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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
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
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 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"!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Solid instructions and great progression. This has helped a lot more than trying many many internet-sourced training videos/pages.Published 3 months ago by JaimieV
The Kindle version does not make available the audio or video files. The Wiley website is really unhelpful and does not recognise any downloads associated with either the ISBN,... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Miss B.
This book was just the right level for me as I already played guitar. Friends who’ve never played anything before didn’t do so well. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer