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Ukulele For Dummies Paperback – August 8, 2011
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From the Back Cover
From simple chord progressions to rock solos your ultimate guide to becoming a ukulele hero!
If you're among the tens of thousands of people who have fallen victim to the ukulele fever epidemic that's sweeping the globe, this book is the cure. Clinically tested and expert-approved, Ukulele For Dummies is the quick, painless way to satisfy your insatiable desire to play the ukulele.
Get to know your uke get the lowdown on everything you need to know about buying, stringing, tuning and maintaining your ukulele
Start playing take advantage of clear, step-by-step instructions on holding, strumming and picking basics, illustrated withdetailed photos
Build your skills chord charts, strumming patterns and tons of instructions make it easier than ever to learn basic and advanced techniques for playing backup rhythms, solo melodies, improvisational riffs and chord/melody combinations like a pro
Aloha mahn special chapters cover how to play reggae and 'Jawaiian', as well as rock and punk, blues, Hawaiian, classical and other popular musical styles
Listen and learn hone your uke-playing skills with the help of audio tracks of the examples found in the book
Open the book and find:
A complete buying guide for the novice
How to string, tune and repair your uke
Chord charts and strumming patterns
Crystal-clear photo illustrations
Basic and advanced playing techniques
How to play in a multitude of popular styles
Audio tracks of examples from the book
Audio CD includes
The musical examples from the book so you can play along
Exercises to help you build your skills
Play the ukulele right away no experience required
Master various chords and strumming patterns
Play rock, punk, blues, reggae and standards
Stretch your skills with the bonus CD
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Top customer reviews
I got bit by the ukulele bug when I purchased a Martin Backpacker on ebay for $60. That was over 10 years and 20 or so ukuleles ago. During my quest for ukulele perfection I have enjoyed many ukulele instructionals. "Ukulele for Dummies" is more useful than all of them put together. It can be used in a linear fashion, going from one chapter to the next. Or you can hunt and peck to learn; brushing up on the subjects you are interested in improving or focusing on. I'm not turned off by the "dummies" label. In fact, I like a book that explains things clearly as if I'm starting from scratch. Musicians often act like they know more than they know, and "Ukulele for Dummies" wades through the music-speak and makes things clear and to the point. That is not to say that it is dumbed-down or condescending. It is not! The reader is treated with great respect and there is not a hint of patronization. You will not feel as though your intelligence is being insulted in any way. In fact, the inside jokes will make you feel smarter and "in the know".
This book gives background beyond the ukulele experience, explaining different styles, giving a little history and then giving song examples of that style and how to play it. To quote Ukulele Enthusiast and Ukulelia.com blogger Craig Robertson - "Ukulele for Dummies" is a "marvelous compendium of ukulele knowledge that takes you from novice to expert."
If you are a beginner on the uke, or looking to learn, I highly recommend this book. It is a great place to begin and learn. If you are someone who has been playing for awhile, I highly recommend this book. You will find pockets of instruction to help you improve. If you are an advanced player, I recommend this book. I believe you too, will find nuggets of musical and ukulele facts and ideas to add to your repertoire. If you are an expert Ukuleleist you will enjoy this book for the background and humor. Or you can highlight your name and show it to friends, since you are most likely mentioned somewhere in the book.
I have been following ukulelehunt.com since it's inception and I love it. It has been a great home for learning all things ukulele. Because of this, I had high expectations for this book and they met and exceeded my expectations in every aspect. I find the writing to be friendly, direct and very entertaining. Playing the ukulele should not be stuffy business, and Alistair Wood does a fine job of infusing wry humor into the learning to help keep things in perspective. Buy this book for yourself or for someone in your life who wants to join the pursuit of ukulele enjoyment.
Fortunately, Ukulele For Dummies is a rare exception to the rule. Granted, this is far short of a master's degree in fine arts, nonetheless for the player seeking to buy their first ukulele or for someone who picked one up because the local music store was having a sale on old stock this book contains absolutely everything a person needs to know to get started. It is divided into seven sections (including the appendices) and ranges from how to choose a new ukulele, to tuning, to playing basic chords, to a small selection of strumming and fingerpicking techniques, and it even covers several of the key personalities in the transformation of the ukulele from an odd little chordophone played by Hawaiians into a modern instrument suitable for orchestras and contemporary pop music. There is a woefully brief introduction to music theory, but the vast majority of people picking up a ukulele for the first are either accomplished musicians looking for a fun instrument or newcomers more insterested in playing a few songs than understanding how those songs are created.
Ukulele For Dummies and Alfred's Basic Ukulele Method are hands down the two best introductory books I have found for this delightful and whimsical little instrument.