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Learning Fingerboard Ukulele Sheller Curt Curt Sheller Publications 2050 Orlando Rd., Suite 101 Pottstown, PA 19464-2348
Learning Fingerboard Ukulele Sheller Curt Curt Sheller Publications 2050 Orlando Rd., Suite 101 Pottstown, PA 19464-2348

Learning the

Fingerboard Ukulele by

Sheller Curt

Learning Fingerboard Ukulele Sheller Curt Curt Sheller Publications 2050 Orlando Rd., Suite 101 Pottstown, PA 19464-2348

Curt Sheller Publications

2050 Orlando Rd., Suite 101 Pottstown, PA 19464-2348

www.curtsheller.com

Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard Copyright © 2004 by Curt Sheller All rights reserved. No part of

Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard

Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard Copyright © 2004 by Curt Sheller All rights reserved. No part of

Copyright © 2004 by Curt Sheller

All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without the prior written permission of the publisher. For information, contact Curt Sheller Publications.

Curt Sheller Publications

2050 Orlando Rd., Suite 101

Pottstown, PA 19464-2348

International Standard Book Number (ISBN)

ISBN 10: 1-60321-013-X ISBN 13: 978-1-60321-013-3

Printed and bound in the United States of America

Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard Introduction Memorizing the notes of the ukulele fingerboard is not as hard

Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard

Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard Introduction Memorizing the notes of the ukulele fingerboard is not as hard

Introduction

Memorizing the notes of the ukulele fingerboard is not as hard as one would think. Although there doesn't seem to be any pattern and the same letter can be found on every string. There is a systematic approach that can be used to help remember the notes for each of the tunings.

There are four different sized ukuleles in common use today using any one of three different tunings.

Soprano Concert Tenor Baritone
Soprano
Concert
Tenor
Baritone

These ukulele tunings are tuned to the same relative intervals. Meaning each string is the same distance or interval from each other string. This makes the three ukulele tunings presented in this book the same relative tunings but in different keys and a little easier to remember.

The concept of this book is based on the theory behind “Unlocking the Guitar : Notes of the Neck”. This book is available on my web site at www.CurtSheller.com. It is also available at www.ChuckAndersonJazzGuitar.com.

Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard 4 Introduction

Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard

Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard 4 Introduction
Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard Contents Introduction ..............................................3 Common Tunings .....................................7 “C” Tuning - G C E

Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard

Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard Contents Introduction ..............................................3 Common Tunings .....................................7 “C” Tuning - G C E

Contents

Introduction ..............................................3 Common Tunings .....................................7

“C” Tuning - G C E A

7

“D” Tuning - A D F# B

8

“G” Tuning - D G B E

8

“ C” Tuning ..............................................11

Learning the Frets ....................................

11

Transposing to “D” Tuning .......................

14

Transposing to “G” Tuning

14

“ D” Tuning ...............................................15

Learning the Frets ....................................

15

Transposing to “C” Tuning .......................

18

Transposing to “G” Tuning

18

“ G” Tuning ..............................................19

Learning the Frets ....................................

19

Transposing to “C” Tuning .......................

22

Transposing to “D” Tuning .......................

22

Enharmonic Equivalents ........................23

Sharps to Flats

23

Flats to Sharps

23

Fingerboard Charts ................................25

“C” Tuning Sharps and

Natural Notes ...

26

“C” Tuning Flats and Natural Notes

27

“D” Tuning Sharps and

Natural Notes

28

“D” Tuning Flats and

Natural Notes .......

29

“G” Tuning Sharps and Natural Notes

30

“G” Tuning Flats and Natural Notes ......

31

Fingerboard Word Search .....................32

Table of Contents 5
Table of Contents
5
Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard 6 Table of Contents

Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard

Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard 6 Table of Contents
6 Table of Contents
6
Table of Contents
Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard Common Tunings There are three common tunings used on the various sizes

Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard

Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard Common Tunings There are three common tunings used on the various sizes

Common Tunings

There are three common tunings used on the various sizes of ukuleles. For the Soprano, Concert and Tenor ukuleles the "C" and "D" tunings are common as well as a low "G" variation of the "C" tuning and a low "A” variation of the "D" tuning. These variations do not affect the names of the notes, just the pitch of string four.

The Tenor ukulele can also be tuned using the “G” tuning with a high or low “D” string four.

The Baritone ukulele always uses a "G" tuning with a low "D". This tuning is the same as the high four strings of a standard tuned guitar.

Here are the common tunings* for the ukulele:

“C” Tuning - G C E A

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G

C

E

A

Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard Common Tunings “D” Tuning - A D F# B � � �

Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard

Common Tunings “D” Tuning - A D F# B

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� �
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��� ��� ���������
� �
A
D
F#
B
“G” Tuning - D G B E
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*
D
G
B
E
Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard Common Tunings “D” Tuning - A D F# B � � �

All the above tunings are the same, containing the same relative intervals. G to C for the “C” tuning is the same distance or interval as A to F# for the “D” tuning and D to G for the “G” tuning.

* “G” Tuning, Low “D” Variation is shown one octave higher than sounded.

Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard Common Tunings Common Tunings 9

Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard

Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard Common Tunings Common Tunings 9

Common Tunings

Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard 10 Common Tunings

Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard

Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard 10 Common Tunings
Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard “ C” Tuning - G C E A and g C E

Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard

Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard “ C” Tuning - G C E A and g C E

“ C” Tuning - G C E A and g C E A

This tuning is common for the Soprano, Concert and Tenor ukulele. When string four is tuned to a low “G”, it is referred to as a “Low G” tuning.

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��� ��� ���������
G
C
E
A

Learning the Frets

In addition to the open strings (and fret twelve) which most ukulele players seem to remember there are two other frets that are easy to remember that have no sharps or flats.

open

G

C

E

A

For a ukulele using the "C" tuning, the open strings and frets (5) and (7) have no sharp or flat notes.

fret (5)

  • C F

A

D

fret (7)

  • D G

B

E

Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard “ C” Tuning - G C E A and g C E

Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard

“ C” Tuning - G C E A and g C E A

Frets (1), (4), (6) and (8) can be referenced relative to the open strings, fret (5) and fret (7) by flatting or sharping all the notes of those frets.

open

G

C

E

A

fret (1)

G#*

C#

E#

A#

fret (4)

Cb

Fb*

Ab

Db

fret (5)

C

F

A

D

fret (6)

C#

F#

A#

D#

fret (6)

Db

Gb

Bb

Eb

fret (7)

D

G

B

E

fret (8)

D#

G#

B#

E#

Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard “ C” Tuning - G C E A and g C E

* See page 23 for enharmonic equivalent note spellings.

12 “C” Tuning
12
“C” Tuning
Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard “ C” Tuning - G C E A and g C E

Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard

Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard “ C” Tuning - G C E A and g C E

“ C” Tuning - G C E A and g C E A

Frets (2) and (10) have one sharp each.

fret (2)

A

D

F#

B

 

fret (10)

F

A#

D

G

Frets (1), (3), (9) and (11) can be referenced relative to fret (2) and fret (10) by flatting or sharping all the notes of the those frets.

fret (1)

Ab

Db

F

Bb

fret (2)

A

D

F#

B

fret (3)

A#

D#

G

B#

fret (9)

Fb

A

Db

Gb

fret (10)

F

A#

D

G

fret (11)

F#

B

D#

G#

That is ALL the notes of the ukulele fingerboard in “C” tuning, low or high “G”.

Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard “ C” Tuning - G C E A and g C E

Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard

“ C” Tuning - G C E A and g C E A Transposing to “D” Tuning

To determine what fret the same notes appear at in “D” tuning subtract 2* from the “C” tuning fret number.

In “C” tuning

fret (5)

C

F

A

D

In “D” tuning

fret (3)

C

F

A

D

Transposing to “G” Tuning

Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard “ C” Tuning - G C E A and g C E

To determine what fret the same notes appear at in “G” tuning add 5* to the “C” tuning fret number.

In “C” tuning

fret (5)

C

F

A

D

In “G” tuning

fret (10)

C

F

A

D

* If the starting or ending fret is 12 or greater, then subtract 12. Example: Fret 15 are the same names as fret 3 but one octave lower.

Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard “ D” Tuning - A D F# B and a D F#

Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard

Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard “ D” Tuning - A D F# B and a D F#

“ D” Tuning - A D F# B and a D F# B

This tuning is common for the Soprano, Concert and Tenor ukulele. When string four is tuned to a low “A”, it is referred to as a “Low A” tuning.

� � � � � � ��� ��� ��������� � � � � � ④ ③
� �
��� ��� ���������
� �
A
D
F#
B

Learning the Frets

In addition to the open strings (and fret twelve) which most ukulele players seem to remember, there are three other frets that are easy to remember that have no sharps or flats.

open

A

D

F#

B

For a ukulele using the "D" tuning, frets (3), (5) and (10) have no sharp or flat notes.

fret (3)

  • C F

A

D

fret (5)

  • D G

B

E

Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard “ D” Tuning - A D F# B and a D F#

Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard

“ D” Tuning - A D F# B and a D F# B

fret 10 G C E A
fret 10
G
C
E
A

Frets (1), (2), (4), (6), (9) and (11) can be referenced relative to the open strings and fret (3), fret (5) and fret (10) by flatting or sharping all the notes off those frets.

Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard “ D” Tuning - A D F# B and a D F#

open

A

D

F#

B

fret (1)

A#*

D#

G

B#

fret (2)

Cb*

Fb

Ab

Db

fret (3)

C

F

A

D

fret (4)

C#

F#

A#

D#

fret (4)

Db

Gb

Bb

Eb

fret (5)

D

G

B

E

fret (6)

D#

G#

B#

E#

fret (9)

Gb

Cb

Eb

Ab

fret (10)

G

C

E

A

fret (11)

G#

C#

E#

A#

* See page 23 for enharmonic equivalent note spellings.

16 “D” Tuning
16
“D” Tuning
Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard “ D” Tuning - A D F# B and a D F#

Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard

Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard “ D” Tuning - A D F# B and a D F#

“ D” Tuning - A D F# B and a D F# B

In addition to the open strings which has one sharp, fret (8) has one sharp as well.

fret (8) F A# D G
fret (8)
F
A#
D
G

From fret (8) we can get fret (7) and fret (9).

fret (7)

Fb

A

Db

Gb

fret (8)

F

A#

D

G

fret (9)

F#

B

D#

G#

That is ALL the notes of the ukulele fingerboard in “D” tuning, low or high “A”.

Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard “ D” Tuning - A D F# B and a D F#

Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard

“ D” Tuning - A D F# B and a D F# B Transposing to “C” Tuning

To determine what fret the same notes appear at in “C” tuning add 2* to the “D” tuning fret number.

In “D” tuning

fret (3)

C

F

A

D

In “C” tuning

fret (5)

C

F

A

D

Transposing to “G” Tuning

Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard “ D” Tuning - A D F# B and a D F#

To determine what fret the same notes appear at in “G” tuning add 7* from the “D” tuning fret number.

In “D” tuning

fret (3)

C

F

A

D

In “G” tuning

fret (10)

C

F

A

D

* If the starting or ending fret is 12 or greater, then subtract 12. Example: Fret 15 are the same names as fret 3 but one octave lower.

Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard “ G” Tuning - D G B E and d G B

Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard

Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard “ G” Tuning - D G B E and d G B

“ G” Tuning - D G B E and d G B E

This tuning is common for the Tenor and Baritone ukulele. When string four is tuned to a low “D”, it is referred to as a “Low D” tuning and is the same tuning as the high four strings of a standard tuned guitar.

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*
��� ��� ���������
D
G
B
E

Learning the Frets

In addition to the open strings (and fret twelve) which most ukulele players seem to remember there are several other frets that are easy to remember. These easy to remember frets have no sharps or flats.

open

D

G

B

E

For a ukulele using the "G" tuning, the open strings and frets (5) and (10) have no sharp or flat notes.

fret (5) G C E A fret (10) C F A D * “G” Tuning, Low
fret (5)
G
C
E
A
fret (10)
C
F
A
D
* “G” Tuning, Low “D” Variation is shown one octave
higher than sounded.
“G” Tuning
19
Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard “ G” Tuning - D G B E and d G B

Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard

“ G” Tuning - D G B E and d G B E

Frets (1), (4), (6), (9) and (11) can be referenced relative to the open strings, fret (5) and fret (10) by flatting or sharping all the notes of those fret.

open

D

G

B

E

fret (1)

D#*

G#

B#

E#

fret (4)

Gb

Cb

Eb

Ab

fret (5)

G

C

E

A

fret (6)

G#

C#

E#

A#

fret (9)

Cb

Fb

Ab

Db

fret (10)

C

F

A

D

fret (11)

C#

F#

A#

D#

Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard “ G” Tuning - D G B E and d G B

* See page 23 for enharmonic equivalent note spellings.

20 “G” Tuning
20
“G” Tuning
Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard “ G” Tuning - D G B E and d G B

Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard

Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard “ G” Tuning - D G B E and d G B

“ G” Tuning - D G B E and d G B E

Frets (3) and (7) have one sharp each.

fret (3)

F

A#

D

G

 

fret (7)

A

D

F#

B

Frets (2), (4), (6) and (8) can be referenced relative to fret (3) and fret (7) by flatting or sharping all the notes of those frets.

fret (2)

Fb

A

Db

Gb

fret (3)

F

A#

D

G

fret (4)

F#

B

D#

G#

fret (6)

Ab

Db

F

Bb

fret (7)

A

D

F#

B

fret (8)

A#

D#

G

B#

That is ALL the notes of the ukulele fingerboard in “G” tuning, low or high “D”.

Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard “ G” Tuning - D G B E and d G B

Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard

“ G” Tuning - D G B E and d G B E Transposing to “C” Tuning

To determine what fret the same notes appear at in “C” tuning subtract 5* from the “G” tuning fret number.

In “G” tuning

fret (10)

C

F

A

D

In “C” tuning

fret (5)

C

F

A

D

Transposing to “D” Tuning

Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard “ G” Tuning - D G B E and d G B

To determine what fret the same notes appear at in “D” tuning subtract 7* from the “G” tuning fret number.

In “G” tuning

fret (10)

C

F

A

D

In “D” tuning

fret (3)

C

F

A

D

* If the starting or ending fret is 12 or greater, then subtract 12. Example: Fret 15 are the same names as fret 3 but one octave lower.

Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard Enharmonic Equivalents Enharmonic equivalents are where the same pitch can have multiple

Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard

Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard Enharmonic Equivalents Enharmonic equivalents are where the same pitch can have multiple

Enharmonic Equivalents

Enharmonic equivalents are where the same pitch can have multiple names.

Sharps to Flats A# is

the same pitch

as Bb

B#

is the same pitch as C

C#

is

the same pitch

as Db

D#

is the same pitch

as Eb

E#

is

the same pitch as

F

F#

is

the same pitch

as Gb

G#

is

the same pitch

as Ab

Flats to Sharps

Ab

is the same pitch

as G#

Bb

is the same pitch

as A#

Cb

is the same pitch as

B

Db

is the same pitch as

C#

Eb

is the same pitch as

D#

Fb

is the same pitch as E

Gb

is the same pitch

as F#

Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard 24 Enharmonic Equivalents

Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard

Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard 24 Enharmonic Equivalents
Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard Fingerboard Charts "C” Tuning “D” Tuning “G” Tuning Fingerboard Charts 25
Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard
Fingerboard Charts
"C” Tuning
“D” Tuning
“G” Tuning
Fingerboard Charts
25
Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard “C” Tuning Sharps and Natural Notes STRING 4 3 2 1 open

Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard

“C” Tuning Sharps and Natural Notes

STRING

4
4
3
3
2
2
1
1

open

G

C

E

A

 
  • 1 Gs

Cs

F

As

 
  • 2 A

D

Fs

B

 
  • 3 As

Ds

G

C

 
  • 4 B

E

Gs

Cs

 

C

  • 5 A

F

 

D

 
  • 6 Cs

Fs

As

Ds

 
  • 7 B

D

G

 

E

 
  • 8 Ds

Gs

C

F

 
  • 9 E

A

Cs

Fs

10

F

As

D

G

11

Fs

B

Ds

Gs

12

same as open strings

same as open strings one octave higher

Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard “C” Tuning Sharps and Natural Notes STRING 4 3 2 1 open
Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard “C” Tuning Flats and Natural Notes STRING 4 3 2 1 open

Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard

Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard “C” Tuning Flats and Natural Notes STRING 4 3 2 1 open

“C” Tuning Flats and Natural Notes

STRING

4
4
3
3
2
2
1
1

open

G

C

E

A

 
  • 1 Af

Df

F

Bf

 
  • 2 A

D

Gf

B

 
  • 3 Bf

Ef

G

C

 
  • 4 B

E

Af

Df

 

C

  • 5 A

F

 

D

 
  • 6 Df

Gf

Bf

Ef

 

D

G

  • 7 B

 

E

 
  • 8 Ef

Af

C

F

 
  • 9 E

A

Df

Gf

10

F

Bf

D

G

11

Gf

B

Ef

Af

12

same as open strings

same as open strings one octave higher

Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard “D” Tuning Sharps and Natural Notes STRING 4 3 2 1 open

Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard

“D” Tuning Sharps and Natural Notes

STRING

4
4
3
3
2
2
1
1

open

A

D

Fs

B

 
  • 1 As

Ds

G

C

 
  • 2 B

E

Gs

Cs

 

C

  • 3 F

 

A

D

 
  • 4 Cs

Fs

As

Ds

 
  • 5 G

D

 

B

E

 
  • 6 Ds

Gs

C

F

 
  • 7 E

A

Cs

Fs

 
  • 8 F

As

D

G

 
  • 9 Fs

B

Ds

Gs

10

G

C

E

A

11

Gs

Cs

F

As

12

same as open strings one octave higher

Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard “D” Tuning Sharps and Natural Notes STRING 4 3 2 1 open
Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard “D” Tuning Flats and Natural Notes STRING 4 3 2 1 open

Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard

Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard “D” Tuning Flats and Natural Notes STRING 4 3 2 1 open

“D” Tuning Flats and Natural Notes

STRING

4
4
3
3
2
2
1
1

open

A

D

Gf

B

 

Bf

Ef

  • 1 G

 

C

 

B

  • 2 Af

E

 

Df

 

C

  • 3 A

F

 

D

 

Df

  • 4 Bf

Gf

 

Ef

 

D

G

  • 5 B

 

E

 
  • 6 Ef

Af

C

F

 

E

  • 7 Df

A

 

Gf

 
  • 8 F

Bf

D

G

 

Gf

  • 9 Ef

B

 

Af

10

G

C

E

A

11

Af

Df

F

Bf

12

same as open strings one octave higher

Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard “G” Tuning Sharps and Natural Notes STRING 4 3 2 1 open

Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard

“G” Tuning Sharps and Natural Notes

STRING

4
4
3
3
2
2
1
1

open

D

G

B

E

 
  • 1 Gs

Ds

 

C

F

 
  • 2 A

E

 

Cs

Fs

 
  • 3 As

F

 

D

G

 

Fs

  • 4 B

 

Ds

Gs

 
  • 5 G

C

E

A

 
  • 6 Cs

Gs

 

F

As

 
  • 7 A

D

Fs

B

 
  • 8 Ds

As

 

G

C

 
  • 9 E

B

 

Gs

Cs

10

C

F

A

D

11

Cs

Fs

As

Ds

12

same as open strings one octave higher

Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard “G” Tuning Sharps and Natural Notes STRING 4 3 2 1 open
Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard “G” Tuning Flats and Natural Notes STRING 4 3 2 1 open

Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard

Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard “G” Tuning Flats and Natural Notes STRING 4 3 2 1 open

“G” Tuning Flats and Natural Notes

STRING

4
4
3
3
2
2
1
1

open

D

G

B

E

 
  • 1 Af

Ef

 

C

F

 
  • 2 A

E

 

Df

Gf

 
  • 3 Bf

F

 

D

G

 

Gf

  • 4 B

 

Ef

Af

 
  • 5 G

C

E

A

 
  • 6 Df

Af

 

F

Bf

 
  • 7 A

D

Gf

B

 
  • 8 Ef

Bf

 

G

C

 
  • 9 E

B

 

Af

Df

10

C

F

A

D

11

Df

Gf

Bf

Ef

12

same as open strings one octave higher

Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard Fingerboard Word Search Turns out there are a few words throughout the

Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard

Fingerboard Word Search

Turns out there are a few words throughout the ukulele fingerboard that can aide in remembering the frets.

Here are the fingerboard charts, without the frets.

Sharps & Natural Notes

Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard Fingerboard Word Search Turns out there are a few words throughout the

G

C

E

A

Gs

Cs

F

As

A

D

Fs

B

As

Ds

G

C

B

E

Gs

Cs

C

F

A

D

Cs

Fs

As

Ds

D

G

B

E

Ds

Gs

C

F

E

A

Cs

Fs

F

As

D

G

Fs

B

Ds

Gs

Flats & Natural Notes

 

G

C

E

A

Af

Df

F

Gf

A

D

Gf

B

Bf

Ef

G

C

B

E

Af

Df

C

F

A

D

Df

Gf

Bf

Ef

D

G

B

E

Ef

Af

C

F

E

A

Df

Gf

F

Bf

D

G

Gf

B

Ef

Af