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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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I own somewhere around 20 different Uke books, including the super basics ("my dog has fleas") on up so some finger picking solo books, and this is by far my favorite one. I was sceptical buying it, cause i figured it could be kinda cheezy, or done poorly, but seriously this book is so well written, and the way it lists the tabs makes it easy for your mind to start memorizing notes. I hate when books give you the pictured diagram above the notes for the first 2 pages then drop off for the rest of the thing like youve suddenly become a pro! (this one does not do that)
I would highly, HIGHLY, HIGHLY, recommend this book to any new Uke player (seriously, please buy this before any oither book), and still highly recommend it to any experienced players to help tune your skills and methods.
I am not using this book as much as I thought I would. But I would recommend it to others who don't have problems with their hands and are able utilize this system. There are different learning systems out there. Everyone teaches a little differently. You need to find what works for you.
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.
As a percussionist who also has played with piano, harmonica and guitar - and who has also built an instrument, I was impressed with his well-organized, hold-your-hand and explanatory approach that really covers anything most ukulele dummies like me are likely to need. Every single aspect is covered from a bit of history, how to choose/buy, prepare and maintain, including some troubleshooting most people can do. I particularly liked his coverage of the various "styles" of playing, from basic Hawaiian type strumming, to plucking, Jazz, Rock, Blues, Classical and "Jawaiian" (a Jamaican style).
Neat. What I love about the ukulele and this book, is how it's possible to get going and actually play songs with only a few fingerings/chords along with a few different strumming techniques. A good book by a competent author who knows his subject and knows how to teach it.