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Juke'n The Uke: Blues, Ragtime & Hokum for ‘Ukulele: Complete Tablature for the CD & More Paperback – June 1, 2012
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About the Author
Multi-instrumentalist Mark Nelson has carved a unique niche for himself as an entertainer, musician and educator. His deep love and understanding of traditional music led him to the mastery of several different musical idioms, ranging from blues to old time music, Celtic to Hawaiian. In a career that began well before he was able to drive, he has performed everywhere from street corners and hay barns to festivals and the concert stage in the US, Europe and Canada. He once worked as a banjo playing gorilla in Dublin, but that’s a different story. Mark lives in Southern Oregon’s Applegate Valley with his wife Annie and various furred and finned friends, where he divides his time between studio work, writing, and watching the trees grow. Selected Discography Slack Key Style ‘Ukulele Funtime Uke-A-Rama Ke Kukima Polinahe Old Time Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar The Water is Wide autumn… The Faery Hills After the Morning The Rights of Man Books Learn to Play Slack Key Style ‘Ukulele Learn to Play Fingerstyle Solos for ‘Ukulele Old Time Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Learn to Play Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Ke Kukima Polinahe: Hawaiian Music For Dulcimer Favorite Old-Time American Songs for Appalachian Dulcimer The Complete Collection of Celtic Music for Appalachian Dulcimer Fiddle Tunes for Dulcimer: The Rights of Man
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It's inconsistent. It suggests alternate turnings that don't make any sense. For example, 'Spanish' tuning, which is listed as GECG. How do you get that, an experienced uke player might ask? By tuning down the A string, apparently. Are the strings listed in the wrong order? Because that still doesn't make sense. Guessing they're just listed top to bottom, not bottom to top... Which makes me wonder if the people writing this even play the ukulele.
Melodies or even vocal rhythms are not written, but there are lyrics provided. Lines are flat out missing from the tablature, and random notes missing elsewhere. Note heads overlap in ways that are illegible. Rhythms are written in ways that don't make sense. Three singular eighth notes, and then a dotted quarter, and then a quarter? In 4/4?
I don't know. It's a lot of quirks. I appreciate the collection of songs, and the trivia bits about then, and will still spend time working on these and learning them anyway. I can't suggest a better alternative for this sort of songbook, but it's still... It's just not great. But you may enjoy it anyway with a little patience and background knowledge to sort it out.
The author has gone in depth when writing this book and knows how to teach even through a book. The CD is sold separately but worth investing in just to hear the fun music alone and to get inspiration to learn the melodies.