Ukulele For Dummies

Ukulele For Dummies

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By (author) Alistair Wood

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  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 360 pages
  • Dimensions: 186mm x 232mm x 22mm | 500g
  • Publication date: 16 August 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Chichester
  • ISBN 10: 047097799X
  • ISBN 13: 9780470977996
  • Sales rank: 4,544

Product description

Learn everything ukulele--from chord progressions to playing pop, folk, and holiday favorites--and, yes, even Hawaiian music! The ukulele is hot. The season one finale of Glee featured a ukulele. The recent hit song "Hey Soul Sister" by Train includes the dulcet tones of a uke. Not to mention the runaway success of the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain. For anyone wishing to master this fun, surprisingly versatile instrument, Ukulele For Dummies covers all the basics--from chords and strumming patterns to guidance on finger-picking. The print version of the book includes a CD with audio tracks of the entire musical notation in the book--creating a total musical instruction package Offers instruction in a variety of styles--including pop, folk, holiday favorites, and Hawaiian music Features a buying guide for the novice--with tips on purchasing a ukulele plus other necessary accessories The enhanced ebook contains 30 in-line instructional videos With its simple and clear instruction, and inspiration on every page, Ukulele For Dummies will have fans and first-time musicians making beautiful music--as they tiptoe through the tulips--in no time. Note: CD files are available to download after purchasing the e-Book version

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Author information

Alistair Wood is a ukulele player, transcriber, arranger and the owner of, one of the most popular ukulele sites on the Internet.

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'packed with tips, technical advice, easy-to-follow illustrations and rhythms' The Sun

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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 Step-by-step instructions 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 Learn to: 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

Table of contents

Introduction. Part 1: Ukulele Basics. Chapter 1: Why Play the Ukulele? Chapter 2: Ukulexicon. Chapter 3: Getting in Tune. Chapter 4: Before You Play a Note. Part 2: Chords and Strumming. Chapter 5: First Ukulele Chords. Chapter 6: Strumming Patterns. Chapter 7: More Chords. Part 3: Picking and Single Note Playing. Chapter 8: Going Solo. Chapter 9: Fingerpicking Patterns. Chapter 10: Combining Chords and Melodies. Chapter 11: Soloing Techniques. Part 4: Style Files. Chapter 12: Rock and Punk. Chapter 13: Blues. Chapter 14: Hawaiian. Chapter 15: Standards. Chapter 16: Reggae and Jawaiian. Chapter 17: Classical. Part 5: Buying and Looking After Your Ukulele. Chapter 18: Buying a Ukulele. Chapter 19: Ukulele Accessories. Chapter 20: Re-Sringing and Repairing. Part 6: The Part of Tens. Chapter 21: Ten Ukulele Players You Should Know. Chapter 22: Ten Ways to Get Involved in the Ukulele Scene. Chapter 22: Ten Tips for Improving. Appendices. Appendix A: Chord Charts. Appendix B: Reading Music. Appendix C: Using the CD. Index.