Music class to learn to play sheet music for ukulele Lesson 1

by Eduardo Mendoza octubre 10, 2017

Music class to learn to play sheet music for ukulele Lesson 1

Before starting, I want to dedicate this series of blogs to everyone who wants to dabble in the world of Music in a more technical way.

Most of us who play ukulele do it empirically, this means that we taught ourselves, with tutorials, advice, chord books, etc. But when we want to read a score or play the notes They ask us in the ukulele we don't know what to play. Here we will try to show the world of the musical theory needed to play and even share in the same language as another musician who has been in a music academy.

Rhythmic figures

We will start with the rhythmic figures. Surely you have seen these figures somewhere and they are related to music.

These are called rhythmic figures and serve to express the duration of a note. How long is each note? Here we have a table with the duration of each rhythmic figure.

If we realize we can consider the round as the largest figure with a duration of four times (or pulses), the figure that follows is white and lasts half, this is two times or pulses. Then the black follows that is divided in half for a while and so on with the eighth note, sixteenth note and semi-fuzzy, its duration decreases half the time than the previous one.

Just as there is a figure that represents how long a sound lasts there is also a figure that will indicate the ration of a silence. (That's right, music is not playing all the time, there has to be a time to relax). These silences are equally divided in half, (Four pulses, two pulses, one pulse, 1 / 2 puslo, etc).

How do they get on the staff?

Understanding the staff is as simple as this.

In this sample staff we can see that our compass formula brand 4 / 4 (Four quarters). This means that in each measure exactly four notes worth one time will fit. We will count from one to four consecutively and at a constant speed.


We will practice rhythm as follows. We are going to count 1 aloud to four constantly. (1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4 ... etc) and we will slap where the note indicates. We start ...

[1, 2, 3, 4,] <<< This is an initial count that will give us the constant pace

[P, P, P, P, 1, 2, 3, 4, P, P, 3, 4, P, P, 3, 4] <<< (P) represents the slap and numbers our account aloud

[1, P, P, P, P, P, 3, 4, P, P, P, 4, P, P, 3, 4] <<<< The second line of our rhythmic reading system.

Key concepts


Art of combining the sounds in a temporal sequence according to the laws of harmony, melody and rhythm, or of producing them with musical instruments.


Sensation or impression produced in the ear by a set of vibrations that propagate through an elastic medium, such as air.


Sign that, in musical notation, determines the time or tempo of a composition, the placement of accented times and the value of the notes used.

Here we conclude this lesson. If you have any doubts, remember that you can contact us through Facebook o Instagram.

Eduardo Mendoza
Eduardo Mendoza


I am passionate about art in general, food and sharing. Instagram: @Anxolotes @Lalo_Anxolote

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