- Paperback: 48 pages
- Publisher: Hal Leonard; Pap/Com edition (June 1, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0634078615
- ISBN-13: 978-0634078613
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.2 x 12 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (333 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,151 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Play Ukulele Today!: A Complete Guide to the Basics Level 1 Bk/online audio Paperback – June 1, 2006
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The strong point of this lesson book lies in it's teaching of the individual notes on the strings. To me, this is very important. You will learn not only how to play chords and strum and sing along, but you will be able to pick out melodies on the strings and read from regular sheet music. New chords are also introduced as the student progresses through learning the notes on the strings. For example, you will not only learn the "F chord", but how to find and play the individual note "F" on second string. I think this type of thorough-going note reading instruction will form a good foundation for finger-picking. After learning the two-to-four notes in the "first position" (ie, first four frets), there is a series of practice melodies. These exercises are can get monotonous, since they aren't actually tunes, just a bunch of notes. Listening to the enclosed CD (which consists of someone reading the book, and then playing the exercises) should help you know if what you play "sounds right".Read more ›
The CD is useful, though I did find I was using it as a crutch instead of making myself work on the timing from the sheet music.
Overall, I'd give it a rating of OK. It definitely leaves room in the market for a similar beginner book that have more chord work and less note work, and more practice pieces.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought the kindle edition and was pleasantly surprised that the ukulele samples where imbedded as links within the ebook itself.Published 8 days ago by Marr Daomg
The cd didn't come along.... Apart from that it is a good book to learn.Published 9 days ago by Paulo Borges
Boring book. Much better to just use Pinterest and you tube. Reminds me of why I hated learning music as a kid . ( I'm 56)Published 10 days ago by rustydog
it came with a sticker stating the original price was "$1", what an overpriced 2nd-handPublished 11 days ago by Sieghild
13 year old girl was able to pick-up songs right away using the book. Great purchase.Published 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
Easy to follow directions. My son is advanced in playing instruments however he said this manual made him stay interested. Excellent!Published 17 days ago by Aiertm Vaortgg
I like the step-by-step instructions in this book. I am teaching myself to play the ukulele and this book has really helped me to get started.Published 21 days ago by DulceDragon