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Ukulele For Dummies Paperback – October 5, 2015
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From the Back Cover
- Fully understand ukulele basics
- Play the key ukulele chords and strumming patterns
- Tackle guidance on fingerpicking instruction
- Develop your skills by downloading the accompanying tracks from Dummies.com
Pick up a uke and start playing fast
Do you want to learn to play the ukulele? This friendly guide covers everything from chords and strumming patterns to finger picking and style variations. With clear instructions and musical inspiration on every page, it will have you making a big splash with this tiny instrument in no time.
- First things first weigh your buying options, grab the essentials, check out the accessories, and master maintenance
- Start strumming get to know the ukulele chords and their families, play your first songs and create more strumming patterns for great results
- Play your heart out rock or jazz, Hawaiian or classical, find the groove that fits your mood
- Pick a winner discover fingerpicking patterns, get to grips with tabs and notation, plus solo techniques with melody/chord combos
Open the book and find:
- How to hold a ukulele and position yourself to play
- Guidance on developing your strumming
- The 'three-chord trick' that'll help your playing
- What to do if things don't sound right
- How to diagnose and solve uke problems
- Unbeatable tips for improving your playing
- Ten ways to get involved in the ukulele scene
- Chord charts and guidance on reading standard musical notation
About the Author
Alistair Wood is a ukulele player, transcriber and arranger who owns the most popular ukulele site on the Internet, ukulelehunt.com. His expertise and the continuing ukulele boom has led to media hits that include The New York Times, The Guardian and BBC News.
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Had an issue with the kindle edition because the audio files are only available on mac devices and I'm and Android user. I found that the author replied to another review raising this issue that it's possible to download the audio files on Wiley's site. Thanks for that! I am kind of disappointed in Amazon for making it a hassle for non ipad/iphone owners to get the advertised "enhancements" for the kindle edition, but the book deserves 5 stars.
It is helping me with my guitar too which I ''dropped'' due to strumming frustrations.
I think the Uke will be a fun instrument to learn based on all the info (and funny comments) in this U4D book.
And in learning the Uke I feel I will be more encouraged to ''pick up'' my guitar again.
I guess I should just buy the G4D book! - good idea!
The chapters on strumming are great, the chapters on what Uke to buy - great.You will learn so much about
different Ukes, woods, strings [it explained the g (below middle C) vs. G (after middle C) string to me] and styles of playing.
Nice songs included too.
You can check out the chapters on Amazon easily, but also know this is a fun read and the humor encourages you
to give the Uke (and even your old dusty guitar) a shot at learning in a fun way.
I've already tried playing my guitar to the Uke songs in the U4D book and it works well.
Of course Uke and guitar chords are different configurations but sound almost the same so I find the cross playing
of one instrument with another's music is working, so far.