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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Rock Hits for Ukulele [With 2 CDs] (Complete Idiot's Guides (Lifestyle Paperback)) [Sheet music]

Alfred Publishing , Andrew Dubrock
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  • Sheet music: 186 pages
  • Publisher: Alfred Publishing Co., Inc.; Pap/Com edition (July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0739068288
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739068281
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 22.3 x 29.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One happy idiot 11 Mar 2011
By ferdy
The book has the songs in music and tab notation, and has introductory notes to songs, highlighting and explaining tricky bits like riffs.
The real bonus for me who has difficulty in sight-reading is that it comes with 2 CDs (one for PC, one for Mac)which has performances of all the songs, with options to mute the vocals so you can hear what the uke is playing, or you can mute the uke to play along with the arrangement - and you can change the pitch or speed too - and loop sections. Having the music (as arranged in the book) available to hear lets you know what bits you're doing right or wrong.
Some songs are quite simply arranged, others more intricate with different strumming patterns and fingerpicking sections so you get to try out a variety of techniques.
Maybe I would have given it 5 stars if the song selection had been slightly different.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as "rock-y" as it should be 14 July 2011
The full song list is:

Do You Want to Know a Secret? - The Beatles
Tonight You Belong to Me - Patience and Prudence (composed by Billy Rose and Lee David)
Bad to the Bone - George Thorogood & the Destroyers
Over the Rainbow (from "The Wizard of Oz")
If You Could Read My Mind- Gordon Lightfoot
Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) - Green Day
Wild Night - Van Morrison
Moondance- Van Morrison
Soul Man - Isaac Hayes
Ramblin' Man - The Allman Brothers Band
Long Train Runnin' - The Doobie Brothers
Sister Golden Hair - America
Big Yellow Taxi - Joni Mitchell
Maggie May - Rod Stewart
Boulevard of Broken Dreams - Green Day
Take It Easy - Eagles
Gimme Some Lovin' - Spencer Davis Group
I'll See You in My Dreams - Isham Jones
Creep - Radiohead
Sunshine of Your Love - Eric Clapton
Hotel California - Eagles
Don't Stop Believin' - Journey
Another Brick in the Wall - Pink Floyd
Layla - Eric Clapton

The title of the book is "The Complete Idiot's Guide to ROCK Hits for Ukulele". One wonders how "Soul Man" and "Gimme Some Lovin'" qualify as rock. Fine songs surely but definately not rock. And as for the inclusion of "Somewhere Over The Rainbow"...

As a song book, it's quite good - each song is transcribed in full music notation and tab. There's a short refresher on musical theory, hints and tips, a big chord dictionary and best of all 2 CDs contain ukulele versions of every song (with computer software that lets you mute the vocals or ukulele, slow tracks down, and loop sections for practice).

But this is advertised as book of rock music. And it just isn't.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ukrazy 2 Dec 2012
By Peter
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Absolutely brilliant. I was rocking within minutes and I have not been playing that long. This is real fun for everyone not just old rockers as the book explains everything precisely along with the cd's.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not for "Idiots" 31 Jan 2013
By Teresa - Published on Amazon.com
The first thing that struck me about this book was its 8.5 x 11 sheet music size, rather than the smaller size of other "Idiot" books. Very appropriate.

The book has sheet music for about 25 songs, with tabs for solo parts and then chords and non-tabbed melody notes for the rest of songs. The tabs are generally relatively difficult, and quite a stretch for beginners. But I find when I stretch myself musically, I go back to easier songs as a better musician. If you want songs that allow you to hit the ground running, some of the fake books, such as The Daily Ukulele: 365 Songs for Better Living [DAILY UKULELE] [Paperback] are better choices. But if you want a challenging book in your library, then this is an excellent choice.

The authors have also included a small chord theory section that they call a "refresher". Thus, the audience is NOT beginners (or Idiots), but some of it might be helpful.

Regarding the 2 CDs, it appears that they have identical content. I guess this means that you can use the CD on two computers at the same time, which I suppose is nice, but is limited help with only one book! The software allows you to change pitch, tempo, and lets you remove vocals or ukulele parts. Many of the songs have drum, guitar and base accompaniment which suggests that they really aren't appropriate ukulele songs without "help". But the nice thing is when you remove the ukulele parts, the rest of the music accompanys your uke. However, the down side is that if you want to perform these songs in public, you should probably have a backup band. The semi-inappropriateness of rock songs as standalone ukulele songs explains why the author also includes a few "traditional" ukulele songs, like "Over the Rainbow" and "Tonight You Belong to Me". BTW, the vocalist, Erick Lynen, is really very good. The uke musician is Armando Strange, who is also good of course.

Song list:
Another Brick in the Wall, Part II
Bad to the Bone
Big Yellow Taxi
Boulevard of Broken Dreams
Do You Want to Know a Secret
Don't Stop Believin'
Gimmee Some Lovin'
Good Riddance(Hope You Have the Time of Your Life)
Hotel California
If You Could Read My Mind
I'll See You In My Dreams
Long Train Runnin'
Maggie May
Over the Rainbow
Ramblin' Man
Sister Golden Hair
Soul Man
Stairway to Heaven
Sunshine of Your Love
Take It Easy
Tonight You Belong To Me
Wild Night

Overall I recommend this book. I give it only 4 stars because I think the authors should have tabbed entire songs rather than just parts, and because the songs for the most part aren't the greatest standalone ukulele songs. Also, calling it an "Idiot's guide" is a misnomer. Should be an "Intermediate's guide".
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I used this book to learn new with 11 Jan 2014
By Thomas W Bertram - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a beginner to average learning tool. I has familiar songs in it, with music. It comes with a set of CD's so if your not familiar with the song, it will give you the melody. Its full size which is nice. It includes a chord chart and a lot of tips on how to play the variety of music. I would recommend this book for anyone wanting to learn to play on their own. The most complete book I have seen to date so far.
I play some guitar, so it was easy for me to pick up the concepts of this music. As with any instrument the key is practice. If you don't get it, you have to be persistent and keep on trying. Eventually you will get it right. This book does not take the place of regular practice. Nothing does... but it does make the practice easier, which is the point. If you use this book every day for an hour, at the end of a week, every person should be able to play at least 2-3 songs in this book. Once you get the easy chords, and get your strumming going, you'll be able to learn at a faster rate. Gotta get those fingers limbered up, strengthened and the chords will come with practice...
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Instructional Book & CDs 24 July 2012
By Wayne - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the best instructional book I have seen. The book includes two (2) CDs that you can play in your computer or CD player. It will slow the songs for you, repeat them on a 'loop' or even change the pitch of the song. You can also remove the vocals or the ukulele portions. It is still going to take some time for me to learn the songs fully but far easier than other methods I have tried. I am hopeful they publish another similar book. I highly recommend this book and the CDs to a beginner or intermediate ukulele player.
2 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 12 Feb 2011
By Mary13 - Published on Amazon.com
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I just received this book today and it looks like it will be quite helpful to me. I'm a complete beginner of the ukulele so I need a ton of practice on it to be able to play anything. But I'm definitely looking forward to getting more familiar with the cords and can't wait til the day I can play one of these songs through!
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