Ukulele Exercises For Dummies

Ukulele Exercises For Dummies

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Take your ukulele playing to the next level - fast! - with hundreds of fun exercises, drills and practice tunes You have a ukulele, you know just enough to be dangerous, and now you're ready to do something with it. You're in luck: Ukulele Exercises For Dummies helps you become a better player. This practice-based book focuses on the skills that entry-level players often find challenging and provides tips, tricks and plenty of cool exercises that will have you creating music in no time that include: Creating rock-steady strumming patterns and rhythms Becoming a better fingerpicker with patterns, arpeggio exercises, and solo fingerpicking pieces Expanding your fretboard knowledge and crafting your own rock, blues and jazz riffs and solos Playing actual songs on the ukulele - everything from the classic ukulele tunes to the 12 bar blues! Downloadable audio files of the exercises found in the book, providing you with a self-contained practice package No matter if you're a beginning ukulele player or you're wanting to stretch and improve your chops, Ukulele Exercises For Dummies puts you on your way to becoming a ukulele extraordinaire!
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Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 212 x 279 x 16mm | 672g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1. Auflage
  • Illustrations
  • 1118506855
  • 9781118506851
  • 71,803

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Improve your ukulele playing -- fast! -- with hundreds of fun exercises, drills and practice tunes

You got yourself a ukulele and taught yourself to play a passable 'Happy Birthday, ' but now you're ready to take it to the next level. You've come to the right place. This exercise book is your ticket to becoming a bona fide ukulele hero. It supplies expert tips, tricks and plenty of jammin' exercises that will have you strumming and picking your way through everything from the classic ukulele tunes to cool jazz progressions, intricate instrumental pieces and blues riffs like a pro -- in no time. And if you're brand-new to the uke, you'll find a lot to like here as well. Brush up on the fundamentals -- discover how to hold your ukulele; play common chords; read ukulele notation and tab, chord diagrams, neck diagrams, and rhythm charts Start practising on the right foot -- shorten your learning curve with pre-practice warm-ups, including finger- and hand-stretches, breathing exercises, and strength-building exercises Do some serious strumming -- strengthen your rhythm, timing and ability to find the right pattern for any song, or even transform simple strumming patterns into sweet improvs Become a power-picker -- master rhythmic fingerpicking songs and solo fingerstyle pieces with exercises that quickly improve speed, flexibility, and fluidity Master the fretboard -- learn to build major and minor scales across the neck of the ukulele, build chords in different positions up, and down the fretboard and craft slick solos in rock, blues and jazz styles

Audio download includes

Over an hour and a half of audio featuring the exercises and songs from the book -- so you can hear exactly how they should sound

Open the book and find: Hundreds of exercises in various keys, tempos and styles Strumming exercises from common chord changes to advanced techniques Scales and scale sequences Picking patterns and exercises that build speed and confidence Ways to apply the techniques and tricks you learn to play actual songs Warm up exercises that make learning faster and easier Tips on performing before an audience
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Table of contents

Introduction 1 Part I: Getting Started with Ukulele Exercises 7 Chapter 1: Preparing to Practise9 Chapter 2: Warming Up for Practice 15 Part II: Becoming a Better Strummer 23 Chapter 3: Foundations For Strumming 25 Chapter 4: Building a Repertoire of Strumming Patterns 33 Chapter 5: Taking Strumming Patterns to a Higher Level 55 Chapter 6: Refining Advanced Strumming Techniques 73 Part III: Becoming a Better Fingerpicker 89 Chapter 7: Examining Fingerpicking Technique 91 Chapter 8: Developing Rhythmic Fingerpicking Patterns 97 Chapter 9: Improving Your Solo Fingerpicking Skills 117 Chapter 10: Taking a Deeper Look at Single-Note Fingerpicking Techniques 135 Part IV: Mastering the Ukulele Fretboard 151 Chapter 11: Learning the Fretboard with Major Scales 153 Chapter 12: Taking On Three Minor Scales 177 Chapter 13: Commanding the Fretboard with Chords 197 Chapter 14: Using Scales to Solo and Improvise 213 Part V: The Part of Tens 229 Chapter 15: Ten Ways to Improve Your Practice Times 231 Chapter 16: Ten Tips for Every Performing Ukulele Player 235
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About B McQueen

Brett McQueen is a musician, songwriter and the founder of, one of the most popular ukulele sites in the world, where he provides audio, video, and written instructional material (along with personalised feedback) to freshly minted ukulele fans everywhere. Alistair Wood is the man (the myth and the legend) behind and the author of Ukulele For Dummies.
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