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  • Paperback: 140 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (5 Feb. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1470033402
  • ISBN-13: 978-1470033408
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 0.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,829,531 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Barry is a well known player in the ukulele community, lead uke and vocalist in leading ukulele band 'The N'Ukes' 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.

Keep strumming!

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About the Author

I'm a thirty something guy based in the UK, who for the past 25 years has dabbled with acoustic and electric guitar. Don't consider myself a great player of either, but have a large repetoire of songs, and have busked, jammed and gigged with friends many times. About 2 years ago I decided on trying the ukulele, mainly because a couple of artists I really like (Loudon Wainwright and George Harrison) play or played ukulele. I had previously tried to pick up the Mandolin, but struggled learning a whole new set of chords due to the differing tuning. It struck me that the beauty of the uke for me was that the chord shapes were pretty much the same as those for guitar (albeit playing chords a few steps higher) As with most uninformed beginners, I bought myself a bottom of the line Mahalo - and boy did I regret it! It was really only good for firewood, hard to keep in tune, frets out of place and sounded horrible. Even so, I stuck at it and found that I could indeed master the chords quickly. I put together a repetoire of uke songs to learn and found myself hooked. The quality of the uke was the problem, and after much debate (and saving!) I bought myself a Flea ukulele from the Magic Fluke co - and from that point on, everything changed! This instrument was an absolute joy and since that time I have bought several more ukes, and gigged with them. I'm not a technical player, just a strummer and singer, but its great fun. Anyway, in thinking back to my initial foray into uke, and the shocking instrument I ended up with, I thought I'd start a blog about the uke in general, but with a slant aimed at providing beginners, or those interested in getting a uke a solid set of advice on the pitfalls. The blog proved hugely popular, and I extracted and expanded on a lot of my guidance and published the What Ukulele Players Really Want To Know series of books aimed at absolute beginners.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By cocoa on 24 Mar. 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I've been playing uke and learning with friends for about a year now, and the Got A Uke website and the first book in this series was a great help. The new one is in the same style but it's different somehow. While the first one covered all the basics even down to how I should hold the thing, this one is more about encouraging someone who is advancing move on and start getting out there. How good is that? I really liked the section about being in a club and performing in front of others.

More good stuff from Got A Ukulele that doesnt talk down to beginners like some books do - this one is all about encouragement! That said, need to read the first one first as this does refer back to it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By I. Shaw on 25 Mar. 2012
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Loved the first book and found this to be of equally quality. Not sure what the 1 star review is all about. If you read the description you would know exactly what this book is about. Some people eh?
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By john r dyhouse on 16 Mar. 2015
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Very interesting - some obvious and some not so obvious tips/ideas
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wrinkly on 8 Feb. 2013
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After his first book, this is poor.
Some repetition of the first book and repetition in itself.
It doesn't build on the first book.
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1 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Laird F. J. Weall on 16 Dec. 2012
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I bought a Ukulele for traveling and due to some odd copyright laws on the kindle, I couldn't buy Ukulele For Dummies, so thought this would be a reasonable substitute....NO!!!! This is not what uke players want to know, you want to know chords, strumming patterns, finger picking, this has none of it, a complete waste of time and money!!
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