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Peace Love Ukulele Paperback – February 1, 2012
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143 (Kelly's song)
Bring Your Adz
Boy Meets Girl
Go For Broke
Variation On A Dance 2010
Five Dallars Unleaded 2010
Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen)
And the bonus two songs:
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
This is more advanced music in Jake's signature style: beginners will be frustrated, intermediate players will be challenged. The book includes standard music notation, ukulele tablature and chord designation but not chord diagram. The print is a bit fine, in order to put the songs onto a reasonable number of pages, but I found the print rather light and thin. Special techniques (tremolo, slides, hammer on, etc) are noted in the tablature. The book is thin enough to sit well on a music stand, but I find it difficult to read (but I wear bifocals.) Younger folks will probably not have an issue with the fineness of the print. The arrangements are not simplified; this is not dumbed-down.
If you adore Jake's brilliant style, and if you aspire to play his music, you will want to own this book.
Definitely not for beginners. Quite difficult stuff, a lot of finger strechings, odd time signatures and hard finger picking.
To my knowledge this is the first transcription book of Jake's music and this one includes the really technical "Bohemian Rhapsody". Just looking at how detailed some of the tablatures are, you can really appreciate the amazing feats Jake performs on his 4-string instrument.
Like previous reviewer I thought the typeface was a bit small - especially sing you will not be reading it up close like a novel or book of text.
I thought I'd also point out that - except for 2 full pages of photos near the front - and a 3 or 4 sentence "thank you" from Jake on the title page, there is no additional text in the book. Since all but two of the songs are on his MUST HAVE CD "Peace Love Ukulele", you can read the stories behind the songs (what does adz mean?; what is the significance of 143 in title of "Kelly's Song"? - BTW, Kelly is Jakes new bride.) in the CD liner notes, it might have been to have provided it here too. There's not even a bio page.
BUT, the purpose of the book is to provide the notes for Jakes songs so that fan who do play the uke can stop trying to replay videos on You Tube trying to figure out the chords. And, for that, it succeeds.
I hope you found this review both helpful and informative
Note, Jake's material is not for the beginner, and many of these chords are stretchy and will challenge you to them, but they are so worth the time that it takes to get them clear. I'll be honest, a few of them, I'm still trying to work out because they are that virtuoso level, but by and large, if you want a good book to start working out Jake's amazing material...this is the one. It has While My Guitar Gently Weeps, and Hallelujah, as well as the aforementioned cover of Bohemian Rhapsody. I hope this review gives you the information that you are seeking to make an informed purchase decision. I own both the hard cover and Kindle versions of this.
Playing the ukulele, I've looked up to Jake and have wanted to play like him. While I don't think I'll ever get to his level, I was able to follow along the tabs in this book and other people could tell what I was playing without me having to tell them. I was happy that the book included Hula Girl, because I tend to play more non-ukulele popular songs on it and keep thinking to myself that I need to play more traditional ukulele songs.
The book is made just like any other tablature book, glossy cardstock cover, glue bound on the spine. You open it up to the title page and table of contents, then there's a couple of pages with photos of Jake performing, after which it goes right into the tabs. The tabs are laid out well, have the time signature at the top and the root cords on top of each line so you could accompany with a rhythm uke. They are a good size and easy to read, too.
There are no instructions on how to read the tablature included with the book, but it is pretty easy and you could do a quick google search to learn how. If you like Jake's music and want to learn how to play his songs, you can't go wrong with this book. There aren't a lot of his tabs online in the tab websites, so it's nice to have official tabs that you know are actually correct! I purchased another one of his books shortly after this one and highly recommend any of his tab books! They won't help you to play as amazingly as him, but at least you can have the right tools to try!
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A gem, faithfully -- lovingly -- transcribed and notated. A must-have for any aspiring fingerstyle ukulele player and fan of Jake.Published 3 months ago by Jay B. Kummer
This is difficult ukulele music but we'll work on tackling it.Published 4 months ago by Marlyn Cairns
Takes forever to learn some of the hard ones but very well worth it. Thx JakePublished 8 months ago by gordon eatman
Simple, this is a tablature book. It's awesome for Jake to share his version of well known songs as well as a few of his own.Published 12 months ago by Jion Jugo