Why would you need to change the key?
You may find a song on the internet you'd like to play but it's not in the right key. It could be a song that's normally in G but the only example showing all of the chords is in C, and you've found it dose not sound right in C
2. It's a songs that you found in piano music so it has the chords but it's not in a good key for the ukulele;
You may find something in some piano music and it's in Bb and you'd like to play it in a more suitable key for the ukulele like C or A. It also may be that you need to play the song in a key that's easier for you to play or sing.
3. The song is too high or low for you to sing;
Perhaps you found that the song is too low for you to sing and you need to play it just a little bit higher
If you run into any of these problems you can still ply the song using the sheet music or version you found, you'll just need to know how to change the key so that you can play it in a more suitable key.
Here's how you can change the key of any song
Most songs for the ukulele are transposed into the keys of C or G.
Songs that are in Minor Keys are usually in Am or Em. The relative minor keys of C and G.
This is because those are some of the easiest key to play
Take a few songs and transpose them to different keys. Don’t move too far up or down the chart away from the original key, the song could easily get too be high or too low.
The following songs are in C and have only 2 chords.
1. First transpose them to D, the C becomes a D and the G7 becomes an A7.
2. Then try them in A, the C becomes an A and the G7 becomes an E7.
For teachers: Future lessons may include how about minor keys? What if the chord is not on the chart. What if the chord is a little bit different than a chord on the chart? This chart can also be used to study the principal and relative minor chords.
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