‘Ukulele Chord Shapes eBook
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Intervals PDF

I just put together a PDF of all the practical intervals that can be played on an ‘ukulele. Only some of them with make sense by themselves, but even the weird ones helped me see the relationships between intervals and chords better. High-g users: stick to the shapes on the bottom three strings and keep in mind that some of the big intervals on page 2 need a low-G anyways. Read the boxes just like a chord chart, but you will only play the two highlighted notes. Some of the stretches are quite a ways, so don’t hurt yourself. Since these are all movable shapes, you can shift them to the higher frets to make them easier to grab.

Meet The Author:

Brad Bordessa

Brad plays 'ukulele on the Big Island of Hawai'i. He writes original music, performs, and hunts unicorns - all with only an 'ukulele.

3 comments… add one
  • Doug / San Francisco Feb 4, 2010, 4:44 pm

    Gee, Hippie Guy, you’ve been “hitting them out of the park” with some FANTASTIC advice lately.

    Thanks for your valued advice!
    San Francisco, California

  • Jim Feb 6, 2010, 3:54 pm

    Could you explain what the meaning of the headings are (m3, M3, etc)? Is the chart read left to right? How and where are Intervals used in the playing of pa’anis?

    • Hippie Guy Feb 7, 2010, 8:36 am

      Hi Jim,

      The headings are the kind of intervals. It’s kind of confusing, but I’ll see if I can give you an overview (and maybe make a post about it later). The chart can be read in any order, but starting at the Unison, every interval moves further apart by one half step (fret). The headings (names) go like this: big M – major, small m – minor, P – perfect, #/b – sharp or flat. Give me a little bit to think about how best to present how the names relate to the distances. For now though, the intervals you would use (most of the time) in pa’anis would be 3rds (M3rd, m3rd), 6ths (M6ths, m6ths), and maybe 4ths or 5ths. Those can be found in a more how-to-use format on the intervals page: http://liveukulele.com/lessons/intervals/.

      Please feel free to shoot me an email if you don’t hear back from me in a week or so.


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