Lesson 2 – The Two 6th Shapes

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  1. Have you tried playing these shapes yet? You don’t need to know what you’re doing to take them for a spin. Trust your ears!

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  • BARRY SAVAGE Apr 18, 2021

    The ukulele fretboard is truly a magical creature. The fact, as you have shown, that one can play either of these two 6th shapes on either strings 1 and 3 or strings 2 and 4 further demonstrates some of that magic. Thank You.

  • Daniel Santos Apr 18, 2021

    Believe me, just these 2 initial lessons opened my eyes to so many things!

    • Brad Bordessa (Admin) Apr 18, 2021

      Great, Daniel! That’s the idea!

  • Nancy Ikeler Apr 19, 2021

    I love this course!!! Thank you!! Exactly what I’ve been seeking.

    • Brad Bordessa (Admin) Apr 19, 2021

      So glad, Nancy! Thanks for joining me for these lessons.

  • Vanessa Nugent Apr 24, 2021

    Thank you Brad. I was becoming complacent and these lessons are getting me to think and practice again. Thanks for taking the time to put this together.

    • Brad Bordessa (Admin) Apr 25, 2021

      You’re welcome, Vanessa!

  • JAMES BIRRELL Apr 29, 2021

    Music is a gift to be shared, and you are to be commended for sharing the gifts your teachers have given you. Aloha Brad.

    • Brad Bordessa (Admin) May 1, 2021

      Aloha Kimo, Mahalo! I wouldn’t have anything to share if not for all the amazing talent that has been so generous with their time and knowledge. The least I can do is pass it on.

  • Julia Pittman Apr 30, 2021

    Thanks to you I got started on the ukulele a year ago. I really enjoy the lessons even though it’s a bit too “big” for me right now but I work hard every day to keep going. I use the circle of fifths and add one note to get to the 6th, that works rather quick for me.

    • Brad Bordessa (Admin) May 1, 2021

      It’s great to push yourself! Glad you found the circle of fifths hack if that works for you.

  • anna.baluyot Jun 2, 2021

    Hi Brad…I’m coming back to the theory part. The notes in the first m6 that you demonstrated is a C on the A string, and an E on the C string. I don’t understand how to count 8 half steps. If I go the the fretboard and count from C to E on the A string (low to high note) it is only 4 frets. However, if I count from the C at the 15th fret to the E on the 7th fret, that is 8 steps (high note to low note). Which is correct?

    • Brad Bordessa (Admin) Jun 2, 2021

      The second one is correct. E up to C is a 6th. C up to E is a 3rd. They are the inverse of each other. This is why a high-g player could put this shape on the G- and E-strings and it sounds like a 3rd instead of a 6th. Check out the “Switching String Pairs” lesson for more on this.