Curt Sheller • firstname.lastname@example.org
(Me, myself and I) is-are an independent, by choice, publishing company catering to the needs of musicians, guitar players and ukulele players worldwide with the resources and information needed to develop as a musician.
Curt Sheller Publications was created by Curt Sheller (me) in 1995 and has been on the web since. I have over 40 years of playing experience and I have been involved in private music education for the past 20 years.
With my re-introduction to the ukulele after a 20 year break and taking advantage of my jazz guitar skills, I began pursuing the potential of the ukulele. Researching the field I saw very little material organized at a level that works for intermediate to advanced players. I have developed an international reputation as a ukulele expert having written over 30 books on the subject of ukulele and over 10 books on guitar.
You can checkout my Music, Art, Publishing and Programming bios at: Bios. Have worn a lot of different hats over my adult working career – music and art has always been a big part of it.
Updates and new information posted just about everyday.
If I'm not teaching or gigging I'm working on the web site.
Should you study music with a teacher or should you "wing" it on your own? This question always comes up in this type of discussion about music.
An objective assessment of the two alternative approaches leads me invariably towards the formal route. Why? Because without guidance, there is a tendency to go in circles, What do you practice, when do you move to the next topic? When are you doing something wrong? How do you practice what doesn't exist to you? - Chuck Anderson
Two ways to get the greatest benefit from my site, the Curt Sheller Publications site and me, Curt Sheller.
I've had countless ukulele players at festivals and guitarists approach me and say, “I wish I lived closer to you. I'd love to take lessons.” With the Internet your as close as ever and can take advantage of my performance and teaching experience.
Monthly One-on-One Lesson Plans with my Study with Curt! program. Details of the two possible monthly plans are available on the main page of the student section.
A second way of taking advantage of is using an annual site subscription plan.
With the Curt Sheller Publications Site Membership plan you'll get full access to select book downloads of mine for FREE, my Premium Play-along tracks, email access and a future student-site forum as well as the new premium lesson series downloads. The first of these premium lessons series are:
With the amount of work that goes in to preparing quality material and lessons for the site, I've elected to limit the downloads to active students and site members. Visitors can still view the download file images at a reduces size. Members and Students can view larger on-line images when signed in. The actual download will contain the latest and most updated version of the lesson. Curt
This weekly series, starting with the first six weeks or so are for building a solid foundation for future ukulele exploration. With the number of lessons ever growing on my site it gets increasingly hard for visitors to find the lessons that will be the most beneficial to them. From my private and on-line one-on-one lessons it’s easy for them as I guide them through. For everyone else I've created this series and have recommends lesson paths through other topics on the site.
Learning the similarities between chord progressions and songs helps you remember a lot of songs. There’s a lot more in common between songs than one might think.
A key signature is a summary of the sharps or flats in a Major or it's relative Natural Minor scale. This series of lessons covers ALL 15 major and relative minor keys with their primary and secondary chords as well as sample common chord progressions.
The Essential Ukulele Scales series is based on the fingering principles from my series of books in the QuickStart Scale and Arpeggio Fingerings.
If there's one thing that has the biggest return on your time and investment to learn — it's really, really knowing the names of the note of the ukulele fingerboard. These series takes a step-by-step approach to finally learning the fingerboard.
This series of lessons develops your finger independence, strength and motor skills to a high level. You don't want to have technique as a limiting factor for play a song or performing anything on the ukulele.
This series of lessons develops your finger independence, strength and motor skills to a high level for the plucking hand. Just like the fretting hand don't want to have technique as a limiting factor for play a song or performing anything on the ukulele.
This series works hand-in-hand with the Alternating Thumb Fingerpicking on Ukulele books and series of lessons.
This is a common thumb and two finger strumming style utilizing the thumb, index and middle fingers. Commonly called “Travis” picking in the guitar world. This series of lessons explores and adapts this style to ukulele. Travis Picking is a finger-style made famous by Merle Travis and Chet Atkins. This style is commonly played on steel string acoustic guitars. Pattern picking is the use of "preset right-hand pattern[s]" while fingerpicking, with the left hand fingering standard chords. You'll find this series of lessons to be the most complete and organized series of lessons offered anywhere, GUARANTEED.
Harmonic Analysis is the process used to determine the harmonic function of chords within a chord progression or song. A chord progression is defined as a sequence of chords, each chord has a root and is a particular chord type. The relationship of a chord's to a scale determines its function within that scale's tonality.
Rhythm is in-separately linked to strums. Using the Modular Phonetic Rhythm System developed by Chuck Anderson this series of lessons start with the core four strums all ukulele use and throughly digs in to the many variations possible.
An interval is the distance between two notes. An interval has a name and a type. Intervals can be played one note (melodic) or two notes (harmonic) at a time, ascending or descending. With this series of lessons you finally understand all there is to know about intervals.
Not so much a series - but the basic chords ALL ukulele players should know.
Basic Ukulele Chords Charts - As much as preach the need to not have to rely on chords charts. When you are first learning ukulele that are a real help - just not long tern alternative to really know your chords.
Core Chords for Ukulele, The Big Six - From four F7 chord voicings or shapes, your can build your massive 4-part, a.k.a., “jazz” chord vocabulary. Beyond basic open position chords, basic movable form chords and a core set of 4-part chords. There are just too many chords shapes too memorize. Learning the principles of how chords are constructed and the ukulele fingerboard are the way to go. Then you can create more advanced chords like 9#11, 7#5-9, 13b5, 7+9 on the fly as needed.
A triad is a three note chord. In traditional chord theory there are four traditional triad chord types: major, minor, diminished and augmented. And four contemporary triad chord types: sus2, sus4, add2 and add9.
Cool Chords are those crazy chords you won't find in a chord dictionary, software, chord chart, etc... They're a product of understanding how chords are constructed and how to derive them from known chords. These are the chords other players will say: “What's that crazy chord you're playing?”.
Movable Chords are chords without open strings that can be transposed to any key up and down the fingerboard. This series covers the movable chords based on the basic open position chords as well as contemporary 4-part, a.k.a. “jazz” chords.
Checkout and bookmark the Updates and Changes pages for all the latest books, lessons, songs, listings and site goodies.
Visit the changes pages for the latest. With over 500+ pages of content on this site, it can get a little hard to track just what I have available, new, or updated. It's even hard for me to keep up. I have to search before I add new material.
Here is what Peter Rhee said about my (Curt Sheller) books.
"Just browsing over both books, they look fantastic! I'm a guitarist and uke player for over 25 years and was thinking about writing a ukulele book but you've already written what I think are the best, most comprehensive and thorough books I've ever seen for the instrument. I just might end up buying every book you've written and I'll be giving my highest recommendation for your books to my friends and students. Thank you so much for taking the time to write such great books!" - Peter Rhee
Content is always being added and updated. So check-in often. Thanks, Curt
Over 500+ lessons, 54 songs and TABS, 240+ archtop luthiers, 200+ ukulele builders, festival information, ukulele links on the web. On the web since the early 90's and growing everyday.
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