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Ukulele For Dummies [Paperback]

Alistair Wood
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Book Description

24 Jun 2011 For Dummies
Learn everything ukulele! 

The ukulele is hot. The season one finale of Glee featured a ukulele. The recent hit song "Hey Soul Sister" by Train includes the dulcet tones of a uke. Not to mention the runaway success of the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain.

For anyone wishing to master this fun, surprisingly versatile instrument, Ukulele For Dummies covers all the basics - from chords and strumming patterns to guidance on finger-picking. The print version of the book includes a CD with audio tracks of the entire musical notation in the book, creating a total musical instruction package 

Offers instruction in a variety of styles - including pop, folk, holiday favourites and Hawaiian music 

Features a buying guide for the novice, with tips on purchasing a ukulele plus other necessary accessories 

The enhanced e-book contains 30 in-line instructional videos   

With its simple and clear instruction, and inspiration on every page, Ukulele For Dummies will have fans and first-time musicians making beautiful music in no time.

Note: CD files are available to download after purchasing the e-Book version  

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Product details

  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; Pap/Com edition (24 Jun 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 047097799X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470977996
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 23 x 31 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (158 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,086 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Beginners Guide 22 July 2013
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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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource for new players 20 Sep 2011
By Hayley
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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46 of 50 people found the following review helpful
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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book! 28 Sep 2012
By Jo
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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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67 of 74 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ukulele for Dummies 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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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for all levels 3 Feb 2012
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for beginners
Excellent for beginners. One thing seriously lacking though across any of these similar titles are easy songs to play progressively getting more difficult (slowly). Read more
Published 8 days ago by Steven Fitzhugh
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Recieved safely many thanks
Published 10 days ago by Ms. S. Tindall
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Dummies.
Great for Dummies.
Published 19 days ago by Dons
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A wonderful first step to playing.
Published 19 days ago by George W Bunn
4.0 out of 5 stars I would think this book was excellent if you have not played a...
I would think this book was excellent if you have not played a stringed instrument before. Helpful for specifics about uke if you have.
Published 21 days ago by a monkey
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for complete beginners
Starting from the beginning I felt that it was assumed to early in the book that the reader could read music therefore I, personally, was soon lost however I will persevere.
Published 1 month ago by Mr Eric Blunn
5.0 out of 5 stars Ukulelie for Dummies
Very helpful, would recommend this book
Published 1 month ago by Studio Girl
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A brilliant book.
Published 1 month ago by Mr. M. N. Blackman
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
igives some good advice to new starters
Published 1 month ago by larry griffin
3.0 out of 5 stars OK for beginners & intermediate players ... but 300 pages???? and the...
Before I begin this review, let me first point you towards a much, much , MUCH better tutor book. In fact - if you want a truly well-structured book which uses tab in conjunction... Read more
Published 1 month ago by A. J. Sturgess
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