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Product Details

  • Series: Fretboard Roadmaps
  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard; Pap/Com edition (August 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423400410
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423400417
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.2 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,405 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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99 of 99 people found the following review helpful By JS22 on March 24, 2008
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My experience with beginning ukulele books has been pretty uniformly
disappointing. They all promise to include everything you could
possibly need to know, when in in my experience they have all been
thin, padded with useless filler, and lacking a coherent path to get
from "here" to "there".

This book is a __VERY__ welcome change, and at a sweet price to boot.
To be sure, it is not a beginner's book. The very first song (Sloop
John B.) has a tricky rhythm (e.g., three quarter notes in two beats)
and a shuffle strum with some down strokes missing; as a result,
only about half of the words actually coincide with a strum. This is
not a criticism of the book, just pointing out the level of difficulty
you'll hit in the first few pages. Fortunately for me (an arhythmic
klutz) the focus of the book is on learning the fretboard !

I must say that the CD is a huge help. My beginner's books either had
no CD at all, or the recordings were so dorky that I felt impatient to
move ahead and get to some "real" music. The teacher on this CD,
however, has a very inviting style, and you get the feeling that he
would be a fun person to jam with or watch in performance. A big plus
if your skills require you to listen to the same track over and over
and over...

This book is not about music theory per se, but but rather a practical
framework for learning how to physically hit the right notes; i.e.,
it doesn't attempt to describe *why* you would use a D7b5 chord, but
it helps you develop the skill so that when you have to play one you
know what your various options are and you can get your fingers in the
right place without thinking too much.
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56 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Anthroterra on December 5, 2006
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Each lesson provides a why, what, how, and do it! (practice portion). This breakdown is very helpful, and knowing the why and what adds that extra motivation for taking the time to learn the more difficult concepts. There are plenty of diagrams and ideas are presented in short paragraphs that make the book easy to navigate. As a patient beginner, I've been impressed by the "tricks" provided here. I would recommend this book more for intermediate players, however, unless you're a beginner accustomed to book learning.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Steven D. Shelton on November 25, 2007
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I've not had a lot of time to delve into this book, but it teaches moveable bar chords that can be utilized in a variety of ways. There is a lot of material in each chapter, and it assumes a lot, as in , that you'll practice A LOT, that you have A LOT of musical background, that you have A LOT of musical ability, etc. etc. etc. Not for the novice. I've been playing uke for several years and it's going to take a serious study of the book to get A LOT out of it, BUT, it could really "turn on the light bulb" for some people! If you're looking for beginning material, look elsewhere.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Keith R. Snyder on July 8, 2008
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I would consider myself an advanced beginner at this point, having messed 'round a bit with the guitar and mandolin over the years. My dad bought me an ukulele when we were in Hawaii, and I have found it much easier to play than the guitar. I already have a pretty good understanding of music theory, having played the piano for about 40 years, and this book is very helpful translating the building blocks of "how music is made" into techniques of "making music." As with any skill, there are patterns of playing and the proverbial tricks of the trade to the ukulele, and the book describes them very nicely and understandably. The included CD is a big help, letting you hear what it's supposed to sound like so you know if you're doing it right. It's also been kind of fun learning some songs that I've heard before but never saw the music. The book has been a big help so far, and I look forward to getting more and more adept at the instrument.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Bill on June 14, 2012
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This is a very good book of ukulele instruction that is not effectively presented in the current Kindle edition as it appears on an iPad. A major drawback is that no audio is provided. Though the product description indicates the Kindle edition does not include the CD that comes with the print edition, it is not clear there is no audio integrated in the Kindle edition. As the Kindle edition of Ukulele for Dummies by Alistair Wood Ukulele For Dummies demonstrates, it is possible to integrate audio and video in a Kindle edition most effectively. In fact, having audio in a Kindle edition is a real advantage over having to manage a CD of audio segments that complement a print edition, but is not provided here. The audio is an important instructional element and this book is not complete without it.
In addition, the format of certain pages, such as those with chord diagrams, that are intended to be viewed side by side for comparison is lost due the the piecemeal presentation of segments of the print version pages in this electronic version. This is another important limitation of instructional value.
Another substantial limitation is that reproductions of pages with musical notation and chord diagrams sometimes include details that are too faint or indistinct to read easily.
I highly recommend this book but I was very unsatisfied with the current Kindle edition. I therefore also purchased the print version and I am very happy with that, though the convenience of having a well-presented Kindle edition would be even better.
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