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Hal Leonard Ukulele Method Book 1 Plus Chord Finder Paperback – January 1, 2011
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This book is designed for the rank beginner and is written in such a manner that for each lesson the beginner can memorize a basic learning step. A player who's otherwise musically inclined won't be bored, since many of the pages incorporate both a basic lesson and amplification of that lesson. So it would appeal to the player seeking a refresher course as well.
It is laid out in a logical stepwise fashion and can be used as a reference for the songbook. There is the fear factor whenever you have a shy adult learning music. (Don't get me started about this - it seems that every great musician has at least one story about an a-hole elementary school teacher who told them they were awful and should never sing nor play any more.) Anyway, once the fearful student knows that this is a book which is amenable to their own re--design of the lessons to fit their learning style, they will quickly find they can do just that.
This book also goes well as a companion reference, once the student finds the right YouTube teacher. I find YouTube to be an extraordinarily good learning tool for expanding my Irish fiddle tune repertory and my family member has found one excellent and several good uke teachers. I've read some negative comments about the chord charts. I can only say they should wait a few years, then they will find that having chord charts plus lessons in a single book reduces a good bit of clutter. I really like having the chord charts, since I measure my music books by bookshelf-feet.
So his book gets four "thumbs" up. Why not five? Well over half of the book are charts of chords. I can get chord charts all over the place and I feel that more space could have been devoted to instruction. The beginning student is not going to need all of these chords at this point since they are still getting the basics down pat. I felt that their inclusion served as padding, so that instead of a 56 page book, you get a 142 page book. I'm considering getting the next method book in the series and would be grossly disappointed if this was repeated.