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Learn to Play Fingerstyle Solos for Ukulele [Paperback]

Mark Kailana Nelson
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18 April 2006
While the ukulele is enjoying a well-deserved renaissance on the mainland, in the land of its birth, it has never gone out of style. Hawaiians took to the ""jumping flea"" right from the start, creating music of stunning beauty and versatility. Now intermediate players can learn to play lovely finger style solo arrangements of classic Hawaiian songs, folk songs, standardseven a few pieces from the classical guitar repertoire. The book offers 27 arrangements from around the world written in standard notation and tablature playable on any ukulele. Songs are grouped according to level of difficulty, starting with simple arrangements well within the grasp of dedicated beginners and intermediate players and leading through more challenging songs featuring unusual chord voicings, inversions up the neck, tricky fingerings and ""all the fun stuff"" the author could muster. To aid the student, the companion CD includes all of the songs taught. Includes chord charts, inversion studies, introductory material on finger-picking and making the transition from strumming to melodic playing.

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Mel Bay Publications; Pap/Com edition (18 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786673427
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786673421
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 25 x 31 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,430 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
By sandman
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This book is fantastic a real must for finger style / picking and so easy to follow with a great cd that you can keep up with - I had the Spanish fandango in my repertoire within a very short period of time and it is number 15 in the book the tunes are arranged in order of difficulty - I am not an accomplished player and have only been playing for 12 months and cannot read music , you can use any uke though a tenor is preferable , this is the best ukulele book I have bought to date brilliant !!!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad - Couple of things to bear in mind 8 Dec 2010
By Claudio
I didn't realise that the website Ukulele Hunt did a review on this book. So that is worth reading and it lists the songs there too.

The CD is good - Is is an audio CD that I have ripped to my mp3 player which is handy.

The book seems to have some good hawaiian and non hawaiian songs.

It is risky trying to find decent Ukulele books. Some are just rubbish attempts but this book seems quite useful and good for what it is and for what it claims to be.

Overall - Quite Good.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book For A More Rounded Playing-Style 17 May 2011
By T. Hurt
I've not got very far with this book yet but already it's developed me beyond simple strumming. It introduces new techniques like hammer-ons and slides very progressively and even has simpler and more complex arrangements of the same songs. Very pleasant arrangements too.
There's a lot of Hawaian melodies here, and maybe one or two more well-known songs would have been nice, but if you can work your way through this, then you should have the basic skills to handle anything. I've practiced pretty much every day since I bought this and it's not felt like a chore.
Good book if, like me, you want to be able to play proper melodic arrangements and not just strum along in the background. Best ukulele book I've tried so far.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value and good fun 24 Aug 2010
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An excellent book for a uke tyro like me. In the 27 arrangements there is a wide range of styles from Hawaiian (quite a lot, obviously) to a few Renaissance and classical pieces. They get more difficult a you progress through the book, and the ones I have tried are not too challenging and really enjoyable to play.
I tune my uke with a low G string, so I had to transpose some of the melody notes on the 4th string to the 2nd, but that's all part of learning the fingerboard. As I play a soprano I find it difficult to play chords as written in the higher positions, as there's not enough room for all 4 fingers, so I suppose (as has been remarked before) that a tenor uke would be easier for an adult. My solution has been to play just the top 3 strings rather than produce muffled chords.
One problem I have has is to read the notation for the time and the tabs for the notes, so I have had to mark up the tabs appropriately.
Thoroughly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for beginners 21 April 2012
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This book and CD is ideal for beginners and those people-like myself - who have only been playing the ukulele a few weeks. To those of us of a certain age, the songs are all familiar and playing with the CD certainly gives one confidence.
A "well deserved" five stars. David B.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book to set you on your way 1 April 2013
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I can't say that I knew a lot of the tunes in this book, but with the inclusion of a CD it doesn't matter. There are a variety of styles in here, the TAB is clear and accurate, and all in all it is a fun book to get you started on the Uke
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, But 4 Mar 2010
By Will
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This book is excellent but I wish the CD had just the Ukulele recordings. As it is some of the tracks have Guitar backing which means you have to indentify what is being played by what. No big deal but annoying to me .It's not a book for raw beginners as the music fingerings need a bit of working at.So I would wait until you have become fairly proficient at basic stuff like "She'll be coming round the Mountain" "Yankee Doodle Dandy" etc.I have already worked my way through "Hal Leonards Ukulele Method" Books 1 and 2.Otherwise it's probably the best book out there if you want to become good at finger picking laced with chords. I love it.
Also I've spotted a couple of printing errors that are pretty obvious ie.giving fretting/picking advice on the wrong bar, easy to spot though. There's a lot of info in the book in the performance notes which accompany each piece of music.
Despite these small things I would thoroughly recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 24 Feb 2013
By Jack
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Great book, and great service. Easy to follow to learn the fingerstyles for solo playing. CD very helpful would recommend
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Doesn't cover the basics very well. Hard to follow.
Published 22 days ago by M. J. Bayliss
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm having great fun with this book
I'm having great fun with this book. Its starts off nice and easy, and progresses through to more difficult music. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mrs. S. V. Rowe
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a Beginner's Book
There are some excellent tunes in this book but for me they are too advanced. I would have lied a few more simple tunes.
Published 5 months ago by Sweet Pea 52
5.0 out of 5 stars interesting book
Not yet mastered the art of finger style or will I ever but a very interesting introduction to the subject Delivery and price good
Published 10 months ago by springfield ron
3.0 out of 5 stars fingerstyle tution.
I was excited to learn of this book, its contents are very good, I have been studying the ukulele for about a year, but not ready for this book yet ,found it a bit difficult to... Read more
Published 11 months ago by megan
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - even for a novice!
As a 'ukulele beginner, I bought this as the most recommended fingerstyle tutor.

It's a great book. Read more
Published on 14 Mar 2012 by J. Hall
3.0 out of 5 stars Too hard for us.
I am sure this is a good book if you were a very competent but My husband and I have been attending Ukulele Lessons for 3 months and were doing quite well. Read more
Published on 24 Dec 2011 by Pauline Brighton
4.0 out of 5 stars Fingerpicking Uke
This is one of the clearest, well laid out, user friendly Uke instruction manuals that I have come across. Read more
Published on 13 Nov 2011 by Big Mike D
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good
I like this book. It has a lot of content for both the standard and baritone uke and sails through many different styles. Read more
Published on 4 Jun 2011 by UkeofCarl
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