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Ukulele For Dummies Paperback – 16 Oct 2015
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From the Back Cover
- Fully understand ukulele basics
- Play the key ukulele chords and strumming patterns
- Tackle guidance on fingerpicking instruction
- Develop your skills by downloading the accompanying tracks from Dummies.com
Pick up a uke and start playing fast
Do you want to learn to play the ukulele? This friendly guide covers everything from chords and strumming patterns to finger picking and style variations. With clear instructions and musical inspiration on every page, it will have you making a big splash with this tiny instrument in no time.
- First things first weigh your buying options, grab the essentials, check out the accessories, and master maintenance
- Start strumming get to know the ukulele chords and their families, play your first songs and create more strumming patterns for great results
- Play your heart out rock or jazz, Hawaiian or classical, find the groove that fits your mood
- Pick a winner discover fingerpicking patterns, get to grips with tabs and notation, plus solo techniques with melody/chord combos
Open the book and find:
- How to hold a ukulele and position yourself to play
- Guidance on developing your strumming
- The ′three–chord trick′ that′ll help your playing
- What to do if things don′t sound right
- How to diagnose and solve uke problems
- Unbeatable tips for improving your playing
- Ten ways to get involved in the ukulele scene
- Chord charts and guidance on reading standard musical notation
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
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.
I wonder if the author had thought a chapter a week, put the niceties about holding tuning, buying etc in an appendix at the back and introduced the songs a bit more slowly and one at a time it would have been a better tutor.
The book is thorough and contains strum patterns, chords charts and finger picking lines that will let you solo the melody so actually you could perform something quite well by the time you get to about chapter 8. In later chapters it goes through blues and jazz and has some nice stuff in there. I think I will use it, but I doubt strongly whether my daughter will.
I did waver in my ratings between 3 and 4 stars but settled on 3 because I think it will put beginners off.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I would imagine this book is great in the USA but most of the tunes used in it are totally unknown to me and I am usually pretty well up at recognising song both old and new, I... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Les Parsons
Arrived in perfect condition. Enjoyable and easy-reading tuition.Published 1 month ago by Michael Francis
Highly recommended by my husband who plays but can't read music! It has explained lots of the mysteries of Ukulele playing to him.Published 1 month ago by M. Chambers
This book has lots of info for beginners and the download is usefulPublished 2 months ago by Margaret Mangan
My husband had just taken up the ukele as a hobby and loves it. This book is brilliant and has helped him with links for YouTube and handy tips. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Anne
Amazingly excellent - might be for 'dummies' but not dumbed down - much more in here than simple basic starter manualPublished 3 months ago by Dorothy Osborne