- 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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Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent book for someone already musically competent, just picking up a new instrument.Published 2 days ago by Claphamite
Very well laid out. Clearly written. Step by step approach includes how much to spend on first ukulele, which brands are trustworthy, how to actually hold the ukulele etc. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Bazzer
Really good book - but I bought the kindle version and its immpossible to blow up the tabs and music so you can read it - there must be a way?Published 16 days ago by fatbaron
A very helpful guide to getting going on a uke. Simple to follow, full of tips and tweaks as well as downloadable tracks. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Dr L Edwards
sadly bought as present, person is left handed and found it slightly hard to follow :-(Published 1 month ago by MC
Useful book. Like most "dummies" publications plenty of information, well written content, and useful background. Read morePublished 1 month ago by El DEl