uke theory

In this fascinating course we'll look into music theory in a lot of depth and see how it can relate to and improve your ukulele playing greatly. This was the first course Matt produced so it's a bit more 'lo-fi' than some of his later courses but we hope you'll still find it really useful.

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1. The Chromatic Scale

We’ll start with the chromatic scale - arguably the most important of all scales.

2. Major scale construction

This second video explores major scales - one of the most common and useful of all scales used in modern music.

3. Playing Major Scales

In this video we'll practice major scales and see how two scales can unlock the whole ukulele fretboard.

4. How chords are built part 1

This video looks at how chords are built. Understanding this can help with a whole load of things like understanding how songs work and soloing.

5. Building chords continued

This time we’ll take a deeper look at chord construction.

6. Why 3 minor scales?

Here we take a look at why there are three different minor scales. It's quite fascinating how these evolved and have been used over time.

7. Pentatonic scales

Pentatonic scales are used in everything from ancient music to George Harrison solos. They're simple and easy to learn.

8. I IV V Chord Progression

In this video we'll look at the most common chord progression in all of modern music.

9. ii V I chord progressions

And this time we'll delve into ii V I patterns - the basis of jazz and blues music

11. Chord extensions

Many chords use more than the basic 3 part triads. Here we'll take a look at how extended chords are built.

11. 7b9 & 6 chords plus why do some chords have two names

This time we’ll take a look at 7b9 and 6 chords. Plus why do some chord shapes have two different names.

12. 12 Bar Blues & Jazz Blues

In this video we’ll take a look at 12 Bar Blues and how I IV V progressions can be blended with ii V I progressions to create harmonic interest.

13. 12 Bar Blues continued. Adding ii V Is

Here we’ll continue looking at 12 Bar Blues and how I IV V progressions can be blended with ii V I progressions to create harmonic interest.

14. The circle of fifths

The circle of fifths is an amazing tool that can explain how chord progressions and scales work.

Circle of fifths Part 2

We'll continue our in depth look at the circle of fifths.

 16. Understanding tab Part 1

Understanding tablature (tab) is a crucial step in being able to read, understand and play ukulele arrangements. Here we cover everything right from the basics.

17. Tablature part 2

This time we’ll continue our look at how to read and play tablature as well as trying our hand at some.

18. Understanding tablature Part 3

We’ll continue our look at how to read and play tablature as well as learning some ornamentation techniques.

19. Suspended chords

This videos explores suspended chords; what they are and how to use them.

20. Augmented chords

Augmented chords a brilliant for adding tension and a cool feel to a piece of music. Here we'll explore what they are and how they're used.

21. Modes

Much feared and misunderstood - modes are a type of scale or palette of notes used for centuries. Here we take an in depth look.

22. Modes part 2  - How to use them

This time we'll investigate how they're actually used.

23. Time signatures

One of the most important things to understand when performing a song or a piece of music.

24. 2/2 Cut time

This is a short addition to the last video where we look at 2/2 cut time.

25. Understanding intervals

Here we'll take a look at intervals - a musical building block, and how to use them.

26. Intervals continued

This is the second part of looking at intervals.

27. Reading standard notation - Pitches

This time we’ll start looking at reading music with standard notation, looking at pitches.

28. Reading music - note length

In this video we’ll continue looking at reading music with standard notation, concentrating on note and rest length.

29. Chord substitutions

In this video we'll take a look at the most common chord substitutions used in modern music.

30. Conclusion, thanks and what’s next

A final conclusion to the Uke Theory Course. Massive thanks to everyone that has taken part!