55 Pages of Fretboard Understanding
Whether you are an intermediate player looking for your first guide to understanding the fretboard or a seasoned pro in need of a complete reference to complex harmonies, there’s no more detailed and comprehensive a book than Brad Bordessa‘s ‘Ukulele Chord Shapes.
With in-depth and easy-to-understand explanations of chord theory and applications, this method can expand your chord vocabulary twelvefold.
A good ukulele chord chart is one of the most important learning tools you can have. Unfortunately, many other chord books waste time and pages showing the same repeating diagrams – often with very little information explaining them!
‘Ukulele Chord Shapes is different. It presents a streamlined view of chords, eliminating extraneous memorization and clutter. This reduces your mental workload by 12x when learning new chords and shapes, freeing up space for useful background information about how chords work and using them on the fretboard.
‘Ukulele Chord Shapes Features:
- 173 chord shapes that will cover 99.9% of your needs in any genre.
- How to move each shape into all 12 keys (173×12=2076!).
- The step-by-step theory behind how chords are built.
- All about slash chords, inversions, fingerings, and more.
- 55 pages in total available as a beautiful print book or PDF download.
‘Ukulele Chord Shapes presents chords in a different light than other books: as movable shapes. In this way you can reduce mental clutter and make learning chords 12 times more efficient.
Each shape in the book shows a highlighted root that easily allows you to move a single chord shape into all twelve keys.
But Ukulele Chord Shapes is a lot more than just a reference book. It’s also an in-depth look at the theory and concepts that drive intelligent chordal playing. Learn how to build chords via easy, step-by-step instructions, how to finger them, and how to select the appropriate shapes for your music.
Take a look inside…
When You Buy ‘Ukulele Chord Shapes You Get:
- Straightforward content formatted for readability and ease-of-use.
- Big, bold, and user-friendly chord boxes.
- 34 chord types from the mundane to the exotic.
- Descriptions, uses, chord symbols, and chord formulas for each chord type.
- How To Use This Book details every step of using the book.
- How Chords Work is an easy-to-understand chapter on the theory of chords.
- 55 pages of chords, chords, and more chords!
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Each chord family presented in ‘Ukulele Chord Shapes has at least four moveable shapes. This gives you arrangement options for any situation.
The chord types that are included:
- Major 6th
- Major 6/9
- Major 7th
- Major 7(b5)
- Major 7(#5)
- Major 9th
- Minor 6th
- Minor 6/9
- Minor 7th
- Minor 7(b5)
- Minor 7(#5)
- Minor (Major 7th)
- Minor 9th
- Minor 11th
- Dominant 7th
- Dominant 7(b5)
- Dominant 7(#5)
- Dominant 7(b9)
- Dominant 7(#9)
- Dominant 9th
- Dominant 11th
- Dominant 13th
- Dominant 13(b9)
- Suspended 2
- Suspended 4
- Suspended 7th
- Add 9
- Add 11
- Diminished 7th
- Slash Chords*
* = Special detailed section.
‘Ukulele Chord Shapes is written to be hands-down the most extensive and useful chord resource available to ‘ukulele players. I don’t want your money if you feel it was ill spent. Just drop me a line if you aren’t satisfied with your purchase and I will send you a full refund – no questions asked.
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The Ukulele Chord Shapes eBook is a wonderful new resource that is best suited for more intermediate or advanced students. It is extremely well written and easy to follow.
Brad's approach in the book is to simplify the formula used to find the desired chord fingering down to: 1) know the generic chord shape and fingering of the chord you want to play; 2) know where the root note(s) are in that generic chord shape; and 3) slide your fingered chord shape up or down the fret board so that you are covering and playing the root note(s) on the fretboard in that chord shape. Voila! It is as simple as that.
I highly recommend this book for the ukulele player who wants to expand their knowledge and understanding of chords to a new level!