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Make Your Own Ukulele : The Essential Guide to Building, Tuning, and Learning to Play the Uke - Bill Plant

Make Your Own Ukulele

The Essential Guide to Building, Tuning, and Learning to Play the Uke


Published: 1st April 2012
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It's no wonder that the popularity of the ukulele is quickly rising. It's a versatile instrument that is easy to play - yet can also handle complex chord patterns. A good quality handmade ukulele has beautiful tone and is a delight to play, but also very expensive... unless you make your own!

Inside this book readers will learn how to make two different ukuleles. For beginning woodworkers, a basic box-shaped ukulele is included. For those looking for a more sophisticated project, instructions are included for making a professional grade soprano ukulele. Detailed woodworking plans, instructions and demonstration photographs are included for both projects.

Basic information for tuning, setup and playing your new ukulele are also included. Sidebars, tips and trivia add personality and a bit of fun to this great project book.

Many, many years ago when I was a teenager the CBC used to broadcast a shortwave radio program called Hawaii Calls. The program was mainly a music show with singers and musicians from the Big Island. The predominant instrument was the ukulele in the four ranges and listening to that music was enchanting. Sunday nights were a real treat to look forward to. I don't think that either Arthur Godfrey or even Tiny (Tiptoe Through The Tulips) Tim ever made their own ukuleles, they could afford even the most expensive models. However, for the regular folk like me, Australian Bill Plant shows us how to make our own. Plant describes in detail the building of two types of the instrument, the traditional shaped and the simpler box type. There are four different types of ukuleles from soprano (Tiny Tim's) to the baritone and the author discusses these as well as suggesting the types of wood species that is best used for the instruments. Hawaiian koa is the traditional species. Solid wood is best rather than plywood. Plant shows us how to build the "Boxer," the simple style in chapter three and in the fourth chapter he details the construction of the professional grade. In each case he lists the tools and materials required. Plant also shows how to save money by using a shop made bending iron. Making your own ukulele looks like a lot of fun! Now, if only he could teach me to play it. I haven't built my ukulele yet but when I do I know that Bill Plant and Tricia Scott will show me how to play it in this excellent book and CD. The book has eight chapters but the tutors think you will be able to strum it in six or so. The book is designed for beginners like myself and judging by the text and photos it looks like maybe I'll easily get the hang of it in a short time. And, you can as well. Now, if only I could sing. I don't think the authors can help me there.

About This Bookp. 5
An Introduction to the Ukulelep. 8
Designing Your Ukulelep. 32
How To Choose The Right Woodp. 36
Build The Boxerp. 42
Build A Professional-Grade Ukulelep. 54
How To Set Up And Play Your Ukulelep. 81
Ukulele Festivalsp. 90
Information and Resourcesp. 92
Indexp. 95
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ISBN: 9781565235656
ISBN-10: 1565235657
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 95
Published: 1st April 2012
Publisher: Independent Publishers Group
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 27.94 x 21.59  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.41