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Product Details

  • Paperback: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423430131
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423430131
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 9 x 11.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I regret buying this book, and I hope other potential buyers will save their money.
Daniel T. Gianola-Norris
This compilation of Beatles songs for the ukulele really makes the songs easier to understand and play.
Wayne
Songs require several page turns, which is inconvenient, after all it's a ukulele not an orchestra.
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91 of 95 people found the following review helpful By Daniel T. Gianola-Norris on November 29, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book contains 20 popular Beatles tunes presented in the "melody plus chord diagrams" format (no tabs). They are presented in their entirety, in the original keys, which means that you should be able to strum along with the actual recordings. Sounds great, right?

Unfortunately, Hal Leonard has chosen to format the book in such a way that it is practically useless without extensive (illegal) photocopies. The staves are printed HUGE and are spaced extremely far apart from each other, creating numerous unnecessary page turns. How bad is it? The densest page of music in the book still has less that 20 measures of music on it. Some pages have as few as 8 bars! To make matters worse, repeat signs are frequently located a bar or two after a page turn, which means that have to turn the page, then immediately turn the page back again. The last time I checked, it takes two hands to play the ukulele! When you add all the repeat signs, D.S.'s and Codas Many of these songs could have EASILY been printed on two opposing pages.

"The Long and Winding Road", for example, requires 5 page turns over the course of a mere 33 printed measures. "Good Day, Sunshine" also requires 5 page turns to play 33 measures. To play the 40 printed measures of "Michelle" with all the repeats and the coda, you will have to turn a single page back and forth SEVEN times. This is completely inexcusable. Much like a D-student's book report, the creators of this book have used double-spacing and big fonts in order to force the book to be seventy pages long, when the content would probably only require about 20.

I regret buying this book, and I hope other potential buyers will save their money.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By T. Hodge on September 24, 2008
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Any Beatles fan will know that George was an avid ukulele player, and that John's mother taught him to play uke before he picked up a guitar. So it's only fitting that a Beatles book arranged for the four string wonder finally be published.
Once you get past the horribly ugly cover, it's a great book. Sure, it's only got 20 songs and your favorite might not be in there, but it does have chord diagrams for ukulele, that other Beatles collections don't. For the advanced beginner or intermediate player, this book is perfect. If you're an experienced player, this book might be a bit beneath you. For the advanced player, I would recommend "The Beatles Complete Chord Songbook" - all the songs, but no ukulele chord diagrams (just guitar).
http://www.amazon.com/Beatles-Complete-Chord-Songbook/dp/0634022296/ref=pd_bbs_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1222293532&sr=8-2

But back to that cover... I can understand not being able to license photos of the Fab Four, but at least hire an artist to create a Peter Max style cover. Perhaps for volume 2.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By DanG on July 29, 2012
Format: Paperback
I don't understand all of the belly-aching from the other reviewers of this songbook. The quality and accuracy of Hal Leonard songbooks varies greatly -- I regrettably own some of the company's more atrocious songbooks (see their awful "The Beach Boys for Ukulele"... or rather, don't see it) -- but personally, I found these transcriptions to be on the higher end of the spectrum. Many reviewers bemoaned the lack of tablature. Well, show me one popular ukulele transcription book that has it! Even the wildly successful "Jumpin' Jim's" series offers only chords-and-melody. Some reviewers lamented that the arrangements were not as "complete" as "The Beatles Complete Scores." Well, that's an $85 book with over 1,100 pages! This one is under $20 and just over 70 pages, and it says pretty prominently on the cover, "FOR UKULELE." One reviewer decried the poorly-executed page ordering and staff layout of the transcriptions, which results in much unnecessary page-flipping. Well... he's got a good point, there (although he's incorrect in thinking that it's illegal to make photocopies of these pages for the purposes of laying out the sheet music legibly in front of you; you bought the book, you have that right, as long as you're not redistributing the copies to the world). All that ugly business aside, this songbook is one of the better ones that I own. The chords are accurate, to my ear.Read more ›
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By S. Boone on January 12, 2010
Format: Paperback
This is a pretty good little book. It definitely saves me the time of having to chart out the chords, and gives suggestions for which inversion to use for each chord, which is good since I'm just starting on uke. Other than that, it just notes the melody apart from the chords, so there are no real arrangements. It is helpful enough for me to come up with my own arrangements based on the chord and melody notation, but what is on the page is really only ideal notation for 2 uke players to sit down, one taking the chords and the other taking the melody.
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