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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 2nd Edition edition (25 Sept. 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1119135974
  • ISBN-13: 978-1119135975
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 1.5 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,318 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Alistair Wood is a ukulele player, transcriber and arranger who owns the most popular ukulele site on the Internet, ukulelehunt.com. His expertise and the continuing ukulele boom has led to media hits that include The New York Times, The Guardian and BBC News.


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This is the second edition of this book. I've not seen the first one, apart from on the Amazon site so am not sure of the changes, but one thing I know has been updated is that there is no longer a CD with the book. Instead there is a link to downloadable audio files, along with videos that you can practice along with, which is brilliant.
As for the book itself - I am enthralled. I have wanted to get a ukulele for a long time and had no idea what to get or what to do next. This book is the business - it teaches you everything you need to know, from before you even buy your instrument, in typical, comprehensive, supportive, user-friendly Dummies style.
The book is divided up into 7 sections: Getting started, Starting out with Chords and Strumming, Picking and single-note playing, Discovering genres and styles, Buying and looking after your ukulele, The part of tens (there are lots of them - chords, players, tips - and more) and, finally, the Appendices. (Or appendixes as they call them..)
It is a phenomenal resource for a nervous beginner like me. Some of what is in the book looks amazingly impossible right now, because I've never played an instrument before. But now I have begun to read, I am feeling confident enough to finally purchase my first ukulele and start on my learning journey. I can't wait!
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By Glenn Cook HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Oct. 2015
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There are two versions of this book.

This is the second edition.
I also have the first edition.

It is an excellent book.
If you are a complete learner, as I am, then you could do no better than get this book.

It explains everything and informs how to play cords and so on.

It has that happy knack of educating, informing and amusing as do most of the books in the 'For Dummies' series.

I would also encouarge you to get a large print book showing you the finger positions for chords.

The book in its second edition has about 3 and a half chapters changed.
Not for the better but just different.
The book has increased in price from the fitrst edition by £2.
(2GBP) BUT

The original came complete with a really useful CD.
The second 'improved edition; lacks the CD and in its place has a link to download and listen to audio files, watch the videos and practice the songs.

My advice would be to get the earlier first edition if it comes with the CD and at a really low low price.
Otherwise you could do a lot worse than buy this book.

An even bigger tip is to join one the really friendly Ukulele groups that thrive and abound around the UK.

Each one is different BUT each will give you a warm welcome- tons of free advice and lots of laughs.
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This Ukulele for Dummies (2nd Ed) is better than the unflattering title would lead one to believe. The blurb on the Amazon page is accurate and there is much more to the book than outlined there.

The structure of the book is well defined in the extensive Table of Contents, and rounded off with useful Appendices and a comprehensive Index. The instruction starts with the basics of the instrument and the finger placements, strumming, and picking, and progresses to melodies etc in a variety of styles using the usual standard notations. It is well worth studying the chapters about the instrument, what it is made of, how to distinguish a nice one from a nasty one, and the buying guide is a good starting place with sound advice on what will suit the individual. There is no CD but extensive links are provided to relevant on-line Uke music.

A beginner can expect to make reasonable progress quite quickly, learning to read the music stave and tab and chord charts while learning about the Uke and how to play it, especially if they are prepared to put in, say, an hour a day even if only in short snippets while the fingertips harden. If the beginner is already familiar with the usual musical notations then the first part of the instruction will be quickly mastered, and thereafter it is a matter of conditioning the reflexes so that the notes, runs, chords and tempos appear automagically under the fingers with eyes on the paper and not the instrument.

But it is important to remember that this book is really only an introduction to the instrument with a limited set of appropriate music, and it will help a lot to prevent any malaise creeping in if one also has some lessons from a tutor who is familiar with the instrument and also if one can research more resources on the internet.
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I have the first edition of this Ukulele For Dummies, so was interested to see what had changed. The answer is, not a great deal. It is still a great book for anyone thinking of taking up this fabulous little instrument. It takes you, through how to select you first ukulele, tuning, basic chords along with commensurate tunes, a little history, gradually ramping up until by the end you should know just about everything there is to know, certainly all you need to know. One of the big differences is that there is no longer a CD, it has been replaced by downloads. I’m not sure this is a positive step: I tend to prefer something I can hold if I intend to keep the information, but to be honest I have barely used the CD from my original edition, so probably won’t be using the downloads much either.
I have seen comments about getting everything on the internet and a book therefore being somewhat superfluous. I disagree; a book doesn’t need a wireless connection or batteries to run. I can take this anywhere with me and open it at random and find something interesting to try.
I like Ukulele For Dummies and would recommend it heartily. Now go get strumming
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