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IZ: The Songbook Collection, Guitar / Ukulele Edition [Kindle Edition]

Israel Kamakawiwo'Ole
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Seventeen beautiful songs transcribed for guitar and ukulele exactly as played by IZ including his breathtaking version of "Over the Rainbow" as heard on the soundtracks to Finding Forester, 50 First Dates, and "ER." There are also four pages of color photos featuring Israel Kamakawiwo'Ole, the Hawaiian singer with an unparalleled voice. Our folio includes: Hawai'i '78 * White Sandy Beach * 'Opae E * Kaleohano * Na Ka Pueo * Hi'ilawe * N Dis Life (In This Life) * Ka Pua U'i * Kuhio Bay * Henehene Kou 'Aka * Panini Puakea * Wind Beneath My Wings/He Hawai'i Au * Starting All Over Again * Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World * Kamalani.

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Product Details

  • File Size: 8989 KB
  • Print Length: 98 pages
  • Publisher: Alfred Music (January 21, 2005)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #709,067 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great collection of Bruddah Iz's work! January 17, 2006
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Yes I totally agree with the first review. The only downside to this book is that the chords are written for guitar rather than Ukulele. Well... kinda. There is a note to capo your guitar on the 5th fret to make the chords the same as a ukulele (and the same key as Iz played). But the chord diagrams are still labeled as the lower guitar pitch. So as I play, I see the fingering for a B flat (for ukulele), but it is labeled an F (Because, of course, when you play an F on guitar capoed on the 5th fret, it is a B flat). Guitar players will have no trouble at all, but for us uke strummers, its a little confusing. But don't let this stop you from buying it!

Still love the book! Would have rated it 4 1/2 stars if it were possible.

Another plus to the book is that all the Hawai'an lyrics are translated into English for all of us haole.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Braddah IZ August 11, 2005
Dakine IZ songbook with fifteen of his hits from various albums. This book, the guitar/ukulele edition, is to the point, just the music, no introductions, although it does have several photos and a table of contents, listing which album each song is from. It assumes that the owner is familiar with Braddah IZ's work and expects a buyer also familiar with reading music. The finger placement charts are a little small, albeit the chord is also listed above the chart allowing the changes to be made with ease. I would have liked this song book to come with a cd of the music alone, that would have been ono kine. But as is, a good book with classic songs. Mahalo.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A small update to comments June 12, 2010
I agree with the majority of what is being said here with one exception, that concerning Guitar vs Ukulele chords being supplied. For those who may not realize it a couple of points:

1. The chord diagrams supplied are actually for the Baritone Ukulele. Look closer and notice that there are two strings in the diagram not used (The E and A strings which are the difference for the Baritone Ukulele.

2. Capo at fret 5 of a guitar or baritone ukulele results in the Standard "C" (G-C-E-A) tuning I believe.

In short, what you need for the most part is provided for you with a little insight from you.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AWSOME BOOK I LOVE IT!!!! July 27, 2006
i got this book thinking it wasnt going to be too good from the reviews below but i got it anyway and i have to say it is awsome now i can play all of Israel's main songs (over the rainbow is my favorite and now i can play it!!!) i just have to say anyone who has any skill in playing the ukulele and wants to learn to play the famous Israel's music do it!!! its a great book
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars IZ songbook May 27, 2008
By mr mack
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
If you never listened to IZ then you should. He was the best Hawawii had. This book contains alot of good songs. The problem is alot of them are written in Hawaian so dont expect to play and sing them if you dont listen to the music. It is a shame that the best Blues,Rock,PoP and yes Hawaian music always come after the passing of the singer. Give this a shot. Music is music for all and in Hawaii IZ was the best.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars IZ: The song book collection June 20, 2012
By hank
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A little expensive but good for lyrics. Near useless for exclusive ukelele players as entire is for guitar with capo at 5th fret.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The book has the chords and tabs for several popular IZ songs, but ALL the chord diagrams and tab diagrams are for guitar. And while yes you could just look at the letter and play the G chord or F chord on an Ukulele, the tab diagrams do not help for finger picking on ukulele.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars IZ song book August 12, 2009
By Rock
This book is really great for a Baritone Ukulele.. True, it is tuned differently than a suprano or Tenor But if you want to have fun with the Baritone Uku.. This is a great way to go.... I am enjoying mine very much... I recommend this for all Baritone Ukulele players... Rock
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars songbook of brother iz
This songbook did match the description of what was written on Amazon and I must say that every page of it is worth its weight in gold.
Published 1 month ago by Shawn McDowell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A voice from above, Izzi's music is Iconic and will last forever....
Published 1 month ago by Stanley Redira
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy Kindle edition
I'm sure the book is great but it has not been optimized for Kindle. The pages have been reduced in size to where they are not readable except with a magnifying glass.
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Too small to be practically readable
The intro to Somewhere Over the Rainbow is readable, the rest is way too small and fuzzy. I would never buy this again if I had seen the quality.
Published 5 months ago by oldsalt3103
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a tragedy! IZ WILL be missed!!
I had never heard of Israel Kamakawiwo'Ole (IZ) until I heard his rendition of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow". Read more
Published 12 months ago by G. Davis
3.0 out of 5 stars No Ukulele
This is great if you want the guitar music. It doesn't have the ukulele music. No ukulele music. Get something else if you want the ukulele music.
Published 14 months ago by S. Thorpe
5.0 out of 5 stars Brudda Iz lives on thru his music.
Great way to continue this icons style of playing - Sit down with a cd and this book and you'll be hooked!
Published 15 months ago by Carolyn Donovan
4.0 out of 5 stars musically advanced...
It's great to have this collection in one book. I'm still a novice ukulele musician, so it will take a little work to make this useful for myself - checking chords and creating... Read more
Published 16 months ago by FrugalTightwad
5.0 out of 5 stars Great sheet music
This is a great addition to my sheet music collection for some wonderful ukulele songs. Happy that I purchased it.
Published 18 months ago by Nathan O'Shea
1.0 out of 5 stars Download Illegible
Save your money and do not buy download. It is blurry and cannot be easily read, unless you want an accompanying headache.
Published 18 months ago by John S. Murk
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