Ukulele For Dummies

Ukulele For Dummies

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The fast and easy way to learn how to play the ukulele With the help of Ukulele For Dummies, learning to play this popular string instrument at a basic level has never been easier. Now in a fully updated second edition, this hands-on, friendly guide provides everything you need to know to pick up a uke and get playing fast. From purchasing a ukulele and the necessary accessories to making sense of simple chord progressions and playing in a variety of styles including pop, folk, Hawaiian, and holiday favourites the second edition of Ukulele For Dummies will have you creating beautiful music in no time. For anyone wishing to learn to play this fun, surprisingly versatile instrument, Ukulele For Dummies covers all the basics, from chords and strumming patterns to guidance on finger picking and everything in between. Plus, you'll find tips to make certain chord changes easier, chords and tabs for popular Christmas and New Year songs, apps for mobile devices, the ten best ukulele chords, and so much more. * Audio tracks are available via online download at, creating a total musical instruction package * Features a ukulele buying guide for the novice * Offers instruction in a variety of musical styles * Provides finger-picking instruction and the chords and patterns you need to know With its simple and clear instruction, and inspiration on every page, the second edition of Ukulele For Dummies will have fans and first-time musicians making a big splash with this tiny instrument in no time.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 186 x 232 x 19mm | 612g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 2nd Edition
  • 1119135974
  • 9781119135975
  • 26,177

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Learn to: 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

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
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Table of contents

Introduction 1 Part I: Getting Started with the Ukulele 5 Chapter 1: Exploring the Ukulele 7 Chapter 2: Tuning Up to Sound Great 19 Chapter 3: Discovering How to Handle Your Ukulele 29 Part II: Starting Out with Chords and Strumming 39 Chapter 4: Playing Your First Ukulele Chords and Songs 41 Chapter 5: Drumming Up More Strumming Patterns 61 Chapter 6: Meeting the Chords and Their Families 81 Part III: Picking and Single ]Note Playing 101 Chapter 7: Getting to Grips with Tabs and Notation 103 Chapter 8: Discovering Fingerpicking Patterns 119 Chapter 9: Combining Melodies and Chords When Playing Solo 133 Chapter 10: Picking Up Some Soloing Techniques 143 Part IV: Discovering Genres and Styles 159 Chapter 11: Rocking Out with Your Uke 161 Chapter 12: Playing the Blues to Lift Your Spirits 169 Chapter 13: Saying Aloha to the Hawaiian Style 187 Chapter 14: Jazzing Up Your Uke Playing 195 Chapter 15: Strumming Up the Jawaiian Style 203 Chapter 16: Getting Classy: Classical Masterpieces for Ukulele 209 Chapter 17: Ukuleleing the Holidays 219 Part V: Buying and Looking After Your Ukulele 225 Chapter 18: Weighing Up Your Options When Buying a Ukulele 227 Chapter 19: Splashing Out on Essentials and Accessories 235 Chapter 20: Restringing, Maintaining, and Adjusting Your Uke 243 Part VI: The Part of Tens 253 Chapter 21: Ten Ukulele Players to Know 255 Chapter 22: Ten Ways to Get Involved in the Ukulele Scene 261 Chapter 23: Ten (or So) Tips for Improving Your Playing 267 Chapter 24: Ten Greatest Ukulele Chords 273 Part VII: Appendixes 281 Appendix A: Chord Charts 283 Appendix B: Reading Standard Musical Notation 287 Appendix C: Audio Tracks 293 Index 299
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About Alistair Wood

Alistair Wood is a ukulele player, transcriber and arranger who owns the most popular ukulele site on the Internet, 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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