• RRP: £17.99
  • You Save: £2.41 (13%)
FREE Delivery in the UK.
In stock.
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
Quantity:1
Ukulele For Dummies has been added to your Basket
+ £2.80 UK delivery
Used: Like New | Details
Sold by Wordery
Condition: Used: Like New
Comment: This fine as new copy is waiting for you in our UK warehouse and should be with you within 4-5 working days via Royal Mail.
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

Ukulele For Dummies Paperback – 16 Oct 2015

Save an extra 10% with Amazon Student*

4.3 out of 5 stars 52 customer reviews

See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
£15.58
£8.17 £9.12
Note: This item is eligible for click and collect. Details
Pick up your parcel at a time and place that suits you.
  • Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
  • Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
How to order to an Amazon Pickup Location?
  1. Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
  2. Dispatch to this address when you check out
Learn more

*Save an extra 10% on this product with Amazon Student
From 28 June, 2016, Amazon Student members will receive an extra 10% off 1000s of selected books. The Offer will be automatically applied to your order at checkout. This Offer ends at 23:59pm BST on 16 October, 2016. Terms & Conditions apply. Learn more
£15.58 FREE Delivery in the UK. In stock. Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
click to open popover

Special Offers and Product Promotions

  • Amazon Students Members Get an Extra 10% Off Selected Books Here's how (terms and conditions apply)

Frequently Bought Together

  • Ukulele For Dummies
  • +
  • Eno ET 33U Clip-On Ukulele Tuner
  • +
  • MEDIUM FELT PICK PACK OF 4 x 4mm GENUINE CLEARWATER PLECTRUMS FOR UKULELE NYLON STRUNG GUITAR ETC
Total price: £25.56
Buy the selected items together

Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.




Product details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 2nd Revised edition edition (16 Oct. 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1119135974
  • ISBN-13: 978-1119135975
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 1.5 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,716 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  • See Complete Table of Contents

Product Description

From the Back Cover

Learn to:

  • 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.


Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

By Glenn Cook HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Oct. 2015
Format: Paperback Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
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.
Comment 8 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
This book is strangely paced. I got it to review for my daughter who is learning the ukelele at school. I thought it would be useful to get as I have been playing guitar for 30 odd years and would give me a bit extra to support her. The first three chapters deal with buying, holding, tuning, where to fret, how to strum etc as well as a small eulogy to this little instrument. In chapter four we are in to the music and with a bang. There are eight chords to learn right off in one chapter, taking through 4 or 5 songs. I really do support the notion that you can play a song right off the bat and there are links to videos so you can hear what it should sound like as it is good for motivation. However, it is quite a ramp I think to go from how to hold it to playing so many different songs at once. The first song is a two chorder in C and F and the first few tunes are country so less well known in the UK. The chapter finishes with house of the rising sun which has I think 5 chords in it, and I think it is too steep a transition for a beginner and it is why I think it is strangely paced. And there in lies the problem I think, chapter 4 isn't for dummies, it's a chapter for a competent musician who wants to learn to play a few songs on the uke quickly.

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.
Comment 6 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
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!
Comment 6 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
I bought a uke a few years ago but after several attempts to learn to play it I put it to one side. I can strum very basic acoustic guitar tunes such as Me And Bobby McGhee and You Ain't Going Nowhere and some Carter Family stuff, but I found the ukulele a bit too small for my clumsy fingers. I thought this book might help me overcome my clumsiness and to some extent it has. The first 40 odd pages deal with how to tune, hold and strum a ukulele and I found that very helpful. Chapter 4 onwards introduces songs that you can play, the first few pretty much immediately as they are very easy with only 2 or 3 chords. There are links to online versions so that you can hear whether you're doing it right, which is obviously very helpful, and the book itself is pretty straightforward and relatively easy to understand, although so far I haven't got much further than about page 80. I think another reviewer mentions that one of the tunes is House Of The Rising Sun, which often crops up in guitar tutorial books, but I've never been able to manage the chords on guitar and I was no more successful with the ukulele. Curiously, it is followed by The Banana Boat Song, which is 2 chords and somewhat easier to learn. For me the layout is the biggest problem with this book as I found it was trying to teach me a bit too much a bit too soon and it's very easy to get distracted by the frequent technical interjections and various asides. I found myself yearning for just a simple chart of the basic chords that I could refer to easily, but I found the chord charts in Appendix A, which list 96 chords, far too much for me. Perhaps I'm a too much of a dummy, but I'm already finding this is all a bit too advanced for me. I shall persevere, but I would say that this book is probably not the best tutorial for anyone who wants to just learn 6 to 10 chords so they can strum along to a few favourite tunes. However, I'm sure it's very good for anyone who wants to really learn how to play the instrument.
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews


Look for similar items by category


Feedback