ʻUkulele Scales: PDF Pattern Charts & Tabs for Uke

‘Ukulele scales are created from a family of notes that sound pleasing together. They serve as the foundation to a tonality (major or minor).

Since the fretboard of an ʻukulele is a crazy matrix, it’s very useful to have scale charts available for reference as you study.

Free PDF Scales Collection

Download over 150 pages of ʻukulele scale reference diagrams and charts in PDF. This package includes 14 scale types and a guide on implementing them.

A detailed and expansive guide to the notes on the fretboard, this collection contains a whole book’s worth of charts and instruction – for free.

Once you download and extract the .zip file (just double click on most computers), you’ll have 15 PDF files:

  • Read Me – How to Learn Scales
  • Major (Ionian Mode)
  • Minor (Aeolian Mode)
  • Major Pentatonic
  • Minor Pentatonic
  • Blues
  • Dorian Mode
  • Phrygian Mode
  • Lydian Mode
  • Mixolydian Mode
  • Locrian Mode
  • Harmonic Minor
  • Melodic Minor
  • Diminished (Whole-Half)
  • Whole Tone
page from ukulele scales collection showing c major scale

Each page looks like this and contains two different chart variations: notes and scale degrees.

This image is web optimized to save space, but the images in the PDFs are full 300dpi so you can blow them up to monster sizes without losing quality.


Tabs of ‘Ukulele Scales:

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 ʻukulele with a high-g then the low ʻukulele scales might sound off, but the note locations are the same – just in different octaves. The “spelling” is to the right of the link and based off of the root major scale.

UkeBuddy is a great tool for finding other scales. It’s a bit hard to look at for my eyes, but the information is all there, provided you have an internet connection.

How to Play Basic Major & Minor ‘Ukulele Scales

C Major

C D E F G A B C

G Major

G A B C D E F# G

F Major

F G A Bb C D E F

A Minor

A B C D E F G A

E Minor

E F# G A B C D E

D Minor

D E F G A Bb C D

A Major

A B C# D E F# G# A

All About Modes:

Modes Explained
Confused about what the modes are? Me too. This page demystifies the theory behind them.

By Brad Bordessa

I’m an ‘ukulele artist from Honoka’a, Hawai’i, where I run this site from a little plantation house in the jungle. I’ve taught workshops internationally, made Herb Ohta Jr. laugh until he cried, and once borrowed a uke to jam with HAPA onstage in my boardshorts. More about me

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