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About the Author

Barry is a well known personality in the worldwide ukulele community and founder of the website Got A Ukulele, now one of the most popular resources for new ukulele players.

For the past 30 years he dabbled with acoustic and electric guitar, but was switched on to the ukulele some years ago on account of a number of his musical heroes championing the uke (the likes of George Harrison and Loudon Wainwright III amongst others). 

Like most beginners, Barry started with a cheap and nasty ukulele which was a struggle to play, so he started to explore better quality instruments and learned along the way. The more he played, the more he enjoyed this little instrument and decided to start sharing his experiences on the internet and in print. The response was massive with the site being hugely popular today and considered to be a key 'go to' resource for impartial beginners advice. He doesn't so much write about 'how to play', but rather shares his love of the instrument and provides advice to new players on how to live with a ukulele. He has played an enviable number of ukuleles and reviewed many of them on his website in great detail, making his site a regular resource for people looking for opinions on their next instrument.

He doesn't class himself as a great player, but someone who has been around the ukulele for quite some time with a desire to help other new players who are just starting out. Following the ongoing success of the blog he was persuaded to put down his best tips and advice for new players into a series of books. They hit the shelves at just the right time with great success (his first book going on to become the best selling music book on Kindle at one point in 2011)

The ukulele really is an instrument for everyone - its quick to pick up the basics (most beginners can easily be playing a simple song in 30 minutes) and it really gets people talking. But like all good instruments, it will take a lifetime of enjoyment to master!

Keep strumming!
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 346 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1478181206
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478181200
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
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Barry is a well known personality in the worldwide ukulele community and founder of the website Got A Ukulele, now one of the most popular resources for new ukulele players.

For the past 30 years he dabbled with acoustic and electric guitar, but was switched on to the ukulele some years ago on account of a number of his musical heroes championing the uke (the likes of George Harrison and Loudon Wainwright III amongst others).

Like most beginners, Barry started with a cheap and nasty ukulele which was a struggle to play, so he started to explore better quality instruments and learned along the way. The more he played, the more he enjoyed this little instrument and decided to start sharing his experiences on the internet and in print. The response was massive with the site being hugely popular today and considered to be a key 'go to' resource for impartial beginners advice. He doesn't so much write about 'how to play', but rather shares his love of the instrument and provides advice to new players on how to live with a ukulele. He has played an enviable number of ukuleles and reviewed many of them on his website in great detail, making his site a regular resource for people looking for opinions on their next instrument.

He doesn't class himself as a great player, but someone who has been around the ukulele for quite some time with a desire to help other new players who are just starting out. Following the ongoing success of the blog he was persuaded to put down his best tips and advice for new players into a series of books. They hit the shelves at just the right time with great success (his first book going on to become the best selling music book on Kindle at one point in 2011)

The ukulele really is an instrument for everyone - its quick to pick up the basics (most beginners can easily be playing a simple song in 30 minutes) and it really gets people talking. But like all good instruments, it will take a lifetime of enjoyment to master!

Keep strumming!

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The best way to explain this book might be to first explain where I'm coming from with regards to the review. I've played guitar for nearly 30 years. I've dabbled with other instruments here and there. I love blues of all kinds...from Heavy Metal Scorpions, Iron Maiden, Metallica and Megadeth (I graduated in 1987...it's required!). To the classics of Pearl Jam, Floyd, Zep...to the blues of popular strains such as B.B. King, SRV, Clapton...to the jazz of Grant Green, Pat Martino, Jim Hall, and Ed Bickert...to lesser knowns such as Junior Watson ans Rick Holmstrom. Some Dylan and Ray Lamontagne too. So...that's my musical background in crib-notes form.

At this current day and age the ukulele has made an unprecedented resurgence in popularity. Or if you're around my age...it's first foray into the mainstream. The ukulele has permeated the pop culture and these little things are available in more places than guitars these days. One of the older gentleman I work with kept bringing his in. I played with it. I was hooked. I wanted to buy myself a uke. But dubious of all the current offerings, and knowing many companies like to just make something to sell...vs. make a quality instrument to play, I wanted to do my research before I purchased my first uke.

Not surprisingly, the sudden rush of popularity in ukuleles has produced a glut of mass produced instruments made to satisfy the casual purchaser. These should be avoided. In fact, like guitars, I'd say 50% of what's out there will be built for a quick sale and not for actual playability. with 40% more being made as genuine instruments. And 10% catering to the discerning collector or actual practicing musician. With costs for customs commonly in the thousands.
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Barry Maz has written two volumes on ukuleles, not "how to play" but rather, the info you want to know about strings, care, chords, scales, theory, and more. I have the versions on Kindle and they are useful because these books are a "read through" when you are new to uke playing, then a good reference book, say, when restringing or needing to do some maintenance or learning music theory. Even how to cut your fingernails for optimum plucking and fingering.

The lovely thing is you now can have both books in one with the new edition. So if you haven't purchased Book One, or you have book one and have not yet gotten book two, you might as well get this one and have it all in one resource.

I always recommend these books to new players and I keep mine handy at all times. It's interesting reading and a great reference, what more can you ask for?
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This text covers general issues. Great for everyone at any level but especially those of us just beginning. This book helps to explain similarities and differences with guitars. Buy this book even before you buy a ukulele.
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This book is top notch and a must have for beginners and advanced players. A treasurer chest of information about
this fantastic instrument that has become the "go to" book for all new ukulele aficionados.
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This is absolutely the best book I have found for new ukulele players like myself. I would recommend giving this great book a read before buying your ukulele, but if you already bought your ukulele it's not too late. This book goes far beyond any of the ukulele websites I have visited and other books I have found. It has given me the basics of understanding my ukulele and what I need to know to learn to play it. It is extremely well written and was very easy for me to understand what the author was saying. I found so much great information that I didn't know I wanted to know but, sure am glad that I know now!

I got my ukulele before Christmas and honestly haven't had a proper plan for learning how to play it and had sat it aside. After reading this book I understand a great deal better how I need to properly learn to play this instrument and how to get the most out of it. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and will definitely be using it often as a reference as I learn play the ukulele. It has really rekindled my desire to learn to play the ukulele!

Thanks Barry for putting so much practical and useful ukulele information in one location! I can now stop wasting my time surfing the internet and use it learning to play my ukulele.
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Great for a beginner, which I am not. It would have been more useful in my early ukulele playing
days. It would have help me to select more an instrument carefully.
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Great reading and simplified information on how to play the Ukulele. Concise instructions on step by step tips for playing
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This book is an outstanding resource for beginners. As an old garage band guitarist with little musical education I was able to appreciate the small amount of music theory in the book. Much more useful was all the information about choosing a ukulele, caring for it, and tips for learning and appreciating the instrument. It is brief, but worth the few bucks and the time. (Kindle edition.)
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