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    Can anyone recommend a good series of chord progression exercises for a beginner?

    I don't know any music theory or any of the rather complex aspects of music; I use as much online content as I can but am wondering if there's a specific lesson series or a book ("chord progression for dummies").

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    Type 'chord progressions' in the search box...

    Here's a pretty good cross-section of many views. Don't be overwhelmed by all the suggestions. Just pick out what you want to pursue

    https://forum.ukuleleunderground.com...d+progressions

    Take your time and have fun with it!

    -Wiggy

    And Yes (the shame is on me)! Get Uncle Rod's (link below in response #4):

    http://ukulelebootcamp.weebly.com/up..._camp_2013.pdf
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    5 Practice Sheets of Chord Progressions for 5 common ukulele Keys

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    Are you looking to learn a song or write one?

    Perhaps it is bad advice, but I would just focus on the chord progressions in the song you want to learn. It will most likely be a common chord progression you can also use in other songs, and if not you still learned the song you wanted to.
    Perhaps you can practice a 12 bar blues in your favorite key. That will come in handy. Look it up.
    If you have written lyrics for a song and dont have advanced theoretical knowledge to determine chords for it, you can Google common chord progressions and try them out to see if they fit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by UkingViking View Post
    Are you looking to learn a song or write one?

    Perhaps it is bad advice, but I would just focus on the chord progressions in the song you want to learn. It will most likely be a common chord progression you can also use in other songs, and if not you still learned the song you wanted to.
    Perhaps you can practice a 12 bar blues in your favorite key. That will come in handy. Look it up.
    If you have written lyrics for a song and dont have advanced theoretical knowledge to determine chords for it, you can Google common chord progressions and try them out to see if they fit.
    I agree with you, I take it song-by-song. I find it hard to do otherwise.

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    12 bar is as good of a place to start as any.

    Also try using the circle of fifths. The most commonly used keys are C, G, D and A. Get to where you can do a nice three chord progression in all of those keys, then challenge yourself to do the same thing all the way around the circle. Then go back the other way!!

    Also good advice from Woody Guthrie:

    "Anyone who uses more than two chords is just showing off."

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    I highly recommend Uncle Rod's! You can find a play-along for this at Chris' http://ukestuff.info/ under "skill drill videos".

    His exercises are some of the most important chords and progressions you'll need to learn.

    Uncle Rod once wrote if you can do this at one chord change per beat you are no longer a beginner.

    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Rod Higuchi View Post
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    5 Practice Sheets of Chord Progressions for 5 common ukulele Keys

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Rod Higuchi View Post
    Shameless Self-Promotion:

    ( ukulelebootcamp.weebly.com ) [see link below in signature]

    5 Practice Sheets of Chord Progressions for 5 common ukulele Keys

    keep uke'in',
    This is such a great resource. Thank you very much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Rod Higuchi View Post
    Shameless Self-Promotion:

    ( ukulelebootcamp.weebly.com ) [see link below in signature]

    5 Practice Sheets of Chord Progressions for 5 common ukulele Keys

    keep uke'in',
    This is such a great resource. Thank you very much.

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    I've found a few chord progression examples and have been practicing them to learn them by how they sound and hand/finger muscle memory, saying the name of the chord as I create them. I'm a very visual learner; I excelled in my anatomy classes by drawing cells and organs and labeling the parts!

    I apologize for not knowing this but- how do I "switching between chords in different inversions up the neck, then try to do the same in as many keys as you like." I want to learn how to do that but don't know how (red-faced embarrassed!).

    My little aklot (waiting for the opio concert) is my constant companion and I seem to be in a positive trajectory in learning to play; especially since I've joined this forum. You all are unbelievably generous, kind and encouraging folks- I mean that seriously!

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