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Ukulele Exercises For Dummies - Brett McQueen


Published: 5th April 2013
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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 lay-flat, 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!

About the Author

Brett McQueen is a musician, songwriter and the founder of ukuleletricks.com, 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 ukulelehunt.com and the author of Ukulele For Dummies.


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Easy to follow instructions!

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  • Deserves Multiple Readings
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    Very easy to follow instruction. I was playing my first song on the ukulele after only an hour or so! Great information on techniques to warm up, practice & having heaps of fun. Some good old & newer songs & a variety of styles of music.
    Highly recommend this book to first time ukulele players.

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    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

    ISBN: 9781118506851
    ISBN-10: 1118506855
    Series: For Dummies
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 252
    Published: 5th April 2013
    Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
    Dimensions (cm): 271.83 x 206.55  x 16.44
    Edition Number: 1