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lambchop
05-14-2010, 08:21 AM
Hi. I am a new member and have been playing ukulele for about a year now, but have played fretted isntruments for more than thirty. Love it, just love it.

My main ukulele is a Boulder Creek Riptide series spruce top tenor, which I really enjoy. I also have a somewhat customized Cordoba mahogany tenor that I also enjoy. Coolest thing about it was I got it signed by Jake Shimabukuro last November. It was great seeing him.

To get to my topic, I have a blog which features a post that features an idea I came up with that shows how to master the locations of the notes on the ukulele fingerboard in a rather easy way. You may find it useful. Visit the post at:

http://lambchopukulele.blogspot.com/

I have a little method that allows you to very quickly, after reading it, learn 1/3 of the natural notes in the first twelve frets and I would look forward to your feedback on this. I am not selling this, it is just there to share and to help people with a problem I have struggled with on my other fretted instruments. Like I said, if you like it post a comment on the blog; if you really like it, follow the blog.

Thanks,
Mike
aka Lamb Chop

clayton56
05-14-2010, 08:32 AM
I just put the uke under my pillow and in the morning I know a little bit more


Seriously, thanks for the good resource, it's really C-Fab

RyanMFT
05-14-2010, 08:40 AM
Hey, this is really helpful. Thanks for taking the time to do this!

fahrner
05-14-2010, 09:34 AM
Very helpful and effective. Thank you. Good job!

Ukulele JJ
05-14-2010, 10:09 AM
Nice job! And an interesting concept, too...

JJ

nscafe
05-14-2010, 10:23 AM
I like it. I'll have to study it more later, but I love mnemonics like C-FAD and DoGBonE. :)

lambchop
05-14-2010, 11:17 AM
Thanks to everyone for your kind comments. Mike

Zelie
05-14-2010, 11:48 AM
Thanks Lamb Chop!

Pueo
05-14-2010, 12:11 PM
Excellent! I have always had to run some little algorithm in my head or count back and forth, this really does make it easy.

Kanaka916
05-14-2010, 12:40 PM
Mike, Welcome to UU and thank you for the time and effort on the fretboard lesson. I'm quite sure it will helpful document and generate positive comments. I've also added it to the UU Resource Listing (http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?15464-Ukulele-Resources-%28Updated%29).

rasputinsghost
05-14-2010, 04:10 PM
This is awesome, thanks!

Huckleberry
05-14-2010, 04:19 PM
Well done. Very easy and helpful.

Thx

Dane
05-14-2010, 10:09 PM
Nice.

A while ago I was trying to learn some new fingerings for certain songs of mine, and I wanted a simple chart to see and read, and oriented in the way I saw my uke, so I made this. It's printed out in 2 sheets and tacked on the wall above my computer. Works for me, might not for everyone though.

http://img15.imageshack.us/img15/484/ukefretboardcopy.jpg

Original thread with info about it here: http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?29251-Here-s-a-little-fretboard-note-chart-that-might-help-%29&highlight=fretboard

luvdat
05-15-2010, 12:16 AM
Nice contribution, Mike!!!

penster
05-15-2010, 01:24 AM
Really works well. Kudos.

GreatGazukes
05-15-2010, 04:29 AM
Wow thanks for this, I thought learning the fingerboard was a challenge I was no where near ready for, but this'll make it navigable!!!

jer989
05-15-2010, 06:28 AM
thanks so much for posting this - makes me realize that I should probably know more than just where chords are - Should know the notes too!

lambchop
05-15-2010, 04:26 PM
Mike, Welcome to UU and thank you for the time and effort on the fretboard lesson. I'm quite sure it will helpful document and generate positive comments. I've also added it to the UU Resource Listing (http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?15464-Ukulele-Resources-%28Updated%29).

Thanks so much. I appreciate it. Mike

lambchop
05-15-2010, 04:27 PM
Nice.

A while ago I was trying to learn some new fingerings for certain songs of mine, and I wanted a simple chart to see and read, and oriented in the way I saw my uke, so I made this. It's printed out in 2 sheets and tacked on the wall above my computer. Works for me, might not for everyone though.

http://img15.imageshack.us/img15/484/ukefretboardcopy.jpg

Original thread with info about it here: http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?29251-Here-s-a-little-fretboard-note-chart-that-might-help-%29&highlight=fretboard

This works great! Thanks, Mike

Dane
05-15-2010, 09:03 PM
This works great! Thanks, Mike

No worries, I just didn't like any of the charts I found, they were always oriented stangely but some had some really good ideas. So I made one for myself. The part that helps me the most is that the notes are all different colors, so I can figure out alternative patterns fairly quickly. =)

joeresort
05-16-2010, 04:42 AM
Hey Thanks! great job @ x'plaining!

Ukulele Jim
05-16-2010, 09:52 AM
This is fantastic! Any chance you could make a PDF out of this? I'd love to keep it handy on my iPhone/iPad for reference.

Ukulele Dave
05-23-2010, 11:42 AM
Wow first off thanks a mill for these nice resources guys. Just printed everything out so now it's time to do some work.


...more advanced topics like how to build chords and other music theory questions. Then you'll really be cookin'.

Lamb Chop if you're taking requests, I would love to see your next blog tie this into scales and the above. After I master the fingerboard that would be the next logical step.
Until then,

Much Mahalo!

Kanaka916
05-23-2010, 12:29 PM
Wow first off thanks a mill for these nice resources guys. Just printed everything out so now it's time to do some work.


Lamb Chop if you're taking requests, I would love to see your next blog tie this into scales and the above. After I master the fingerboard that would be the next logical step.
Until then,

Much Mahalo!
See the Resources thread (http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?15464-Ukulele-Resources-%28Updated%29) and scroll down to Scales . . . two excellent links on the topic.

ukejeff
05-23-2010, 05:45 PM
Thanks from me too!

molokinirum
05-24-2010, 05:37 AM
Excellent work Lambchop and mahalo for passing this along!!!!