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There is a chord associated with each of the seven notes of a major scale. When played in context, each chord evokes a certain emotional response from the listener. Learning these chordal relationships will open your ears to the chord progressions to millions of songs. This is the first step to playing by ear. Knowledge of finger positions for C, Dm, Em, F, G, Am, Bdim helpful.
Jim D'Ville is a music educator and facilitator who is on a mission to get ukulele players off the paper and playing music by ear. For fifteen years Jim has taught his Play Ukulele By Ear workshops to thousands of players in the United States, Canada, Australia, Mexico, and the United Kingdom. Jim has taught and performed at major ukulele events including the Ukulele Festival of Scotland, Kerrville Folk Festival, the NAMM Show, Melbourne (Australia) Ukulele Festival, West Coast Ukulele Retreat and many others. Jim is the author of the Play Ukulele By Ear DVD series and hosts the popular Play Ukulele By Ear website (www.PlayUkuleleByEar.com). He also hosts a weekly Patreon session entitled Pop Up Uke. Jim is a Contributing Editor to Ukulele (magazine) and is sponsored in-part by Ukulele (www.ukulelemag.com) and Aqulia Strings (aquilacorde.com/enz).