A few weeks ago, I was working on finally figuring out chords up the neck. A lot of people have tried to explain it to me. I’ve read the book. It all seemed random and hard. But it wasn’t until Craig Chee and Sarah Maisel explained it in their online course from ArtistWorks that I finally got that Ah-Ha moment.

In the Dropbox folder this week, I included their cheat sheet so we can go over it on Sunday. The only thing you need to remember is the order of the 4 main shapes and the distances between them. That’s it!

So if you want to know how to play a G up the neck, find the basic shape (F-shape), and move it to the next position (E-shape). Want to go higher, move it to a C-shape, etc. You can use this to find G anywhere.

The following is all you need to know in order to figure out any major chord up the neck.

  1. C- shape (Uses the same frets)
  2. B-shape (starts on the same fret)
  3. F-shape (Skips a fret)
  4. E-shape (Starts on the next fret)

Don’t worry, we’ll go over specifics during the jam.

This week’s songs

You can download the song sheets HERE

  • Warmup
  • Hanalei moon
  • Kaleohano
  • Fire and rain
  • Harvest moon
  • Killing me softly
  • Homeward bound
  • People are strange
  • Bad uke playing
  • Wicked game
  • Blue skies
  • Big rock candy mountain