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Fretboard Roadmaps - Ukulele: The Essential Patterns That All the Pros Know and Use Paperback – August 1, 2006
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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
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was a big mistake to purchase the e-book... No CD or electronic download of the accompanying music made this impractical and a waste of money.Published 1 month ago by Perry W. Phillips
Good book works for me. Really helps with fretboard learningPublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a little advanced for me, but I'm glad to have the reference and the challenge.Published 6 months ago by Kathryn L. Mcqueen
This is a great instructional format for a beginner or someone with some musical understanding. The latter makes it easier to understand. Read morePublished 11 months ago by A. Smith