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Ukulele Exercises For Dummies [Paperback]

Brett McQueen , Alistair Wood
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Book Description

5 April 2013 For Dummies
Take your ukulele playing to the next level - fast! - with hundreds of fun exercises, drills and practice tunes

You have a ukulele, you know just enough to be dangerous, and now you're ready to do something with it. You're in luck: Ukulele Exercises For Dummies helps you become a better player. This practice-based book focuses on the skills that entry-level players often find challenging and provides tips, tricks and plenty of cool exercises that will have you creating music in no time that include:

• Creating rock-steady strumming patterns and rhythms

• Becoming a better fingerpicker with patterns, arpeggio exercises, and solo fingerpicking pieces

• Expanding your fretboard knowledge and crafting your own rock, blues and jazz riffs and solos

• Playing actual songs on the ukulele - everything from the classic ukulele tunes to the 12 bar blues!

• Downloadable audio files of the exercises found in the book, providing you with a self-contained practice package

No matter if you're a beginning ukulele player or you're wanting to stretch and improve your chops, Ukulele Exercises For Dummies puts you on your way to becoming a ukulele extraordinaire!

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Product details

  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; Pap/Dwn edition (5 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118506855
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118506851
  • Product Dimensions: 27.6 x 20.9 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 112,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Improve your ukulele playing — fast! — with hundreds of fun exercises, drills and practice tunes You got yourself a ukulele and taught yourself to play a passable ′Happy Birthday,′ but now you′re ready to take it to the next level. You′ve come to the right place. This exercise book is your ticket to becoming a bona fide ukulele hero. It supplies expert tips, tricks and plenty of jammin′ exercises that will have you strumming and picking your way through everything from the classic ukulele tunes to cool jazz progressions, intricate instrumental pieces and blues riffs like a pro — in no time. And if you′re brand–new to the uke, you′ll find a lot to like here as well. Brush up on the fundamentals — discover how to hold your ukulele; play common chords; read ukulele notation and tab, chord diagrams, neck diagrams, and rhythm charts Start practising on the right foot — shorten your learning curve with pre–practice warm–ups, including finger– and hand–stretches, breathing exercises, and strength–building exercises Do some serious strumming — strengthen your rhythm, timing and ability to find the right pattern for any song, or even transform simple strumming patterns into sweet improvs Become a power–picke r — master rhythmic fingerpicking songs and solo fingerstyle pieces with exercises that quickly improve speed, flexibility, and fluidity Master the fretboard — learn to build major and minor scales across the neck of the ukulele, build chords in different positions up, and down the fretboard and craft slick solos in rock, blues and jazz styles Audio download includes Over an hour and a half of audio featuring the exercises and songs from the book — so you can hear exactly how they should sound Open the book and find: Hundreds of exercises in various keys, tempos and styles Strumming exercises from common chord changes to advanced techniques Scales and scale sequences Picking patterns and exercises that build speed and confidence Ways to apply the techniques and tricks you learn to play actual songs Warm up exercises that make learning faster and easier Tips on performing before an audience

About the Author

Brett McQueen is a musician, songwriter and the founder of, one of the most popular ukulele sites in the world, where he provides audio, video, and written instructional material (along with personalised feedback) to freshly minted ukulele fans everywhere. Alistair Wood is the man (the myth and the legend) behind and the author of Ukulele For Dummies.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the book I have been waiting for! 5 May 2013
By Kailin
I've been looking for a comprehensive exercise book for ukulele players and learned about this book from the author's website [...]. Since I for a while now have appreciated Brett McQueens teaching and help-offering approach to the Ukulele player community I did not hesitate to order a copy immediately. It's my first book from the "Dummies" series.

What do I like about it?
Both structure and content are consistently thought through and worked out well. You can work through the pages either chronologically or theme orientated, whatever you prefer. Use it as a guidance or pick bits and pieces - it's both fun and worthwhile. All major topics are addressed, from strumming to fingerpicking to scales and finally mastering the fretboard. All exercise examples are available as MP3 (more than 250 tracks!). And in addition to all that Brett offers in his unique friendly, professional and humorous way lots of tips & tricks around the Ukulele and the Ukulele exercising.

Conclusion: content-wise, linguistically and technically top - an overall successful book that not only motivates its reader for regular use and practice, but also invites to further expand ones individual play. I love it and honestly: this book makes my fingertips burn again!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars happy ukulele player 19 April 2013
By jutty
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I just bought a copy of this book and have found it most useful and easy to pick up and read.the audio lessons are very helpful aswell. ive only just skimmed the surface but have already found improvement in how i play the instrument.i can recommend this book 100%
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical, in easy steps 2 Aug 2013
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The ukulele is a happy, easy instrument to play, but to make the twanging sound beautiful this book is very helpful, the exercises can even nudge a beginner into sounding better without noticing the effort required.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ukulele Exercises for Dummies 8 Oct 2013
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If you are serious about becoming a competent player, this is an ideal companion to Ukuleke for Dummies. Very good, indeed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really useful 16 Dec 2013
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Book is reallyuseful and has helped me to develkop as a player on the uke. Thanks and have recommended to people
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff 16 May 2013
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This provides many exercises forr someone intent on improving their skills, I caan see me using this book for years.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy learning! 25 Jan 2014
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This is a simple, easy read for beginners and contains some very helpful information. The writing style is conversational, and usefully backed up by video and diagrams.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars useful for the intermediate 31 Oct 2013
By roger
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great book but needs the" ukulele for dummies" to be studied first, this is for the more intermediate player.

well written and easily understood when you use the tracks accessible via the internet. plenty of tips and lessons, provides a

valuable boost to become more proficient on the uke.-------------- good value for the information within.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very useful book easy to understand. would recommend it to my friends.
Published 29 days ago by CINDYLO
5.0 out of 5 stars Strikes a chord with me.
Just what you'd expect from any book in "Dummies" series. Clear, easy to understand and well-structured. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Malcolm
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Have bought three of these so need I say more?
Published 1 month ago by Cathy
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Fantastic book - great follow to Alistair's Ukulele for Dummies. Clearly written and lots of useful advise and practical exercises.
Published 2 months ago by Willd
1.0 out of 5 stars No Use!
Hate this book.... first 'uke book for Dummies' had CD with it, but with this one, you're supposed to download God knows how many tracks....or telephone America to order one. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jane Bean
3.0 out of 5 stars A very good book But
The book and service from amazon was excellent
Bur the video content on my ipad was not possible
I was not aware it would not work on the ipad
Published 2 months ago by D. H. Bullock
4.0 out of 5 stars Yes I am a dummy
Not easy to read and use but struggling through you can pick up and put down there are lots of tips in though
Published 3 months ago by Oldman
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent buy
Really good for someone picking up a ukulele for the first time

Well explained and easy to follow - good book to keep referring back to - definitely recommend
Published 3 months ago by Janis Caffrey
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for beginners
Intermediate level not for dummies , print size of tabs very small , cd not ncluded , you have to log on for info
Published 3 months ago by P. A. Thornton
3.0 out of 5 stars Book for Dummies (not)
Good book but too technical for me on some pages so do not really look at the whole book. Some parts were ok but not all
Published 3 months ago by vivienne buckle
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