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Hal Leonard Ukulele Chord Finder: Easy-to-Use Guide to Over 1,000 Ukulele Chords Paperback – August 1, 2005
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Sakuma has 48 chords per 11 x 8 inch page, and 20 pages of chords. Leonard has 11 chords per 9 x 5 page and 83 pages of chords.
Sakuma has sections, such as Major Chords, Minor Chords, 6ths, 7ths, Dominant, Augmented, etc. on different pages. Leonard has all the chords of a character (e/g all G chords) together (for instance, all G type chords go from page 59-65).
The chord diagrams in Sakuma are 1 inch each. The chord diagrams in Leonard are 1.5 inches each.
Now to opinion: I cannot stand two things about Leonard--the incessant page flipping to find a chord, and the poor organization of the book.
For instance, if I'm learning a song, and it's chords are A, Cm, G, F, and I want to see if fingering up the fretboard will make it more pleasant, or easier transitions, in Sakuma I only need to look at one single page for all the major chords A, G, and F and all their alternatives-- then I look at one other page for Cm (just looking on the single Minor page for all Minors, not just the one i need).
With Leonard, not only do I have to skip around the book to four completely different sections for the four chords, but then I have to wade through 4-8 pages for each chord to find what I'm looking for. It'll drive a person insane!
Roy over Hal chord book any day.
Addendum: still stand by my thoughts after writing this review, plus wanted to mention that the Sakuma book is larger and easier to photocopy pages if you want because of the generous page size and the fact that it opens flat. The Leonard book is too small and hard to copy, you'd be coping way too many pages, and darn it all--it doesn't lie flat on my table!
It is simple, straightforward, and to the point. The chords are arranged alphabetically by note on 83 pages. It would make a cumbersome e-book (simply because it would take too long to look up the chords and would not be portable) but its' size is perfect for those whose eyes are not.
The chords are arranged with 16 per page (4 across, 4 down), so visually it should work OK for most folks without eyeglasses, as long as you are not Mr. Magoo
The reviewer who complained that this book did not include chords for G# obviously does not understand that G# is the same as A flat, which is included in this book. In music theory, their is a technical difference between the two, but very few instruments are able to make such distinctions.