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Mel Bay Famous Solos & Duets for the Ukulele Paperback – May 1, 2004
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On a more positive note, I continue to enjoy three other books: Hawaiian Style Ukulele volumes 1 & 2 and Learn to Play Fingerstyle Solos for Ukulele (Nelson). Both HSU books have chord diagrams and volume 2 has tablature and notation for most songs. They also have suggested strum patterns and a bit of instruction. The Nelson book has both notation and tablature for all of the songs. Both come with CDs and the music is well played by a band in the HSU books and mostly solo by Nelson on his CD. Unlike King's, the books and CDs are in the same key so you can play along.Read more ›
This book, as it says in the title, is for solos, and has a few duets 3 or 4 in the back of the book to do with other ukuleles or an acoustic guitar. The songs are beautiful and are demonstrated (without commentary thank goodness) on the cd that comes with the book. Most songs are medium difficulty but can be adapted to the new learner who is dedicated. I sat for 4 hours or so trying to learn the spanish fandango and it was difficult but i was able to do this within the first few weeks of playing. this is partly due to the fact that all songs are written with tabs which helps out most of us who never learned to read music, although musical notation is also there.
The beginning of the book has a good history of ukes and a description of strumming techniques.
Bottom line, the songs are beautiful, can be learned by a dedicated beginner, and expose the uke player to the idea that they can play beautiful music with the uke rather than just strumming chords to play oh susanna or marines hymn as seen in other books.
Every Uke player should own this book because in my opinion, it is the best one out there.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Huge disappointment. If you love John King, get it. Just not my style.Published 20 months ago by MtBoy
Nice intro to more traditional Hawaiian music than I see online, though not all of the pieces are really traditional. (Polka anyone? Read morePublished on November 25, 2013 by Andrew Schulkind
A lot of variety
Lots of history up front (10 page preface is quite comprehensive)
Glad to have the CD too
I was so disappointed. I was looking for a book of ukulele duets. This to me means ukulele playing with an accompanying ukulele. Read morePublished on June 4, 2013 by linda
I love the selections and John King's playing on the CD. The tabs are accurate and helpful. However, I am much more comfortable with notation than tabs. Read morePublished on May 19, 2013 by Guitar Guy
A nice book with The preface includes some interesting historical info and a couple of cool pictures. It also contains a small section on strumming technique that I found useful. Read morePublished on July 16, 2012 by summerdays
I don't know any of the songs in this book! And it's quite wordy in the front...but has some good info on strokes and rhythms worth reading. Read morePublished on February 19, 2012 by debi