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The Complete What Ukulele Players Really Want To Know Paperback – July 3, 2012
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About the Author
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!
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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?
this fantastic instrument that has become the "go to" book for all new ukulele aficionados.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As others have mentioned this book contains some very good information though it is presented in a non-linear fashion. It reads like a series of random articles rather than a book. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Simon Levene
Great for the very beginning uke player.
Contains good and nice information.
Just the right amount of humor.
Highly recommend reading and keeping.
This book was really light on useful content from a ukulele player's point of view. Essentially, this is a collection of blog posts by the author about really basic ukulele... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Aaron U. Bolin
For a beginner uke player this has heaps of stuff and works for me! MAybe not so hot for the more advanced players. Read morePublished 22 months ago by bilanders