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Play Ukulele Today!: A Complete Guide to the Basics Level 1 Paperback – June 1, 2006
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The strong point of this lesson book lies in it's teaching of the individual notes on the strings. To me, this is very important. You will learn not only how to play chords and strum and sing along, but you will be able to pick out melodies on the strings and read from regular sheet music. New chords are also introduced as the student progresses through learning the notes on the strings. For example, you will not only learn the "F chord", but how to find and play the individual note "F" on second string. I think this type of thorough-going note reading instruction will form a good foundation for finger-picking. After learning the two-to-four notes in the "first position" (ie, first four frets), there is a series of practice melodies. These exercises are can get monotonous, since they aren't actually tunes, just a bunch of notes. Listening to the enclosed CD (which consists of someone reading the book, and then playing the exercises) should help you know if what you play "sounds right".Read more ›
The CD is useful, though I did find I was using it as a crutch instead of making myself work on the timing from the sheet music.
Overall, I'd give it a rating of OK. It definitely leaves room in the market for a similar beginner book that have more chord work and less note work, and more practice pieces.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book gave added pleasure as the young children learned how to play the Ukulele with their natural rhythm.Published 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is for my eight-year-old grandson. It appears he is using it to learn how to play his ukulele. He has written a few songs to play for us. Read morePublished 6 days ago by CHARLIE107
Confusing and I finally had to give up and give up the ukulele entirely. Even with another book to help there's no way to teach strumming and seriously, it goes from chords to... Read morePublished 15 days ago by Arthur Pendrum
I bought this along with a ukulele for a ten year old. This book would be better if it updated it's song list to include songs that the child has actually heard before.Published 15 days ago by Nina Grow
A wonderful and appropriate guide to learning how to play the ukulele.Published 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
This was a great teaching tool for my daughter and myself (I picked it up after a bit as well) and I was pleased with it. Read morePublished 25 days ago by FatKidMafia007