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With 3 Movable Ukulele Chord Shapes, You Can Play Millions of Songs August 28 2017

When you were debating between buying a ukulele or accordion, remember the clerk at the store saying, “The ukulele is easier. Just put one finger here and you’re playing a C chord!” That siren song of the key of C has lured many beginning players into the one-key quagmire. There are a couple of ways to escape this Bastille of solitary (key) confinement. You could move to Canada. Above the 49th parallel, the generally accepted tuning of the ukulele is the key of D. So sell your house, get a visa, tune up a whole-step on each string, and voilà—you can now play in the key of D!

THE “C SHAPE”

“The Movable Nut System” is a simple method for playing in all 12 keys. The little piece of bone or plastic that separates the fretboard from the peghead is called the nut (Figure 1). Hold an open-position C major chord using your ring finger to hold down the first string at the 3rd fret (Figure 2a). To play a C# major chord, all you have to do is place your pinky finger on the first string, 4th fret (C#) and fret the other three strings at the 1st fret with an index finger barre. (Figure 2b). 

The index finger of your fretting hand is now acting as a capo, or movable nut. By moving this shape up one fret at a time, you will be able to play the I chord in every key until you run out of fingerboard. On a soprano ukulele, that could be as soon as your barre reaches the 8th fret. This is where our second barre shape, the “F Shape,” can help us continue our journey through all 12 keys.

TIP When playing barre chords, do not place your thumb on the back of the neck directly behind the barre. Instead, try sliding your thumb toward the peghead to create a fulcrum effect.

THE “F SHAPE”

Hold an open-position F major chord by fretting the fourth string at the 2nd fret with the ring finger and the 2nd string at the 1st fret with the middle finger (Figure 3a). Now, move that shape up one fret toward the soundhole and use your movable nut (index finger) to barre all the strings at the 1st fret. That’s an F# major chord (Figure 3b). Move the shape up one fret at a time through the keys of G–G#–A–A#, etc. Usually by the time we reach C major, at the 7th fret, with this shape the tone will start to sound thin. To fix that, let’s learn one other movable nut shape lower down on the fretboard.

 

Excerpted from a lesson by Jim D'Ville in the No. 18, Fall 2017 Issue

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EXPIRED—Back Issue Blow-Out! January 26 2017

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It's a holiday sale-bration! In honor of this season of giving, we will be offering all of our magazine back issues for over 60% off! Flesh out that collection, delve into all of the fascinating histories and stories of unique ukers, makers, and culture shakers, or pile up all of the valuable tips and lessons from the pros; whatever the reason, now is the time to grab the magazines you keep meaning to and stock up for all of that hunkering down for winter. 

Use coupon code UKBIBO16 upon checkout to claim your discount!

Offer valid until 1/2/2017 at midnight PST, or while supplies last. Standard shipping & handling rates apply.

 

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EXPIRED—Fabulous Fall Flash Sale Extended! January 26 2017

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Fall is here, our store has been restocked with goodies, and it’s time to settle in for the upcoming months of a crazy holiday schedule. So, what better way to prepare than with a sale? Put yourself first this weekend and get in on the ukulele fun! For this weekend only, when you spend $25 on products in the Ukulele Store (shipping not included), you will get a package of complimentary tenor ukulele strings from GHS Strings. Because we want you to get rockin’ with your uke in tip top shape!

But, hurry! Because only the first 60 people will get a package of strings this weekend.

 

Offer valid until 10/16/2016 at midnight PST, or while supplies last. Standard shipping & handling rates apply.

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EXPIRED—A Smashing Summer Sale! January 26 2017

 

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Summer is in full swing: everyone is barbecuing, taking vacations, attending street festivals, and enjoying the warm weather and bright sun. We've been doing that, too, but we are also looking to the next big thing: fall. Our little store will be getting some brand new items in stock over the coming months so, in order to make room, we're throwing a huge blow out sale!

From now until August 15th, you can get anything listed in our Summer Sale collection for a sweet discounted price. We are offering slashed prices ranging from 42% to about 70% on a spectrum of items that will definitely add some charm to your summer adventures! Get that set of coasters for your next party, snazz up your outdoor seating with some tropical pillows, or toast the balmy evening with a tiki glass! Whatever it is that catches your eye, get it now while you can.

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Join us this weekend as we celebrate the birth of our nation! And, since we're always up for a party, we've pulled together a list of items that we felt captured the feeling of the 4th. 

We recommend a Waterman ukulele to play all of the fun music that brings people together, wearing one of our red, white, or blue uke shirts for a flare of patriotism, slathering on the sunscreen (because we don't want your face as red as that flag), and grabbing a bag to lug all of your gear around. Plus, you probably need to bake some all-American chocolate chip cookies, so we tossed our cookie cutter in there, too.

Whatever item you decide suits your party, make sure to check out the rest of our Flash Sale picks in our July 4th Sale-Bration collection because, for this weekend only, every item in this collection is 15% off! Just use the code 4THFLASH upon checkout to redeem your discount.

Offer valid until 7/4/2016 at midnight PST, or while supplies last. Standard shipping & handling rates apply.

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Sometimes we all need an excuse to play like a kid again, so we created the perfect enticement for you: get a set of Chord Cubes for only $25 (reduced from $35) starting May 23rd and running until May 29th, 2016!

We recommend giving the blocks a toss to see what cubes land where and try playing what appears; it's a fun exercise that could lead to some awesome songwriting and some serious giggles. Or, get a set to encourage a younger uker to start playing more! However these blocks can help with the uking life, Chord Cubes are sure to please. And, now with a savings of almost 30%, your wallet will be happier, too!

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EXPIRED—Flash Sale! All Back Issues $1.99 January 26 2017

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It's a summer sale-bration! Starting Friday May 13th and running until Friday May 20th, we will be offering all of our magazine back issues for $1.99. That's a savings of just over 70% off! Flesh out that collection, delve into all of the fascinating histories of the uke culture, or pile up all of the songs to play; whatever the reason, now is the time to grab the magazines you keep meaning to and stock up for summer vacation.

Use the code UKEFLASH3 upon checkout, and you'll get that sweet discount applied to your order.

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A Little Slice of Heaven—The New Egg Slicer! June 22 2016

Imagine it: there you are, standing in the kitchen, making a big beautiful salad and you grab the hardboiled egg but, gasp! No way to cut it into beautiful even slices. What do you do? Instead of taking up precious time to carefully cut your egg with a knife (time that you could use for enjoying your meal), grab the new handy-dandy egg slicer! Because, not only is it useful, but it's totally shaped like a ukulele.

Measuring approximately 9" long and 3.5" wide, this little uke will help make your kitchen much more musically inclined. And, whenever you're in a slicing pinch, grab your ukulele and go! It's the best thing since sliced bread. As our editor so eloquently said, "I didn't even know I needed this, but now it's all I want!"

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The Watermans are Here June 01 2016

It's been a long time comin', but we made the plunge: the Ukulele store now has the soprano Waterman ukes in stock!

 

Available in three colors (pink, yellow, and glow-in-the-dark aqua) these cheerful little ukes are perfect for taking on your next road trip or beach day; lightweight, plastic, and full of retro charm you can make playing accessible any time! Make sure to read our review and watch our video about this little "take anywhere" uke.

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Cookie Cutter Stock Replenished! May 03 2016

Our best seller is back in stock: the adorable ukulele cookie cutter! Made of tinplate steel right here in the USA, this little guy has a nice sharp edge for stamping out precise uke shaped cookies.

We made sure to up our stock by quite a bit, so head over and grab as many as you might need. Perfect for gifts and uke club get-together's; or uke-ify your kitchen and pair with our 'Ukulele Convention' tea towel!

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