Completely unrelated – musical notation for Low G tuned ukulele

tenor ukuleleSix months after meeting my first ukulele, I now have three.   I am most especially fond of my low-G tuned tenor ukulele; by far the prettiest.   Every other Sunday I join a group of lovely people to play and sing every kind of music, from ballads to prog-rock.  While I’m really not very good, in that happy crowd it doesn’t really matter.    Everyone’s just there to have fun.

However . . . while strumming chords is great,  I want to learn more more.    While ukulele  TAB is easy to follow,  a lot of music isn’t in that format, and even less TAB exists that makes use of the slightly wider range that a Low G tuning gives.  I have been wrangling with simple traditional musical notation so that I can pick out melodies as well as play the chords.

I can vaguely figure out the basic notes, but as soon as I tried to decipher music with multiple sharps or flats, my brain quietly melted.   Mysteriously, although I looked, I couldn’t find this information written down in a way I could use with a ukulele.   Google searches found just very simple diagrams for just C Major (no flats or sharps), and very complicated instructions for proper music students (no pictures), and nothing in between.

So here: my best effort at writing down the basic flats and sharps and how to pluck ‘em on my ukulele.  I’m finding it useful, I hope you do too.  If you have a non-low G tuned uke (ie, your g string is tuned higher than the c-string, as is the case in most small ukes), just start from the first c.   These jpgs, should be high enough resolution to print out at A4 or A3.

Ukulele musical notation sharps

Ukulele notation – the sharps

Ukulele notation - the flats

Ukulele notation – the flats

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