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  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; Pap/Com edition (24 Jun. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 047097799X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470977996
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 2.1 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (244 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,663 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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packed with tips, technical advice, easy–to–follow illustrations and rhythms The Sun

From the Back Cover

From simple chord progressions to rock solos your ultimate guide to becoming a ukulele hero!

If you′re among the tens of thousands of people who have fallen victim to the ukulele fever epidemic that′s sweeping the globe, this book is the cure. Clinically tested and expert–approved, Ukulele For Dummies is the quick, painless way to satisfy your insatiable desire to play the ukulele.

  • Get to know your uke get the lowdown on everything you need to know about buying, stringing, tuning and maintaining your ukulele

  • Start playing take advantage of clear, step–by–step instructions on holding, strumming and picking basics, illustrated withdetailed photos

  • Build your skills chord charts, strumming patterns and tons of instructions make it easier than ever to learn basic and advanced techniques for playing backup rhythms, solo melodies, improvisational riffs and chord/melody combinations like a pro

  • Aloha mahn special chapters cover how to play reggae and ′Jawaiian′, as well as rock and punk, blues, Hawaiian, classical and other popular musical styles

  • Listen and learn hone your uke–playing skills with the help of audio tracks of the examples found in the book

Open the book and find:

  • A complete buying guide for the novice

  • How to string, tune and repair your uke

  • Chord charts and strumming patterns

  • Crystal–clear photo illustrations

  • Step–by–step instructions

  • Basic and advanced playing techniques

  • How to play in a multitude of popular styles

  • Audio tracks of examples from the book

Audio CD includes

The musical examples from the book so you can play along

Exercises to help you build your skills

Learn to:

  • Play the ukulele right away no experience required

  • Master various chords and strumming patterns

  • Play rock, punk, blues, reggae and standards

Stretch your skills with the bonus CD

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57 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Hayley on 20 Sept. 2011
Format: Paperback
I've been learning ukulele (first instrument) for around 6 months, but failed to pick up many of the basic principals which make learning the ukulele truly fun and creative. This book has given me a great insight into the diversity of the instrument, and has given me the confidence to experiment more. Definitely a good buy.
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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Alan Kirkham on 22 July 2013
Format: Paperback
I brought my Ukulele 4 weeks ago and three different guides to help me learn - two on my Kindle an this one in proper book form with CD.

I don't even bother looking at the two e-books, as this one is so good! Inside a month, I've managed to pin down quite a lot of chords and nailed the strumming patterns. Some of you might think this is slow, but for a 50 year old with fat fingers, who has never played any sort of musical instrument before, I'm very proud of my achievement!

The book is very well laid out and easy to follow.

I would highly recommend this to Ukulele virgins like me
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Cardinal Fang on 3 Feb. 2012
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I was given Ukulele for Dummies for Christmas. I'm so glad I was.

I consider myself an intermediate player, but I'd got into a rut and didn't know how to move my skills on. Most ukulele books out there are either for beginners, or for advanced "finger pickers". If you're beyond beginner but still need to learn a lot more, there's never been a lot out there for you.

Not a problem any more!

This books covers everything! If you're a beginner it starts you out with everything you need to know to get playing. For intermediates it takes you on to more complicated strum patterns, and other effects such as chunking, as well as introducing you to reading music notation. If you're more advanced yet it takes you through some more advanced picking techniques and will give you some unusual exercises to really test your skills on (how about "Greensleeves" on the uke?).

There's even a section on ukulele maintenance, such as changing strings and basic troubleshooting, and introductions to famous uke players - so you know who all those people are that get mentioned on uke forums!

And for me, what I liked the most is that the songs you play in the exercises are ones you might have stood a chance of hearing at some point! Most beginners ukulele books seem to expect an intimate knowledge of American folk songs. If you're a Brit or under the age of 70, there's a liklihood that you've never heard of the song, which makes learning doubly difficult. Although there are still some of these songs (hence the dropping of a star), there are audio tracks of all of the tunes, so you can hear what it sounds like. And let's fact it, who can argue with learning how to play 3/4 time using "House Of The Rising Sun"!
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57 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Mr G Dean on 2 July 2011
Format: Paperback
Let me make it clear right from the start that I am a big fan of Mr Wood and his excellent ukulelehunt website. I have used his downloadable resources in the past, which have been both informative and helpful. Truth is though that you can't beat a book. When I heard that Al Wood was putting out a 'dummies' book I pre-ordered it straight away. It arrived today and I am not disappointed! This is 338 pages choc full of useful information AND includes a CD to demonstrate all of the key points. It is not just a 'how to play' book. It is also a good introduction to other aspects of the ukulele community, such as what to look for when you buy a ukulele, ukulele players of note, how to get more involved, zen and the art of ukulele maintenance etc all delivered in an easy to digest and often humorous way. I have been playing for 3 years but there will be much to keep me coming back to this book for years to come. Highly recommended!
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71 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Mr Pooter on 3 July 2011
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I am also a regular visitor to the ukulelehunt web-site where I first saw this excellent book advertised. It covers just about everything you would need to know about getting started with a uke, and takes you well up into at least intermediate stage. I have been playing for about 18 months, having had no musical training and this book has helped to fill in a few gaps, explain things more fully and give me some good tips. I especially appreciated the advice on strumming styles and on "finger-picking" technique. The style is very readable, and can be dipped into just about anywhere and you will find something useful. Highly reccommended for young and old, beginner or those further on. I have bought several starter books before, but this is the best.... I should have waited ! And did I mention there is a cd to take you through as well ?
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Jo on 28 Sept. 2012
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As a ukulele beginner, I wanted a comprehensive book that was simple enough to understand and get me started, but had enough content to keep me going and challenged for a while! I've got to say I am so glad I decided on this book. It's the best '...For Dummies' book I've come across, written by someone who clearly knows their stuff and is top in their field.
It includes all the basics, taking you from how to hold a ukulele, to simple chords, to finger picking and playing melodies. It includes a cd which, to be honest, I hadn't bothered with until today but find it really helpful actually! It's a great addition to the book and works really well to show the learner how things 'should' sound!
It includes information such as tips on buying a ukulele, and a great chord reference chart/section at the back.
It's an excellent buy and if you're only able to buy one ukulele book, I would highly recommend this one.
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