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Hi, Ben!

Ben, Ben, we got to go wake up.


You know, technically, this is ukulele practice time with Danno, but it feels like show business to me because I somebody sent me that opening theme song during season one and I love using it. And then I added in the fake applause and it gets me all riled up. I feel like I'm peeking through the curtain, checking out the audience, waiting for the big show to get underway. Welcome, everybody, to Ukulele Practice Time with Danno. I'm scanning through the names. Delighted to see familiar faces, one and all and.

You know, before we jump in, let me tell you what we have on the docket for today, ukulele related, 100 percent, but not fingers related.

I'm going to give you. At some technology that I just learned about recently that I love and I think you will love to, and before I do that, I have to tell you why — The only sad thing about starting up ukulele practice time again after our hiatus is this:


So we start right at 12 00, one as 12, Toivo, to right now. And I always know it's time to start. When I hear the bell, the church bell outside my window are ringing and. It also coincides with lunchtime, so, you know, I claim to pride myself on keeping ukulele practice time short and the teacher in me says, that's good. You know, we don't want it to go too long. We want it to feel like a a little spice to your day as opposed to a big meal. But speaking of meals, it is lunchtime. So during the hiatus, my son, who is home from school most days of the week because of the current situation in quotation marks.

Is 15 years old, and you know how 15 year old boys eat well, he eats like three of them, and when we were down for the hiatus, we would have lunch time together every day at about 12 o'clock.

And we prepare this monstrous feast of which he'd eat seven tenths, leaving me little bits to nibble on. Well, now that we're doing ukulele practice time again, the boy comes hanging around looking hungry, looking for food. And I say, well, I'll be done by 12, 30 at the latest, son. And he says, all right. And then he goes down at eleven fifty five and eats all of the food that we have prepared for lunch. And at twelve thirty when we're done here, I'm starving and there's no food left.


Here's what I wanted to look at today. It's a little bit of technology called Chord Buddy. Has anybody heard of it?

A quick survey

Actually, I want to do a quick survey before we jump in. Yesterday I asked and I got great answers. What would be the one ukulele skill you would like to learn if you could snap your fingers and instantly have the new knowledge? So today's survey is this type in an answer if you have one.

What was the last thing that you practiced?

What was the last thing that you practiced? You can put in song title or a song style or a specific skill that you are working on, like scales or finger picking.

I'm just curious and I'm actually going to pause for a second and to encourage you to type in your answer.

And I'll check the comments real quick, by the way, I always say this, but I want you to know that it takes about 20 or 30 seconds, even sometimes from the time you type on your keyboard to the time it appears to me so that I can see it.

Sarah's here, Juli's here, Pams here. Jan's here, Cathleen's here, good, nice to have everybody.

That little song.

That I was working on when you arrived was, uh, if if we never meet again.

The side of evil and perhaps never mean that it better be ready to a way from that show.

Now the comments are rolling. A look at this. You guys are smart.

Vampire Weekend, Sarah, you and my daughter Emma would get along great, I think you have the same taste in music, although you and I get along great, we largely have the same taste in music. And a couple of people say the the box, which is what we worked on one or two days ago. Oh, my gosh. You guys, I have such a good update to the box. If you didn't see it, it's still up on Facebook from. Two days ago, right where we worked on the box and I had just a revelation that allude to today, when we get into the technology of a different way to apply the BP box as to in particular the songs that are not blues.

Classical chord melody by Paul Mansel. Wow, does that sound good? Chris, LNG, and it sounds like you two need to hook up look at this stuff. Daydream believer, that's top notch fingerpicking for two, for one oh, I see what you're saying there, Kathleen. Nice. Those are the strings, right, for two, for one.

A House Without a Heart by Janis Ian. Jim, you would get along well with my mother. She was a big Janis Ian fan. Good. Those are great answers. The reason I ask those questions is partly just out of curiosity and partly because the answers to those questions can steer me a little bit for future episodes of daily practice time.

If I know what you're working on and what you're interested in working on, it helps me figure out some ideas to present. So thank you for taking the time to inform me.

An anecdote about Puff the Magic Dragon

Susan Bennett says Puff the Magic Dragon. I'm going to share one more anecdote. Inspired by that and that I promise we'll jump over to ukulele related technology today. The last time I flew on an airplane is probably five years ago, we haven't been allowed. To fly on an airplane for health reasons for a long time now, and I haven't taken an airplane trip previously, but the last time I flew, I think was out to California and behind me were these loud, loud, little kids. And you know how annoying that can be. Well, these kids, one of them had drawn a paper banjo or ukulele.

I preferred to think of it as a ukulele. And apparently they were Peter, Paul and Mary fans. And the mom kept kept saying, hey, you kids better quiet down or Peter, Paul and Mary won't like you. You know, the way you would use Santa Claus as punishment or the tooth fairy or Jesus.

Well, these kids feared the wrath of Peter, Paul and Mary. And it just made me laugh.

So they were actually we were taxiing off the runway and the mom opens the little shade on the window and says, look, kids, there's Peter, Paul and Mary. And I still don't know to this day if Peter, Paul and Mary were their actual friends, somehow waving them off from the tarmac or if the kids really loved the musical group. Peter, Paul and Mary so much that they could be. Tricked into seeing them so halfway through the trip, when the kids never pipe down, I got out my real ukulele and played Puff the Magic Dragon for them. And there was much approval around the airplane because not only was my rendition of Puff the Magic Dragon fantastic, believe me, but it finally did quiet down those annoying kids, Jim.

We'll have to talk offline about that. Let me say that my mother is offline, too.

I love the commentary. Sometimes I think I don't need to do anything that ukulele related. I just need to sit here and talk for a little while and think of it as a radio show with video. All right, friends, I'm going to ask Ben, my producer, to switch over to the Internet. Ben, can you do that?

Finally – here's Chord Buddy

Have you seen this?

I need to make this so that you can only see what I want you to see. That's pretty good. This is a site called You Buddy Buddy Dot com and I have used a couple of times in the past. Oh, I didn't know I was still on camera. I've used it a couple of times in the past just to look up a court shape, which is what I was doing today. I needed to look up an F sharp minor flat five seven, flat five. And I'm going to show you how that works.

But they have updated and improved to Barry to the point that it's unrecognizable to me because it used to be good and now it's fantastic. So there's so much information here that's just waiting for you.

Yeah. Kathleen says, I used all all the time for chords up the neck. So for those of you who don't know what that means or don't know how to use that,

I'm going to give you a real quick lightning fast tutorial.

Most of what to Buddy does, not to Buddy. Buddy is fairly self-explanatory, but I thought I would show you the things that I discovered when I launched into it today that may not be so obvious.

All right, so the very first thing that it does and what it has always done. Is it lets you look up courtships, so, for example, as I said, I needed to come find F sharp minor flat five today. So here's the way it works. You choose your code name from the top row. So, for example, C and then you choose your code quality below. For example, for example, Major. So C Major, by the way, if you don't know when we say C and that's all we mean C Major. Not to belabor the obvious, but I'm surprised that a lot of people ask about that. When I say C major, they say I don't know C major and the answer to nursing major. You just call it C, so there's a C major and you can see it's the one note on one string that we know and love. This is nice because look what it's providing you here. It's giving you the note. On the string, when you play the string, what do I mean by that?

Ben, bring me back in my back.

You know that our strings have names, g, c, e, a ceiling to floor, good children eat apples.

But of course, when you change the pitch of the string by fingering it, you're changing the note name underneath.

So we have a C on string three and we have a C higher pitch C there.

So what to Buddy is showing is. Oh, darn it. There it is, did come back.

Yeah, so I keep calling it TubeBuddy, which is another product I use. What Uke Buddy is showing us is the name of the note when it's fingered. So that's super handy for various reasons. And once you get past a certain level of beginning stages, this information becomes more valuable. So it's great to know that that is a C note within your C chord. But now look along the representation of the headstock. I don't think you can see my mouse, so I can't really point to it on the screen. But at. This part of the illustration, you can see that there are more pink circles with the names of those notes on those strings.

So when you play a C chord, we're learning that the notes involved are the notes G, C, e. And see, again, so one way that might be useful is, you know, further down the road, you can learn how to create a chord by lowering or raising certain notes within the chord, lowering in pitch or raising and pitch.

And once you start to learn those formulas, then it's good to know what the notes are. So you know which ones to raise and lower. It's another another topic for another day. But that's one quick insight as to why the string names might be valuable to you.

There's more information on this page, and I'm not going to go over every tidbit but the text below.

Just to give you an example of the amount of knowledge here, the court has intervals one three five with notes C, E, G, nice. That's good to know in certain contexts. The major chord is one of the basic Triad's, it can be found in every genre of music, it is characteristically happy and often serves as a basis performing more complex chords. Let's look at more complex chords. All right. So if you remember, I said you can choose the name of the chord here.

There's G that, you know, let's leave it on G, since everyone knows a G chord and you can choose the quality of the chord in the row below.

By the way, chime in if you have questions, don't be bashful.

The quality is the most obvious ones are major.

So when we say, gee, can't remember where we mean G major, G minor and you probably know that shape.


I know you know that shape, but see how the dots move around as you choose the different values. So what's kind of neat? One thing that I find it helpful and useful. Let's jump in back jump. Let's jump back and forth between a major and a real quick. Right now, we're on G seven.

Here's G Major. Not to be confused with Lee Majors, here's G7, watch the ducks jump G, Major G7. What that shows me as a real quick.

A real quick little something.

I love that you can switch so easily between a G7 and a major, but it's kind of a hard thing to teach people because you have to move all your fingers around so much.

But by watching the dots jump on like an animation on the illustration, you can see that these two fingers actually always stay the same.

There we go. That's a little clear.

Seven. G major.

So you may already know that or you may be able to see it easily with my fingers up close like this, but if you hadn't thought about it just by checking on your body, you might spot that those two fingers remain the same, whether it's G seven or G major. So that makes sense.

Sharon asks a good question, and actually this is a great time for me to answer, does UKE BUDDY show second and third positions?

You can't see my pointer so look at the headstock on the illustration and where it's gray There's a number and some arrows. So as I click the arrows on the headstock, it's going to show me first position where I am now, which is one of seven. I'll click. And it's position two of seven for a G seven chord. Position three of seven for a G-7 called.

And on up the neck, there's four of seven, five of seven now, for those of you who are new to the idea up the net chords or movable chords. This is a great way to see where they fall, why you would want these as a conversation for another day.

Let's go back to just plain old see for a second, OK, see Major, so there's our standard. See a one finger, see that everybody knows. So it's showing that there are 32 different positions for a C major chord on the neck of a ukulele. Let's jump through a few. Position two. Well, that's not really position to that's another way to finger position one. Yeah, this is their sort of cheating here. Here's what they're showing.

So that's technically a C chord because it has the notes that are required for a C chord. But that's not a new position for a chord.

But just clicking through.

It's showing you that's that's what I would call the real second position, Secord.

It's like your be flashing up, but it doesn't hurt.

This is what I was enjoying today, playing with this, the knowledge that is presented here, whether it's technically correct or technically usable at any given time.

Well, that's up for debate if we go back one.

Let's look at that that version of see, that's not a scene that you could play could but why would you? Your fingers are all spread out and you don't get a sound that. Has any extra value for all the extra work of creating that, but does it help to know where the GS and the E's and the C's fall on the neck? Sometimes it does.

I'm just going to jump through a couple more for fun. How. Do we know how to have fun or what? Yeah, once again, we're in ridiculous territory. But this would be useful if you were trying to work out a melody or a solo, because the notes of the chord are always going to work as solo notes. All right, let me show you a couple of other things, so that's the basics here. You know, the courts have many, many quality possibilities.

If you're on a small screen, you maybe can't see that we're at C, major C, minor C seven major seven, minor seven, minor major seven. I've never been called upon to play a minor major seven on a ukulele, but diminished seven. Augmented says chords come up all the time.

Those Tom Petty chords that we have talked about like a.

Those are that's that's just or four. Let's find out, is it a G? Says to.

Well, I don't want to waste your time as I go through all the options, she says for.

There it is.

Yeah, so this is great, if you know the name of the court and you want to look it up, look at the next tab where the top there's the pink tab for courts. The next one is called the Namur. So let's say I was trying to play that Tom Petty song and I figured out that that word sounded nice and I wanted to know the name of it.

Well, now I can just click on the strings.

Boom, boom.

So there's my G, do you see that it's recognized the name as a G, plastered it over the top. So what I'm plan to get that Tom Petty sound is.

And I'm moving string one up a fret, so let me do that on the illustration, I'll click. And they're telling me it's got three possible chord names, including Gsus4.


No chords found. I love to trick the system, you're telling me that's not a chord? That's one of my favorite songs.

All right, so I'm going to wrap things up here in just a minute, but I'll just show you the other items that are available here.

Other features of Chord Buddy

Scale's. One of these days. We'll focus in on this if anybody cares. This is a C major scale everywhere it appears up and down the neck. This is an overwhelming diagram. And if if you're not sure how to read this or you're not sure why you would want to scale. Don't even worry about it. But it's here if you do know. Jim, thanks for the comment, by the way, that's the kind of comment that really helps in one way. It helps other people who are searching later know what we are talking about here today and helps them find this.

Back to Uke Buddy. So just as we had chords, C major, C minor, we have scale, C major, C minor, the C blues scale on and on arpeggios. This is not something I've ever wanted or needed. But it's here, tuna. Nice to have, although we all have ways to tune up at this point and then Tab's, which I haven't even delved into.We all have many sources for Tab's, too.

Wrapping up

But those other aspects of the Uke Buddy are just so helpful that I wanted to pass them along to you as a good arrow in your quiver of tricks. All right, so that's what I wanted to talk about today, very little hands on you, but I hope it's helpful just the same. And as you know, I have a big pile of crumbs to go eat. So I'm going to wrap things up right there.

Many thanks to Ben, my producer, for mostly pushing the right buttons today. I saw we had a few names, new names pop up. So welcome to the new folks.

thanks one and all to see you all. Please stay healthy, wealthy and wise in that order and do something nice for someone who's not here today. See you guys tomorrow. Thanks for tuning in.

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Danno Sullivan
Danno Sullivan

Founder of ”Play It Daily” Ukulele, co-founder of the Ukulele Union of Boston, and spreader of good cheer.