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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Rock Hits for Ukulele: You CAN Play Your Favorite Songs! (Book & 2 Enhanced CDs) (Complete Idiot's Guides (Lifestyle Paperback)) Sheet music – July 19, 2010


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  • Series: Complete Idiot's Guides (Lifestyle Paperback)
  • Sheet music: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Alfred Music; Pap/Com edition (July 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0739068288
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739068281
  • Product Dimensions: 11.7 x 8.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,166,477 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Teresa on January 31, 2013
The first thing that struck me about this book was its 8.5 x 11 sheet music size, rather than the smaller size of other "Idiot" books. Very appropriate.

The book has sheet music for about 25 songs, with tabs for solo parts and then chords and non-tabbed melody notes for the rest of songs. The tabs are generally relatively difficult, and quite a stretch for beginners. But I find when I stretch myself musically, I go back to easier songs as a better musician. If you want songs that allow you to hit the ground running, some of the fake books, such as The Daily Ukulele: 365 Songs for Better Living [DAILY UKULELE] [Paperback] are better choices. But if you want a challenging book in your library, then this is an excellent choice.

The authors have also included a small chord theory section that they call a "refresher". Thus, the audience is NOT beginners (or Idiots), but some of it might be helpful.

Regarding the 2 CDs, it appears that they have identical content. I guess this means that you can use the CD on two computers at the same time, which I suppose is nice, but is limited help with only one book! The software allows you to change pitch, tempo, and lets you remove vocals or ukulele parts. Many of the songs have drum, guitar and base accompaniment which suggests that they really aren't appropriate ukulele songs without "help". But the nice thing is when you remove the ukulele parts, the rest of the music accompanys your uke. However, the down side is that if you want to perform these songs in public, you should probably have a backup band.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thomas W Bertram on January 11, 2014
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This is a beginner to average learning tool. I has familiar songs in it, with music. It comes with a set of CD's so if your not familiar with the song, it will give you the melody. Its full size which is nice. It includes a chord chart and a lot of tips on how to play the variety of music. I would recommend this book for anyone wanting to learn to play on their own. The most complete book I have seen to date so far.
I play some guitar, so it was easy for me to pick up the concepts of this music. As with any instrument the key is practice. If you don't get it, you have to be persistent and keep on trying. Eventually you will get it right. This book does not take the place of regular practice. Nothing does... but it does make the practice easier, which is the point. If you use this book every day for an hour, at the end of a week, every person should be able to play at least 2-3 songs in this book. Once you get the easy chords, and get your strumming going, you'll be able to learn at a faster rate. Gotta get those fingers limbered up, strengthened and the chords will come with practice...
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This is the best instructional book I have seen. The book includes two (2) CDs that you can play in your computer or CD player. It will slow the songs for you, repeat them on a 'loop' or even change the pitch of the song. You can also remove the vocals or the ukulele portions. It is still going to take some time for me to learn the songs fully but far easier than other methods I have tried. I am hopeful they publish another similar book. I highly recommend this book and the CDs to a beginner or intermediate ukulele player.
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2 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mary13 on February 12, 2011
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I just received this book today and it looks like it will be quite helpful to me. I'm a complete beginner of the ukulele so I need a ton of practice on it to be able to play anything. But I'm definitely looking forward to getting more familiar with the cords and can't wait til the day I can play one of these songs through!
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