- Paperback: 118 pages
- Publisher: iUniverse, Inc. (April 4, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0595312586
- ISBN-13: 978-0595312580
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,626,974 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ukulele Breakthrough: Helping you go from lonely strummer to life-of-the-party! Paperback – April 4, 2004
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In the 1920?s and 30?s great vaudeville, jazz, and show tunes were performed on millions of ukuleles, guitars, mandolins, and banjos. Calvin started playing ukulele over 70 years ago. Recently he?s taught ukulele workshops in the San Francisco area.
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One of the best ways to master the ukulele is by learning where all the notes are on the fingerboard. After reading my opening sentence, many people have judged this review unhelpful and left. Many others have simply left. For those who have stayed...Chin has a relatively painless way to learn the fingerboard and a slew of chords up and down the neck. It's like the CAGFD system, but the focus is more on the string than on the shapes. With CAGFD, one learns the various shapes of a particular chord and where they are on the neck. Chin turns this around. For example,
Lesson One: Pick a song you know. Play it by using only chords of the first position A (2100), Am (2000), and A7 (0100) shape, moving them up and down the neck as needed. For example, D would be (7655) while E7 would be (7877), F#m would be (11,9,9,9). Thanks to the Look Inside feature, you can see it for yourself. Look at pages 4, 5, and 6
.It's hard to do this with a bunch of songs and not learn the first string completely. Do something similar with the other strings and fretboard mastery is yours. I can't wait to see what happens in Lesson 5 after the first four lessons each capture an different individual string.
Many do not like the book's layout. (Someone went so far as to use the work "execrable"!) I don't mind it. The only problem would be if it puts someone off from reading it. Maybe I'm biased. It's hard not to be when, after Lesson1 (one page of text, one page of diagrams, two pages of one song each) I feel like I've already gotten more value from the book than what I paid,
This book should be in every ukulele player library.
It distills a chord system very simply into forms based on each of the four strings. You tackle one string at a time, first with major, minor and dominant 7th forms on each of the four strings.
I already know music theory and understand building chords on a fretboard etc, so this framework provided a clear and easy way to think about uke.(For whatever reasons, thinking about it as guitar capoed at the 5th fret has been less useful for me than tackling uke on its own.)
The songs used for chord exercises are corny old public-domain tunes that most young folks won't have ever heard. If you can't read music, you won't be able to pick out the tunes. On the other hand it hardly matters as they're exercises. You can apply the concepts to any songbook.
I wouldn't recommend this book for beginning musicians.
But if you already play an instrument and are picking up uke to add to your quiver (good move!), this could be a great book to work through.
It all depends on your learning style, of course, but this one really clicked with me.