TWO BESTSELLERS NOW AVAILABLE IN ONE COMPLETE VOLUME! Bringing together the ukulele beginners guides, 'What Ukulele Players Really Want To Know' and 'More Of What Ukulele Players Really Want To Know' in one handy volume. The Complete What Ukulele Players Really Want To Know! Over 50 detailed chapters aimed at advising new ukulele players on the things that most tutor books leave out, with everything from how to hold the uke, fingernail care, to basic theory and advice on practice regimes. Want advice on cases, on performing, on types of wood? Look no further. What about electronics, how to tune up, advice on strings - that's covered too. In fact, just about everything a new player will think about is in here. This is NOT a how to play book or a song book, but has been called an 'owners manual for new players' -an answer to all those niggling questions that will hit you when you first start playing. Barry recommends that his guides are read alongside traditional tuition (whether you are learning online, from books or with a teacher) as a means to supplement your all round knowledge of the uke! And don't worry! If you prefer one or other of the original books they are still available and always will be!
Barry is a well known player in the ukulele community and founder of the website Got A Ukulele, now one of the most popular resources for new ukulele players.
For the past 25 years he dabbled with acoustic and electric guitar, but was switched on to the ukulele several years ago on account of a number of his musical heroes championing the uke (the likes of George Harrison and Loudon Wainwright III amongst others).
Like most beginners, Barry started with a cheap and nasty uke which was a struggle to play, so he started to explore better quality instruments. The more he played, the more he enjoyed this humble little instrument and decided to start sharing his experiences on the internet. The response was massive with the site being hugely popular today. He doesn't so much write about 'how to play', but rather shares his love of the instrument and provides advice to new players on how to live with a ukulele.
He doesn't class himself as a great player, just a strummer but has an infectious love for the instrument and a desire to help other new players who are just starting out. Following the success of the blog he was persuaded to put down his best tips and advice for new players into a series of books. They hit the shelves at just the right time with great success (his first book going on to become the best selling music book on Kindle at one point in 2011)
The ukulele really is an instrument for everyone - its quick to pick up the basics (most beginners can easily be playing a simple song in 30 minutes) and it really gets people talking.