Six 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.