Alfred’s Teach Yourself to Play Ukulele, Complete Starter Pack
- High-quality Firebrand wood soprano ukulele with nylon strings, chrome tuners, and natural wood finish
- Deluxe accessories including a custom-fit, lightweight soprano ukulele gig bag with carrying handle, extra set of clear nylon soprano ukulele strings
- Bestselling Alfred's Teach Yourself to Play Ukulele instruction course including 64-page instructional method, accompanying Audio CD featuring complete demonstration and performance tracks, and DVD featuring a professional ukulele instructor
- Every product arrives in a highly attractive, gift-ready, durable, full-color premium box
- Alfred Music Publishing is the worldwide leader in educational music publishing
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From Alfred Music, the worldwide leader in music education products since 1922, comes Alfred s Teach Yourself to Play Ukulele, Complete Starter Pack: Everything You Need to Start Playing Now! This award-winning, best-selling, complete starter pack includes a high-quality Firebrand wood ukulele with nylon strings, deluxe accessories including a custom-fit lightweight gig bag with carrying handle, an extra set of nylon ukulele strings, and Alfred s Teach Yourself to Play Ukulele Course (Book, CD, and DVD), the best-selling multimedia instruction series for beginners of all ages!Alfred s Teach Yourself to Play Ukulele, Complete Starter Pack includes:High-quality Firebrand wood ukulele that features:All wood construction for a full, rich toneWood fretboard with fret markers on top and sides for ease of playingChrome tuners keep the instrument securely in tune and sounding greatClear nylon strings for pure tone and easy playabilityBeautiful, warm finish make the instrument highly attractiveEvery product arrives in a highly attractive, gift ready, durable, full-color premium boxDeluxe Firebrand Accessories include:Custom-fit lightweight gig bag carrying case with handle and zippered closureExtra set of clear nylon strings Order your Alfred Teach Yourself to Play Ukulele, Complete Starter Pack from Sam Ash Direct today with the security of our 45/60 day return/price protection policy.
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From Alfred Music Publishing, the worldwide leader in music education products since 1922, comes Alfred’s Teach Yourself to Play Ukulele, Complete Starter Pack: Everything You Need to Start Playing Now! This award-winning, bestselling, complete starter pack includes a high-quality Firebrand™ wood ukulele with nylon strings, deluxe accessories including a custom-fit lightweight gig bag with carrying handle, an extra set of nylon ukulele strings, and Alfred’s Teach Yourself to Play Ukulele Course (Book, CD, and DVD), the bestselling multimedia instruction series for beginners of all ages.
Alfred’s Teach Yourself to Play Ukulele, Complete Starter Pack includes:
High-quality Firebrand™ wood ukulele that features:
- All wood construction for a full, rich tone
- Wood fretboard with fret markers on top and sides for ease of playing
- Chrome tuners keep the instrument securely in tune and sounding great
- Clear nylon strings for pure tone and easy playability
- Beautiful, warm finish make the instrument highly attractive
- Every product arrives in a highly attractive, gift ready, durable, full-color premium box
Deluxe Firebrand™ Accessories include:
- Custom-fit lightweight gig bag case with carrying and zippered closure
- Extra set of clear nylon strings
Alfred’s Teach Yourself to Play Ukulele Course (Book, CD, and DVD)
Alfred’s Teach Yourself to Play Ukulele Course, the best-selling ukulele method for beginners of all ages. Uses plain, easy-to-follow language that’s easy for beginners to understand and makes learning fun. You will learn to play chords and melodies, different strumming techniques, how to read music, and perform lots of fun songs in a variety of styles including folk, blues, country, traditional, and that wonderful island sound.
The book comes to life on your stereo, computer, and DVD player with the enclosed CD and DVD. The Audio CD includes beautiful recordings of all the music in the book and can be played on your CD player or downloaded to your iPod® or other mp3 player. The enclosed companion DVD to this best-selling edition features a live instructor to make learning the ukulele even easier! Hosted by renowned musician Julia Jordan, this DVD demonstrates the fundamentals of ukulele playing including how to hold and tune the ukulele, strum chords, read music, play melodies and lots of fun songs in a variety of styles! Also included are live on-screen notes for an easy introduction to reading music, live performances demonstrate how the music should sound, and bonus mp3 audio tracks of all examples for listening and playing along!
Top customer reviews
First of all, I'm really impressed by the quality of the instrument! It's a very solid little thing and puts out plenty of sound. I was not expecting that out of this thing--I figured, for the price, it'll be a piece of crap I can noodle around on, but it's surprisingly decent. My only complaint after playing this guy daily for a few weeks is that the intonation is slightly off. Even when the strings are perfectly in tune, chording will result in slightly out-of-tune pitches. If you have perfect pitch, this will annoy you, but most folks may not even notice. I'm not taking any stars off because that's pretty much to be expected in entry-level instruments, and it's fairly minor--I barely even notice it.
The book itself is a little "meh" for me mostly because it's not really about teaching yourself to play the ukulele. A lot of it is Music 101 stuff about how to count rhythms, read music, how chords are constructed, stuff like that. Only about half the book is ukulele-specific content, and as a lifelong musician, I spent a lot of time flipping pages. But, with that said, the content that is relevant is awesome, which is why I'm not taking any stars off--the chord charts are simple and easy to understand, and large print. The sample songs are well-chosen--mostly folk songs we've all heard at some point, which helps you get an ear for chord changes, etc. There's several pages in the back for basically every chord you could need, and that's probably what I use the most. I also LOVE the tuning instructions: there's about 2 pages of detailed directions and diagrams explaining how to tune a ukulele, which was really the hardest part for me to get used to as a guitarist.
Another reviewer mentioned that the strings slip. The tuners themselves are rock solid, but because the instrument arrives detuned and especially because it's nylon-stringed, EVERYONE is going to have that problem. Here's my advice, as a lifelong string musician: For the first week or so you've got the uke, just tune the crap out of it. Tune it at least once a day if you can. I have a Snark SN-2 All Instrument Clip-On Chromatic Tuner that I leave permanently clipped to the headstock, which makes this a total snap (I just flip it behind when I'm not using it). It's gonna stretch and stretch--you'll notice when it's out of tune, it's almost inevitably flat. So you're going to have to put it in tune, let it sit, and then tune it again. Just do it. A million times. It builds character. Okay maybe not, but it serves two purposes: 1. the more you tune it and leave it, the more it'll stretch so it'll stay in tune, and 2. it also forces you to become very intimately familiar with the way your uke is supposed to sound, haha. This sounds inane, but it really comes in handy once you start cracking down and learning to play.
Edited to add: Also, once it's staying in tune reliably, change the strings and do it again with the spare set that's included in the kit. This may sound stupid, but it'll save you a ton of time in the long run because once you've broken in both sets, you can change strings quickly when you need to and not have to go through the whole process again; the "new" set will stay in tune much better because you've already stretched 'em out.
This starter pack is a seriously amazing deal. I would absolutely recommend it to anybody who is pondering taking up the ukulele, and I can't believe I didn't do it sooner!
1. This IS a real Uke. Some have said its a toy, and I don't even know what that means. Its a Uke. You can play Uke songs on it...But you can do that with many toy instruments as well so this concept is weird. But rest assured, there is nothing not a ukelele about this product.
2. This Uke is the PROPER size. Some reviews have been saying it isn't "full sized" which has led them to say its a toy. With all respect due I have to assume they did not research and don't understand how Ukelele's work. This is a Soprano Uke. It is the smallest style of Uke. Still very much a Uke and in fact the most popular kind both for its affordability and portability. It is small and very light, as all Soprano Uke's are, it is not however in any way UN-standard size from any other Uke. It is a normal, Soprano sized Uke. Most people likely wanted a concert size Uke. If that is what you want, buy a concert size uke. This is a soprano. There are some really good and interesting web pages that show the differences and have sound samples for the differences between a soprano, a concert, a tenor, and a baritone ukelele.
3. This Uke will stay in tune. It doesn't come in tune, few insturments do unless you buy a custom from a music shop in person and they have been tuning it for you. Understand something about tuning string instruments - you are essentially stretching strings and eventually those strings will stay at their correct length to give you the sound you want. At first they try to compress which constantly makes them go out of tune and later they may go the other direction. There is a happy medium place where you don't have to tune as often until you change strings and then the whole delightful process starts all over again. It gets a little better the more you use an instrument and eventually you get to the point that tuning isn't much of a chore and you can do it very quickly. Right out of the box though, and this is not at all uncommon, your Uke is going to be strung very loosely. You will find it goes out of tune quickly. When that happens, tune it. Tune it again and again. Its actually useful because you need to learn how it sounds tuned and not tuned anyhow, and you need to learn how to tune efficiently. This is part of playing music. You may decide to LIGHTLY tighten the bolts on the back if you think it comes lose very regularly. But I advise doing this once, and carefully, and only if its really every chord. Even if its every minute or so, this is normal. It gets better I promise. Any instrurment has to be "trained" to stay in tune.
So this product specifically, how is it?
At the price I got it for its perfect. 49 is too much, but 37 was good. What your getting is a perfectly normal Soprano Uke of budget quality. It plays, you can learn on it, there isn't anything specifically wrong with it, its just a less expensive instrument. I did see some of the little dings on the fret board edges that look like it was a part of the factory production of the instrument. Please rest assured if you are new to music and just want to learn to play the Uke this is not going to be a problem for you, they are very small marks. Understand, and not trying to be rude but, people who have been playing music a long time tend to be very snobby about what they play on. It won't hurt your ability to play and its not even a cosmetic problem. You won't notice unless your really looking for it. Chances are any uke you buy will look like that after a few weeks of wear.
Do understand though that this kit, as I've said, is a Soprano. Soprano's are great for price and portability. Some people prefer a richer sound that comes from a concert. Personally I plan to graduate to a concert eventually but this suits me for learning right now. One problem people have is bigger hands can struggle with the smaller size of soprano frets. This isn't the fault of the Uke its just how the insturment is. You'd have this problem with any soprano uke. I can tel lyou though I was a bass player and I played bass mostly because guitar wasn't going to work for me, and after a day or two on the Uke I'm playing chords. Its been a blast. I've really enjoyed this product.
Its a cheap Uke. I won't dispute that. But that's what most people want starting out. Understand that if you make this investment you will be tuning a lot, you will have to get used to the insturment which is true of any insturment. And you likely will, eventually, want a higher quality Uke. But that is pretty much true of every instrument ever. Sure once I'm better at it and ready for more complex stuff, i'm likely going after a mid-range concert Uke. That doesn't make this a bad product and I am very satisfied with it.
The book is cool. I've been using youtube more that the book but its very detailed and one this I will say for it is if you've been struggling to learn to read music it does a pretty decent job explaining it.
All in all this is one of the better deals for beginner Uke's on Amazon. This Uke is ready for you, the question is just are you ready for it? Getting into an instrument always requires patience and dedication. If you give it time, it will give you music. Just because its for beginners and you'll likely upgrade doesn't make it a bad instrument at all.