Ear Training

The “Ear” part of the is the ability to identify intervals both melodic and harmonic - melodies and chords and chord progressions. Then to get the fingers to reproduce what the ear hears.


An introduction to the skills and tools needed to determine the chords of a song or chord progression by ear.

Chord probability, chord species, active and passive chord quality, harmonic rhythm, root movement

Basic chords in the key of C Major

These are the most common chords you'll use when first learning the ukulele.

Basic Chords in the Key of C Major

Ear Training

Development of the active and passive capability to relate to music aurally. This includes the ability to recognize melodic and harmonic intervals, chords, chords progressions, rhythm, melody and harmony.

Ear Training Lessons

Where Do Chords Come From?

Nothing magical here. Chords come from the notes of a scale. For simple progressions the most common scale that chords come from are the major scales.

Most basic chords, triads and even more complex 4-part contemporary chords, a.k.a "jazz" chords, are built in thirds. This is accomplished by taking every other note of a scale and playing them together or almost together. This every other note is an interval of a third to it previous note. An interval of a third can be a major third or a minor third. It is the mixing of major and minor thirds that give a chord its type and sound.

A chord contains two parts: Its letter name, using http://learningukulele.dev:8888/lessons/startingone of the seven letters of the musical alphabet: A B C D E F or G. And, its type or species information, such as major, minor, diminished, augmented, seventh, maj7, m7, etc.

The Major Scale • Updated: Feb 11, 2016

The most important scale in ALL of music.

Key Signatures - C Major and A Minor • Updated: Sep 21, 2011

Sometimes called the learning key, the key of C Major is one of the easiest keys to memorize and begin using.

Core Chords - Building a Solid Foundation of Contemporary Chords • Updated: Nov 11, 2013

A Pro's approach to build your "Jazz" chords.

Building a Solid Jazz Chord Foundation for `Ukulele • Updated: Oct 12, 2015

These more sophisticated, contemporary chord voicings find their way into a wide variety of music.

Getting Started

A few basic open position and movable form chords are all that is needed to get you started on your life-long ukulele adventure and hours of fun.

Basic Open Position `Ukulele Chord Chart • Updated: Nov 29, 2019

A core set of basic `ukulele chords that ALL Ukulele players should know.

Basic Open Position `Ukulele Chord Chart for Lefties • Updated: Mar 26, 2019

A core set of basic ukulele chords that ALL Ukulele players should know. For Lefties!

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