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Let's Kanikapila! Ten Steps To Learn Ukulele the Hawaiian Way Spiral-bound – October 1, 2006

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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 86 pages
  • Publisher: Mutual Publishing; Spi Har/Co edition (October 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1566478065
  • ISBN-13: 978-1566478069
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 9.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #698,940 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By far the best instructional "how to play an instrument from a book" that I have used. I'm a rank beginner (a little guitar a few years ago) so I appreciate how thorough the explanations are YET at the same time that it doesn't dumb it down! I am actually learning a little music theory at the same time. This is not just your average "learn a few chords and play" book ... it is (in a basic way) very comprehensive. Love it ... and having great fun. Be sure to look in the back where it charts out the fret board.
Ukulele mama.
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A well researched and sensibly written book, with easy to master steps leading to some enjoyable tunes. In this book you are given good tips for practising chord changes and strumming styles; you learn some useful music theory to help you pick out the melodies and you learn a lot about the history of the ukulele and the famous musicians of Hawaii. The book gives you the skills to play for your own enjoyment, but also plenty of opportunities to get together with others and play in parts.
"Let's Kanikapila!" differs from other recent Ukulele starter books in that the emphasis is on Hawaiian styles of playing and accompanying, drawing on authentic tunes. There are lovely photographs and illustrations,a demonstration and practice CD,not to mention a beautiful young Hawaiian guide that will encourage anyone to want to learn and improve.
Shirley Screech (yes really!) Musician and Music teacher.
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This book and cd provide really thorough instruction for a beginner. I took lessons for a time and probably wasted $160 - this was by far a better investment. I recently purchased Hawaiian Style Ukulele, Vol. 1 and love it, too - but it takes for granted that you know much more. It does, however, begin with Hawaiian music, which is why I picked it up as well. Let's Kanikapila! has a great CD so that you can hear how you should sound, but my only "complaint" (tough word) is that as a beginner with no music theory or background, the "picking" that is done simultaneously overshadows the strumming, and when you need to LISTEN to hear the strumming, this makes it very difficult. (I'm thinking it helps people hear the key, but when you're teaching strumming, I think that should be the focus) In that regard the Hawaiian Style Ukulele books/cds are better because they have a subtle vocalist, but you can distinctly hear the uke player. Still, this is a great way to begin and well worth the money.
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Physically the book is exceptionally well made and handy for setting on a music stand. I really appreciate that. The lessons build nicely and is great for anyone new to the uke or a newby to reading music. Nice selection of songs. This probably the best beginner book for any instrument that I've ever seen. Highly recommended.
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I've gone through a lot of Uke books since starting my love affair with Ukuleles a year ago. A couple are on the shelf, rarely looked at. Some I have re-sold at half price, including all the "Jumpin Jim Beloff'" songbooks ...I just cannot play 80% of his arrangements which are either way too complicated, too simple, or sound strangely out of key.

Then I found this book. Wow. I have recommended it to my Ukulele club as the best single book I have found that, in 10 lessons, will take you from picking up the Uke for the first time ...to strumming, picking, playing melodies, or all 3 together, all over the keyboard. It's also includes "rounds" for multiple Ukes, which sound so sweet.

Despite the title, many songs inside are not Hawaiian. Those that are have the Hawaiian words as well as English (yay). I've fallen in love with Hawai'i Pono which you learn to play using melody, then fingerpicking or strum.
The accompanying CD (which I put on my Shuffle) lets you hear how it is supposed to sound, then you just play along with the exercises and songs as often as you like.
It progresses at just the right pace from simple to complex and I really feel like I'm starting to understand this instrument, and I love hearing myself play now. :)

I subtracted one star because I just WISH they would not use 2 Ukes to play the songs, one playing melody, one strumming & chords. The melody Uke does not allow me to follow the chord changes as they relate to strumming pattern on the second Uke. If they would just include one more track for each song where you only hear strum pattern and chord changes, it would be perfect.
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Colorful, pleasingly informative, joyful presentation. A durable book that will likely last generations. Has cd, and music notation, as well as chords. An excellent value, that lies in top 5% of almost 30 books that I've had.
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I love that this comes with a cd to help you keep a beat and double check that you are making the right sound. It has a variety of songs and tempos to give you a well-rounded set of lessons
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I bought this for my granddaughters who are interested in the ukulele. It's a terrific book, very well written and the accompanying cd is very helpful.
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