Ukulele For Dummies Paperback – 24 Jun 2011
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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
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
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 CDSee all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
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
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"!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A clear, easy to follow book with good illustrations. It will take you from absolute beginner thru' to advanced player. Recommended.Published 4 months ago by John Joseph Donoghue
I became 'addicted' to the ukulele after being given a soprano sized one for Christmas. It's an instrument that can make you smile and, although it can be easy to learn some... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Urbanmeister
Easy to dip into from time to time
Not to be used as a 'cover to cover' book.