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What Ukulele Players Really Want To Know : The Owners Manual For Ukulele Beginners [Kindle Edition]

Barry Maz
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Book Description

The bestselling beginners guide and handbook for the ukulele aimed specifically at new players or those thinking of taking up the uke. Many ukulele guides available are far too prescriptive and quite simply don't provide the answers to the common questions a beginner has. Whilst they concentrate on useful technique and provide sample songs to play, in my experience they leave the new player with a lot of questions unanswered. This book aims to fill in those gaps. It's not a tutor book, it's a book to answer all the other stuff!

Barry Maz, ukulele player and author of the Got A Ukulele website has collated and expanded on his popular beginners guides to provide new players with a comprehensive resource of advice, tips and tricks for the ukulele.

With 29 detailed sections dealing with everything from the shape and size of the instrument, to strings and even how to grow your fingernails and toughen fingers, the book provides no-nonsense advice from a seasoned ukulele player, written in a friendly style. The book draws on Barry's own experiences in starting out with the ukulele, and the mistakes he made so you don't have to!

Also included is a handy reference section and ukulele glossary to help with those terms that may not be so familiar to the beginner.

Barry advises that his book is best read in conjunction with other tuition methods or in advance of purchasing your first instrument, to bring a spot of welcome light relief to your practice and development with the uke. Think of it as a uke owners guide!

Includes an interactive Table Of Contents. Happy strumming!

ALSO NOW AVAILABLE - CHECK OUT 'More Of What Ukulele Players Really Want To Know' Barry's follow up book!

NOW AVAILABLE - Chords That Ukulele Players Really Want To Know.

** number one ranked music book on Kindle UK store in December 2011**

** In the book review, Gary said

"While the book is indeed aimed at absolute beginners, it is in fact pretty comprehensive, covering all the issues likely to nip a the heels of someone starting out: everything from how to pick out your first uke to advice on humidifying your instrument and fingernail care. It is not an instructional guide; there are plenty of how-to-play books out there. It's more of a user's guide, filled with the kind of info you'd eventually pick up from hanging out with a bunch of veteran players for several months but which is all a mystery to someone starting out by themselves."

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About the Author

I'm a thirty something guy based in the UK, who for the past 25 years has dabbled with acoustic and electric guitar. Don't consider myself a great player of either, but have a large repetoire of songs, and have busked, jammed and gigged with friends many times. About 2 years ago I decided on trying the ukulele, mainly because a couple of artists I really like (Loudon Wainwright and George Harrison) play or played ukulele. I had previously tried to pick up the Mandolin, but struggled learning a whole new set of chords due to the differing tuning. It struck me that the beauty of the uke for me was that the chord shapes were pretty much the same as those for guitar (albeit playing chords a few steps higher) As with most uninformed beginners, I bought myself a bottom of the line Mahalo - and boy did I regret it! It was really only good for firewood, hard to keep in tune, frets out of place and sounded horrible. Even so, I stuck at it and found that I could indeed master the chords quickly. I put together a repetoire of uke songs to learn and found myself hooked. The quality of the uke was the problem, and after much debate (and saving!) I bought myself a Flea ukulele from the Magic Fluke co - and from that point on, everything changed! This instrument was an absolute joy and since that time I have bought several more ukes, and gigged with them. I'm not a technical player, just a strummer and singer, but its great fun. Anyway, in thinking back to my initial foray into uke, and the shocking instrument I ended up with, I thought I'd start a blog about the uke in general, but with a slant aimed at providing beginners, or those interested in getting a uke a solid set of advice on the pitfalls. The blog proved hugely popular, and I extracted and expanded on a lot of my guidance and published an ebook aimed at absolute beginners. The ukulele really is an instrument for everyone - its quick to pick up the basics (I could get anyone playing a song in 30 minutes) and really gets people talking.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 353 KB
  • Print Length: 151 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1461059941
  • Publisher: Got A Ukulele (5 Mar. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004JN11WK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #178,611 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Barry is a well known player in the ukulele community, lead uke and vocalist in leading ukulele band 'The N'Ukes' and founder of the website Got A Ukulele, now one of the most popular resources for new ukulele players.

For the past 25 years he dabbled with acoustic and electric guitar, but was switched on to the ukulele several years ago on account of a number of his musical heroes championing the uke (the likes of George Harrison and Loudon Wainwright III amongst others).

Like most beginners, Barry started with a cheap and nasty uke which was a struggle to play, so he started to explore better quality instruments. The more he played, the more he enjoyed this humble little instrument and decided to start sharing his experiences on the internet. The response was massive with the site being hugely popular today. He doesn't so much write about 'how to play', but rather shares his love of the instrument and provides advice to new players on how to live with a ukulele.

He doesn't class himself as a great player, just a strummer but has an infectious love for the instrument and a desire to help other new players who are just starting out. Following the success of the blog he was persuaded to put down his best tips and advice for new players into a series of books. They hit the shelves at just the right time with great success (his first book going on to become the best selling music book on Kindle at one point in 2011)

The ukulele really is an instrument for everyone - its quick to pick up the basics (most beginners can easily be playing a simple song in 30 minutes) and it really gets people talking.

Keep strumming!

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great book but not really what i wanted to know 28 Feb. 2012
By ChrisC
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I bought this book because it had a lot of good reviews, thinking this must be very comprehensive and helpful, and in many ways it is, i found some of it helpful and the rest of it very interesting, probably more interesting than helpful. Maybe this is because i already play a stringed instrument. For the price however it is definitely worth having especially if you are a novice and want more than just a "How to play" guide book
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great little book 18 Aug. 2012
By Bry
Format:Kindle Edition
Bought this on Kindle. It is very useful and helpful for beginners, but I have found it an entertaining read, with hints and tips for people who have been playing for a while. All in all, I am very happy to keep it on my Kindle and use it as a handy reference. I highly recommend it to any Uke player, a very informative read.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 27 Jan. 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Have just started playing the ukulele and saw this book advertised on a forum.
Its a great, compact little guide that has really helped me out as a beginner.
Good price, and highly recommended !!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What more could a uke beginner want? 2 Jun. 2011
Having played with the man many times (no, not in that way!!!-cheap innuendo worthy of George Formby) I can say he knows his stuff. The thing is, you don't have to be a hardened muso to appreciate the beautiful sound a uke can make, and this book shows you how to make good music in a short space of time. I'm a fanatical guitar player but the practicality and versatility of a uke has always appealed to me and it's how I started to learn chords as a kid, I got my first uke( first a cheap Hawaiian style one then a rather expensive Dallas model D George Formby banjolele) as a 9 year old, then let it drop when rock and folk guitars took over in my teens. This book and Barry himself have made me take it up again, and the marvellous range of ukes available ( described in the most practical terms in the book, both cost and quality-wise) and sound advice should make it easy to get sorted for anyone wanting to dabble. Chord patterns and song tabs are plentiful, and no matter what your musical tastes may be,you'll be surprised at just what you can play in a short space of time. Check it out and go on the blog as well!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Great book, in an easy style that is not patronising but contains some real gems that are really helpful if you are an new or improving player. It also is a size that fits into the front pocket of my Uke's case. So I can take it with me, but the typset is a nice size to read.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A necessary read for the aspiring novice 2 Sept. 2011
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This little book is a must get for the novice, gives much essential info on the uke, and also on purchasing the right one.Its also a must for any uke player, as it has a lot of common sense advice that gives great encouragement. Great read !
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another brilliant ukulele book 28 Jan. 2013
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I purchased this for my kindle. It's packed full of information, that you need to know if you are thinking about taking up the ukulele. It really is a must buy ukulele book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Uke Players Bible 25 July 2011
By Shimmy
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This is an excellent book well written by and expert in his field. Baz guides you through the different aspects of the ukulele in a very helpful way.I suggest anyone considering buying a ukulele buys this book first.Another plus point is that it fits in the storage pocket of my gig bag!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good beginners book!
A good first book on the ukulele with sage advice and helpful hints . Nice conversational style and easy to digest.
Published 2 months ago by Graham Whitcombe
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Published 2 months ago by D. Woodhams
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Explains the basics, which is whaI required.
Published 4 months ago by J Driller
5.0 out of 5 stars Uku
Good wee book for anyone interested in the ukulele. Well worth the money, would recommend it to anyone starting out.
Published 13 months ago by Dee
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book about ukes, does not pretend to be a tutorial. Proof-reading...
As a guitar player who has recently "had a go" with a uke - actually a banjolele that a friend gave me - I bought this (Kindle version) to learn a bit about ukes and their... Read more
Published on 21 Feb. 2013 by S. Barrett
1.0 out of 5 stars WASTE OF MONEY
This book is a total waste of money. What it contains you could find out in five minutes on the internet. Read more
Published on 5 Aug. 2012 by Gadgetman
3.0 out of 5 stars Slim and slight
If you are an absolute beginner, there is some useful stuff in here, but you can find all this and more for free online. Read more
Published on 4 Aug. 2012 by Anton E Mouse
5.0 out of 5 stars An Informative and essential read, for novice players
I am so glad I bought this book. It is written in plain English and as such is pretty much jargon free with full explanations which any beginner can understand. Read more
Published on 25 Oct. 2011 by mike blake
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