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What Ukulele Players Really Want To Know : The Owners Manual For Ukulele Beginners [Kindle Edition]

Barry Maz
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The bestselling beginners guide and handbook for the ukulele aimed specifically at new players or those thinking of taking up the uke. Many ukulele guides available are far too prescriptive and quite simply don't provide the answers to the common questions a beginner has. Whilst they concentrate on useful technique and provide sample songs to play, in my experience they leave the new player with a lot of questions unanswered. This book aims to fill in those gaps. It's not a tutor book, it's a book to answer all the other stuff!

Barry Maz, ukulele player and author of the Got A Ukulele website has collated and expanded on his popular beginners guides to provide new players with a comprehensive resource of advice, tips and tricks for the ukulele.

With 29 detailed sections dealing with everything from the shape and size of the instrument, to strings and even how to grow your fingernails and toughen fingers, the book provides no-nonsense advice from a seasoned ukulele player, written in a friendly style. The book draws on Barry's own experiences in starting out with the ukulele, and the mistakes he made so you don't have to!

Also included is a handy reference section and ukulele glossary to help with those terms that may not be so familiar to the beginner.

Barry advises that his book is best read in conjunction with other tuition methods or in advance of purchasing your first instrument, to bring a spot of welcome light relief to your practice and development with the uke. Think of it as a uke owners guide!

Includes an interactive Table Of Contents. Happy strumming!

ALSO NOW AVAILABLE - CHECK OUT 'More Of What Ukulele Players Really Want To Know' Barry's follow up book!

NOW AVAILABLE - Chords That Ukulele Players Really Want To Know.

** number one ranked music book on Kindle UK store in December 2011**

** In the book review, Gary said

"While the book is indeed aimed at absolute beginners, it is in fact pretty comprehensive, covering all the issues likely to nip a the heels of someone starting out: everything from how to pick out your first uke to advice on humidifying your instrument and fingernail care. It is not an instructional guide; there are plenty of how-to-play books out there. It's more of a user's guide, filled with the kind of info you'd eventually pick up from hanging out with a bunch of veteran players for several months but which is all a mystery to someone starting out by themselves."


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While the book is indeed aimed at absolute beginners, it is in fact pretty comprehensive, covering all the issues likely to nip a the heels of someone starting out. --ukulelian.blogspot.com

About the Author

Barry is a well known player in the ukulele community, lead vocalist and uke in leading ukulele band 'The N'Ukes',  and founder of the website Got A Ukulele, now one of the most popular resources for new ukulele players.


For the past 25 years he dabbled with acoustic and electric guitar, but was switched on to the ukulele several years ago on account of a number of his musical heroes championing the uke (the likes of George Harrison and Loudon Wainwright III amongst others). 

Like most beginners, Barry started with a cheap and nasty uke which was a struggle to play, so he started to explore better quality instruments. The more he played, the more he enjoyed this humble little instrument and decided to start sharing his experiences on the internet. The response was massive with the site being hugely popular today. He doesn't so much write about 'how to play', but rather shares his love of the instrument and provides advice to new players on how to live with a ukulele.

He doesn't class himself as a great player, just a strummer but has an infectious love for the instrument and a desire to help other new players who are just starting out. Following the success of the blog he was persuaded to put down his best tips and advice for new players into a series of books. They hit the shelves at just the right time with great success (his first book going on to become the best selling music book on Kindle at one point in 2011)

The ukulele really is an instrument for everyone - its quick to pick up the basics (most beginners can easily be playing a simple song in 30 minutes) and it really gets people talking.

Keep strumming!

Product Details

  • File Size: 353 KB
  • Print Length: 151 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1461059941
  • Publisher: Got A Ukulele (March 5, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004JN11WK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #405,203 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Valuable Uke reference--GREAT Kindle edition December 26, 2011
Format:Paperback
First, thanks to the author Barry Maz for making this book available for the Kindle and at an attractive price. If you have a Kindle and a uke, you should have this book.

This is NOT a "how to play" method book. There are plenty of books for that, plus video tutorials available for free and for pay all over the Web. (check out Ukulele Underground.) This is a reference book on how ukuleles are made, the sizes they come in, the variations, the woods used to make them and other subjects, such as stringing.

The string section was in particular very helpful for me. The types of material (nylon, fluorocarbon) are discussed, how they affect the sound, and when you might want to employ them. For example, if your ukulele has a naturally bright (loud) sound, you may want to put on the Worth brand brown fluorocarbon strings which will mellow out the tone. If you have a ukulele and you are not fond of the sound, try restringing it first.

There is a section on electronics (pickups, mics) a section on training your fingertips to harden against blisters and pain and a section on common notation for ukulele transcriptions. There is much more. It really is "what you want to know."

I think this book is a must-have for any player.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I was looking for! October 13, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is a complete, thorough, and yet concise description of how ukuleles are made, the most common woods they are made from, and the history of the ukulele. There are tutorial chapters on basic techniques used for playing and maintaining the ukulele along with internet links for key ukulele websites. The writer discusses his own experience encountering the ukulele for the first time, buying his first ukulele, and learning from his mistakes. A few of the brands he refers to are no longer available, but by and large his desciptions of the nature of the different ukulele makers is clear, concise, and accurate. An excellent introduction to a thoroughly modern, largely misunderstood, and frequently underestimated musical instrument.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book January 27, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Have just started playing the ukulele and saw this book advertised on a forum.
Its a great, compact little guide that has really helped me out as a beginner.
Good price, and highly recommended
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A nice primer for the newbie! January 17, 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is not, I repeat NOT an instruction book on how to play your uke! But it IS a GREAT guide to how you should select your first uke, how to judge which types of equipment you will need the first time out instead of the usual trial and error approach taken by so many first time uke players. I literally read it in two hours of non stop reading, and came away much better prepared to start off my uke playing...and that is a great thing! Highly recommended to the first time uke player, the knowledge in it is priceless!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read, Great tip's January 7, 2012
By Kris A.
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is a great book for beginner's. It is not a book filled with beginner song's and it does not tell how to read music or the like. This book is filled with great tip's, from picking out the "uke" for you, string choices and finger streache's. If you are new to the ukulele, you need this book. For two buck's you can't beet it. Thank you Berry Maz.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Buy This Book Before You Buy Your First Ukulele January 2, 2012
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This quick read is the book I wish I had read before buying my first ukulele. While not designed to teach you how to play the ukulele, it does tell you just about everything else you would want to know about the amazing uke.

Buy this book before you buy your first ukulele and you'll be better informed. If you've already bought an uke, then this book will help you familiarize yourself with your new favorite instrument.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent source! March 7, 2011
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This is an excellent resource for ukulele players from beginner to intermediate. A wealth of information is provided with help buying a ukulele and pretty much everything you would want to know about the instrument. Great read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good if it suits you. January 6, 2014
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Great for the absolute beginner. If you don't want to spend a lot of time searching the internet for details of the ukulele, this book covers a lot, including a comprehensive glossary of terms commonly used in the uke world. Worth buying.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A bunch of info. but now I have to learn to play one.
Published 5 hours ago by Wayne K. Lafountain
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Combined all simple steps and still missed the point.
Published 9 days ago by Hector
3.0 out of 5 stars It's ok. Can learn all of this for free online too
Good info all in one place. You can search around and read similar stuff for free online, but you just got your first uke so you'll be doing that either way. Read more
Published 1 month ago by M Schmick
4.0 out of 5 stars Great intro book
This book covers much basic information that someone starting out playing the ukulele will need. Clearly written and enjoyable to read.
Published 10 months ago by L. Atkins
4.0 out of 5 stars Good info for beginners
Barry Maz answers all the questions you might have when you decide you want to get into the ukulele. Can you find a lot of this info free on the net? Absolutely. Read more
Published 12 months ago by shawn swillinger
5.0 out of 5 stars get off to a great start with your uke
the basics you need are in this book. all the things you need to know about the Ukulele. great if your only thinking about getting a uke
Published 18 months ago by john sheckells
4.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful
This wasn't my first new musical instrument purchase but it was my ukulele. The book was very helpful with lots of practical advice.
Published 20 months ago by Margie
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth three bucks.
There's some good info, but it's badly in need of an editor. Things like incorrect use of "there" vs "their" and an incorrect apstrophe in "its" made it into this book. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Shawn Milo
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a book of songs!
This is a slim volume about everything you wanted to know about buying, and care for your Uke- not a song book. Read more
Published on June 12, 2012 by madam red
3.0 out of 5 stars Only for complete beginners
I've been playing the ukulele for a year, learning from the free video tutorials on Ukulele Underground's website and just practicing a lot. Read more
Published on June 1, 2012 by Indalo
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More About the Author

Barry is a well known player in the ukulele community, lead vocalist and ukulele in leading band 'The N'Ukes', and founder of the website Got A Ukulele, now one of the most popular resources for new ukulele players.


For the past 25 years he dabbled with acoustic and electric guitar, but was switched on to the ukulele several years ago on account of a number of his musical heroes championing the uke (the likes of George Harrison and Loudon Wainwright III amongst others).

Like most beginners, Barry started with a cheap and nasty uke which was a struggle to play, so he started to explore better quality instruments. The more he played, the more he enjoyed this humble little instrument and decided to start sharing his experiences on the internet. The response was massive with the site being hugely popular today. He doesn't so much write about 'how to play', but rather shares his love of the instrument and provides advice to new players on how to live with a ukulele.

He doesn't class himself as a great player, just a strummer but has an infectious love for the instrument and a desire to help other new players who are just starting out. Following the success of the blog he was persuaded to put down his best tips and advice for new players into a series of books. They hit the shelves at just the right time with great success (his first book going on to become the best selling music book on Kindle at one point in 2011)

The ukulele really is an instrument for everyone - its quick to pick up the basics (most beginners can easily be playing a simple song in 30 minutes) and it really gets people talking.

Keep strumming!

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