural Woman as an example to explain dynamics.

Explaining Dynamics
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In this lesson we will be discussing dynamics and how to use them.  We will also cover how dynamics are notated in sheet music and charts.

How To Play Sharp and Flat Chords
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In this lesson we will study how to play chords that are sharp (#) or flat (b).  Specifically we will be learning how to take the basic chord shapes and move them around to make a chord sharp or flat using a barre chord

Musical Harmony – V to I Chord Progression
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In this lesson we will be talking about musical harmony. Through the analysis of music we can notice tendencies and we call this music theory.  Specifically we will study the fundamental music theory idea of the V to I chord progression.

Strumming patterns in 6/8 Time
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In this lesson we will study strumming patterns in 6/8 time signature.  This time signature is popular in folk and Irish music, but you will also come across it in other genres.  Ashley will cover how to count in this time and some specific strumming patterns you can use.

Beginner Strumming Pattern #5
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In this lesson we are going to cover another very basic beginner strumming pattern designed to help those struggling with rhythm and strumming. For the last segment in this series we will be studying a pattern with a dotted quarter note rhythm.

Beginner Strumming Pattern 4
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In this lesson we are going to cover another very basic beginner strumming pattern designed to help those struggling with rhythm and strumming.

Beginner Strumming Pattern 3
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In this lesson we are going to cover another very basic beginner strumming pattern designed to help those struggling with rhythm and strumming.

Beginner Strumming Pattern 2
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In this lesson we are going to cover another very basic beginner strumming pattern designed to help those struggling with rhythm and strumming.

Beginner Strumming Pattern 1
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In this lesson we are going to cover a very basic beginner strumming pattern designed to help those struggling with rhythm and strumming.

I IV V Chord Study
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In this lesson we will study the very popular I, IV, V chord progression.

Ukulele Barre Chords
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In order to play many songs it is important to learn some ukulele barre chords. In this lesson we will be learning a movable Major barre chord based off of the A Major open chord shape. We also learn a movable Minor barre chord based off of the Am open chord shape. Knowing these chords will allow to play any Major or Minor chord by simply shifting the position and moving up and down the frets.

Major Pentatonic Improvisation
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In this lesson we are going to start improvising using the C major pentatonic scale. Bryan helps me do this by playing some chords while I go through the major pentatonic scale and show you how it sounds. Now you can try this using the provided jam track.

Major Pentatonic Scale
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In this lesson I will show you the major pentatonic scale that you can use to improvise melodies and jam with major chord progressions.

Rasgueado Strumming
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In this lesson we will study an advanced strumming technique often used by flamenco guitar players.

Major Pentatonic Scale
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In this lesson I will show you the major pentatonic scale that you can use to improvise melodies and jam with major chord progressions.

Ukulele Fingerstyle Lesson
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In this lesson we will learn some basics of ukulele fingerstyle. Fingerstyle is the technique of plucking or picking the strings with the individual fingers of your strum hand. This allows for more intricate piece of music combining harmony (chords) with a melody line. Ukulele fingerstyle often involve playing the notes of a chord individually instead of strumming.

Improvising Using Chord Tones
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In this improvisation lesson, we will talk about the importance of using notes that are part of the chord to anchor your improvised melody to the chord changes of the music.

The Anatomy of a Song
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In this lesson, I want to talk about various types of song forms, their parts and how they fit together. Every wonder what a “bridge” is? Hopefully this lesson will answer some of those questions.

Constant Strumming Technique
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In this lesson, I will show you a constant strumming technique in great detail. This is very effective for maintaining a steady groove and tempo while being able to play complex strumming rhythms.

Improvisation 101
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In this lesson you will apply the pentatonic minor scale in C to improvise over a standard blues progression. This is a simple introduction to musical improvisation on the uke. So have fun with it!

The Pentatonic Minor Scale
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In this lesson we will learn the Pentatonic Minor scale. The scale can be used as a foundation of improvisation for rock, blues, and pop music.

Shuffle Strum
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In this lesson we will study the shuffle strumming technique. The shuffle is a rhythm pattern used in blues, jazz, and rock n roll where eighth notes are played but alternated by long and short lengths. In the lesson we will use the shuffle pattern in a C blues progression.

Counting Time
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In this lesson we will be discussing how to count time.

Basic Note Lengths
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In this lesson we will be learning about basic note lengths and reading rhythm in written music notation.

Time Signatures
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In this lesson Ashley discusses reading time signatures in basic music notation. In writing music on paper, time signatures are used to measure the pulse of the music.

Basic Finger Picking
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In this lesson we will learn some basic finger picking techniques. Fingerstyle is the technique of plucking or picking the strings with the individual fingers of your strum hand. This allows for more intricate piece of music combining harmony (chords) with a melody line. Fingerstyle often involve playing the notes of a chord individually instead of strumming.

The Roll Strum
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In this lesson we will learn the roll strum technique. This strumming technique can be use to accent and embellish strumming patterns.

Blues Changes
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In this lesson we will learn a simple 12 Bar Blues chord progression

Hammer On and Pull Off Articulations
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In this lesson we will study an articulation technique referred to as hammer on’s and pull off’s.

Review of All Minor Chord Shapes
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This lesson is a review of all the Minor Chord shapes we discussed so far and how they relate to the open Minor chords.

Review Of All Major Chord Shapes
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In this lesson we will be doing a review of all the Major chord shapes we have learned thus far and how they relate to the open chords.

Major Movable Barre Chord
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In this lesson we will learn another type of movable Major Barre Chord. This type is based off of the C major open chord shape. It can easily be moved up the neck to make other major chords

Dom7 Movable Barre Chord
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In this lesson we will learn another movable Dom7 Barre Chord.

Another minor chord shape
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In this lesson we will learn another useful minor chord shape that is movable up and down the neck.

Dom 7 Chords
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In this lesson we will learn a dominant 7 or Dom7 chord in the form of a movable barre chord.

Movable Major and Minor Barre Chord
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In this lesson we will be learning an movable Major barre chord based off of the A Major open chord shape. We also learn a movable Minor barre chord based off of the Am open chord shape. Knowing these chords will allow to play any Major or Minor chord.

Basic Major Scale Harmony
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In this lesson we will be learning about chords and how they relate to the major scale within a certain key.

Finding Chords Using the Major Scale
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In this lesson we will be learning the formulas for building major and minor chords anh how to use the Major scale to find these particular notes.

The Major Scale
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In this lesson we will be learning the Major scale. The Major scale is very important in the world of music theory and understanding basic chord theory and harmonic structure. It is the building blocks of music.

Reading Charts and Lead Sheets
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In this lesson we will be learning how to read a chart (also referred to as a Lead Sheet) so you can easily follow along with songs.

E Major and E Minor Chords
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In this lesson we will be learning E major and E minor. Theses two chords shapes are movable shapes. This means you can move them up and down the neck and it will always be a major or minor chord.

Major and Minor Chords
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In this lesson we will be studying the difference between Major and Minor chords. Specifically we will be introducing a Dm and Gm chords.

The A Major Chord
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In this lesson we will the A Major Chord and how it relates to the D and G chords.

The D Major Chord
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In this lesson we will be learning the D Major Chord.

How To Read Tablature
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In this lesson we will learn how to read tablature. Tablature is a form of musical notation indicating instrument fingering rather than musical pitches. It is very common with string and fretted instruments.

The A Minor Chord
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In this lesson we will be learning the A minor chord. Also notated as Am or A-

Effective Strumming Patterns
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In this lesson we will learn a few common strumming patterns.

Your First 3 Chords – C, F, and G
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In this lesson we will be learning our first 3 chords. C major, F Major and G Major. Chords are made up of 3 or more notes played at the same time.

Finding Notes on the Neck
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In this lesson we will be learning about the 12 notes used in music and how to find them on the neck of your ukulele