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    I really love singing and writing jazz inspired pieces of music and wondered if anyone had any uke chord suggestions to make a song more jazz inclined in it influence?
    Thanks for your help,
    -Lou

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    Rhythm: use syncopation and swing the 8th notes.
    Harmony: embellish chords with 9th, 11th, 13th and altered tones (e.g., augmented 5th, sharp 11, etc. and write progressions with secondary dominants and multiple tonal areas. For example, the progression Am D7 sounds a bit more jazzy as Am9 D7#9. If it progresses to Gm9 C9 you have a second tonal area. Here's much more but those items are a good start.

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    Fred Sokolow has a great book, Jazzing Up The Ukulele.
    Also Glen Rose’s Jazzy Ukulele is a excellent resource.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AnonymousLou View Post
    I really love singing and writing jazz inspired pieces of music and wondered if anyone had any uke chord suggestions to make a song more jazz inclined in it influence?
    Thanks for your help,
    -Lou
    Here are the chords that I think of as jazzy:

    maj7
    m7
    m6
    dom9 or add9
    dom13

    those are the main ones and I didn't mention more rudimentary chords that everyone should know like minor triads or dom7's.

    In parting, I will mention one hurdle that I've struggled with in the process of jazzing something up. To my ear you have to commit to jazz or not. By that I mean if you convert something bland like C F7 G7 to C F9 G7, it just doesn't sound correct. The jazz chord chord doesn't fit. However if you go from C F7 G7 to C13 F9 G9, then it sounds appropriate. Maybe that's just me. Maybe you can find a way of combining spicy chords and buttery chords. I cannot.

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    It's not the individual chords that make it jazz -- it's how chords work together to build a tune's structure. That's why a jazz band can play through the "rhythm changes" (the chords Gershwin wrote in "I Got Rhythm") and improvise all night over that one chord progression. Learn to play some of the standard jazz chord progressions and see where they take you.
    https://www.jazzguitar.be/blog/jazz-chord-progressions/
    https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/b...s-need-master/

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    Here's a video you might find interesting

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    That is an interesting video! I'm gonna steal that intro. Niiice!

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    Thanks so much guys- I am gonna take on all of your advice- it is much appreciated!! xxx
    -Lou

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    The only thing I will add is to refrain from getting freaked out about the jazz chords. They seem difficult because they're new, but they're not difficult at all. When you started out, you learnt to put your finger 'there,' 'there,' and 'there' and now you're playing a major chord. With jazz, to make a m7b5 or a dominant 13 or a major 7 chord you put your finger 'there' 'there' and 'there.' The only difference is that some of the 'theres' will be different.

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