Ukulele scales are a byproduct of a family of notes that sound pleasing together – usually a key. They serve as the foundation to a tonality (major or minor).
Since the fretboard of an ukulele is a crazy matrix, it’s very useful to have scale charts available for reference as you study.
Free PDF Scales Collection
The best resource I can offer you here is this huge collection of over 150 pages of ukulele scale reference diagrams and charts in PDF. This free bundle of files includes 14 scale types and a guide on implementing them.
This collection contains a whole book’s worth of charts and instruction and is a detailed and expansive guide to the notes on the fretboard. And it’s available to you for free.
Once you save and extract the .zip file (just double click on most computers), you’ll have 15 PDF files of uke scales:
- Read Me – How to Learn Scales
- Major (Ionian Mode)
- Minor (Aeolian Mode)
- Major Pentatonic
- Minor Pentatonic
- Dorian Mode
- Phrygian Mode
- Lydian Mode
- Mixolydian Mode
- Locrian Mode
- Harmonic Minor
- Melodic Minor
- Diminished (Whole-Half)
- Whole Tone
Tabs of Ukulele Scales:
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 ukulele 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.
- Major Scales (Ionian mode) – 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
- Natural Minor Scales (Aeolian mode) – 1 2 b3 4 5 b6 b7
- Dorian Mode Scales – 1 2 b3 4 5 6 b7
- Mixolydian Mode Scales – 1 2 3 4 5 6 b7
- Lydian Mode Scales – 1 2 3 #4 5 6 7
- Phrygian Mode Scales – 1 b2 b3 4 5 b6 b7
- Major pentatonic scales – 1 2 3 5 6
- Minor Pentatonic Scales – 1 b3 4 5 b7
- Blues Scales – 1 b3 4 #4 5 b7
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 D E F G A B C
G A B C D E F# G
F G A Bb C D E F
A B C D E F G A
E F# G A B C D E
D E F G A Bb C D
A B C# D E F# G# A