Lesson 18 – Chord Movement

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  1. Remember: follow your ears! If you only think about this analytically it will be easy to miss some wonderful sounds.

    If you’ve found some nice movement voicings, share them here!

  2. This lesson was super helpful. As I noticed so many of the kumu utilizing this technique at the nightly kanikapila in Maui. :_ukulele: I realized they they were using different chord choices to break up the monotony of everyone strumming the same chords. What I didn’t realize is that one does not necessarily need to know all of the chord names or choices to pick from, but that just adding/subtracting or changing one note in the chord adds that “flavor” shift. This is so much easier to experiment around with than learning lots of additional chords. Again, a gentle reminder to listen and trust ones ears. If is sounds good, remember it. If is sounds sour, throw it out. This will definitely become part of my daily exploration.

  3. I agree with Bob. This is a very exciting lesson and greatly extends the envelope of sounds. I have been to French Polynesia several times and noted the ukulele players doing just this; I even got to play with the Aranui (cruise ship and freighter) band and started imitating some of their moves. I didn’t understand why it worked until now. I’ve downloaded the chord files and will be having a lot of fun with them. Also, thanks for including the musical notation and not just the chord fingerings, I’ll be studying that too.

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