It’s time for a little more music theory, don’t worry though, we’ll take it nice and steady. Today we’re looking at major chord construction, which is really useful to understand for a number of reasons.
Recently I’ve been playing a lot of improvised solo stuff on my ukulele – it’s loads of fun and it’s pretty simple to get started with. One of the things I really like about soloing is that if you have 2 ukulele players together you get a much more interesting sound when both players are doing completely different things.
My son Ben plays a little ukulele and it’s really great to be able to play some backing chords and give him a scale to play over the top. It’s so much more enjoyable than us both playing the same part of a song.
Although it seems like a bit of a chore, learning all the notes on your fretboard is so helpful when it comes to learning to play ukulele. The ability to instantly know what note you’re playing wherever you are on the neck on your uke opens up all kinds of possibilities and should start to connect the dots for you on which notes and chords work together and why.
Here we go with a little music theory (not too much though). Take a look at the circle of fifths below, yeah it looks complicated and in truth, it can be a little bit – but we’re going to take a really basic look at it today and it won’t be scary.