‘Ukulele Scales: Major, Minor, and Modes

Use these sheets to learn the scales, but don’t linger on them too long. It would be better to take your knowledge of a scale and figure out how to sequence it in some different way. If you play it only one way, you will be lost when you have to start that scale on a note you’re not familiar with. Learn all the possible note locations. The goal with learning scales is to be able to forget about them. By internalizing the scales you approach freedom on your instrument.

Fretboard Layouts:

These sheets show finger dots and the names of their notes on a fretboard grid.

Major Scales (Ionian Mode)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7. The basis of most music you will play.
Moveable Major Pentatonic
1 2 3 5 6. Only the most consonant notes for a big, open sound.
Moveable Minor Pentatonic
1 b3 4 5 b7. Two flatted blues notes make this a popular choice to alter the vibe of a solo.

Tabs:

Basic Major Scales
Root position open scales with fingering diagrams.
Chromatic Scale
All 12 Western notes in scale form shown with alternate fingerings. Can used be used as a “sheet music to tab converter.”
C Major Scale Variations
How to play the basic C scale normally, in 3rds, harmonized, and more. Great for deepening your knowledge of the scale.

The first two measures of each staff shows the scale in it’s lowest position starting from the root and the last two measures are an octave higher. If you play an ‘ukulele with a high-g then the low scale might sound off, but the note locations are the same – just in different octaves. The scale “spelling” is to the right of the link and based off of the root major scale.

More Related To Scales:

Modes Explained
Confused about what the modes are? Me too. This page demystifies the theory behind them.
The ‘Ukulele Scale Files
A collection of video lessons that show how to play basic ‘ukulele scales.

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Ukulele Chord Shapes Ebbok